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Who We Are ...

U2 Can Speak Toastmasters is a company club that meets weekly on Thursdays at lunchtime at Raytheon in Dulles, Virginia. We provide a friendly atmosphere for acquiring and practicing public speaking skills which aid in giving business presentations, answering on-the-spot questions with finesse, and feeling comfortable in front of an audience.  Our club also offers plenty of Leadership Opportunities which will help you become a better leader and/or manager.

Sound like something you can benefit from?  We are always looking for new members.  Please drop us a line using the Join Us form to the left, give one of the officers a call or drop by a meeting as a guest. We will tell you all about Toastmasters, and how you can join the fun!

Where We Are ...

Raytheon Company, 22110 Pacific Blvd Sterling, VA 20166 [Map]

News and Events ...

World Championship of Public Speaking

Every year, Toastmasters International crowns the World Championship of Public Speaking at its annual International Convention. This multi-day conference is held in a different location around the world each time - last year it was half way around the world in Kuala Lumpur. This year, it will be held in our backyard of Washington, DC. The Convention dates are August 17th-20th.

For more information, please see: Convention Details

If you wish to attend only one day, there is an option to do that. Some of our members will be attending on Saturday, when the World Championship of Public Speaking will be held. This speech contest begins at the club level - contestants have won their club, area, division and district level contests. The District Champions will compete in the Semifinals on Thursday and then the semifinal winners will continue to the World Championship. As you can imagine, the speeches they give are phenomenal. Saturday's ticket also includes lunch and a semi-formal dinner.
Pay for a Day option
Convention On Demand
Live Stream Store

Toastmasters Leadership Institute (TLI)

All Toastmasters can attend Toastmasters Leadership Institute (TLI). The training is free and you can participate in both the officer training classes and/or the Saturday electives offered. The following dates & locations are confirmed:

  • Saturday, August 27th* 8:45 AM 12:00 Noon (doors open at 8:00)
    Location: McCoart Administration Bldg.
    1 County Complex Court (Prince William Pkwy) Woodbridge, VA 22192
    Register
  • Wednesday, August 31st 6:00 pm 8:30 pm (registration opens at 5:30)
    Officer Training Only, No Electives (sponsored by District 36)
    RTUMC Foundry Building / Suite 200
    1055 Thomas Jefferson Street NW
    Washington, DC 20007
    Register

Saturday Sessions have Breakfast Snacks & Coffee Available (donations accepted)

*Electives Planned for the Saturday District 29 TLIs:
-How to Complete and use The Club Success Plan
-Conducting Quality Club Contests
-Getting the Most out of your Club Free Toast Host (FTH) Website
-Youth Leadership
Posted July 11th, last updated August 15th

Upcoming Contests

Fall Contests are Humorous Speeches and Table Topics. Save the dates:

  • Thursday, September 8th 12 - 1 pm Club Contest - regular meeting location 22110 Pacific Blvd Dulles, VA
  • Sunday, September 25th (tentative) Area 55 Contest
  • Saturday, October 8th, 2 pm 5 pm Division E Contest (Location TBD)
  • Saturday, November 5th District 29 Conference (McLean)

Contest Resources
Additional Contests in District 29

Toastmasters Goals and Resources

All Toastmasters members and clubs are always working toward goals. The Toastmasters member educational program is based on two tracks - Communication and Leadership. These tracks can be worked on simultaneously. All new members receive manuals to guide them through the program. Members and clubs who work toward the Toastmasters International goals learn a great deal and are recognized by Toastmasters International in the form of awards. More information about the educational award system can be found on the Toastmasters International website.

Communication Goals: The first 10 speeches are the basis of the Competent Communicator (CC) award.

Leadership Goals: In parallel with the communication track, members work toward the Competent Leadership (CL) award by following the manual or accomplishing the listed criteria, mainly by fulfilling club meeting roles.

New members receive 2 manuals when they join: the Competent Communicator (CC) manual (projects related to speeches) and the Competent Leadership (CL) manual (projects mainly based on meeting roles).

Advanced Communication and Leadership Goals: On the communication track, once a CC is achieved, members begin working toward the Advanced Communicator (AC) awards. The first two advanced manuals are free after the CC is submitted! On the leadership track, some of the criteria for the advanced goals can be met while still working on the initial level.
Each Advanced Leadership level has a list of leadership experiences or projects to accomplish. Becoming a club officer is an easy way to get started meeting one of the Advanced Leadership goals. Even new members can serve as officers.

Club Goals: Toastmasters International runs a program to recognize high-performing clubs through the Distinguished Club Program (DCP). Goals are related to Communication and Leadership accomplishments for both individual members, officers and the club as a whole. When the club focuses on meeting these goals, it can help the members meet their individual goals. Reports are updated at least weekly: DCP Report for Club 8224
We are: District 29, Division E, and Area 55, Club 00008224

Resources

Links for Potential Members:
About Toastmasters
Toastmasters International - Educational Program
Toastmasters listing for our club (additional contact info)
First Speech (Ice Breaker)

Links for New Members:
Competent Communicator Manual Summary (thanks District 4!)
Competent Leadership Manual Summary
Club Meeting Roles
CL Tracking Form (Excel download)

Links Related to Club Leadership:
Distinguished Club Program (DCP) Report
Club Leadership Handbook
Leader Letter
Resources (from District 29)
Club Constitution and Bylaws
(Download) Distinguished Club Program (DCP)

Links for Advanced Goals:
Advanced Communicator Manual Summaries
Advanced Communicator Goals
Advanced Leader Goals
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Our default conference room is the Cleveland Conference Room (101-R12-2 - 1st floor, just off the lobby).
Alternate Room Locations: Garfield (102-R12-2)/Hayes (102-R7-4) on the 2nd floor or Buchanan (106-R5-2) on the 6th floor