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Country Day Followup by Aidana Koptileuova

Dear Toastmasters!

It is pleasure for me to write Follow-up for our past Country Day meeting at ENU dedicated to beautiful, enchanting country – India. I am glad to narrate about this wonderful event, which was provided by Aigerim Kosheken – toastmaster of the meeting.

The president of Astana toastmasters club Korlan Bektassova, who was dressed in a sari (present from our сharming Kanat Bazaraly), gently opened the meeting.

Then toastmaster of the meeting presented her role and team (she was in sari as well), which consisted from General evaluator – Yerlan Meirbek, ah-counter Gulimkhan Abdikhalik, timer – Daniyal Nugerbekov and grammarian- Saule Temirbayeva.

Prepared Speakers session was opened by his Excellency Ambassador of India to Kazakhstan H.E. Shri Harsh Kumar as our guest Speaker. He told us a lot of facts about his country and relationship with Kazakhstan. After his Excellency’s report as usual participants asked some questions.

The second speaker was Saltanat Tangbaeva with her Competent communication project #3 “Never say Never in This Country”. Third speaker was me, I performed my CC project #6 “Hardness of honesty”. I tried to explain why we shouldn’t lie to our children. Fourth speaker Serob Manukyan brilliantly detailed about interventional cardiology and he urged us not to muss up this expression with intersexual cardiology, which is not existed. I am sure, everyone got it very well. Dernier speaker was Dauren Aubakirov, who performed his ice-breaking speech.

Next part of the meeting was devoted to Table Topic Session, organized by Raushan Satibaldiyeva. We enjoyed ten questions and got candies for correct answer. Btw, she was our third girl in sari.

Succeeding section was Evaluation session. Yerlan Meirbek, Aigerim Akiltaeva, Kanat Bazaraly, Sogdiana Akhmetova gave their feedbacks to the speakers in course. Also General evaluator and his command made detailed report of their duty.

At the end of her role toastmaster provided Award Session. Lucky of the meeting were:

Best speaker – Serob Manukyan,

Best Evaluator – Yerlan Meirbek and Aigerim Akiltaeva.

Our guest speaker his Excellency enjoyed our meeting till the end and it was the right decision, because our three ladies in sari did not just wear it, they performed Indian dance in flash mob with all of us.

As details want to add: Korlan Bektassova announced that Aigerim Kosheken will be representative of ATC at Toastmasters Speech Contest 2016.

The latest news was, that Astana toastmasters club finally have found VP PR in my person. Everyone except Yernar Zhylkaidarov voted in favor of me. 😉

Afterwards I would like to thank Yerlan Meirbek and Kanat Bazaraly, for believing in me and inspiring to become VP PR. And a lot of thanks to Korlan Bektassova, who was happy to accept me as a new officer. I sincerely love ATC and promise to do my best in future.

Always yours,

Aidana Koptileuova.

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Meeting Followup 5 NOV 2016 by Assiya Babayeva

Dear Toastmasters,

Let me briefly remind you what a wonderful meeting we had last Saturday.
First of all I’d like to emphasize the fact that the majorityof roles were distributed beforehand. Great job! The rest was excellently appointed by our General evaluator, Korlan Bektassova.
There were 4 speakers doing various topics from Competent Communicator manual, the first and basic one in Toastmasters educational program. Yerzhan Omirkhanov opened our meeting with his speech entitled Top US Schools. He shared with us some essential features and personal charecteristics which Ivy Leagues schools strive to discover in their candidates within the 7th project, Research your topic.
Then Daniyal Nugerbekov pressented the 4th project which was aimed to communicate the message accurately ad vividly. Daniyal talked what was behind Donald Trump’s campaign and his figure. Lots of curious, intriguing thoughts and ideas.
The third speaker brought a difference into a male company – Aidana Shaniyeva gave her scientific point of view regarding talent, simultaneously the meeting topic. Aidana completed the 2nd project, Organize your speech.
The fourth performer was traditionally an ice-breaker. We were lucky to hear Mathew Charnetski and the reasons he chose Kazakhtsan as his next adventure destination. Personally Mathew persuaded me that the cold particluarly in Astana is not bad….It is fun and joy!
As far as the meeting topic was ‘What’s your talent?’ the table topic master, Gulimkhan Abdikhalik, prepared terrific questions. I especially liked the last one, challenging and creative. It required to show up your talent, which Raushan Satibaldiyeva brilliantly did. Ton francais est magnifique, Raushan!
The evaluation session went on very successfully as each speaker got valuable feedback. Thanks to Aigerim Kosheken, Aikorkem Nurzhanova, Anuar Zhumabayev and Aidana Koptileuova. Evaluation is a gift, and good one is priceless.
The best of the last Saturday meeting became:
BEST prepared speaker – Mathew Charnetski
BEST evaluator – Anuar Zhumabayev
BEST table topic speaker – Chandan Sarma.
Kind regards,
Assiya Babayeva
Toastmaster of the meeting, NOV 5th
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Halloween 2016 Follow up note from Aibek

Dear Toastmasters and guests!
On October 30th Astana toastmasters club held its annual Halloween party.
Before beginning all the fun the participants introduced their characters using vocal variety and body language. We had Caesar and Cleopatra, The Broken Doll, Office Plankton, Zombie, Comics Girl, The Buffon, Desperate Housewife and a Vampire.
Then we had a small warm-p session and held a trivia “We know you, Halloween” where participants answered tricky questions about the origin and history of Halloween. Later the rival teams tried to cut a Jack o’Lantern Jack in pumpkin-carving activity.
We even watched some abstracts from horror movies and tried to guess which movie it was, The Office Plankton (aka Damir) and Vampire (aka Akbota) were the only ones who watched horror movies because they won in “Guess the name of horror movie” activity.
There was also some acting involved when the participants have demonstrated their artistic talent and skills in the activity where they had to play a scene from the horror movie. The participants did their best, especially the Comics Girl (aka Aikorkem) who played in scene from the Alien.
“The best thematic costume” (since it’s Halloween) was won by Akbota (vampire) and Raushan (the broken doll).
The Halloween party was decorated with cobweb pizza, pepper skulls with spaghetti brains, egg spiders and sausage mummies.
At the end of the event we played games like “The voice in the dark” and “Zombie”.     
I hope you had a wonderful time and those who did not have a chance to be with us see the  Photos on Facebook.
Leader of the project
Aibek Bekenov

Дорогие члены и гости клуба!
30 октября АТС провел мероприятие, посвященное Хэллоуину, празднику святых.
Прежде чем начать веселье, все участники представили своих героев с помощью голоса и мимики. К нам в гости заглянули сам Юлий Цезарь с Клеопатрой, Сломанная кукла, Шут, Зомби, Офисный Планктон, Отчаянная домохозяйка, Девушка из комиксов и Вампир.
Сначала для разогрева была проведена викторина «Хэллоуин, мы тебя знаем», затем участники состязались в вырезании фонаря Джека из тыквы.
Затем мы смотрели отрывки из фильмов ужасов с викториной «Угадай название фильма ужасов». Офисный Планктон (в миру Дамир) и Вамир (в миру Акбота) угадали по одному фильму.
В конкурсе «Изобрази отрывок из фильма ужасов» участники продемонстрировали свои актерские таланты, особенно Девушка из Комиксов (в миру Айкоркем) изобразившая сцену из фильма Чужой.
В конкурсе «Лучший тематический костюм» призовые места заняли Акбота (костюм вампира) и Раушан (костюм «сломанная кукла»).
Праздник украсили пиццы из паутины, череп с мозгами из спагетти в перце, пауки из оливок с яйцами и мумии из сосисок в тесте.
Мероприятие завершилось играми  «Голос в темноте» и «Зомби».
Спасибо, что были с нами. Надеюсь вам понравилось.
Лидер проекта,
Айбек Бекенов

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A Word from President: November

Dear Toastmasters!
Growth and Comfort never coexist.
I have just read this quote and it made me think how true these words were. We are often hesitant to step out of our comfort zones, dreading a failure. However, it is the only way for us to change, develop and grow. In toastmasters’ doing that first step towards change is delivering an icebreaker speech. Some may say that speaking in front of the audience is not big a deal, for some however, public speaking is the greatest fear of all.
The good news is that Toastmasters is not only about public speaking, it is also about taking responsibility and doing things that require a great deal of leadership and creativity. That is where you may find the room for improvement. I am sure each of us can use extra opportunity to sharpen the skills we already have or acquire new ones. The question is: are we always ready to grab that opportunity?
As the president of ATC I have faced many challenges and one of which is that people are hesitant. Having a great potential and willingness, they hesitate: hesitate to step out of their comfort zones, because they are afraid they are not ready. They hesitate to take meeting roles, thinking that they are not experienced enough; hesitate to give speeches, because they think they are boring, hesitate to lead a project, because they just do not know where to begin; hesitate to fill in the vacancy of VP PR in the officers’ team, because they are afraid it’s just too much responsibility.
The truth is that we all do. Did I hesitate when I applied to president’s position? Yes. Nevertheless, I overcame it and now I am getting so much more than I have ever imagined.
My advice to all of the Toastmasters who are struggling with hesitation is: Do not let fear steal what you can get from that experience.
November is going to be a historic month in the Toastmasters’ history in Kazakhstan. Because this is the month when we are going to have a Speech Contest among all six Toastmasters clubs in Kazakhstan, an event that never happened before. And you need to decide whether you want to be a part of this event or just stay aside hesitant.

Sincerely,
Korlan Bektassova

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A Word From President: October

Dear Toastmasters!

As the air gets colder and days shorter, the more you want to stay tucked under a warm blanket and cozy in your bed. Luckily, members of ATC are not like everybody else. Toastmasters are not afraid to step out of their comfort zones and challenge themselves.

Every day I hear success stories about former members of Astana Toastmasters Club. However, to call them “former members” would not be accurate since there are no Ex-toastmasters.I believe there is always a special connection between people who relate themselves to toastmasters, whenever and wherever you meet them.

I am glad to see many new faces at ATC meetings – people who want to become a part of a great community and want to learn and grow.

In October we are having a special Homecoming meeting for the members of ATC from different times. They will perform their ice-breaking speeches for the first time in a long time – it is the same atmosphere but different people. It is a definitely must-see-event!

I’d like to welcome our new members of September: Akbota Sabetova, Chandan Sarma, and Zhibek Ussembayeva. I am confident that you would be a great asset to Astana Toastmasters Club.

Special thanks to Bairam Orazov for organizing a Culinary Contest with Wine Tasting. It was an incredible event, where we all learned that cooking can be fun and easy.

There are many more events and activities are ahead. Stay tuned and see you at the meetings.

Sincerely,

Korlan Bektassova

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Meeting Follow-up 17 Sep 2016 by Zhanna Kussainova

17th of September, we held a regular meeting dedicated to “Festivals around the world.” The meeting started two minutes late by VP Education Assiya Babayeva and smoothly continued by me, toastmaster of the meeting, Zhanna Kussainova.

A general evaluator, Elmira Baltabayeva, introduced her team: ah counter -Gulim Aimagambetova ( not a member), timer – Aidana Kopteleuova ( she stepped in to be a timer instead of Gabit Matayev) , grammarian- Aigerim Kosheken. Aigerim Kosheken introduced a new word Rib-tickling which means very funny and amusing.

The first session, Prepared speakers one, consisted from six speakers according to the agenda. However, life is not that predictable and as usual it added some colors. One speaker didn’t show up, others were extremely late except one-two.

So the third speaker, Myrzakhan Omarbayev, jumped to be the first one. He made his ninth project, Persuade with power from Competent Communicator. His title of the speech was “New generation of labor classes”. It was science oriented and he provided a really good analogy on how poor the government invests on technology whereas supporting football teams. He tried to persuade and popularize new work zones, fab lab, where everyone has an opportunity to create new products.

The second speaker, surprisingly, was an ice breaker- Yuriy Prokopenko. He made his first speech with the title “ Moscow never sleeps”. He talked about his active student life: theatre ,debate clubs. We could feel how much he enjoyed his student life and how it shaped him as an individual. If you have a notion that Moscow is a cold and cruel city, Yuriy’s speech would definitely clear this illusion with the words: “Don’t be afraid of Moscow”.

The third speaker was Nuni Asker, she made her Competent Comminicator, project #5,   Your body speaks, “Brand name vs. Generic drugs” talked about generic and  brand  drugs and has persuaded all of us that there is no formula difference between them except price. She was confident and used interesting slides to support her ideas. Here we learnt not to be afraid to buy cheap medicines.
The fourth speaker, Aigerim Sanayeva, made her 8th project, Visual aids  from Competent Communicator manual. She shared how she and her team created non profit “ Naiza Toastmasters” club and hardships she faced along. We learnt how it is important to be stoical and optimistic on achieving our goals.
The last speaker was an icebreaker, Akbota Sabetova. She was sincere and confident and she shared how much she loves travelling and learning new things. She also told us how vital to be surrounded by kind and good people on our pathway.

The table topic session “ Festivals around the worls”  was held by Myrzakhan Omarbayev, He prepared six questions and everyone was active and involved.

The evaluation session was held by a general evaluator, Elmira Baltabayeva. The evaluators gave their short and relevant to the project feedbacks and comments.

The best speaker and tabletopic master became beautiful and charismatic Akbota Sabetova. The best evaluator was announced experienced and concise President Korlan Bektasova.

In open microphone session Korlan B. and Aidana K. reminded everyone that members need to renew their membership by paying a fee of 12 000 KZT.

As a toastmaster, I would like to say, please dear toastmasters, be mindful and responsible. I beg you to improve time management skills and value other’s time, especially yours.

Sincerely your toastmaster,
Zhanna Kussainova

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Xplorers club in Milan, Italy

One of the activities every toastmaster should certainly engage yourself with when traveling abroad is to visit other toastmasters clubs to share experience and meet like minded people.
During my short stay in Milan,Italy I was lucky to have a chance to visit a meeting of the bilingual Xplorers toastmasters Club. It was their first meeting after a month of vacation in August. (Everybody in Italy is on vacation in August).
VP membership coordinates the visitors to the club since the space is limited. There were about 30 people present and at least 10 of them were visitors like me.
Since the club is bilingual only one speech out of four prepared speeches was in English. Everything else was in Italian. As one of the members sitting next to me said and I quote : “we are too lazy to
speak English” 😉
However, I still managed to grasp the main idea of the speeches delivered and now I’m 100 percent sure that our body language and vocal variety are strong tools in delivering any message.
The general evaluator of the meeting who is also the president Catherine Balavoine performed her role in English as a courtesy to me.
The agenda is very informative: I liked that it had project objectives and indication of min-max time limit.

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So here are the highlights of the meeting, some details which members of Astana Toastmasters Club may find interesting to know and perhaps later to implement in the club:
1) Everyone, even the visitors had a badge with his/her name which is really helpful when meeting new people. VP membership prepares and prints our all badges beforehand. Since I was not sure if I would be
able to make the visit: my badge was filled at the spot.

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2) Timer is equipped with a special device with green, yellow and red lights, as well as a bell which he rang from time to time to remind that, for example, it is time to move to the next point of the agenda.
The timer also rings the bell when a Speaker exceeds the maximum time limit for more than 10 seconds (I believe). There was also a honk which was not used. I guess it is used when someone severely violates
the time limit 😁

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3) All visitors receive the agenda and evaluation guides for all of the speeches. So everyone gives feedback following the guidelines on evaluation sheets. Three minutes are spared for that after each speaker. All feedback is collected by sergeant of arms and given to the speaker at the end of the meeting. Personally I found it too complicated to write a feedback for the speaker according to the evaluation guide, since there is an assigned speech evaluator and not everyone in the audience might be experienced enough to give such evaluations, especially it might be too much for the newcomers.

4) Voting is at the end of the meeting. And the votes are counted by the vote counter.
5) There were two grammarians: English and Italian. Each of them give their feedback at the end of the meeting. I especially liked how English grammarian explained the new word.

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6) There were two people in the agenda assigned as leadership evaluators. I didn’t have a chance to learn what their responsibilities were, but I guess they were responsible for filling out competent leadership manuals.
In general, I loved the meeting. The atmosphere was super relaxing and supportive. Everybody was so friendly and invited me to join for dinner after the meeting.
I wish I could stay to talk to people and share our practices but I couldn’t.
Though I don’t speak or comprehend Italian, two hours spent with Xplorers toastmasters made me once again understand that Toastmasters unite people around the world.

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Meeting Follow-up by Yerlan Meirbek

Hello my dears!

Today we had another great meeting. We started a little late, because of unexpected big number of guests. Personally, I believe this is a good reason 😉

Meeting started with guest speaker Mr. Jukka Maksimainen, managing partner at McKinsey Kazakhstan. Every time, when I learn we have a guest, I’m confident it will be a topnotch speaker. Today I was impressed by the depth of his thoughts. My favorite one – “Nothing is sure, everything is possible”. I will use this idea, as a positive affirmation for the morning.

 

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The next speaker was Assiya Babayeva. Her storytelling is at high-level as usual: strong vocabulary, unique voice variety are her hallmarks.

We also had two icebreakers: Indira Kyilybayeva and Chandan Sarma. Indira talked about the choice that every woman in Kazakhstan should take when she grew up. It can be either a housewife or a business lady. When I look at Indira, I see the person who can and will achieve both things.

Chandan, on the other hand, is an example of an impulsive person. He agreed to come to Kazakhstan in 10 minutes! This is a real fact. I think that is an example of courage.

Anara Serikbayeva presented her “Naked facts” about the vegetarian life style. She showed advantages and disadvantages of this nutrition. The best part of her speech was the reaction of Bairam, I really liked itJ

Table topic session was led by Anara. She prepared a bright and positive presentation. My favorite answer was from Chingiz Matayev. Chingiz is a very shiny speaker. I wish he would read these words and come back.

Yerzhan Omirkhanov led evaluation session. The team of ah-counter (Aigerim Kosheken), timer (Chandan) and grammarian (Assiya) made and excellent job: vivid points and a lot of useful details.

The best speaker was Indira Kyilybayeva.

The best table topic speaker was Chingiz Matayev.

The best evaluator was Aigerim Akiltayeva.

In the end, we still have room for improvement. We came here to learn and become better, so this is a part of education.

P.S. Today we had 40+ guests.

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A Word From President: September

Dear Toastmasters!

The beginning of autumn has always been associated with the beginning of school. Though most of us have already passed this stage, I can say that we all feel a little nostalgic when the 1st of September occurs.

However, September is also the time when the days are still long and night are still warm. So don’t wait till September ends, enjoy its every moment.

Astana Toastmasters Club is a great place for anyone to learn new or enhance skills one already has. That is why it attracts many people from different spheres. As my toastmaster experience shows, September is a very busy season for ATC. People return from their summer vacations, full of energy and breath taking stories to share.

Officers’ team of Astana Toastmasters Club has prepared a great schedule of meetings for September: hosting a guest speaker– a managing partner at a well renowned consulting company, demonstration meeting at national holding Zerde, orientation session for freshmen and soon-members-to-be, where everyone can get answers to questions they always wanted to know but were too shy to ask, and many more. Stay tuned.

Sincerely,

Korlan Bektassova

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Behind the Curtain: VI ATC Summer Olympic Games 2016 by Yerzhan Omirkhanov

Here is the quick follow up note from project leader of VI ATC Summer Olympic Games 2016.

ATC Olympic Games of 2016 were scheduled to start at 12:00 on 21 of September in the schoolyard. We had all facilities we needed: football field, basketball and tennis courts. Overall the Olympic Games consisted of three parts sports activities, picnic and family dinner. We had 5 different team sports games: relay race, snake, mine field, carpet folding and sculpture. Games required a considerable amount of energy and flexibility that my muscles ached afterwards.       

The ATC Olympic Games kicked off with a nice warm-up session delivered by Asset Omirzhanov and Korlan Bektassova. During the games Bairam Orazov was in charge, our MC made sure that sports activities went smooth and well. We had two rival teams Batyrs Squad and Cockroaches. Cockroaches had their own slogan “we crawl, we bite, we eat you alive” ughh! Despite being undefeatable everywhere on Earth Cockroaches team were unable to beat Batyrs Squad. Squad won the VI ATC Summer Olympic Games and was awarded a Golden  Cup of ATC. The Games were closed with an old and good game from our childhood – Bouncer (Вышибалы).

As for the picnic, Zhantuar Yertayev has arrived just on time with food supplies purchased on a city fair. Melon and watermelon were so sweet and juicy that we have craved even more of it. Also we have got some descent “lakhmadjun” from the Turkish restaurant nearby. We had some chit-chat and enjoyed our meals during the picnic. Soon after we were all exhausted and decided to take a nap and sunbathe.

In the end we had dinner at café Rafe, the one close to Akorda. I enjoyed a veggie pizza while others had some salads and soups. I would like to say thank you: to Damira Kulakhmetova for her diligent work in planning and executing the Games; as well as to our Ex-Sergeant at Arms, Asset Omirzhanov, who shared not only his wisdom of organizing the previous game, but also shared his own sports tools; to Bairam, for stepping up as an MC of the Olympic Games at the last moment; and to Zhantuar, who went to the city fare and bought the best melon and watermelon we have ever tried, it was worth coming just because of it. I am grateful to Astana Toastmasters Club for the opportunity to spend this Sunday in a warm atmosphere of nice people. Live long and prosper!       

Enjoy your last days of summer,

Yerzhan Omirkhanov