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TFC Officers Meeting May 7

April 21, 2014

Officers will meet at 6 PM before our Talk for Change meeting at 6:45 PM on Wednesday, May 7.

We look forward to seeing you!

New meeting space needed this fall!

February 5, 2014
While Talk for Change Toastmasters has had a really great run with our meetings in the American Public Power Association conference room, we just received word that the APPA is moving and we’ll need to meet in a new space in September 2014.
APPA has generously provided the space free of rent. Ideally, we’d like to find a space that can seat up to 30-40 people in Dupont Circle. We average about 15-20 people a meeting.
Meeting schedule:
1st and third Wednesday of the Month
6:45 PM – 7:45 PM
We are currently considering churches, offices, libraries and even a few bars with private rooms.
Please email our club president, Catherine Baum, at if you are interested in hosting TFC meetings or if you have a recommendation.
Thank you!

Club Officers: Toastmasters Leadership Institute

January 4, 2014
Edison Electric Institute (EEI) TLI Event
Wednesday, January 15, 2014                                             
701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
4th Floor
Washington DC 20004-2608
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Please register:

Agenda for Tonight’s Meeting

December 4, 2013

Agenda for Tonight's Meeting

Talk for Change Open House

October 23, 2013

Talk for Change Open House

District 36 Fall Conference 2013!

October 15, 2013

Hello TFC Toastmasters,

District 36 will hold its District Council Business Meeting during the District  Fall Conference on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at the Doubletree by Hilton -Silver Spring.  The Business Meeting is free of charge to all Toastmasters.

Date:           Saturday, November 16, 2013

Time:          2:30 p.m. (Credentials desk closes at  2:00 p.m.)

Location:    Doubletree by Hilton Hotel
                    8727 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Manner of Speaking

October 7, 2013
Know the three I’s: invitation, imagination and impact.

You’re on the road to becoming your company’s Chief Storyteller. Let’s begin with some good news: You’re already better than you might think. You tell stories every day. Here, we’ll explore three capabilities that will take you well on your way to becoming a professional storyteller. Remember the “three R’s” of your early education: reading, writing and ’rithmetic? Now consider the “three I’s” of storytelling: invitation, imagination and impact. Here’s how you can master them:

1 Invitation. Remember Steve Jobs’ famous invitation to Pepsi’s then- CEO John Sculley when he lured him to Apple by asking, “Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water, or do you want a chance to change the world?” Engage your listeners by stimulating their curiosity and asking them to share in something exciting with you.

2 Imagination. Enlivening people’s imaginations is easy. What happens before you visit the doctor? Or when you’re waiting for the board’s reaction to your latest strategic plan? Your imagination puts on quite a show. Who needs PowerPoint or technological wizardry?

In 1961, U.S. President John F. Kennedy recognized the need for a new narrative to galvanize the space race. Before a joint session of the U.S. Congress, he boldly announced that by the end of the decade the country would be dedicated to “landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to Earth.” Despite widespread doubts, and the fact that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) had not yet even sent a man into orbit around the Earth, he electrified the collective imagination of the country.

Imagination is the direct access point to our creativity. Simply say “Imagine this …” and people’s creative juices start flowing. They’re transported to a different and vivid new reality without leaving their seats.

3 Impact. We crave impact. We want to be seen and know that what we do has meaning. In baseball terms, it’s called “looking the ball to the bat.” As a storyteller, that means watching your audience closely to see how your content is affecting them.

In 1995, South African President Nelson Mandela knew he had to shore up his government’s tenuous hold on post-apartheid unity. Adopting the strategy of “Don’t address their brains. Address their hearts,” Mandela convinced the Springboks rugby team, until then the country’s symbol of white supremacy, to join him. At the commencement of the Rugby World Cup final being held in South Africa, Mandela and the team symbolically broke all barriers by singing “Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika,” the anthem of the black resistance movement, to a stilldivided nation and a worldwide television audience. The Springboks won the World Cup, and South Africa moved toward reconciliation.

Brilliant ideas without brilliant human connection usually die fast. That connection builds trust and cultivates relationships. When you see how you move others and are moved by them, you grow in stature and authority.

Keep this in mind: What you’re saying isn’t for you. It’s for your team.

Practice Time
Try these techniques at your next team or client meeting and note what happens:
• Be an “investigator” — not a content dumper. Ask, don’t tell.
• Watch carefully how what you’re saying impacts your team.
• Don’t leap to the next point until you see people absorb the previous one. Don’t assume everyone’s with you. Ask questions like “Are you with me?” or “How do you relate to this?”
• Slow down. Don’t race your narrative simply to get to the end. Consider practicing on someone first.
• Create images to get the client engaged in your story: “Imagine this …” or “Picture that …”
• Stop occasionally and observe your effect on everyone in the room.

Remember, your team and your clients are your creative partners. Actress Katherine Hepburn said, “If you give audiences half a chance, they’ll do half your acting for you.”


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