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Estonia Country Day Follow-up Note from Anara Badyrlenova

On Saturday, February 25, 2017 Astana Toastmasters Club (ATC) hosted Estonia Country Day.
Counsellor for Economic Affairs, Mr. Kalvi Noormagi has gladly agreed to accept ATC invitation and to talk about his beautiful country.
We have had a very nice presentation from Mr. Noormagi talking about his country, about Kazakhstani-Estonian relationships, current projects and further prospects of cooperation between our two states and nations.
Plenty of interesting facts about his country were shared, for example Mr. Noormagi told that Estonia’s economy continues to benefit from a transparent government and policies that sustain a high level of economic freedom, ranking 6th globally and 2nd in Europe. A simplified tax system with flat rates and low indirect taxation, openness to foreign investment, and a liberal trade regime have supported the resilient and well-functioning economy. The 2017 Ease of Doing Business Index by the World Bank Group places the country 12th in the world, surpassing neighboring Finland, Australia, Germany, Canada and Switzerland. The strong focus on the IT sector has led to much faster, simpler and efficient public services where for example filing a tax return takes less than five minutes and 98% of banking transactions being conducted through the internet.
Mr. Noormagi has brought with him Estonia maps and brochures for meeting attendants to acquaint themselves with the country.
In the end of the speech we had about 20 minutes Q&A session, which became a fascinating part of the meeting since ATC-members have addressed a range of varied questions to Mr. Noormagi.

Best regards,
Anara Badyrlenova
VP Education

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Meeting Followup 21 JAN 2017 by Aliya Sariyeva

Last Saturday we had an amazing meeting!

It started with inspirational speech of Mr. John Register, the Associate Director for Community and Veterans Programs for U.S. Paralympics. He is a two-time Paralympic athlete and a speaker, inspirer and motivator who uses his life experience to challenge everyone to never settle into their setbacks, but to hurdle their adversity in all aspects of life. Mr. Register motivated us to never give up and find a lot of advantages in tough situations. Thank you very much for your time and motivation!
The next speaker was Aisha Beisenova who delivered her second speech “The foundation for a lifetime success”. Aisha told us about Montessori system of children’s early development. Her final  quotation of Dr. Montessori is still resonating in my mind: “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” Thank you!
Third speaker Aidana surprised us by proving that eating cakes is really worth it. She made her own research required by project 7 “research your topic” and reached her objective. By the end of her speech she came up with pleasant surprise – diet cakes for all. Yummy! Please, consider making this good tradition in your further performances. =)
 
Speaker number 4 was Damira Kulakhmetova with amazing role-play from Mario Puzo’s “Godfather”. If you were not there you missed a lot! Damira is such a talented actress! She presented several scenes where different people came to the Godfather to ask for a favor. Damira made the exact voice of Don Korleone in the movie and even brought a teddy bear to substitute a cat she caressed. On the other hand, she cried, kissed the godfather’s hand and asked for justice roleplaying guests. I just can’t stop writing about my impressions. Thank you very much, Damira! Guys, consider taking this cool manual “Interpretive reading”!
 
And the last but not the least was our icebreaker Rakhilya Ibildayeva, whose desire to ask questions brought her to ATC. Rakhilya’s main intention is to serve people. I think ATC is just the right place for serving community. We enjoyed Rakhilya’s speech so much that voted for her as the best prepared speaker and new member of the club. Welcome to the family, Rakhilya! 
 
After prepared speech session we proceeded with table topics session led by creative Aigerim Kosheken. She had a VIP question where the volunteer had to show some statements written only using her body. Diana Kim successfully completed this task winning the best table topics speaker award and was also voted to be ATC member. Welcome, Diana!
 
During the evaluation session our wonderful team consisting of Elmira Balatabayeva (GE), Saule Temirbayeva (timer), Yuriy Kim (ah-counter), Diana Kim (grammarian), Raushan Satibaldiyeva, Korlan Bektassova, Aigerim Akiltayeva and Anara Badyrlenova (all speech evaluators) provided constructive feedback to all speakers. Our new VP Education Anara Badyrlenova won the best speech evaluator award.
 
My main takeaways from this meeting were:
  • face problems as challenges
  • deliver speeches and learn public speaking by doing, not just watching and listening
  • if you like something find reasons to do it
  • keep discovering new talents like acting within yourself
  • keep asking questions, they can take you out of your comfort zones to the places where magic happens

Thank you for reading this long follow up note till the end =) See you this Thursday!

 
Toastmaster of ATC meeting, Jan 21
Aliya Sariyeva, DTM
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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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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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Meeting follow-up on July 7th from Marzhan Amanzholova

Dear fellow Toastmasters,

It is my short reflection on the meeting we conducted at Nazarbayev University on July 7th. Well, to my fortune, we started almost in time and held the meeting according to the agenda. Separate thankgoes to the role takers who made their duties very accurate!

As for prepared speeches session, there were three different speakers:

Aidana Koptileuova, delivered project # 3 from CC manual, with a speech title “My life lies in ruins”. Aidana had her own style of presenting the speech, with a distinctive voice pitch and various examples from field work.

Anuar Zhumabayev, speaker # 2 with a project title “Keeping the commitment” from Successful club series tried to encourage us to fulfil meeting assignments, increase our preparation before delivering the speeches and be a proactive member of the club by regularly attend the meetings.

Yerkenaz Zholymbayeva, told us two stories about popular water/rice experiment and new project dedicated to orphans growth “Nastavniki” in herspeech “The importance of care”, SP # 3.

Those two stories were completely different, but led to one important point, that we all are responsible for the things beside us, and so if we would like to see the growth of that things we should take care of them.

BPS: Aidana Koptileuova

Table topic session:

The table topic session devoted to “Favourite cities” led by Anuar Zhumabayev was highly motivational. In the very beginning, TTM promised to give delicious cookies (made by Tana) to speakers who will follow 2 simple rules: to speak from 1 to 2 minutes and use the word of the day. Mentioned rules gave results and almost all the TT-speakers were awarded by cookies.

Many answers were provided, however the best one came from a person with hands made of gold.

BTTS: Tana Seisembayeva

Word of the day “Concrete jungle”.

Evaluation session:

During the evaluation session which was coordinated by Tana Seisembayeva with a team of 3 speech evaluators – Anuar Zhumabayev, Assiya Babayeva and Kanat Bazaraly who provided evaluations to Aidana, Anuar and Yerkenaz. From the tips given from our proficient evaluators, I have memorised next ones: to re-hearse more, to repeat the speech for the bigger audience and work on the structure.

BSE: Assiya Babayeva

Meeting evaluation ended up by reports provided by ah-counter- Akbota, grammarian – Yerzhan , timer- Assel and general evaluation of GE, Tana Seisembayeva. The only suggestion from Tana was to prepare carefully for the chosen role.

In the very end we welcomed meeting new comers, giving them some questions regarding our club and receiving some interesting answers.

Toastmaster,

Marzhan Amanzholova

 

 

 

 

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Follow-up from Damira Kulakhmetova

Dear Toastmasters,

Below is a recap of the meeting on 9th of July.

On Saturday, we had a regular meeting with a theme “Top holiday destinations in the world” . We started a few minutes late due to the late arrival of some role takers. Two of the speakers, Anara Serikbayeva and ice-breaker Abylakhain Ganiyev canceled their speeches. Other than that everything went pretty smoothly.

At the meeting we were delighted to hear our three prominent speakers. The first speaker Olessya Akimenko did her project # 2 Speaking in praise from Special Occasions manual with the title “Speaking in memory of Millicent Fawcett”. Many of us did not know who Ms. Fawcett was, but thanks to Olessya we got to know a little about a suffragist of XX century who literally made a history and impacted the way we live now.

The next speaker, Anuar Unaibekov, introduced his HPL (high performance leadership) project called “Food Drive”. His speech was from the Persuasive speaker manual, project #5 – The persuasive leader. In the presentation, Anuar, touched our hearts by sharing a story supported by statistics on how unfortunate some people are in terms of food supply. Therefore, to solve this issue he presented his project “Food Drive”. A food drive is a form of charity to donate foodstuffs or money to people who cannot afford food. Contact Anuar if want to become a volunteer +7 707 709 9920.

The third speaker, Aigerim Akiltayeva, delivered her, believe or not, 9th project from the Competent Communicator manual! She’s been a member of ATC for not that long but already so close to getting her CC. Keep the speed, Aigerim. In her project she needed to persuade with power and she did by breaking the stereotypes of social dance. At the end Aigerim invited all of us to practice social dance in the Social Dance Academy “Bailamos Salsa” for beginners, +7 707 4694777.

Of all the prepared speakers, the award of the best speaker went to Aigerim Akiltayeva.

A table topic session was led by Olessya Akimenko. Her questions were about top places that we wanted to visit, advantages of staycation, disadvantages of being a top place to visit, etc.

The best table topic speaker was Yerzhan Omirkhanov. Yerzhan talked about his favorite city New York and how people there try to avoid crowded touristic places, like Central Park or Times Square.

The evaluation session was led by charming Aigerim Kosheken. Her team of a timer – Daniyal, an ah-counter Aidana, and a grammarian – Yerzhan, did a good job.

I’d like to thank speech evaluators of the prepared speakers, Assiya Babayeva, Asset Abuov and Zhanna Kussainova. The award of the best evaluator went to Assiya Babayeva.

At the end of the meeting, the vice president education of ATC, Assiya Babayeva thanked everyone for coming and invited us to the Burabay trip next weekend.

Thank you all,

Damira

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Follow-up note from Anuar Zhumabayev – Country Day – Spain

2nd of July was the special day for Astana Toastmasters Club in many regards. It was the first meeting for the new officers’ team. We opened the speeches session with the guest speaker – his Excellency Pedro Jose Sanz, the ambassador of Spain in Kazakhstan and it was the first meeting, when we did not have paper agenda.

The last fact was not a plan, but rather an improvisation, since toastmaster of the meeting got under 10 minutes of heavy rain on the way to the meeting, which destroyed copies of agenda in a split of second. Therefore, we decided to put agenda on the projector.

Five minutes after 12:00 pm guests started to fill the room and we started. After toastmaster’s routine in the beginning, we had a chance to listen to the ambassador, who spoke a lot about his country’s economics, culture and place in this ever-changing world. During questions & answer session, enquires about ambassador’s opinion on football, education and Kazakhstan-Spain relationships were coming from members and guests passionately. Overall, this session went quite well and got interest of members in guests in Spain.

What helped to induce this interest with additional spark was table topic session. Though some of the questions were quite tough and challenging, resulting in long pauses of awkwardness, when no one wanted to come to answer them, we had a revelation during the last two questions, when Kanat sang and Asset danced. The best table topic speaker award went to Asset Omirzhanov.

Then the “diamond part” of the meeting came around – prepared speeches session. Our ice-breaker, Assiya Kurmanova, shared her flame of love to Spain; Zhantuar Yertayev delivered science fiction story with human essence in what seemed were 1000 different words; Sogdiana Akhmetova showed us again that she is “one of a kind” girl with sharing her experience on climbing the mountains; and Yerlan Meirbek delivered bad news (his manual project) in the manner, which only he could.

The best prepared speaker was Sogdiana Akhmetova.

Evaluation session was led by Yerlan Meribek, and all speaker received useful feedback which I personally hope they will take into account for their next projects, but the “best” title went to the rising star of the club, recent competent communicator, Asset Abuov.

In its entirety, the “Country Day: Spain” meeting was a good example of one of our club’s main ideas: learn by practice, strive to excellence, but always remember – there is a room for improvement in even the most “ideal” performance anyone can deliver, and it is our job to not forget about it, when we step up on the stage, which ATC provides us.

Toastmaster of the meeting,

Anuar Zhumabayev