Anuar-Zhumabayev

A word from President: June

Dear toastmasters!

It is the end of the June of 2016, and also the end of our officers term at Astana Toastmasters Club.

First of all, I would like to thank every single member of the club, who took any role during last 12 months. As we all know, our club is built by those, who were eager to learn by practice, and do it through team work, which is developing every single meeting, when, on one day, you present a speech and recieve effective evaluation, and on another, you are helping speaker to control his/her time or organizing the possibility to present a speech. All role takers are indespensible for our community and I send you my grattitude from the deepest part of my heart.

Secondly, I want to highlight the exceptional work of such officers as Korlan Bektassova and Elmira Baltabayeva. All officers were ready to fullfill their responsibilities and showed great respect to the honor they received, when they were elected. But Korlan and Elmira have showed for 12 months that they are ready to do even more, when necessary. And I am eager to witness what Korlan is preparing for her presidential term. Indira and Damira joined our officer team later in our term, but both took the initiative and proved myself wrong, when I felt that I cannot trust people hundred per cent in fullfilling their responsibilities. Anara, Asset and Daulet taught me a ton on leadership skills and I would like to thank them a lot. Whenever I had doubt, they showed me the alternatives and helped our officer team to see processes in our club from different perspective. I am proud that I was leading such people for past 12 months and, to be honest, I don’t think I deserved such opportunity in first place.

During last year, we reached a lot of goals, what our members aimed for. We had great events and some entertaining speech contests. So many members had fascinating ideas, and so many times I was surprised by creativity and desire people showed during organizing meetings and gatherings. During 2015-2016 term thrice I had personal moments, when I thought that I am failing as a president, four times I was told by members that I should consider resigning and twice I was recieved strong approval from members to continue work our officer team is doing. It proved to me again that ATC is the great platform to learn by practice your leadership skills and understand the basics of project management.

Astana Toastmasters Club is the place to find friends, opportunities and revelations. My last kind request as a President of ATC to our members is to not forget why you decided to join the club in first place and don’t be afraid to changes, don’t be afraid to speak up, when you think something is wrong, but be respectful in discussions and communicate more, talk more, connect more with each other, because, as a former civil enginner, I can say that bridges are very hard to build and so easy to damage.

Anuar Zhumabayev

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Meeting Follow-up by Assiya Babayeva

Dear Toastmasters,

Here is the follow-up note from the passed Saturday meeting, June 18th.

The meeting was devoted to pop culture. We had a full house of advanced speakers, 3 out of 4.  The first speaker was Olessya Akimenko presenting the 4th project from Storytelling manual. Olessya told us a beautiful story titled “The train to the warm lands”. The second speaker was Aigerim Akiltayeva who showed us three ways to discover our inner natural reserves.Then we were offered to pay our attention to music and wonderful things it might cause by our super advanced speaker, Assem Panova who was delivering a speech from Professional speaker manual. Assem discussed how music with only 7 notes is able to create miracle. The last but not least was another brilliant experienced speaker, Indira Kyilybayeva. Indira presented the 4th project from Speaking to inform manual and gave us a detailed and informative speech – Air Astana: 2015 annual report for the board of directors. The best speaker within that tough competition among titaniums became Assem Panova. Congratulations!

The table topic session led by Dzhamilya Serikbayeva was full of colourful images and curious questions. The audince were asnwering them easily and with pleasure. The best table topic speaker became our Mr. President, Anuar Zhumabayev. 

I’d like to express my gratitude and impression to the evaluation team, particularly to the speakers’ evaluators, Asset Abuov, Anuar Zhumabayev, Assiya Babayeva and Olessya Akimenko for giving great feedback and recomendations. The best evaluator of the last meeting was Anuar Zhumabayev. Mr. President you rocked that day.

Overall the meeting was nice and our current President proposed one interesting thing regarding word of the day… Which one…? Join us next meeting and I’ll share it with you 😉

Best regards,

Assiya, Toastmaster

Assel-Stambekova

Success Story: My ACG story with Assel Stambekova

Why I joined ATC

I joined ATC in February 2014 because initially I wanted to make friends in Astana. I’ve already known about Toastmasters so my motivation to join the club was not linked to public speaking per se. However, as time goes, thanks to the club I’ve met a good number of smart enthusiastic and hilarious young people that shape ATC accordingly. Interesting young people and their hobbies is still the main source of my motivation to come back to the club from time to time.

What manuals I have chosen for ACG and why

Last two manuals I’ve chosen to complete during ACG were Interpreative reading manual and Professional Speaker. ACG is the last step in Communication track in Toastmasters which means that by this time you are expected to have grown as a speaker, as a professional speaker. You are able not only to conquer stage fear but also deliver great public speaking experiences both for the audience and for yourself. I knew my strengths and weaknesses as well as my personal goals in public speaking, that is why Interpretive Reading was chosen on a basis of pampering myself and Professional Speaker to test my public speaking skills.

My favourite speech from ACG manuals

My favourite speech among all ten for ACG was The Sound of Silence from Interpretive Reading manual. The first challenge was to recite a poem which demonstrates differences between poetry and prose, and recognise how poets use imagery, rhythm, cadence, and rhyme to convey the meanings and emotions of their poetry. Additionally, I had to meet time requirements of up to eight minutes. The second challenge was in the choice of the “poem” which originally was a four-minute song, and I twisted it differently to meet all project  objectives and also to have fun.

My preparation to speeches

In February 2014 I made a draft planning of delivering 2 speeches per month without skipping or missing an opportunity so that by 2016 I’d finish the Communication path. The rationale of this planning lies in experiential learning, seeing progress or if there is no progress, working on how to improve my public speaking skills and at the same time enjoying participation. In other words, my goal-setting on the whole and speech preparation process in details were connected to these values. Having understood that, it was clear for me to see my strengths and weaknesses. Thus, for example, I wrote one of my 46 speeches only once simply because speech scripts never work for me.
During my officer’s term in 2014-15 I was delivering slightly more speeches connected to my officer’s responsiblities as well on the topics of Success Leadership , Better Speakers or Success Communication.
The way I choose topics for speeches is based on many perspectives. It depends on the manual I’m doing, external reality, audience age range and their interests, etc. So I never choose topics from my self-perspective only.

What was the easiest and the hardest part in projects

There was never the easiest or the hardest part in projects I did. I believe apart from the stage fear that many speakers experience, the audience and how they will swallow and digest the speech is the ultimate challenge that speakers shall always keep in mind. Whether you’re a successful speaker or not depends on how the audience reacted to your speech content and delivery. If you made a difference at least in one person’s life, you’ve already done a lot!

What advice can I give to all members who want to complete or struggling to complete this manual

I’m not the best advisor 😉 However, I’d suggest to anybody who’s decided to do public speaking. Eventually we all want to be remembered for doing good things and delivering great speeches. Great speeches is a very vague notion. Define for yourself what you want to be remembered for and Why, and do your best to accomplish it.

 

I’d like to thank members of Toastmasters worldwide because they can make you feel home and treat you as a friend even if you do not know them very well or they’re complete strangers for you.

Enjoy your TM journey and have excellent speeches ahead!

Regards,
Assel Stambekova
ACG, ALB