Tag Archives: speakconfidently

Community Connection with Public Speaking

Public speaking is all about connection, and that’s hard enough when your audience is right there in front of you. It’s crazily more difficult when they’re also online, as the pandemic taught us all. Vancore Toastmasters — and many other … 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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Let’s Talk Food Stories

“Make your favourite meal for us!” If you’ve ever been asked to do that — in words, not beans and butter — you know how hard it is. But the folks who took on this week’s Table Topics question rose … Continue reading

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Category 5 Toastmasters Tornado Meeting Hits Vancouver!

One of the most common questions children often hear is, What do you want to be when you grow up?  A child who grew up in a family of doctors might say, “I want to be a doctor like my dad.”   … 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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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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