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Public Speaking Workshop

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

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Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Public Speaking Workshop
Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm


Age Limit18 and up

Do you want to be a more effective and engaging public speaker? Wait no more! Presenters from Voicetrainer, LLC and District 36 Toastmasters will provide DC EcoWomen with a variety of tactics and best practices to make YOU a more effective and powerful public speaker. 

Laura Purcell Verdun from Voicetrainer, LLC will provide insights into breath and nerve management as well as how you can make use of vocal pitch and pacing for more effective communication. Presenters from Toastmasters, a global nonprofit organization empowering people to become more effective speakers and leaders, will discuss the fundamentals of public speaking and will provide tips and tricks for improved group communication as well as an interactive session on impromptu speaking. 

Laura Purcell Verdun (Voicetrainer, LLC) is a certified and licensed Speech Pathologist, and Communication Coach, with Voicetrainer LLC.  She specializes in the refinement of voice, speaking, and communication and presentation skills for the professional. She guides individual clients, including graduate and medical students, analysts, attorneys, scientists, voice-over, radio and on-air talent, politicians, executives, etc. to sharpen those skills when they are not meeting daily demands, or when they need to bring their skills to the next level.  The primary focus is always on speaking with purpose and impact.

Ena Okah (District 36 Toastmasters) is a Distinguished Toastmaster with a professional background in healthcare as well as a leadership and communication consultant. She joined Toastmasters in 2011, and over the past six years, she has served in a plethora of leadership roles from the club to the area, division and district levels. Her areas of passion are leadership development, capacity building, emotional intelligence, innovation, motivation and servant leadership. As District Director, her commitment is to help all of the members of District 36 develop and expand their communication and leadership capacity by embracing the district slogan Dare to Reach, Stretch, Grow!

Danielle Derrick (District 36 Toastmasters) joined Toastmasters in December 2008 after attending a demo meeting at her former employer. In that club, she served as President before moving on to the Speech Regulators Toastmasters club where she served as Vice President Education and President. In 2014, she served as the Area 51 Governor achieving Select Distinguished Status. However, Danielle discovered her true passion for leading and inspiring people in 2015 serving as the Division E Director. In that role, she managed a team of six Area Directors to become President’s Distinguished. In the role as Program Quality Director, Danielle hopes to elevate the quality of the Toastmasters experience for all members by getting the majority of club officers trained, holding exciting conferences and helping the District clubs become distinguished organically.

Tanya Pritchett (District 36 Toastmasters) began her Toastmasters journey reaching out and working with coworkers to charter a club at her work location. Unfortunately, that office closed, and the employees relocated resulting in Tanya joining Chesapeake Toastmasters Club in October 2006 where she’s been a member ever since. After joining, she became a club officer and has held every club officer position over the year. She also served as a Club Coach Coordinator on the Club Growth Team where she supported club coaches with resources for success. Tanya’s passion for the mission and vision of Toastmasters has cultivated her growth within the organization resulting in her joining the District Trio this 2017-2018 year as Club Growth Director. Outside of Toastmasters Tanya Dares to Reach, Stretch and Grow as a health and wellness entrepreneur, as a world traveler, in her many hobbies including dance and photography and while spending time with family and friends.

Please note that this workshop is open only to those who identify as women, including members of the LGBTQ community and gender fluid individuals.

Please also note that we are unable to issue refunds within 48 hours of the event.
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Please bring your questions, business cards, and a pen and paper to take notes.
PerksLight refreshments will be served.
Parking DetailsNo parking is available. The venue is accessible via the Dupont Circle metro stop on the Red Line and there is also a nearby bike rack.

Location: Friends Meeting of Washington, 2111 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008