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Thank you Vancore!

This post is going to serve two purposes… First, I did not really have the chance to say goodbye properly as circumstances made it impossible for me to be at the past couple of meetings. I am having trouble coming … Continue reading

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Why Did the Chicken Join Vancore?

What must it be like to be on one of those improv shows like Whose Line is it Anyway? You’re fed an idea and you have to go somewhere funny with it right now. Spectacular fun for the audience when … Continue reading

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Steal this Table Topics Idea

VanCore president Kate has a drill she does with her ESL students to keep their language skills sharp. It goes like this: “Talk to me about bananas.” Off the student will go, on the subject of bananas, but fifteen or … Continue reading

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So I Says To This Guy, Eh…

The weirdest role at any Toastmasters meeting has to be that of the “um” and “ah” counter. It’s an important job – because speakers tent not to hear their own verbal tics, so it’s valuable to be presented with the … Continue reading

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A Tree in the Forest

What do you make of a guy beginning a speech with his measurements? Who does that? Maybe he’s hoping you’ll hire him to do underwear modeling. Or he’s not feeling well and has decided to order a pine casket just … Continue reading

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Let the Games Begin

This week’s jam-packed meeting featured not one by two competitions – an evaluation contest and the International Speech Contest, which pitted John’s boiling charisma against Bruce’s nerdy preparation. Lorne, who chaired, was kept busy doffing one hat and donning another. … Continue reading

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Travel Advisory

Heather had never give a speech before at a VanCore meeting, but she instinctively knew a good way to start: with a question. “Let me ask you this,” she said. “When in your life do you feel most free?” She … Continue reading

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