Author Archives: vancoretoastmasters

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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New Location This Wednesday

Please note that we won’t be meeting in our usual place — 889 West Pender — on Wednesday, Jan. 20. DON’T GO THERE. Instead, please shuffle over to the ING building on West Pender and Howe.  Address – 466 Howe … Continue reading

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Give like the Dickens

There’s something special about Speech #10 in the Competent Communicator Manual. It’s the one all the others have been building to. If you’ve made it to 10, you’ve learned to stem the panic, to apply solid research, to focus your … Continue reading

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“The Man Thing”

This week’s meeting, which started small but gained momentum as a few members trickled in late, revealed something interesting. The body language of the speakers broke along gender lines. “He spoke very strongly and clearly,” said Susan in her evaluation … Continue reading

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