Here is an interview with president of ATC, Kanat Bazaraly (ACS, ALB).
Hello, toastmaster, please, tell me the story how you decided to join Astana Toastmasters Club? Do you remember your first impression of the meeting?
The first time I came to the meeting was on September 2013, when I was mastering my English communication skills. Before joining ATC I was in American Corner discussion club few times. It was an American corner who first told me about ATC. I do remember my first impression: from the moment, I heard prepared speakers; I understand that this place is awesome for mastering presentation skills. That stack in my mind at that time as I believed (and it is still true) that the day will come when I present my product. And I do remember that I caught myself in a thought that one day I will speak better than Art Sergazinov, who has an outstanding English speaking skills (Art, accept the challenge).
2 As an advanced speaker, which project you are currently doing?
Right now I am about to start a journey toward Advanced Speaker Gold award, however I did not choice any manual yet. Sometimes I do feel that I need a break from the speeches to gather my thoughts and understand the direction where I want to be improved. From the beginning, I knew that I will complete CC, because manuals I was interested so much were advanced, however it took me the whole year with redoing 3 projects in CC manual. At the same time, I completed CL manual, which also helped me to become a better speaker.
3 As an experienced member can you give some advice for freshmen?
My advice for the freshmen will be don’t give up. In my case, achieving any of leadership or competent awards was not my utmost goal, yet it was a substitute for making myself a better speaker. I didn’t afraid of the audience, yet I was afraid (and sometimes still) of unprepared or weekly prepared speeches. That difficulty can be overcome only by “practice, practice, practice…”
4. What ATC gave to you for development?
The ATC introduced me to new friends, with similar attitude toward the life and world. Apart from that, it helped me (and still helping) to understand better the leadership phenomena. As an engineer and software developer, I have never believed I use my skills in my job, yet 2 times, I presented my projects, leading me to promotion). So the 2 crucial points I learned from toastmasters: public speaking skills can be useful any time and your voice can be heard and shared.