КВН- ATC Birthday Party!

23rd of February is a very important day for each member of this wonderful club. Astana Toastmasters club was launched in 2010 by Samat and Assem Panovy. Our gratitude for these people is tremendous. If there weren’t them, there wouldn’t be so many stories told, friendships, marriages and us – speakers and leaders. Every year we throw a unique Birthday Party. As for last year, members of ATC let the people to escape from a reality into the wonder land – Lalaland, where life became so Indian – happy and vibrant, full of romance and dreams. No doubts of talents possessed by the people of the most fabulous community in the world – Toastmasters club!

This year directly from the musical world Lalaland, we travelled to Hahaland! For the first time in the history of ATC, we decided to organize Birthday party in the style of КВН. Doubts were floating in the clouds: whether people would agree to participate? According to the statistics, few people can make jokes. Screw statistics, if there is no risk, there is no thrill.

I appointed myself as a project leader. I had an experience in leading small projects and assisting many large ones. Thus, surprisingly, it was the first time to organize such a special event.

After officers’ benediction, I began to look for comrades to organize a party. Here I made the best choice. I wouldn’t be able to do it myself without these lovely ladies: the most creative person I ever met – Kamila, the most responsible and lovely Aidana, the funniest and easiest person to work with Assiya, and, of course, the most valuable member of our team – Kamila’s daughter – Emy! I was honored to work with them. They are relatively new members of ATC (especially Emy), I felt responsible to get them acquainted closer with the community and its culture.

“In the street named by Kazakh khan Kenesary, in Georgian restaurant “Mamashvili”, American club conducted КВН Birthday party in Russian”.

The day has come. I entered the restaurant and … fell down!!! My thoughts went wild: “OMG! What the hack is that? Is it a precautionary sign? Where is a yoga mat? Why ever don’t I meditate?” I sat and took a deep breath. I felt like I was Bridgett Jones, always finding herself in peculiar situations. “Everything will be fine, don’t believe these stupid superstitions.” – whispered my angels whereas demons took the piss out of me: “Misfortune never comes alone”. What do you think is happened? Unfortunately, I need to list them:

  • Invited local band Rivendell approaches: “we can’t perform! The equipment check is failed.”
  • Administrator shook her head: “ it is the first time when such a malfunction appears”
  • Team members were dramatically late
  • The KVN hadn’t started yet, but the food was half eaten
  • Decoration didn’t want to hang on the wall but instead chilled on the sofa.
  • Couldn’t remember song lines!

I closed my eyes and heard Moby: “Don’t let me make the same mistake again!” At the moment, I wanted to put my head in the sand as an ostrich, but remembered that it is a legend: the ostriches don’t put their heads in the sand! When they are cornered – they kick off with their strong hoofs!”  I am not the ostrich, but I had an alternative hoof: high heels. That’s how I fought with occurred problems:

  • Rivedelle performed a Capella
  • Later Batyrzhan fixed a technical problem
  • Teams soon or later arrived
  • The audience was full and happy
  • Decoration is happily resting on the sofa, allowing to take a photo as you wish
  • You can always sing lalalala


The opening was stunning! Everyone enjoyed a magical Jamilya’s voice and a tender play of guitar! They performed indie rock songs. People were dancing, listening soulful notes, uploading stories in Instagram.


Afterwards, the word was given to our beloved president Kanat, who presented us lovely pins with the encrypted words: I love  Astana Toastmasters Club!


Fanfare! Tantara!

The hosts – Kamila and I – entered the room to begin КВН


When we were assigning captains, we knew that Saule, Almat, Kanat are true leaders who can inspire others to participate in KVN. I know that time is precious, everyone is busy, and however, I believed in success: such events ignite in people creativity, polish team working skills, open in you undiscovered talents, and realize child dreams so on.  There are so many opportunities that wouldn’t be ignored by the true toastmasters.


Teams  “Competent Communicators& Persuasive Competitors” lead by Almat J, “Lalaland” by Saule T., and  “Tosters” by Kanat B. were invited to the stage. My reaction to their performances was WOW! They were funny, artistic, musical, and creative! They were fabulous!

They competed in the following contests:

  1. Introduce your team
  2. STEM
  3. Razminka
  4. Musical

It is impossible to describe in words and write down all the performances. I will highlight the most memorable and bright scenes of each team. The teams showed themselves in different styles, but most of their jokes were related to ATC.



  1. Saltanat
  2. Ainur
  3. Aibatyr
  4. Rustem
  5. Aizhan

This team from the very beginning showed themselves as true comedians. Their self-irony could reach the highest top- Everest. I don’t know how guys persuaded girls to appear according to their bra size, but this sacrifice definitely made the audience cry out their eyes. I guess everyone would agree that the most unique performance, which created a buzz among all of us was a “Cow is dead!” in the 4th competition.

1st  Saltanat who performed a cow’s role was the sexiest and most adorable.

2nd Ainur could win Oscar for the most dramatic role – dairy-woman.

3rd Girls are in the line after Rustem who played Predsedatel’s role

4th The most laid-back policeman – Aibatyr!

I am sure that they still receive comments and messages, asking to send videos and mb even asking for dates




  1. Kanat
  2. Asset
  3. Aigerim A
  4. Gulzada
  5. Serob
  6. Galiya
  7. Alisher

If CCPC were laughing at themselves, Tosters were making fun of others. The officers and other active members of ATC were imitated brilliantly. Especially, I loved the scenes how the officers were presented, especially, VP PR, Treasure and Sergeant at Arms:

1st Ainur jumping off the plane to make photos

2nd Alisher trying to invite VIP people to give a speech in ATC

3rd Sergeant at Arms cleaning the room after the meeting


SO ATC! Just for these genius performances, I would give them GOLD! Through their jokes, we could see the pathway of toastmasters, starting their journey from the icebreaker and reaching finishing line. The hot tosters made a fantastic job to perceive ATC in a funny and entertaining way throughout all competitions!




  1. Saule
  2. Aigerim j.
  3. Yura P.
  4. Nani
  5. Raushan
  6. Bairam


Well, the absolute winners and favorites of all were LaLaLand! They were the most artistic and musical ones. It almost consisted from the last year Lalaland cast. Even the opponents admit that they deserved a victory. Every miniature was well structured, thoughtful and unpredictable. My favorite performances:

1st The grammarian’s inner voice – an arrogant bitch – surprisingly belongs to Bairam, who in the end doesn’t take any notes.

2nd  I was amazed how they managed to correlate middle age times: Khan-warrior conquering Otyrar library was such a blast!

3rd The recent news haven’t got unnoticed which was perfectly mirrored in the style of musical “Chicago”. The toastmasters behind the bars make confession of the murders. But one can’t judge them because if he/she was them, he/ she would have also killed the villain grammarians, evaluators, mentors and unfair contest organizers!


The jury on behalf of Korlan, Aiganym, Baur, Rafael. Aibol Nigmetov  didn’t expect such preparation as well as others. They were very pleased and gave a fair assessment for the performances.



The winners are announced, the main prize – an orange in the box – goes to Lalaland! Excuse me, not an orange – Apple! Oops, I meant the certificate to dine in a fine restaurant Del Papa!

After KVN, there were games and music. Batyrzhan, who is socially active in ATC, performed two songs. In the end, the girl band “Diverso”, consisting from Nani, Aidana, Zhanna and Aigerim demonstrated perfect vocal variety in « fantasia» ( попурри из популярных мелодий).


In the end, there was annual award “ Best of the best”, where active members and officers were cherished for their hard work. And of course, there is no party ending without a group photo!


Thank you to:






Aidana Karabassova











With love,

Zhanna Kussainova


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Follow-up Winter Olympic Games 2018

“Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be in your favour!” – that is how VIII ATC Winter Olympic Games started on the glade of Abylai Khan in Burabay National Park on sunny Sunday, February 4th, 2018.

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By tradition of Hunger Games, the lot played the determining role. In case for ATC members and guests, it helped to define which Tribute would represent Districts and would become one team. After all four districts were full of their tributes, the hosts of the Game: Nani and Kuanysh, gave a command to start the first competition. According to it, every district had to introduce their districts in a unique way.

Four astonishing Districts: Пули, ЧПОК, Wildwolfs and Angels showed March of Triumph brilliantly!

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The most crucial moment of the Games started where every Tribute had to stay in a circle and waited the command from our hosts to run and to take tools.

For some Districts it was just yellow tennis ball with chopsticks while others were fast to take real bow!

After that one carrot was given to each team, they had to build own snowman using imagination, creativity, talent and tools from the previous round.

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The main Judge of the Games was Galiya, like a goodness from Olymp, Galiya was strict but honest and impartial: not even a single mistake could pass her eyes, everyone felt her presence.

When the command was given to the next competition, the funniest moment of the Games started. Every Tribute protected Snowman from neighbor districts, some were so brave even to attack! These fighters were as quick as bullets and as strong as iron.

In the Hungry Quest competition four districts had to find sweets by using the map of Arena, the first district was so fast to find sweets while other tributes asked tourist children to help them :))

It is known from “Hungry Games” that every leader of the districts is unique, has some unusual talent, so in the next competition we were glad to see uniqueness of the district leaders: one leader was Real Faraon from Egypt – Mina!

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The next competition was the longest one, which required the fast running, strength and courage: by using sledges, stubs, it seems to us that every tribute became a child for a while!

The last competition called “Where is the Winners Cup? We were so happy that every district reached the Cup which was hanged high on the tree. First who reached the Cup was our brave girl, soon to be a member Gaukhar, the fastest one was our second guest from Egypt – Rahmi.

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Winners of Winter Hunger Olympic games were privileged to ride in a horse! The Winners were our future members – Aidana, Bekzhigit and Rustem.

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Lets find out what other members of organizing team said about the Games.


“What should I say after all?

Well, I say: “Annual ATC Winter Olympic Hunger Games 2018 definitely will be one of the best memories of this year!”

I was amazed and surprised by the dedication of our “tributes”, by their “craziness” in a good way. All of them were so enthusiastic; they were running and fighting with each other, laughing, competing. I wonder what other people in Burabay have been thinking about 14 people running and screaming on the glade of Abylay Khan. They probably thought that we are crazy! But it doesn’t matter!

It seemed to me that we are all on actual “Hunger Games”.  While watching the game and seeing the devotion of tributes I caught myself with the thought that I want to be the participant, the one who fights and runs.

I remember that I worried about the Talent Show, because I didn’t know what they are going to present. But then, I watched their performance and thought how Creative, Funny and they are! They were not just singing or dancing, but they did it in a super interesting way! You gotta see this talent show! It was beyond interesting!  All four Districts have stunned us by their performance so that. We, judges, decided to give the equal credit for their great and wonderful work!

I want to express my gratitude to ATC, because being the member, I have a super privilege to organize such memorable events and also I thank our team! We had challenging moments, but we found a solution and just did it!

I would like to thank Saltanat, because She is the person who was our leader and encouraged all of us to participate. It was my first experience of organizing such events and it was not easy at all as I thought it was at the beginning.

In spite of that, I gained unbelievable experience and a whole range of In spite of that, I gained unbelievable experience and a whole range of indescribable impressions!”


“I don’t have huge experience in organizing such events, but after VIII Annual Winter Olympic Hunger Games of ATC I got an experience, the eddy of emotion, inexpressible kaif from completed work.  I was so surprised of an eagerness and desire of every single tribute to win. And it was not just a desire, it was sparks from the twenty eight eyes.

Tributes regret neither themselves no own clothes. The memorable for me were the followings: March of Triumph of the First district and their moto, fight for spade, super creative performances of the districts, tiny Aiganym – who caught the huge peace of snow to build a snowman, smoker-snowman pirate of the second district, Zhanna – who was so brave to protect the head of snowman in the fourth competition, unbelievable speed of the districts on the sledge and Olympic persistence of Gaukhar – who was the first and only girl who reached the Cup. All teams showed unity and coordination. It was a definite fight!”


“If come to the conclusion: Damn, seriously, that was cool, guys! It’s a huge effin’ deal working with the big team! Although I already had experience in such organizing events, but I liked this team the most. From the first days, we took it seriously. In particular, I liked the enthusiasm of Saltanat, because in advance for a month we already clearly planned everything and already in the second week we had ideas from the head that we wanted to make it real. I want to note, most importantly, that we even went to Burabay in advance, in order to be as confident as possible. After all, for us it was important how everything goes, and for this we dedicated our whole Sunday
And I want to write that it was worth it. Our expectations have surpassed all expectations.
It was a real hunger game.
The funniest moment was when everyone started to fight for a shovel, as Elnur worried about for his professional bow, which they simply threw the floor, after which he walked on heels behind this bow
 Another cool thing is that, the contests that we came up with, had to be reduced at the end because we squeezed out all the juices
I had to evaluate each contest, and I tried to evaluate everything as honestly as possible, and there were times when all the teams performed perfectly, and it was difficult to choose the best team! But my super team supported me. In particular, it was difficult to evaluate the talent contest and the snowman contest. In the end I want to thank you, the organizing team, you are the best, and these were the most memorable winter Olympic games!
Eh active weekend, what else could be better?”

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Thanks to my intuition I offered to the right people to join me and help to conduct Annual Winter Olympic Games 😂

I want to say BIG thanks to Nani for her brilliant ideas, for her enthusiasm which she had devoted her study time to Games.

My BIG thanks to Kuanysh who offered us to visit Burabay one week before the Games and arrange planning.

My BIG thanks to Galiya who provided us a camera, ideas and support.

My BIG thanks to Elnur who has helped us to find right tools for competitions and who was our bodyguard.

My Biggest Thanks to ALL fourteen participants, our bravest guests who gave us a lot of joy, smile and energy for the whole upcoming work week!



Saltanat Tangbayeva

Your Sergeant-at-Arms


Follow – up “1001 nights” New Year Party 24 December 2017

Dear Friends,

As it is known New year is considered as a Family holiday and we are happy that you celebrated this wonderful and miracle holiday with us, as Astana Toastmasters Club is a family for all of us!

Celebrating the holiday and enjoying the party with friends are always interesting and exciting, but in fact more memorable is the process of preparation to the party. Now we want to share with you some interesting moments from behind the curtains!

Let’s give a great applause to the people who kindly supported us with organization. Personally, big thanks to Embassador of Islamic Republic Iraq Mr. Younis Sarhan, who provided us with the main decoration items in Arabic style that gave us the feelings as if we were in Eastern fairytale.

Organization of any events required planning. Almost three weeks before the date of ATC New Year was a first meeting of organizing team.
One of main goal of this meeting is a concept of event. Following functions:
1) Content
2) Entourage
3) Food&Beverage
4) Venue/Setup
5) Finance
6) Logistics

Challenge for organization team is communication. Because timing in workdays are limited but cooperation and coordination went well and it helped to avoid any unforeseen circumstances.
Arabic thematic “1001 nights “provides various ideas how to make this event successfully. Based on diversity of the theme our event was in colorful tones, Arabic music or music about “1000 and one nights”, delicious food and charisma from Serob and Baurzhan.

Content of event consisted of the following colourful and entertaining concurses:

1) Poem battle aka Omar Hayam style
2) Team work. Example“ What if Aladdin date Shahrazad”/ team shoud make a play of it
3) Sultan’s dance by wonderful Anar and Aigerim
4) Who wants to be a 1001 tenge winner. Reference to Who wants to be a millionaire hosted by Alisher (literary I was on phone with him late night to prepare this one)
5) Lip sync battle
Each winner received a memorable and eastern style gifts

Traditionally some guests were late but we started barely in time. Around 30 people were hyped and enjoyed whole process. Selfie room was popular am26229312_1498170493569545_2689223929802813517_nong girls, so all the pictures of this event you can find on ATC Facebook page

Thanks for contribution to:

Kanat, Serob, Raushan, Aigerim, Aida (photo), Galiya, Nani, Kuanysh,Anar,Aigerim K, Alisher.

*Aigerim Akiltayeva (our secretary) took the charge of our menu, delivering so much incredible dishes and wonderful cake
* Galiya and Kuanysh (our soon-to-be members) for decoration and active participation.
* Raushan (our active VP PR) and Ainur (our soon to be VP PR) make sure that our event will have atmosphere of eastern fairy tail and that a lot of people be aware of the event.
* Baur and Serob – two handsome sheikhs and close friends of our President Kanat who could not deny his request and led this wonderful event in a creative way.
* Alisher for an incredible quiz “Who wants to win 1001 tenge?”
* Aigerim Kosheken and Anara Issayeva – beautiful ladies for unforgettable performance.
* And all of our new year will be a hole in the pocket without our treasurer Nani, who was on fire with collecting all money for the event.
* Kanat (our current President) for managing all the process!


Baur, Kanat, Ainur and Raushan.



The USA Country day followup from Alisher Tazhinov



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.
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.

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
Alisher Tazhinov.

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.



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.
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.
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.
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.
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.


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


Raushan Satibaldiyeva

Your VP PR









Success story: How ATC obtained my heart:) by Raushan Satibaldiyeva (CC, ALB)

Why I joined ATC

I started my ATC journey in October 2016 however I heard about the club long before that moment: first from my friend who just said about the existence of such club where you are able to improve your public speaking skills. Then I met a former president of the club Korlan Bektassova in Pecha Kucha Night and some months later we were having Spanish classes together and she told me about the club, its meetings, schedule and I could not attend it because of lack of time. Finally I met the fellow toastmaster Aigerim Akiltayeva who spent almost an hour in describing the club in detail and with so much love and appreciation that I felt the need to get acquainted with the club and came to my first meeting. ATC was insistent and finally obtained my heart. At my first meeting I did not lose the chance and signed up for delivering an Ice breaking speech, and the following meeting – I took a role of Grammarian. From that moment our “love story” began immediately. Taking this opportunity, I’d like to thank these ladies for giving me a chance to know the club and gain the benefits it can give everyone.

My current project in the club.

I completed CC manual and did all 10 projects from CL manual in May 2017, it took almost 8 months to earn both awards. In December 2016 I became club’s VP Membership and had worked in this position for 6 months, gave 2 speeches from Successful club series and recently I’ve got ALB (Advanced Leadership Bronze) award. In communication track I am about to start Advanced Communication Series manuals, namely Public Relations manual and Storytelling. I’ve chosen the first one as in June I decided to be elected for the officer’s position VP Public relations and now I am serving as a VP PR of the club. I believe this manual will be helpful in knowing how to be an effective VP PR and contribute the club in this way. The latter was chosen as I wanted to improve the skills needed for storytelling in English; these skills will never be redundant, right?

 My favorite speech from CC Manual.

The most valuable and memorable speech of mine was the project #6 – named “4 women M”, I delivered it on March 9th on the occasion of Women’s day. The idea came to me when I saw the topic of the meeting. At first I prepared the speech about the women who played the significant roles in my life: my mother, my grandmother, sisters, my best girlfriend and my first teacher at school. Then I changed the idea and made my mind to play the roles of very wise, famous and super-women in the world history such as Margaret Thatcher, Marilyn Monroe, Mother Teresa and the most important person in my life – My mother. During the speech I changed my voice, body language and even clothes adjusting them for each character. In conclusion I told about my mom and what qualities in my mom could be similar to other ladies: she is rational and demanding just as Margaret Thatcher, she has the kindness and grace of Mother Teresa, but I’ve never seen in my beloved mother the affected manners of Marilyn Monroe. I think this speech became my favorite one because I could express my feelings, appreciation and love to all women in the world in face of 4 wonderful women.

How I prepare for the speeches?

With CC Manual I tried to give 2 speeches per month, however it did not always work well because of lack of time. I often heard that most members did not have ideas for their speeches, “How?”, “Why?” I always asked them as I believe we can take ideas from everything we are in contact with every single day, either it is important or not, serious or funny, whatever you know or feel or want to communicate to audience, it would be your topic for your speech. In the last resort you can be inspired from the books you read, movies you watch or people you talk with. Take inside look or look around. There are a lot of ideas for your future speeches. There were moments when I had 3-4 themes for one project, and the most difficult was to choose one of them. Mainly I made the best choice.

What advice can I give to freshmen or new members?

My advice is to make the first step and then never stop learning, improving yourself, trying the new things, struggling with your fears and doubts, helping your fellow toastmasters, inspiring people and moving and moving towards the “better you”. I believe Toastmasters community can help you with all of these. My journey with Toastmasters was not difficult thanks to the members of the club who always support me in the way I am becoming the better version of myself.

ATC for me?

With some friends from ATC we joke and name Saturday as “ATCday” as this day is associated with ATC meetings, our united lunchtime, events after the meetings, seminars before them. ATC is not only a place for improving public speaking and leadership skills, but the family consisting of different, adorable, enthusiastic, talented and unique people. With these people you can grow professionally, mentally and emotionally, work on different projects and events together, travel, dream and love.

Join us, you will never regret as you can find whatever you need.





ATC RUN. Edition 2. Follow up.

ATC RUN is early held sport event. It is organized to unite toastmasters and new members, develop leadership skills and create healthy and supportive atmosphere in our club.

The organizing committee consisted of 5 people: Anel, Gulmira, Kanat, Asset and Aigerim.

In comparison with last year, we provided link for registration, so we would distribute numbers in advance and allocate budget for prizes. In advance, we bought gifts for winners. Moreover, thanks to Anel’s sister Dilara for creating beautiful hand-made medals! Every team member was responsible for a specific task. For instance, Anel was responsible for buying gifts, printing out medals and organizing the event. Gulmira prepared nice coffee break, brought the equipment and timed the distances. Kanat and Asset were responsible for timing the distances. Asset made an entertaining promotional video. Aigerim measured the distances, received an approval from Akimat of Astana to organize such event, bought the gifts and led the project.


Even though 30 people had registered for the event, 17 people participated. The weather on that day was quite amazing: sunny and warm. The atmosphere was very positive; especially we had among our attendees our fellow toastmasters from Samruk-Kazyna Toastmasters club.

The ATC RUN started from nice warm-up by volunteers’ organizations “Best for Kids”.  We are thanking “Best for Kids” for their support. All money donations will be given to “Best for Kids” organization. We are planning to organize one more event to support one of the kids’ orphanages.


There were three races 2.5, 5 and 10 km, so every person could run at their own pace. The run was followed by a cozy coffee break including hot berry tea, biscuits and dates.
In addition, million thanks to Assiya she agreed to show Zumba moves to our participants, while they were waiting for the results. The results are the following:

2,5 km
Men Women
Сабыржанов Алишер 00:16:25 Уссенова Аина 00:12:16
Кустубаева Лаура 00:18:53.000
5 km
Men Women
Каржавин Александр 515 00:21:46 Мукатова Ботагоз 502 00:27:41
Чирик Николай 520 00:22:13 Жадыра Утебалиева 512 00:31:24
Тангабаева Салтанат 501 00:31:30
Бабаева Асия 503 00:31:47
10 км
Men Women
Сейтахметов Нурлан 111 00:51:18 Аскерова Жаныл 102 00:57:41
Жексебайулы Руслан 103 00:51:39 Гуламова Гульчехра 117 01:03:17
Жусупов Султан 110 00:51:47
Колесаиков Алексей 120 00:52:53
Нуралин Адил 107 00:57:05


If you are thinking to organize any events, do it! You will gain valuable experience and new skills. It may be challenging task, but in the end, it all pays off, once you see heart-warming smiles of people around you! Say yes to every opportunity next to you! You might end up in a happy place! =)


Отчет бюджета

Организаторские расходы Взнос от участников
Подарки победителям (2 бутылки) 3300 Участники 17
Подарки победителям (скакалки, повязки на голову, повязки на руки, спортивные сумки) 8000 Благотворительный взнос 2000
Спортивные батончики 1520 Сумма 34000 тенге
Ленты 2250
Стаканы 600
Тарелки 300
Салфетки 200
Кофе брейк (печенье 4 вида, финики 4 пачки, вода) 3505
Картон для медалей 450
Сумма 20125 тенге
Деньги на благотворительность

(взнос от участников   орг. расходы)

13875 тенге



VIII ATC What? Where? When? Game

On the first of October was the VIIIth ATC  “What?Where?When?” game
This yeah the game was going in the new café Burgershop where you can try tasty burgers and enjoy cozy atmosphere.
There were six Teams: Stranger kids (captain Amina Kussainova ), Algabas megamozg (Korlan Bektassova), Akuna Matata (Anara Badyrlenova), Batman (Chingiz Matayev), ZZ (Alisher Tazhinov) and Burgershop (Sulushash).
This year the idea of the game was different.
I tour – classic What?Where?When?. Questions were asked out loud and the answers Were written on pieces of paper.

II – questions on different topics:History, Geography,Science, Literature and Sport. All questions had different levels of difficulty: 1,2,3.

After first and second tour there was a coffee break. All teams had a good rest enjoying tasty snacks from Burgershop.

III tour – quiz. Each person was asked one easy but tricky question. This tour was very funny.

IV tour was captains’ tour. Each captain was asked 3 questions. The winner was Amina Kussainova, captain of Stranger kids.



Finally, after 4 tours with huge difference won Algabas Megamozg team. They won super prize from Burgershop- lunch certificate for 10000 tenge for their team. Also they had small presents.

All teams chose the best player of a team and presents were given for them as well.

Overall the event was interesting and funny. The location and players were amazing.

This event was organized by active, bright and smart ladies and members of Astana Toastmasters Club: Akbota Sabetova, Aizhan Zhumabayeva and Anar Issayeva.