Tag Archives: Public Speaking

Freedom Fighters

There are many teachers among the VanCore member pool, and Kate’s one of them. Lately Kate has been teaching the British philosopher John Stuart Mill, who has strong opinions on liberty. Mill raises fascinating questions about how much freedom the … 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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L’chaim! (“To life!”)

We all have our crutches — all of us, no matter how experienced a speaker we are. Past-president Susan’s crutch is a sometimes overdependence on notes. But Susan didn’t look at her notes even once during this week’s great speech. … 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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Say it Like You Mean It: Eunoia

Not all Toastmasters clubs include a “Word of the Day” on their weekly agendas, but VanCore does, and it’s hard now to imagine a meeting without it. There have been some obvious words, some silly ones, and some crazily obscure … 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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House Beautiful

When you throw an “Open House” there are usually mixed feelings. A new phase of life is nigh! But a stream of strangers just questioned your taste in wallpaper, and now you have to get your carpet cleaned. Fortunately, there … Continue reading

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Higher, Faster, More Eloquent

Raise a glass to the Canadian Olympians! This week’s meeting of VanCore toastmasters began with a toast to the Olympic ethic: perseverance, courage, and extremely low body fat. That’s Toastmasters’ credo, too, of course. (Minus the body-fat part.) Cory, our … Continue reading

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Lessons From A World Champion Public Speaker

In 2001, Darren LaCroix outspoke 25,000 contestants from 14 countries to become the World Champion of Public Speaking. Since that victory, Darren has traveled the world demystifying the process of creating a powerful speech. “When you humorize, you humanize,” he … 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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