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