Daniel Ally

We’ll have a rare opportunity at our February 25 meeting to hear Daniel Ally, a succesful TEDx presenter, He’s  coming to prepare for another presentation on the TED plarform on March 7. You won’t want to miss this meeting.

Also on the Agenda

Brinker member Margaret Collenberg will be making a presentation outlining the Toastmaster Educational Program, which will detail how Toastmasters can meet their communication and leadership goals.

About Brinker Toastmasters


Brinker Toastmasters is a member of Toastmasters International, the world’s largest nonprofit educational organization dedicated to helping men and women become more effective listeners, leaders, and speakers. We have been active in Vienna, Virginia, since 1998. Please use the links on this page to learn more about us and local Toastmasters organizations.

We meet at Navy Federal Credit Union, 820 Follin Lane, in Vienna, VA on the second and fourth Saturday of every month. (For exact directions to our meeting room see We’re Moving Again.) Our meetings begin at 9:30 am and end around 11:00 am. Guests are always welcome.

Take a look at this video to see how Toastmasters works; then use the form below to contact us to ask for more information about our club.

Accelerate your growth as a speaker


Brinker will mark its participation in the 2017 International Speech Contest with its club contest at our meeting on March 11. You are eligible to take place if you have completed at least six speeches in the Competent Communications manual, and you won’t want to miss this chance to build your speaking skills. Our Past International President Dilip Abayasekara, himself a finalist in the International Speech Contest, further says

When the Toastmaster places him/her self in the heat and pressure of a speech contest, when he or she works with diligence and passion under the deadlines of speech contests to research, write, practice, get feedback, re-write, practice, and finally deliver, that ‘diamond in the rough’ loses some of its roughness and begins to sparkle in a way that would not have been possible so quickly any other way.  If you want to accelerate your growth as a communicator, then complement your manual speeches, table topics, and evaluations by entering speech contests and giving it your all.

The winner of our contest will advance to the Area 36 contest on March 22. For information about contest rules and procedures, please contact VPE Margaret Farchtchi.


I’ve added more than a few posts about storytelling to the blog, and I think last night’s episode of The Moth is worth your sttention. Nathan Englander’s story Unhooked is well told, it’s entertaining, and it seems the perfect fable for our times (except it’s true). On the way from Jerusalem to Berlin, Englander found himself stranded at a railroad station. He was rescued by the quick thinking and fast talking of a German traveler, and his story ends up here:

These people have come from America to our country. They have come to see our country. Are you going to tell them that a ticket that is good in Madrid, that is good in Rome, that is good in Paris is no good here? The great conflict is over. We are one world now. We are all of us brothers.

See what you think.

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