Meeting Follow-up Sat 9 Apr 2016

We had a delightful meeting on Saturday and below, please, find my follow-up.

On April 9th we had a regular meeting with a theme “Volunteering”. It consisted of three sessions: prepared speakers session with 4 speakers, table topic session led by Olessya Akimenko and evaluation session led by Anuar Unaibekov.

First speaker of the day, Anuar Unaibekov, started his first project from advanced manual: Specialty Speeches. He presented his impromptu speech as an alumnus of school to its students on how to find something for yourself and how to live right and effectively.

Next, Elmira Baltabayeva got comfortable with visual aids in her speech “Danger to Life”. In her speech she warned us to watch out  the most dangerous place in Astana called McDonalds. Her main argument was that if we consumed fast food we might end up with unpleasant future of obese and unhealthy generation.

The third speaker, Asem Panova, gave a sales training speech as a professional speaker. Her main message was that everyone was a seller in a way and therefore the training would be useful for all of us. My favorite tip: “listen carefully what words a customer uses to describe her need” and repeat those exact words when selling the product.

The last speaker, Yernar Zhylkaidarov, gave his speech called “300 spartans”. There he compared us, 17 mln people of Kazakhstan, to 300 spartans because we had little population and we needed to work hard to be successful. He asked us to be in charge of our own future and be willing to change.

Of all the prepared speakers, the award of the best speaker went to Asem Panova.

After the first session we moved on to the table topic questions. Table topic master, Olessya Akimenko, encouraged everyone to volunteer and come up stage to answer her questions. I saw many hands willing to participate in the session. Among all of the speakers, the most votes for the best table topic speaker went to Bairam Orazov.

At the evaluation session, we had four very useful and to-the-point evaluations given by Assiya Babayeva, Yerlan Meirbek, Asset Omirzhanov and Korlan Bektassova. The best speech evaluator award went to Korlan Bektassova!

Thanks to evaluation team for giving nice feedback to all speakers: Sogdiana Akhmetova (ah-counter), Zhantuar Ertayev (timer), Banu Ibragim (grammarian) and to Anuar Unaibekov for leading the evaluation session.

At the end of the meeting we had many volunteers who wanted to speak at Open Mic. Elmira B invited all to Board Games later that day, Samat P encouraged us to run for officer positions for next year, Nurmukhamed asked for mentor to help with his icebreaker next week, Bairam O invited to provide any help to a local family, Assiya B reminded about ATC RUN marathon next week, Yerlan M asked to vote for the next advanced manual for him to do.

That’s about it. You can find more photos from the meeting on the
ATC Facebook page.
Have a wonderful week and stay cool!

Thank you,


Follow up note/ 2nd of April

Dear toasmasters!
2nd of April, on Saturday meeting, we had a regular meeting dedicated to Jokes and Pranks. The meeting has started on time with some changes in agenda but overall it was smooth and very Fun. As I noticed, speakers are getting better and better. Very good job! Thank you to our excellent speakers for their outstanding preparation.
The prepared speech session opened VP Education Korlan Bektassova. She presented Storytelling Project 5, bringing history to life with the Title “The Warrior Princess”. She brought up a story about gracious Tomiris and brave Rustam as usual using great rhetorical devices and rich vocabulary. Thus quote stuck in my mind: ” Behind every successful man is a woman, behind every successful woman is herself”.
The second speaker, Sogdiana Akhmetova, has completed the 5th project from CC manual, Your body speaks. She shared us a personal extreme story, and she greatly involved us in experiencing the bungee jumping and we really felt like we were jumping with her too.
The third speaker, Indira Kyilybayeva presented Interpretive reading #4 The Play. Anton Chekhov, Backboneless. She made us laugh and cry. I was speechless after her presentation, nowadays it is so actual. Dear toastmasters, always know and protect your rights. Read a play.
Anara Issayeva completed Project 3, Get to the point with the title “Cheap. Effective. Easy.” Anara did a hilarious job! She persuaded us to make compliments and she proved us how effective they can be! Сheap, effective, Easy! Definitely!
Askar Aitymov, Anuar Unaibekov’s little brother made his first entertaining ice breaking speech! Very soon, he will be among ATC members, hopefully!

The evaluation session was lead by Damira Kulakhmetova. Her team: Ah counter – Bairam Orazov, Timer- Ali Akiltayev, Grammarian- Myrzakhan Omarbayev arrived on time and performed their duties very well.
Evaluators were all professional speakers and they gave very useful feedback: Asem Panova, Aidar Abrayev, Asset Omirzhanov, Anara Serikabayeva and Assiya Babayaeva respectively.

The tabletopic session was lead by humorous Asset Abuov. The audience loved his questions and laughed a lot. ATC loves a black humor, but some of them like Asset Omirzhanov and Korlan Bektassova spit further :)
It was very challenging for audience to make their choice because all the speakers were different and outstanding. However, Indira and Anara were chosen as favorites one! The best evaluator became Asset Omirzhanov. in this life no one can surpass him! The best table topic speaker- Samat Panov! The same thing as with Asset. Not in this life :)
With best wishes,
your toasmaster
Zhanna Kussainova


Follow UP. March 29, 2016.

Dear Toastmasters,
Once Nuni said that when she first heard the ‘Toastmasters’ word it sounded for her like ‘Toastmonsters’. On this Tuesday, the 29th of March, we really witnessed speeches not from simple toastmasters, but from toastmonsters of our club.
Yerlan Meirbek opened prepared speeches session with his really entertaining speech. He cracked jokes about Yernar’s military service, his VIP haircut, ‘SIR YES SIR’ and stuff; about our best grammarian Banu and his own mistake on ‘imAgine’ word; about Anuar and his dreams of ending this presidency term; about myself and my belief that everything will be VERY GOOD, VERY GOOD, YEEEAH; and finally about Samat’s dream of 50th anniversary of our wonderful club. Although, as you see there was a lot of funny jokes, he managed not only to entertain the audience, but simultaneously to do an experiment and to convey a deep message that, if you set a long term goal, you will be much more productive than you are without it, no matter whether you are the person who does things ahead of required time, right on time or out of time. Thank you Yerlan, I always feel like a million dollars when I listen to your speeches.
The second speaker was Korlan Bektassova, with her own translation of Alexander Ivanovich Kuprin’s story about two loving dogs couple: Barbos, the dog that is kind of gangster of his district and the second character of the story was well-mannered Zhul’ka, which was real queen of the house and somehow she has less characters of dog than even some people have.))) Finally, truth be told, it was not a happy ending story. Nonetheless, Korlan definitely managed to touch hearts not only of those people who were able to understand her advanced level vocabulary, but even the heart of a person, who understood everything from her beautiful voice and touching eyes, I mean my heart, of course. By the way, I gave a try to find it in English and, probably I did it not thoroughly enough, but I couldn’t find the English version of the story. Probably, you are the first who did it. Thank you Korlan, that was amazing!
The last, but by far not the least speaker of the meeting was the best speaker of the meeting, Asem Panova, with her also very sincere and concurrently entertaining speech from far 1992. By that time, she was a sort of ‘bad’ girl of about 14 years old, who was really lucky to pass an exam and to enter a class with the highest level of English, while, from her own words, her English was literally hopeless. Asem said that most of the time, her life was easy for her and now, there is kinda balance in their family, because all the misfortune laid on her husband’s shoulders. ))) Anyway, I wish you both to be as shining as you are now and, I hope that Asem’s luck won’t leave you for the rest of your lives. Thank you Asem for such a beautiful story, it’s always exciting to open new edges of your astonishing personality.
Tana Seisembayeva led the Table Topic Session, where the best table topic speaker was Samat Panov. It was also very surprising to open some new sides of his life and one of the real sources of his enormous confidence. Thank you Samat for braveness of opening your heart to us and, I’m sure that now there is no simple hesitation in the fact that you are rather good man, as you can understand from my previous letter. P.S. Tana, thank you for your eagerness, you did it just excellently.
The Evaluation Session was led by Yerzhan Omirkhanov. By the way, I’m the only person who knows with what level of responsibility Yerzhan performed this role, calling me before the meeting and preparing to this role thoroughly in advance. The best evaluator of the meeting was Assiya Babayeva and she really deserved it. However, Anara Serikbayeva and Samat Panov gave very qualitative evaluations as well, receiving good numbers of votes from the audience. The Ah-counter, Timer, and Grammarian were Yernar Zhylkaidarov, Nuni Asker, and Banu Ibragim, respectively. Even though all the speakers were so experienced, Banu managed to find a bunch of mistakes in pronunciation and that was really useful. All in all, the evaluation session was held just smoothly, thank you all who contributed Yerzhan in this session.
By the end of the meeting, there was a great news from Yerzhan about cycling event that will be arranged by him in about 2 weeks. We are looking forward to this event Yerzhan and besides, you can write to our common chat, if you need helping with organizing the event, because we have an abundance of people who will be happy to facilitate you with this burden.
Overall, a lot of thanks go to all who took a part in building that warm atmosphere, which was in the air throughout the meeting. Thank you guys!!!
Best regards,
Anuar Unaibekov
Toastmaster of the meeting


Follow up note on Speech marathon, March 26

Dear Toastmasters,

Today we had a speech marathon with eight speakers, great atmosphere and a lot of fun as usual. Let me describe everything step by step.

The first speaker was our ‘perfect’ man, Asset Omirzhanov with his project from Leadership Excellence Series Set aimed to motivate people. Asset presented us some basic and essential componenents of effective motivation. Then we had the 9th project of Competent Communicator manual, ‘Persuade with power’ by Aigerim Kosheken. She talked about wisdom in regret, particularly she encouraged us to pay more attention and dedication towards our parents which is needy to be mentioned and reminded.

The third speaker was Damira Kulakhmetova giving her project #7. Damira researched and tried to answer what made up a startup. Afterwards there was Aigerim Akiltayeva with project #2 whithin which she was supposed to make an appropriate outline. The title of her speech was “face to face with the world” or “travelling solo”: why to do it and how to do it unbelievable.

After a series of Competent Communicator projects we had 2 experienced speakers. The fifth one was Olessya Akimenko doing assignment #5 from Interpersonal communication manual. Olessya not only gave us some tips on how to assert yourself effectively but also with the help of Aidar Abrayev enacted a role play where asserting came into action. Then another experienced speaker, the best prepared speaker of 2015, Indira Kyilybayeva addressed project #2 from Speaking to inform manual. She shared with the audience some learning tips and tricks in order to get prepared for some tasks or assignments, especially exams, tests and other official stuff.

Our marathon was closed by two different speeches. One was the last project of CC, entitled “First goes happiness” and aimed to inspire the audience. Our “Macmillan dictionary” of useful quotes and phrases, Anuar Unaibekov presented this project in which he talked about the easiest and the most difficult notion as happiness. He used a great technique – made the audience stood up, did some exercises an laughed a lot. Good job! Finally we attracted a new potential member….by the way not potential, real one as he paid the fees )) – the ice breaker, Bairam Orazov who was talking about how he lost his weight through yoga classes held by a beautiful blond slim lady, found the real meaning and taste of life, his current values and many othe interesting things.

Guess who became the best…? The man who finally got CC off his chest :) My congratulations go to Anuar Unaibekov!

The evaluation session was lead by Olessya Akimenko and we also had a full house of evaluators, experienced, focused and quite critical. But…. it’s hard to compete with perfection…Asset Omirzhanov became the best, sorry the perfect one 😉

Overall thanks every participator for your role of the marathon and let’s get fit and prepared for the next one.

Assiya Babayeva,


Meeting followup 23 January by Assel Stambekova

Dear Toastmasters,

As a Toastmaster, I’d like to provide a follow up note about yesterday’s meeting.

Yesterday’s meeting was the first in 2016 in the series of Country day at ATC. The country we learnt yesterday about was Macedonia, and its true representative and our guest speaker is IlijaPsaltirov, PhD, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Macedonia to Kazakhstan. 

The meeting room got busier ten minutes before an official start and it was great to see happily smiling people and calm confident speakers. We started the meeting right on time (if I’m not mistaken :) and this is our biggest achievement. Many thanks to all role-takers and speakers for showing up in advance. Your attitude was at a high level yesterday!

Our agenda was complete- a full house of five speakers. Our guest speaker- Mr Ilija Psaltirov- could possibly start his journey with Humorously Speaking manual in ATC! His country presentation, impromptu speech during Table Topic session and “Award goes to…” talk entertained the audience- we laughed, we smiled, we took a selfie, we got common gifts and individual presents for exemplary speeches… Well, Macedonian flavor in the meeting was a blast!

Then our prepared speaker Elmira Tulbassiyeva touched our hearts and made us sit at the edge of a seat. Her “Story”- project #6 Vocal Variety- was elegantly delivered as if by Maya Angelou which brought her Best Speaker award. Well-done!

Our next speaker- a long-awaited speaker Marzhan Amanazholova, officer from 2014-15 team- opened up her story of how she climbed a career ladder. “Working for money or for dream” speech made many of us recall our professional journeys and ask touch questions. As a result,the ambassador awarded Marzhan with a special prize – Macedonian ehtno music CD. By the way, I’m listening to one right now here.
Samat Panov, the next speaker, presented Speaking to Praise project from Special Occasions manual. He praised Jack Welcsh, a former CEO of GE who, during his leadership,increased GE total revenue 400 times! Some other lessons learny by Samat from Welcsh were about sustaining values, eliminating weak people from the team and leadership.

Our final speaker was a prospective member Aigerim Akiltayeva with her passionate ice-breaking speech about running. It was interesting to learn where running takes Aigerim, and believe me, her passion to this energetic outdoor activity was in the air! By the way, Aigerim’s speech evaluator, Damira Kulakhmetova was recognised as Best Speech Evaluator.

Table topic session led by Zhanna Kussainova was authentic. Zhanna was face-painted with Macedonian symbols and her questions made us hear and repeat Alexander Macedonian name many times :) As a result :) the audience voted for the ambassador as the Best Table Topic speaker.

A good police officer in the presence of General Evaluator Assiya Babayeva and her evaluation team. Speech evaluators- Anuar Unaibekov, Anuar Zhumabayev, Kanat Bazaraly and Damira Kulakhmetova- noted speakers’ best moments in speech content and delivery. Additionally, they’ve recommended a few things to consider/improve them in their future speeches.

Overall, the meeting was rich of fun, energy, originality and male-dominated in “Let the guests talk” session :)

Last but not the least, the ambassador announced that ATC community would also be invited for one of the Macedonian events. Let’s stay tuned and wait for this cultural occasion.

Many thanks for your time to finish reading this long note.



Meeting followup 12 DEC 2015 by Anuar Unaibekov

The Canadian flag embellished a background of the stage of Astana Toastmasters Club in 12th of December. Yes, that day was devoted to this wonderful country. It was absolutely unusual meeting; even the time-table was extraordinary, because the first session was not Prepared speeches session, as usual, but Table topic session.

These alterations were due to really an exciting speech of our Guest speaker, very pleasant and “plain” person, who loves hockey, as all the Canadians: His Excellency Shawn Perry Steil, the Ambassador of Canada to Kazakhstan. After his speech our almost advanced speaker, Yerlan Meirbek prepared some very interesting facts and questions about Canada, particularly the PPT that Yerlan prepared was very beautiful, thank you a lot for that!

However, it was only first session of our amazing meeting. In the Prepared speeches session we were witnesses of 3 magnificent speeches. The first was lovely by all of us, Korlan with her very interesting and sincere speech about a story that was happened to her and her niece. Using only her pleasant voice and body language she managed to create an atmosphere as we were there in the reality. It was amazing speech Korlan, thank you very much! By the way the contribution of Korlan doesn’t finish here, as u will see a little bit later. )))
The second speaker was Assel with her LAST speech from all the projects that are need for receiving the GOLD COMMUNICATION CERTIFICATE. I don’t know about others, but at least u motivated two people: Anara and me as well. AlsoAssel said that finally she doesn’t need to fight for a spot in the role chart. )) So, thank you Assel very much not only for this speech but for all the speeches that we’ve heard, it is always a great pleasure to listen to u, my congratulations!
The last but not the least speaker was Olessya (or Alice how one of our guests wrote on voting) who delivered her speech about how to deal with criticism. It was very useful speech, I guess for all the people who were present. Thank you so much for such a clear tips, which, for sure, can help all of us in our daily lives. But I’m sure that u couldn’t manage to do it so well without Korlan’s helping, an acting of Korlan in this speech was just great, thank u for that too.
If Indira does something, she does it perfectly, I’ve said it because she was a General evaluator and she did that job perfectly on the meeting as well as before meeting dealing with all the roletakers. And also thanks a lot for inviting such a respectful guest to our meeting. U absolutely made that meeting, myriad thanks to u!
Other thanks for all the evaluators: Kanat, Anara and Anuar, u did also great job. Even though Kanat and Anuarare considered as the best evaluators of our club they stayed as gantlemen that day cuz they gave a way to our Anara to take the best evaluator award, nobody doubts in her though.))) Darmen, Yernar, and Damira performed their roles very well too as timer, ah-counter, and grammarian respectfully. Damira is one of the best grammarians of our club and this meeting wasn’t an exception. Thank you guys very much!
The best speaker award was deserved by Assel Stambekova and it was a perfect completion in achieving your Gold Speaker Certificate.
I wish all the meeting will be like this one, thanks all of the people who helped us with organization. It was the great honour for me to lead it.
See you on the next meetings!

Yours, sincerely!
Toastmaster of the meeting,


Meeting Follow-up 5 December 2015 by Korlan Bektassova

Dear Toastmasters!
On Saturday December 5th Astana Toastmasters Club hosted a meeting dedicated to a beautiful country – Italy. Our guest – Ambassador His Excellency Mr. Stefano Ravagnan – gave a short speech about his diplomatic mission in Kazakhstan and current and future relations between our countries. His speech was followed by Q&A session from the audience. Questions varied from “Are there places in Astana where you can have genuine Italian food?” to “What are perspective spheres of Italian-Kazakh economic relations except energy?”

The regular Prepared Speakers Session began with Azamat Khamza giving his speech number 6 on Vocal variety. He talked about the importance of health using different vocal techniques.
Anuar Zhumabayev gave an after dinner talk about relationships between men and women and the importance of falling just not for the looks.
Azamat Makhsudov gave his second speech in ATC and it was about juggling and how using juggling techniques one can tackle a problem.

Our Ice breaker Gulzhanat Bekkaliyeva gave an ice breaker and we were surprised to know that this was not her first one. We hope that Gulzhanat will stick around and stay with ATC longer as we all look forward to hear her speeches in the future.
Everybody got votes but the majority (18 votes) went to Azamat Makhsudov who was named the best prepared speaker.

Table Topics Session was led by Diana Nutlessova who has prepared interesting questions about Italy and put them on colorful slides. Her questions were about Renaissance, culture, food and traditions, similarities between nations and so on. Our guest and active participant of Naiza Toastmasters Club in Kazakh language Fariza Makhai has won the best table topics speakers for describing her vision of Kazakhstan in 130 years where everybody speaks Kazakh and live in a prospering country.

Evaluation session was masterfully led by Yerlan Meirbek, whose team of ah counter Damira Kulakhmetova, grammarian Zhanna Kussainova and Timer Malika Kurmanalina did a good job and provided concise reports in the end of the session. Speech Evaluators Sholpan Keneskhanova, Asset Omirzhanov, Anuar Unaibekov and Yerlan Meirbek, provided their feedback to speakers and it turned out that Sholpan’s evaluation was most liked by the audience and the Best Speech Evaluator Award went to her.

Overall it was a wonderful meeting. We started and finished on time! I was glad to see former members of ATC (well there is no such word as former toastmaster) such as Chingiz Matayev and Aidyn Mambetov. There were many new comers and guests who hopefully will become future members.

P.s. Photos from the event are posted on ATC page on Facebook

Toastmaster of the meeting
Korlan Bektassova