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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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