Tag Archives: Downtown Toastmasters

Judging the Judges

If you’re training food critics, you probably send them to Tojo’s, not McDonald’s. Critics rise to the level of the quality of what’s served to them. (In theory.) If you’re holding an evaluation contest — as VanCore did this week … Continue reading

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Note: This Week We Meet Down the Street

VanCore members, guests and assorted curious looky-loos are reminded that we’re meeting in a temporary location this week. It’s the Eclipse Boardroom, on the 2nd floor of 1055 W. Hastings Street. That’s about two blocks northwest of our usual digs. … Continue reading

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Next Meeting at Murchie’s: Coffee’s On Us

A great speech often just boils down to “show and tell.” Remember this great tradition from elementary school? Every day one kid brought something from home and gave a short presentation about it. (Four to six minutes, red light at … Continue reading

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To Auntie Em

“In our world of big names, curiously, our true heroes tend to be anonymous.” That’s from the historian Daniel Boorstin. It could have been the theme of this week’s meeting. No one planned it, but member after member weighed in … Continue reading

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This is Where I Live (Honest)

Quick: in two minutes or less, explain and defend your home province. Easy enough, right? But what if you were asked, on the spot, to explain a different province? Maybe one that you’re not that familiar with or, gulp, never … Continue reading

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Funny Strange or Funny Ha-Ha?

Have you noticed nobody tells jokes anymore? Maybe it’s because they’re so dangerous. What one person finds hilarious another may find grossly offensive (and it’s hard to predict these things in advance.) Plus which, they’re hard to tell well. Get … Continue reading

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High Dive. No Net, No Problem

What’s the scariest way to spend 120 seconds? Not bungee-jumping, spider-purging or opening your Telus bill. For some the scariest two minutes is their first crack at Table Topics. Table Topics is of course the one unstructured part of a … Continue reading

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Vancore Toastmasters Becomes A Distinguished Club!

Congratulations!  VanCore Toastmasters…it’s official.  We are now a Distinguished Club.  Thanks to dedicated member Mary Lou Miles, Immediate Past President of the Sunshine Rotarian Club in Richmond, she promised to have her 10th Speech done before the end of June … Continue reading

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An Exhibition, Not a Competition (Please: no wagering)

Folks, no one ever won the Tour de France without a handful of unsung teammates quietly breaking the way. Similarly, in Toastmasters, there are times when a couple of stars are pushing for a big goal, and the team folds … Continue reading

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Summary and Ice Breaker Debuts

Cory chaired the final meeting in May and our VanCore Toastmasters club continues to grow with healthy attendance of enthusiastic speakers.  Roles were quickly assigned by Cory and upon recognition of all present the meeting speeches proceeded with Connie’s, ever … Continue reading

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