Tag Archives: Downtown Toastmasters

Impromptu Speaking Helps You Grow

“Sometimes I’ll start a sentence and I don’t even know where it’s going. I just hope I find it along the way.”                                            — Michael Scott, The Office. Now you know why the head of Dunder Mifflin paper company is … Continue reading

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Stepping Into the Future with Hybrid

The Covid era taught us something about the future of meetings: they’re going to be hybrid — part live, part online. Some folks will be there in the flesh, and some won’t. Last week Vancore stepped into that future, with … Continue reading

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Icebreaker: What Great Stories are About

Great stories are all about the “telling detail,” a specific little observation or description or scrap of dialogue that SELLS it. Lori gave her icebreaker speech at the last meeting. Around 20 years ago, Lori told us, she found herself … Continue reading

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Sharing Stories: A World Journey Icebreaker

“At the end of every road you meet yourself.” So said the playwright S.N. Behrman. Fortunately, introductions also come at the BEGINNING of the road. In Toastmasters we call it the Icebreaker. And it’s one of the best part of … Continue reading

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How to Broaden Our Perspective

And so a year of heavy weather in so many ways comes to a close. Vancore is fortunate to be graced with two meteorologists in the mix, each with their own perspectives and speaking styles. Their job this 2021 year … Continue reading

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How to Build Your Expertise with Public Speaking

When you have a professional meterologist on the roster, things heat up quickly. Heeeeerrrrree came….Giselle, capping a summer of weather like no other. A summer when Lytton, BC smashed the record for highest temperature in Canada ever — for three … Continue reading

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Remembering Susan Chew

Long-Time Member Became the Heart of Vancore There are times in life when we’re called to meet a moment with a few carefully chosen public words. This week was one of them. Beloved long-time Vancore Toastmasters member, Susan Chew — … Continue reading

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How to Cultivate Good Conversation Skills

Why is it important to cultivate conversations skills if you want to succeed in life? We need productive relationships to succeed professionally and have meaningful relationships for a happy, fulfilling life, and conversations are the foundation of all relationships. Conversations … Continue reading

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Wednesday Recap: Public Speaking is Infectious!

Funny thing about public speaking: it’s infectious! In Toastmasters, sometimes a theme comes up and everyone seems to “catch it,” like a cold. And next thing you know everyone’s talking about it one way or another. Case in point: this … Continue reading

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Wednesday Meeting Recap: Rocking Our Speaking Skills!

Vancore was founded by mining folks — hence the name! — and Jonathan Buchanan, former club president and current treasurer, gamely carries the industry’s gem-like flame. It takes a talent to make rocks interesting! At the September 1, 2021 meeting, … Continue reading

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