City View Inspires Vancore Meeting

Vancore Toastmasters club changes venue occasionally when our usual venue is not available. If you’re a guest and not on our weekly member e-mail list, check our website for updates or email to confirm the venue.

For our May 24th meeting, we convened at a private meeting room on the roof top of 745 Thurlow. We were treated to a gorgeous view of the city! Our beautiful location inspired meeting attendees to step out of their comfort zones. We saw several new members take on meeting roles for the first time and a seasoned member deliver a spontaneous speech on her experience using Toastmasters to rehearse her public talk.


We love having fun at Vancore Toastmasters!  Stay tuned for announcement of our upcoming club social at the rooftop venue this summer.

Wednesday at 3 PM
We’re back at 8th floor – 889 W. Pender Street!

See you there!

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Rising up to the Challenge: Impromtu Speaking

At our April 5th meeting, three speech slots became available due to a cancellation of a prepared speech. To fill the agenda, the chairperson put out a challenge to anyone at the meeting to volunteer for an impromptu speech.

Not one, but three people put up their hand! A record at Vancore! As the meeting progressed, each speaker had 10-20 minutes to think about their speech before being called up. Ben, a brand new member, spoke about alternative energy. Connie, a seasoned member, spoke about nuclear energy. Shan, a first-time guest, spoke about what it means to be an introvert. What made them successful was speaking from their hearts on subjects that matter to them. Kudos to all the speakers for stepping up and displaying their courage!

Watch the short training video below on how to deliver an impromptu speech. The impromptu speakers at the Vancore meeting employed many of the techniques and tips discussed.

Vancore meetings provide a supportive environment for members and guests at various levels of their speaking journey. Come to a Vancore meeting and practice what you learned. Practice makes perfect!

When: Wednesday at 3 pm

889 W. Pender Street, 8th floor
Vancouver, BC

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Ace Your Job Interview and Land the Job

Watch this 5 minute Video to Job Interview Tips

Here’s a brief summary of what you’ll learn:

  1. Know your values and interests. Understand where you best fit in.
  2. Know your resume. Think through your examples in advance.
  3. Use a strong voice and commit to your answers. Use your voice to display your passion and how serious and committed you are for your job.
  4. Let your body language to speak well of you, and help you appear confident and competent.
  5. Stop, listen and then respond. Use examples to demonstrate the skills you’re describing.

Always keep your answers and demeanor positive.

When you consistently practice these communication skills, you’ll confidently go into job interviews ready to shine. How to do this? Vancore Toastmasters Meetings gives you a supportive environment to practice, receive feedback and improve. Come to the next meeting this Wednesday at 3 pm and we’ll show you how. Guests are welcome!

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5 Basic Public Speaking Tips

Click video to learn the Five Basic Public Speaking Tips

Summary of the Tips:

  1. Know your subject and your speech
  2. Know your audience and your space
  3. Never apologize
  4. Imagine yourself giving a great speech
  5. Focus on your message, not on yourself
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UP CLOSE: Vincent Cua, Vancore Past President


Vincent Cua: Past President, Vancore Toastmasters


Vincent Cua, a proud member of Vancore for over two years, recently completed his 2015-2016 term as president of Vancore.

Our enthusiastic and hard-working past president took some time to reflect on his very busy year and some of the inner workings that make up Vancore.


Q & A with VINCENT

What made you decide to run for president of Vancore?

I wanted to have a say in how our club interacts with our Toastmasters Area and other clubs. I had a good experience as the club’s Sergeant at Arms the previous year and wanted to help the club in other areas, as I very much want our club to succeed.

What were the highlights of your term?

I am happy to report that Vancore earned the club Select Distinguished status as a result of accumulating 7 Distinguished Club Program (DCP) points.

It has been a good learning experience getting to know and work with the club officers. I learned about myself in a leadership role. I have better awareness of my personal strengths, such as being hands-on and my ability to adapt as roles and needs arise. I also learned of areas where I can improve such as delegation and inspiration.

Vancore has a reputation of being a strong and resilient club despite the ebbs and flows of membership and I am proud to have made a contribution.

 What were some challenges?

It was challenging to find the time to fully commit to the club. There are many tasks that need to done behind the scenes for weekly meetings to run smoothly, and to make for a successful club. Since I like being hands-on, I took on more roles and tasks than I was able to manage with my time. If I were to do things differently, I would focus on delegating many of the tasks and spend time enabling the executive team to perform their responsibilities.

Some areas for club improvement include implementing member feedback and putting a system in place to help the executive learn their roles.

What do you feel you have accomplished?

I’m happy to have lead the club earn club Select Distinguished status as a result of accumulating 7 Distinguished Club Program (DCP) points through various club activities and initiatives.

We have taken steps to put new energy back into the club following some turnover over the past few years. The participation of many new members has been encouraging. Over the past few months, we initiated club Moments of Truth and a membership survey to actively improve the club so members get the most from their membership and participation at meetings.

How will you continue to be involved with Vancore?

I will move on to serve as the club’s Vice President of Education, in charge of making sure members have mentors to help them with their goals, organizing club contests, and encouraging the club to continue to work through their manuals and improve their communication skills.

Thank you, Vincent, for your leadership and hard work in making a Vancore a better club for members. We wish you all the best as you progress into your next leadership role!


VANCORE OFFICERS for 2016-2017 

President – Jonathan Buchanan

Vice President of Education – Vincent Cua

Vice President of Membership – Connie Hubbs

Vice President of Public Relations – Debra Jang

Treasurer – Kate Hallanzy

Secretary – Rei Tamori

Sergeant at Arms – Miki Aizawa


Many of your Vancore officers attend each meeting. Reach out to us if you have questions about the club and how to get the most out of each meeting.

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Moments of Truth

Did the title get your attention?

Moments of Truth may sound imposing but like most things at Toastmasters, it is really an opportunity for learning, and especially a time for reflection. How can Vancore better serve you and your goals? How can we improve your member experience?

Tomorrow on June 8th at 4:15 pm, following our regularly scheduled meeting, Kate Hallanzy will be chairing a 45 minute session called Moments of Truth, a Toastmasters module where we will reflect on six aspects of the club:

  • First Impressions
  • Membership Orientation
  • Fellowship, Variety, Communication
  • Program Planning and Meeting Organization
  • Membership Strength
  • Achievement Recognition

Toastmasters Meeting: 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM
Moments of Truth session: 4:15 PM to 5:00 PM

Please stay after the regular Toastmasters meeting. Your feedback is vital to help improve the club so it can better serve you. Have you ever attended a Vancore meeting and a question, idea, or desire for the club popped into your head but you didn’t know how to share? This is your time!



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Bruce Grierson to Speak at Conference

Bruce Grierson

Vancore is very proud of Bruce Grierson for seizing the opportunity to deliver a speech at the upcoming Area 96 Spring Conference education workshop. Bruce is a long-standing Vancore member and an accomplished author of “What Makes Olga Run”.


Bruce took time out to answer a few questions…

What motivated you to enter as a workshop speaker?

BG: It’s a great event, one I thought I’d like to be part of if I could make the cut. More generally, it’s a chance to step outside the familiar confines of our little club. Stage time is stage time, but stage time in front of a crowd is better because it’s harder. Stakes are higher.

What is the title of your speech? Why did you choose this subject?

BG: It’s called One Big Day. It’s a “carpe diem” message, but with a twist. This is something I’ve been thinking about for a decade — but my friend Olga inspired me to get going on it. I’m hoping to write a book about it. For the time being it’s a web-based project, but talking it up will help. 

What are you doing to prepare for the speech?

BG: I’ve workshopped parts of it here at Vancore — invaluable. Also did a run-through of the whole thing at the Advanced Leaders Lab: again, invaluable feedback that I took to heart and actually used to tweak the presentation significantly. Otherwise I do it in my head while walking the dog on the Baden Powell Trail. People see me talking to myself and give us a wide berth.

How has participating in Vancore prepared you for this point in your public speaking journey?

BG: Vancore’s been awesome. Again, it’s the repetition, just standing up and talking off the cuff every week, that’s key. As the club’s co-founder Jim Paterson used to say, “The more you come, the better you get.”

Anything else you would like to add?

BG: Toastmasters is the most undervalued thing out there. So cheap relative to the benefits. And there aren’t many people who couldn’t benefit from practicing speaking in public.

Thank you, Bruce, and all the best!

Let’s support Bruce as he takes his public speaking to the next level. Attend the Toastmasters Area 96 Spring Conference and listen to Bruce deliver his speech this Saturday, May 14th at 9 AM. Expect lots of laughs as he uses props to illustrate his points.

Register for the entire weekend Conference or just for one day. Attend for valuable education, inspiration, networking and lots of fun!

Also remember to come out to this Wednesday’s meeting to learn and practice your public speaking. You may even get to hear Bruce deliver a speech, and maybe get his autograph!

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