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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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One more time!

We are moving to a new Venue once again! Wednesday February 5, we will be at Suite 1505, 700 west Pender Street. Next week we will be back to our usual home at AME!

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Don’t Go There. (Go Here.)

Heads up that VanCore’s normal digs are unavailable to us this Wednesday and next — that’s Jan. 29 and Feb 5. However, GOOD NEWS. Hans is kindly allowing us to use his boardroom. Even Better News: it’s only one block … Continue reading

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