Success story: Damira Kulahmetova (CC, ALB)

Hello, Damira, please, tell me the story when and why you decided to join Astana Toastmasters Club? 
I decided to join ATC because back in 2015 I wanted to become a part of a community in Astana of interesting people where I can grow and learn. My first impression back in 2013 wasn’t that great because to be honest it’s easy to judge the level of speakers while you are the audience, but when I tried to speak there I got why it was so challenging for some speakers to present.
2. As an advanced speaker, which project you are currently doing? How long it took to complete CC manual?
I’m doing my second advanced manual called Humorously Speaking Manual. Competing CC manual took me less than a year I think, don’t really remember.
3. What’s your favorite speech from CC Manual?
My favorite speech was my last project when I did a commencement speech to inspire the audience.
4. As an experienced member can you give some advice to freshmen? 
My biggest challenge apart from fear of speaking in public was to meet the time limit for my speeches. I wanted to tell a lot about the subject that I cared about. If you have the same struggles, try to look at your speech from the audience’s perspective as if they knew nothing about your subject and select those stories and examples that would be the most relevant and memorable.
5. What ATC gave to you for development?
When you do the speeches here in ATC the things that you learned don’t get noticed because well everybody here seems to know what the vocal variety is and the importance of personal stories in speeches. But what I realized when I took Business Communication class in MBA program that few people know this. I feel that even this ability to look at the speech from different dimensions, from you verbal and nonverbal communication tools, is beneficial.

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