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The USA Country day followup from Alisher Tazhinov

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Dear Friends,

On December 21st we had a special meeting dedicated to the USA. Our guest was Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States to Kazakhstan Mr. George A. Krol. Unlike other ambassadors, who usually tell us about their countries and diplomatic relations with Kazakhstan, Mr. Krol gave us valuable insights on how to present yourself, how to gave motivational speech. Mr. Ambassador also shared history of his diplomatic path, while serving as an Ambassador to Belarus, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.

 

We were surprised about Mr. Krol’s deep knowledge of “Kokpar” – Kazakh famous game. He even noticed, that cowboys from Wyoming were specifically coming to Kazakhstan to learn playing “Kokpar”. Later Ambassador’s speech was followed by Q&A session, which lasted more than 10 minutes.
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At that day we had two more wonderful speakers:
Korlan Bektasova aka Deputy Mayor of Astana with her “Smog in the city” speech from “Communicating on video” manual.
Yerlan Meirbek with his speech about famous Russian scientist D.I.Mendeleyev.
Table topic session was lead by incredible Aidana Kenesbayeva, who prepared 7 questions about the US. Each participant of Table topic session was awarded by a pin, that marks 25th anniversary of establishing the diplomatic relations between Kazakhstan and the US.
 Korlan Bektasova won “Best prepared speaker” award. Yerik won “Best table topic speaker” and Raushan Satibaldiyeva was the best evaluator. Each winner was awarded with a T-shirt.
Special thanks to the secretary of our club Aigerim Akiltayeva for the organisation of the meeting and the US Embassy for providing the T-shirts and pins for participants.
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P.s. The video of the speech of Mr. Ambassador you can find on Youtube channel

The photos from the meeting are posted on our Facebook page
Bests,
Alisher Tazhinov.
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Success story: President Kanat Bazaraly (ACS, ALB)

Here is an interview with president of ATC, Kanat Bazaraly (ACS, ALB).

Hello, toastmaster, please, tell me the story how you decided to join Astana Toastmasters Club? Do you remember your first impression of the meeting?

The first time I came to the meeting was on September 2013, when I was mastering my English communication skills. Before joining ATC I was in American Corner discussion club few times. It was an American corner who first told me about ATC. I do remember my first impression: from the moment, I heard prepared speakers; I understand that this place is awesome for mastering presentation skills. That stack in my mind at that time as I believed (and it is still true) that the day will come when I present my product. And I do remember that I caught myself in a thought that one day I will speak better than Art Sergazinov, who has an outstanding English speaking skills (Art, accept the challenge).

2 As an advanced speaker, which project you are currently doing?

Right now I am about to start a journey toward Advanced Speaker Gold award, however I did not choice any manual yet. Sometimes I do feel that I need a break from the speeches to gather my thoughts and understand the direction where I want to be improved. From the beginning, I knew that I will complete CC, because manuals I was interested so much were advanced, however it took me the whole year with redoing 3 projects in CC manual. At the same time, I completed CL manual, which also helped me to become a better speaker.

3 As an experienced member can you give some advice for freshmen?

My advice for the freshmen will be don’t give up. In my case, achieving any of leadership or competent awards was not my utmost goal, yet it was a substitute for making myself a better speaker. I didn’t afraid of the audience, yet I was afraid (and sometimes still) of unprepared or weekly prepared speeches. That difficulty can be overcome only by “practice, practice, practice…”

4. What ATC gave to you for development?

The ATC introduced me to new friends, with similar attitude toward the life and world. Apart from that, it helped me (and still helping) to understand better the leadership phenomena. As an engineer and software developer, I have never believed I use my skills in my job, yet 2 times, I presented my projects, leading me to promotion). So the 2 crucial points I learned from toastmasters: public speaking skills can be useful any time and your voice can be heard and shared.

 

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Success story: Damira Kulahmetova (CC, ALB)

Hello, Damira, please, tell me the story when and why you decided to join Astana Toastmasters Club? 
I decided to join ATC because back in 2015 I wanted to become a part of a community in Astana of interesting people where I can grow and learn. My first impression back in 2013 wasn’t that great because to be honest it’s easy to judge the level of speakers while you are the audience, but when I tried to speak there I got why it was so challenging for some speakers to present.
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2. As an advanced speaker, which project you are currently doing? How long it took to complete CC manual?
I’m doing my second advanced manual called Humorously Speaking Manual. Competing CC manual took me less than a year I think, don’t really remember.
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3. What’s your favorite speech from CC Manual?
My favorite speech was my last project when I did a commencement speech to inspire the audience.
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4. As an experienced member can you give some advice to freshmen? 
My biggest challenge apart from fear of speaking in public was to meet the time limit for my speeches. I wanted to tell a lot about the subject that I cared about. If you have the same struggles, try to look at your speech from the audience’s perspective as if they knew nothing about your subject and select those stories and examples that would be the most relevant and memorable.
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5. What ATC gave to you for development?
When you do the speeches here in ATC the things that you learned don’t get noticed because well everybody here seems to know what the vocal variety is and the importance of personal stories in speeches. But what I realized when I took Business Communication class in MBA program that few people know this. I feel that even this ability to look at the speech from different dimensions, from you verbal and nonverbal communication tools, is beneficial.

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Country day Follow-up December 2, 2017 by Raushan Satibaldiyeva

Dear Toastmasters,

On December 2nd we had a special meeting dedicated to one of the most wonderful european countries – Hungary. Our honored guest – Dr. Andras Baranyi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary pf Hungary to Kazakhstan gave a speech about his country, his diplomatic mission in Kazakhstan, bilateral relationships between Kazakhstan and Hungary, and some facts that prove the historical ties of the countries. Did you know that Peoples of Kazakhstan and Hungary have common historical roots. Nowadays, about 100 thousands of descendants of kypshak (a Kazakh tribe) origin who migrated from the territory of modern Kazakhstan about 750 years ago reside in Hungary. Mr. Ambassador also mentioned the existence of the largest low-cost airline from Astana to Budapest named Wizzair. His speech was followed by Q&A session where the audience asked their questions to our honored guest.

We had 3 more speakers who delivered their speeches in Prepared speeches session. Almat Juvashev presented us his Project #3 from CC manual titled “Error is a human: prescription of medicine in outpatient settings”.

The third speaker was Aigerim Akiltayeva, who introduced her future HPL project, the title of her speech –  “Sharing my vision”.

Nurmukhambet Tashkenbayev told us about his trip to New York and shared some interesting stories under the title “New York – rubber city”. His project was #4 from CC manual.

After the prepared speeches session the audience voted for the best speaker and most votes went to Almat Juvashev who won Best Prepared speaker award.

 

Table topic session was led by Alisher Tazhinov who prepared 9 questions on Hungary, however most questions were for knowledge of some details and facts about country. We were very glad to know that most audience were aware of the country, its history, culture and traditions. Raushan Satibaldiyeva asnwered the last questions about the developing the relationships between Kazakhstan and Hungary, shared some tips and became the Best Table topic speaker.

 

Saule Temirbayeva, our VP Education led Evaluation session where her team members: Grammarian Gulbanu Dyyssupova, Ah counter Asset Omirzhanov and Timer Zulfiya Hazhina were doing a good job during the whole meeting and provided their own reports at the end of the meeting. Speech evaluators team consisted of three advanced and experienced evaluators: Korlan Bektassova, Saule Temirbayeva and Kanat Bazaraly. The audience chose Korlan Bektassova as the Best evaluator of the meeting.

We had a lot of newcomers and guests who were very interested in the country and our club, who were very active during Table topic session and hopefully join our club as a member.

The meeting was marvelous  and entertaining because of the speeches, new information, feedbacks and friendly and nice atmosphere at the meeting thanks to our Guest speaker, speakers, role takers and guests.

Many thanks to Alisher Tazhinov who invited Mr. Ambassador and Aigerim Akiltayeva who was a Toastmaster of the meeting.

P.s. The video of the speech of Mr. Ambassador we can find on Youtube channel:

And the photos from the meeting are posted on ATC Facebook page

Sincerely,

Raushan Satibaldiyeva

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