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Follow-up Note from Nuni Asker 14 May 2016

Dear toastmasters,

I apologies for the late follow-up-note about the meeting we held on 14th May 2016.

First of all I want to mention that it was my first time of being a toastmaster, so I was nervous and excited at the same time.

Well, 14th May morning was beautiful and sun was shining. It seemed everyone was pleased.

We started our meeting a little bit later than usual due to some of our participants were late.

Usually, our meetings consist of 3 parts. But this meeting was not usual, it was dedicated to Speech Marathon, that was why we skiped over Table Topics session, and left just 2 parts – Prepared speeches session and Evaluation session.

We had 7 amazing speakers, and our 1st speaker was Zhantuar Yertaev with his speech “ The heart is the strongest muscle”. I expected his speech was going to be about anatomy and physiology of heart, but I was wrong. It was all about the love, his love, about a girl he loved once. He told us very personal, sincere story and described his girlfriends’ appearance in detail with enthusiasm. Second speaker was Anuar Unaibekov, who presented his project Uplift the spirit from Specialty speeches. Next speaker was Indira Kyilybayeva, who was concerned and gave a speech “ Why we have too few women leaders?”. Forth speech “ Blood donation” was delivered by Yerlan Meirbek. This one was encouraging and motivated audience to be a blood donor and save the lives. Fifth speaker was our long-distance runner Aigerim Akiltaeva with inspiring speech “ My 36 km of heaven or how to start running”. Next speech was delivered by Olessya Akimenko on title “ Cheating is bad… if you get caught”. The prepared speeches session was closed by an ice-breaker Aidana Koptileuova with her “ The fish story”.

Second part of the meeting was led by general evaluator Asset Abuov with his wonderful team of speech evaluators, ah-counter, grammarian and timer.

The best speaker and evaluator awards went to Zhantuar Yertaev and Assel Stambekova accordingly.

In my personal opinion, to lead the meeting was not easy but interesting, fun and full of warmth. I really enjoyed the meeting and the role of toastmaster. Also we managed to finish on time.

I would like to thank all of the speakers, role-takers, members and guests who came to support the meeting and making it lively! Special thank to Korlan Bektassova for her help and advices!

See you soon!

With love,

Nuni Asker

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Follow-up Note from Anuar Zhumabayev

On 17th of May, Astana Toastmasters Club held an additional meeting at Nazarbayev University Research and Innovation Center. New venue – new possibilities.

The meeting was structured in a usual way – with three sessions: one, dedicated to prepared speeches, second, to the topic of the meeting, which was “Make love, not War” and the evaluation session. The audience consisted of members, soon-to-be members and a couple of experienced guests and first-timers. Due to the new location and traffic on the left bank, some of role-takers were late, but at 19:45 we were ready to launch the meeting.

After a small introduction of the meeting format and crack laughing between couple guys from the audience to relieve tiredness after a long working day, we proceeded with the Prepared Speeches Session. First speaker, Zhantuar Yertayev, incorporated a lot of “show on the body” approach in his “The Two Dialogues” presentation about how people interacted with each other by their body language, adding Yerzhan and Tana to his speech, as “supplemental instruments”. I, myself, in my presentation spoke a little about coaching session and performed a role-play with Anuar Unaibekov. Our final speaker – Olessya Akimenko told us the original story about traveling adventures, as her “Moral of the story” project. All speakers received votes for the “Best prepared speaker” nomination and the winner with one-vote advantage was Zhantuar Yertayev.

The table topic session was led by Yerzhan Omirkhanov, who prepared provoking questions, which were mostly related to the emotional side of love. Impromptu speakers tried to share their stories about their relationship with love, as their lives go on, and we heard six interesting takes on “the secret crush”, “love at the first sight” and “the essence of the feeling itself”. The winner took home a “Twix” chocolate and the second place was awarded with “Snickers”. Two chocolate bars in one pack went to Tansholpan Seisembayeva, who shared the story about crushes and how we go from there.

Evaluation session was led by Olessya Akimenko and all speech evaluators were out of time in their respective time slots, though all of them provided useful suggestions to speakers, trying to be constructive and positive. The best evaluator award went to me for “not that judgmental” take on speech of our third prepared speaker.

At the end of the meeting, we almost forgot to vote for our new member – Aidana Koptileuova, but, fortunately, we didn’t. Aidana shared her desire to become a strong part of our club and invited all of us to the “Night at the Museum” event. And after that, we adjourned the meeting and went outside at approximately 21:15, where Yerzhan was amazed that light from the sun was still there. Summer is coming, folks! Let’s enjoy it!

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Best Prepared Speaker: The Heart Is The Strongest Muscle by Zhantuar Yertayev

Best Prepared Speech (14 May 2016)

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My mother always told me ‘Float like an iceberg, sting like a thrown iceberg!’. But sometimes an icy heart just needs a warm smile. Madam Toastmaster, fellow members and welcome guests have you ever fallen in love? Today I will tell you a very personal story that I still keep in my heart even though the stars changed many times since that period. Many years have passed, but I still do remember that day like it was yesterday, the day when love came into my heart.

I’m on my graduation ceremony glowing in my suit staring at my proud parents and happy teachers but there is someone I miss… But first of all, let me take you back to the time when I did not know this someone who became very important for me.

It was October’s early morning. Rainy weather did not promise anything bright to happen that day. A bunch of sleepy, creepy and weepy people staying at the bus stop dressed in black as if they were going to funeral. Me personally dressed in black and wondering where that big white bus could be. But suddenly something caught my eye and I froze for a moment. A pair of green emerald shoes… It dissonated so hard with the atmosphere so my eyes continued their journey up to the top and found a very pretty face. I said ‘Wow! She challenges the reality with her appearance’. It felt like she heard my inner voice and responded me with a broad smile and an eye contact. I saw the whole new and enormously king-sized universe in her big brown eyes. I said ‘Whatever, we only live once’ and made my approach. I made her laugh, got her number, took her out and we started dating.

Guys, have you ever dated a beautiful girl? Put them all together and you will get my girl. I have already mentioned her eyes big as the full moon, brown as the warm aroma of coffee where you could melt like a chocolate forever. Her smile was so warm that you felt like a cat stretching itself under the gorgeous sun. Her hair was blacker than the darkest night and when I touched it I felt like the silk scarf was stroking my fingers. Her skin was white as the first January snow. Her breast guys… three. Her belly was flat as the ice rink that was just filled. Her waist and hips reminded me a guitar shape – the perfect instrument of love. Her legs were long, straight and beautiful. I enjoyed touching them. She moved like the caravel cutting her way through the tides of the ocean. People turned when she walked into the room. I have been already wearing glasses that time but she was all that I could see. And it was not only her beauty that I adored.

We had countless nights not only full of passion but full of heart to heart dialogues. We talked about policy, philosophy, society, the Matrix, the behavior, the mindset. I have never had such feeling, my heart trembled every time I held her hand because I could feel her heart. It took my breath away when I kissed her, when I cuddled her trembeling body in my strong arms. Have you ever felt so accepted and free with the opposite gender? Well I did. My first and ever given to a woman bouquet of red flowers is that what associates with her. Her kindness, her ringing laugh, her generous, pure and childish soul that forgave me everything. That’s what I miss. She always taught me that death is not sad. The sad thing is most people don’t live at all. She was a teacher, a lover and a friend.

Just before our breakup we had this conversation

– Will you marry me?

– I’m too young to marry you my darling

– But I’m 23 already and I need to build my life

– But darling! I’m only 18! I have the whole life in front of me

I’m on my graduation ceremony glowing in my suit staring at my proud parents and happy teachers but there is someone I miss. I miss my lady in emerald shoes. It was too late when I understood that I love her. That day she left me saying that I’m not a man enough, that I will never be serious, that I’m not ready for the responsibility… And you know what guys? She was right

Fairytales and love stories have a small difference. Fairytales have a sad beginning and a happy ending, but love stories are opposite: happy beginning and a sad ending . But don’t be too upset my friends because the darker the night, the brighter the stars. I’ve sailed to other countries, met many beautiful women, had my victories and defeats on the battlefield of love. I returned back home and heard a lot of advice that you need to lift metal, you need animal protein or at least vegan protein but guys the one thing that you really need to love and be loved is your heart. Remember, my friends, the heart is the strongest muscle! Madam Toastmaster.

Anuar-Zhumabayev

A word from President: May

The most important thing for any non-commercial organization or community is to keep things interesting and maintain high level of enthusiasm among its members. Astana Toastmasters Club is no exception. Regular meetings can become routine, speakers can become lazy in their preparations, and events can be repetitive. It takes effort of all members to avoid it, but only leaders are held responsible.

In the beginning of our term, I promised to introduce six unique events to our club, which were never happened before. Did I have a particular plan or detailed information on recreations sessions our officer team would introduce in our term? Not at all. But I believed that by creating environment, where both existing and new members will feel themselves comfortable in sharing ideas and becoming good pals, the desire to implement something new to the club will rise from the minds of our members. We all did good job in creating that environment and such events, as “Speak as He Would”, Russian humorous speech contest, “Skala”, ATC RUN and Pecha Kucha Speech Marathon are all creations of our members and all of them are events, we never experienced in the club before. Two months to go – one crazy idea is remained to be born.

This is why we become leaders. To witness birth of ideas, to watch them grow and become reality. And I can’t wait to see what our next officer team will have up their sleeves.

President,

Anuar Zhumabayev

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Behind the Curtain: ATC RUN. How it was. by Anuar Unaibekov

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I was dying to write these words since the time when we declared ‘ATC RUN marathon’ finished, but due to the fact that the event took us a lot of time and strength, I procrastinated some work that I also had to do. Finally, I’ve reached this keyboard and I’m ready to start. ))
This message, this story is about almost unacquainted people who by the accident have become friends. During the organization of this wonderful event I discovered some gorgeous features in these people. I’m talking about DREAM TEAM of A5 (as Assel once noticed): Aigerim AkiltayevaAssiya BabayevaAsseL Mussina and Asset Abuov. I incredibly regret that I didn’t know them that good before, but now I’m extremely glad that they are my friends. ))
It started when I, Elmira Tulbassiyeva and Assel Mussina went from “one interesting place” to Mega Mall to have a lunch and suddenly, I decided to call to Assiya Babayeva (once we spoke that we could finish CL together, organizing smth for ATC).
The very first thing that I was astonished by is an enthusiasm and ambitious intensions that Assiya showed that day. She said that we could gather unbelievable 40 participants, while I said that it would be great if we gather about 20 of them. This enthusiasm and not only her, but of our entire team helped us to gather 75 participants out of 150 registered. If you were on the event, you know that it rained, so more than a half of registered participants didn’t come. However, you can also see that final number of people is far bigger than we planned, thus we all are more than contented. Thank you guys, for your devotion!
The second thing that surprised me is the way how we worked together on our meetings. When the event was approaching I and Aigerim Akiltayeva were losing our heads from the number of registered participants that we had, whereas Assiya, Assel and Asset were trying to make us to come down to earth and be more realistic. As you see, our roles changed throughout preparation, but there was a balance all the time. Thank you guys for that you are amazing!
The next thing that helped us is a sense of pointing on really important things that Assel possesses. A lot of times we heard from her that we entirely forgot about this or that. Once we all absolutely forgot about camera on the event. )) Furthermore, she spent hours in her office at night preparing those registration lists or medical papers. Thank you Assel, you are the best!
Aigerim is experienced marathoner. This experience also played one of the most crucial roles on our event. By the way, with the help of Aigerim we connected with the most famous marathoner in whole Kazakhstan, Marat Zhylanbayev. And probably, if we organize such events in the future he will come and give us some masterclasses. Aigerim helped us to organize counting time and how not to confuse having such a big number of participants. Aigerim and Asset as well, were the people who spent their time more than any other member of our team examining that track and making sure that event will be held on the highest level. I really don’t know how we could do it without them. Thank you Aigerim, it was great pleasure to work with you and I hope it is not the last time!
Girls, it is for your attention, because now I’m going to write about awesomeness of Asset Abuov. I’ve found that Asset is REAL MAN and he really knows how to hold hammer in his hands. )) Yet he is very calm and patient guy, because walking and cycling so many kilometers, listening to my unfunny jokes, for ordering those beautiful t-shirts or that stylish hashtag ‪#‎ATCRUN‬ without saying a word of complaint is real heroism. However, when he needs to speak to people he does it perfectly, because exactly Asset spoke to those superiors of the park and convinced them to give us permission to take park on that day. So girls, if you want such a hero, as your future boyfriend, who will patiently listen to your idle talk and will be able to handle manly work at home, think about Asset, while he is single. ))) Thank you bro, I’m proud to say that I was a part of your team!
Some people are also worth to mention here. I would like to thank Dzhamilya SerikbayevaДинара КыдырниязоваAizhan SeitЕржан Омирханов,  Айбек БекеновYernar ZhDaulet SabyrAnuar Zhumabayevand Elmira Baltabayeva for your help, you guys did a lot for us on starting point of the race, in organizing registration process and with gathering all the things after finishing of the event. Especially, I want to thank Damira Kulakhmetova , Диана КаримоваAsem Panova, Elmira Tulbassiyeva and Asset Omirzhanov for your patience and dedication. You guys helped us to gather all these people, you just brought order to our registration process and helped more than a lot with counting times of the participants. By the way, I was just shocked by sagacity of Elmira, Asset and Asem. Despite the horrible weather that was during the event, you kindly agreed to help; we owe you guys just infinitely. Thank you all, I again can’t imagine how we could do it without your help. Thank you, thank you so much!!!
Finally, I think that is it. )) It was great pleasure for me to work with such wonderful people. I guess I won’t forget about this event for a very long time. )) Thank you all for that! Wish you all happiness!

Best regards,
Anuar Unaibekov

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Being an officer by Elmira Baltabayeva

I want to give some feedback as an officer.

Last year when I wanted to be a part of an officer team I was a new member. I didn’t know how all processes worked in the club and what it meant to be an officer.

But now I’m really thankful for this chance. My goal was not to learn about finance, because I worked in that sphere. My  goal was to learn more about leadership. During one year I knew about leadership not from processes in our club, but from every officer.    

For me our VP Education Korlan  was the heart of our team. Now I know what it means “all for one and one for all”. Because she was ready to tear to shreds anyone who said anything wrong about any officer.

From our beautiful and smart VP Membership Anara I learnt about communication skills. Because she knows how to motivate to join new members to ATC.

I’m really happy that Damira became VP PR, because she brought in new energy to our team. Her enthusiasm, energy and leadership skills are great example of leadership for me.

My dear mentor and our secretary Indira organized wonderful events. I knew more about organization skills from Indira, because she hosted events which hadn’t been before in ATC.

Our sergeant-at-arms Asset knows about how to motivate members to get CC and CL. I think he knows about motivation a lot.

And of course the main person in our team, our president Anuar. He was always supportive and  he is an example of a real leader for me. Because during one year he did a lot for ATC. I think everyone sees the result of his job.

I’m proud to work with these wonderful people.  If you are an officer, you will learn new skills on leadership and teamwork.   

I made this post to thank my dear colleagues and encourage you all to be an OFFICER. 

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Recipe for Success: Hey You! by Yerlan Meirbek

Hey you!

You, who is reading this post.

I was asked to write my success story for getting CC (competent communicator) and CL (competent leadership) certificates; because VP PR Damira said that I had to do it!

Actually, I finished my CC in record 5 months, which means that I never lost the chance to give a speech.

We have strict rules In Astana Toastmasters Club, regarding speeches. Namely each member can give only 2 speeches per month, and we have more than 60 members and only 30-35 speakers’ spots each month. I’m sure you all know the high level of competition in booking speaker’s spots every time VP Education opens the Role Chart.

So, it was short background information for potential new members. But my target is current members, especially those who are one or two speeches away from completing CC. Those who stopped giving speeches after their 8th or 9th projects. Yes, I’m talking about you, Aikorkem Nurzhanova, Assylan Akimbayev, Aliya Zhumabayeva and others. I want to ask you: “Why are you delaying?” I’ve heard many complaints that it was difficult to choose a topic for the next speech. You know what? Sometimes I chose topics for my previous speeches just in 3 hours before the meeting. Now let’s stop here, you will say that the quality of the speech will be terrible and your speech evaluator will criticize you. To that I want to say this: “Practice makes perfect”, you should be ready for criticism, and you should be ready for challenges. Every step forward is difficult. You can finish last 2 or 3 projects. You have all resources for doing so. Just prove yourself that you can finish what you have started.

If you want to succeed in life, you should finish every project and every deal!

Just do it!

Watch the following video –

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Behind the Curtain: What? Where? When? by Anuar Zhumabayev

Dear toastmasters,

Here, in “Behind the curtain” part of our blog, I would like to share with you information about how one of the regular social events of our club, recreational “What? Where? When?” game found its way to the community of those, who are looking to master public speaking skills.

On 10th of April, ATC hosted the last game, and I was an organizer. When I look back, it turns out that I participated in organizational teams of “What? Where? When?” games at ATC all 6 times, it was hosted in the club.

The idea was actually proposed by our former member and now a successful social entrepreneur and engineer Gaukhar Arystan. She announced that she wanted to introduce this game at one of our regular Saturday meetings and declared that she was looking for a host, who will be asking questions during the game. I had never played in formal “What? Where? When?” games before, however, during my student time in Arizona State University, we had our little version of the game at Kazakhstani Student Association there. So, I had had a little experience in searching for questions and was familiar with format a little. Therefore, I stepped up to be a host. Little I knew, I would be the host for 5 of 6 such games at ATC.

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We also had Amina Kussainova and Elmira Muldasheva helping us organize the event, providing witty questions, I could ask our guests, and the very first game at ATC went quite well: we had four teams, 30 questions and fun evening. The event became quite popular and for all the next games, teams would be formed very quickly, peaking with 9 teams at the game in Astana Mall (third in ATC), when the host was Art Sergazinov.

The hardest job in organizing the event is to find the place, where we can host all teams and, of course, search for the questions. Every single game at ATC took place at different venues. We had fun time during some of negotiations. I just want to tell you that Azamat Khamza is the best negotiator ever. Seriously, two times he was in recruiting team, we were able to find bargains for our venues.

To find all 30 questions for the game, I usually spent from 3 to 4 hours in the web, so the questions would be at least interesting, hopefully challenging, and yet, rationally easy, since our members are not practicing players, who prepare for the game fiercely. After all, our game is recreational. Also, sometimes, I try to find questions, related to hobbies of our members, like football questions for our football fans, “Harry Potter” questions for our muggles and questions about public speaking. It is challenging, but totally worth it. It was so funny, when no one had the right answer for “a boy with a scar” question, though in each team, we had at least one J.K.Rowling fan.

Overall, I am glad I was a part of organizational teams for these events, but I feel, that with each game I am slowly losing interest in hosting, and, I believe, members felt it during the last game. Therefore, I think it would be in the best interest of the club, if there would be any “What? Where? When?” game in the future at ATC, to find a new host and organizer. To whom, I have only one advice: be sincere in your desires, have fun with questions and don’t be afraid to joke around with teams. It is a fun event. And we should have a blast every time we host it!

Anuar Zhumabayev

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Follow-up note/April 16, 2016

Dear Toastmasters,

On April 16, 2016, we had our regular Saturday meeting dedicated to the theme of Book Worms. The meeting started with a confession of madam Toastmaster about her being a book addict  However, according to Merriam Webster dictionary, a bookworm is a person who spends time on reading and studying, and well, obviously, the second part of the definition is not really associated with her… Just so you know…

There were 5 speakers in the Prepared speeches session. The first speaker, Anara Issayeva, presented her 4th speech from CC manual on the title “She was a girl, she was in love.” Her main message was that “love is sacred feeling, no matter what, insane, impossible, unrequited, ridiculous, it is worth living.” The second speaker, Assiya Babayeva, delivered her 2nd project from Storytelling manual, and told her story how she became a fitness trainer. Her personal story with genuine jokes made the audience laugh quite a lot. The third speaker, Anuar Zhumabayev, delivered a speech from the Leadership Excellence Series, and talked about visionary leaders. He nicely presented his prepared introduction to me, so I just had to read out it in front of others before welcoming him on stage. Thank you for that! The fourth speaker, Yerzhan Omirkhanov, completed his 3rd speech from CC manual on the title “Three books that have influence me.” Everyone in the meeting enjoyed his speech as it was thoughtful and sincere. The 5th speaker was Nurmukhammed Tashkenbayev with his ice-breaking speech. He talked about his name and Tashkent where he originally came from. As he told us, it was very advantageous to have such a long name as his mother used to forget what she was going to say to him while pronouncing his name 
The evaluation session was led by Anuar Unaibekov with his wonderful team of an ah-counter (Ardak Suleimenova), a grammarian (Lyubov Sartakova), and a timer (Elmira Baltabayeva) who successfully ignored my message on coming earlier to the meeting, and actually arrived at the meeting quite late. Anyway, thank you for coming! The speeches were evaluated by Damira Kulakhmetova, Korlan Bektassova, Anara Serikbayeva, Asset Abuov, and Bairam Orazov respectively.
The Table topic session was led by Zhanna Kussainova who handled the session in quite an unusual way (teams were formed to answer not-so-easy questions about books and create short stories on various genres) with prior tuning everyone to a positive wave with ChocoPie and M&Ms. The ChocoPie team was recognized as the winner of the Table topic session after delivering their love story about ChocoPie. Apparently, ChocoPie was in the trend that day  The session was full of laughter and fun. I am sure everyone enjoyed it as much as I did.

So, Yerzhan Omirkhanov became the Best Prepared Speaker of the meeting, and Bairam Orazov was chosen as the Best Speech Evaluator. Please, accept my sincere congratulations!
Overall, the meeting was nice and smooth. I could not enjoy it as it was my first time of leading it as the toastmaster of the meeting, but the experience was worth of doing this job  I express my deep gratitude to my mentor, Korlan Bektassova, for helping me out. You are the Best!
Thank you all, for being nice, positive, supportive, and energetic!
Your toastmaster,
Banu Ibragim

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Follow-up for 12th April meeting at NU

Hello, fellow toastmasters!

Please find a quick recap for ATC Tuesday meeting held on 12th of April at NU premises.

Meeting started couple of minutes later due to our timer having face control issues with local security. Anuar Zhumabayev was a general evaluator of the meeting and presented his team. Anara was quite surprised with her being a timer of the meeting, but she handled her role very well. So well and committed that half of the meeting she was sitting under the table near the power socket to be able to charge/use her phone/stopwatch.

The first speaker was Yerzhan who told us about how he got his first job, unexpected job interview questions, Gelandewagen boss and project he is currently working on. Then the crowd took some time to write him a feedback. The second speaker was Aigerim with her Happy feet = happy mind speech. She was showing us some terrific dance moves whilst promoting (!) salsa school in Astana. Needless to say that Asset couldn’t help dancing on his chair. The third speaker was Anara with her Evidence based nutrition speech. The main idea = Want to live longer? Start starving… now!

Table topic session was led by Anuar Unaibekov who prepared dope questions about outer space and stuff. Participants provided great answers. Asset started to advice others how to utilize energy that doesn’t even exist in nature and Anara Kasymbekova shared with her unusual life perspective.

Evaluation session went incredibly well. Followed by Let the guest talk session.
After that voting results were announced. Best prepared speakers were Yerzhan and Aigerim. Best table topic speakers were Asset and Anara. Best speech evaluator was Anuar Zhumabayev. Best ah-counter was Assylzhan Akynova.

Overall meeting went well and we managed to finish quite on time.

Thank you for your attention.
Yernar