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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

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Meeting Follow-up by Assiya Babayeva

Dear Toastmasters,

Here is the follow-up note from the passed Saturday meeting, June 18th.

The meeting was devoted to pop culture. We had a full house of advanced speakers, 3 out of 4.  The first speaker was Olessya Akimenko presenting the 4th project from Storytelling manual. Olessya told us a beautiful story titled “The train to the warm lands”. The second speaker was Aigerim Akiltayeva who showed us three ways to discover our inner natural reserves.Then we were offered to pay our attention to music and wonderful things it might cause by our super advanced speaker, Assem Panova who was delivering a speech from Professional speaker manual. Assem discussed how music with only 7 notes is able to create miracle. The last but not least was another brilliant experienced speaker, Indira Kyilybayeva. Indira presented the 4th project from Speaking to inform manual and gave us a detailed and informative speech – Air Astana: 2015 annual report for the board of directors. The best speaker within that tough competition among titaniums became Assem Panova. Congratulations!

The table topic session led by Dzhamilya Serikbayeva was full of colourful images and curious questions. The audince were asnwering them easily and with pleasure. The best table topic speaker became our Mr. President, Anuar Zhumabayev. 

I’d like to express my gratitude and impression to the evaluation team, particularly to the speakers’ evaluators, Asset Abuov, Anuar Zhumabayev, Assiya Babayeva and Olessya Akimenko for giving great feedback and recomendations. The best evaluator of the last meeting was Anuar Zhumabayev. Mr. President you rocked that day.

Overall the meeting was nice and our current President proposed one interesting thing regarding word of the day… Which one…? Join us next meeting and I’ll share it with you 😉

Best regards,

Assiya, Toastmaster

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Follow-up by Zhantuar Yertayev – 24 MAY 2016

Good day, fellow toastmasters and anyone who is reading this!

Take a glance at a recap about ATC Tuesday meeting which was held on 24th of May 2016 at Nazarbayev University.

The meeting was started 10 minutes later because our General Evaluator was stuck in a traffic jam and we couldn’t start without his laptop, so the current President Anuar Zhumabayev gave the order to adapt and start from a Table Topic Session (TTS) after his opening speech. Anuar Unaibekov was performing as a Table Topic Master and asked unusual questions about adventures in our lives. We heard a story of 30 years old marriage from Gabit Mataev (who was also an Ah-counter) and saw a great example of coming to a solution and problem solving. This sincere sharing brought him the Best Table Topic Speaker award. Yernar Zhylkaidarov made us burst into laughter with his story about scorpion and slipper. Assiya Kurmanova told the plan she would follow if she was stuck like Tom Hanks on an island; I wish I will be stuck on that island as well. Anuar Zhumabayev was reminiscing the adventure he had when he was 4 years old and how collective work can bring results. Indira Kyilybayeva told us that the best book and a movie about adventures is Harry Potter. I can hardly deny that. Korlan Bektassova shared her first experience with law representatives and now we know where to seek for relatives. Overall, The TTS was emotional and personal, maybe that’s why I remember it in details.

Then we moved to General Evaluator Yerzhan Omirkhanov presenting his team. Our timer was also late so I thank Yernar Zhylkaidarov for taking this role. Yerkenaz Zholumbayeva presented the word, quote and joke of the day.

The Prepared Speeches Session started right after that. Yerlan Meirbek was talking about the feedback in our lives and gave us two techniques to give useful advices. He had a scene with me where he shared his experience in choosing a spouse which made me drown in my memories and emotions so I forgot my duties. The second speaker was Indira Kyilybayeva who gave us methodology of raising and coaching your team. She also talked about leadership and filled the presentation with a lot of examples from her work, life and ATC duties. That evening she was the Best Prepared Speaker. The third speaker Yerzhan Omirkhanov raised an issue of Healthcare system and told us a sad story which left our hearts weeping that evening.

Evaluation session was led by Yerzhan Omirkhanov. Anuar Zhumabayev evaluated Yerlan Meirbek and pointed out his “scientific approach” in personal advices. Korlan Bektassova, who substituted Anara Serikbayeva, gave a constructive feedback to Indira Kyilybayeva and got the votes as a Best Evaluator. Anuar Unaibekov gave a positive and motivating feedback to Mr General Evaluator and speaker Yerzhan Omirkhanov.

The guest talk session was held by 4 yet non members and after it Yerlan Meirbek, Korlan Bektassova reminded everyone about upcoming election on 28 of May, Saturday.

In the end we voted for our new member Yerkenaz Zholumbayeva to join our family.

Me as a toastmaster made sure that everyone enjoyed the meeting by asking the audience in the end.

I would like to thank my mentor Asset Omirzhanov for giving me advices and guiding me throughout my ATC adventure and moreover reigniting my passion to the fooling around. You are the best lighthouse bro!

Thank you all for being supportive and friendly while my personal ATC journey, as Anuar Zhumabayev told I have ups and downs in my performance but I promise that I will continue aiming to the top.

Sincerely yours,

Zhantuar Yertayev.

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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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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