Toastmasters, Capitol Hill, Washington DC

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Toastmasters

Let me be the first to say, I'm a strange duck.

Mostly an introvert, which is why I've been part of Active Rain for years, but have only recently pushed past 200k points.  I'm not the extrovert, and so, I don't write.  Though I do read.  That's how I'd describe the real me.  That's how my family, my friends, my clients would describe me if they thought about it.

However, I'm always talking.  Any room I walk into, I'll get into conversations.  Any family, friend or client will know, when the phone rings, I start talking.  When the elevator doors close, I start talking.  When the tv commercial comes on, I start talking. Some would argue I take the dog on his 2-3 walks a day not for his or my physical exercise, but rather so that I can speak to those neighbors I've not seen today.

For quite some time, I've thought I should consider Toastmasters.  This advice was given to me in the 1990's when I was in software; surely I would ignore that advice.  In the past 2-3 years, I've had the advise suggested again, but as a realtor, I'm often given the opportunity to speak, and so, I open my mouth and stuff comes out.  Isn't that how it works?

A bunch of Texans (scary, right?) formed a Toastmasters club here in Capitol Hill, in Washington, DC. The group is unusual in that it meets weekly, and more so, in that it's not associated with any particular firm or professional club.  Simply a free standing club of hard core people committed to the craft; and at the same time provide a comforting & safe environment for learning the craft better still.

It turns out, truly speaking involves much more than simply opening my mouth. In the past 12 months with them, I've learned more than in my prior 3 decades of professional life.  These people, who've become friends, have reinvigorated my love of languge, that which I developed in high school (English was my 2nd language, French being my mother tongue) and which blossomed in college.  Somehow, when I moved into a professional, and more recently, a sales role, langauge takes a back seat as a result of being lazy or any other excuse I can find.

We meet every Tuesday, 7-8pm.  Today, I was the grammarian; yes, I was the grammar police.

If you'd like to visit us, there's a Meetup option, or Facebook or our website, and while one or two members are Texan, that's not a requirement.

I should have done this years ago, I surely challenge you to do so as well.  With our 30 or so members, three of us are realtors.  Surely, your local community has options to consider.

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Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life

Real Living | At Home
11 Dupont Circle #650
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 518-8781 bus / (703) 868-7774 mobile
claude@labbe.com

 

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Rainmaker
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David Shamansky
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Hi Claude and I am glad you wrote this post!

Dont worry about being an introvert from the sounds of it you are far less than you may think. If you havent met you need to connect with Dan McGinnis who writes here in the rain and has been pushing me for nearly a year to go to a toastmasters event and now I hire a new ops manager who brings it up as well!?!?!? OK OK I will do it I will go to a toastmaster event!

Oct 21, 2014 11:11 AM #1
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Tammy Lankford,
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I just checked to see if one is near me... said yes, clicked on the link to their site and the page was gone.  bummed.

Oct 21, 2014 11:30 AM #2
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Claude Labbe
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Realty for Your Busy Life

David Shamansky I've found that it doesn't matter how smart I am, if I can't deliver my information clearly, succintly & eloquently, it turns out that I don't sound as smart.  My attending then turns out to be rather selfish.

Tammy Lankford  Keep plugging and looking, something will pop up.  Many times, they'll be inside some corportate entity. Good luck with the search.

Oct 21, 2014 12:34 PM #3
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Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Years ago, I was in Toastmaster's. Great organization. For a self-described introvert, it doesn't sound like you need any help at all. You're not shy about talking at all.

Oct 24, 2014 06:33 AM #4
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Claude Labbe
Real Living | At Home - Washington, DC
Realty for Your Busy Life

Jill Sackler I do hope to at some point, graduate, right?  While I may speak and babble lots and lots, that shouldn't be automatically understood to mean I've conveyed any true information.  It just means blots of babble without revealing anything.  That's how I see myself as the introvert, in that, no true info was divulged.

Oct 24, 2014 08:06 AM #5
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Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
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Hi Claude-interesting group. I could use some of their ideals. I can talk to anyone, walk right in to perfect strangers but put me on a stage and it all goes blank!

Oct 24, 2014 08:51 AM #6
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Claude Labbe
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Marco Giancola If it goes blank & silent, that's not good. Sometimes it goes worse and the speaker conveys so much more, not in a good way.

Oct 24, 2014 09:43 AM #7
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