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Success Story: My ACG story with Assel Stambekova

Why I joined ATC

I joined ATC in February 2014 because initially I wanted to make friends in Astana. I’ve already known about Toastmasters so my motivation to join the club was not linked to public speaking per se. However, as time goes, thanks to the club I’ve met a good number of smart enthusiastic and hilarious young people that shape ATC accordingly. Interesting young people and their hobbies is still the main source of my motivation to come back to the club from time to time.

What manuals I have chosen for ACG and why

Last two manuals I’ve chosen to complete during ACG were Interpreative reading manual and Professional Speaker. ACG is the last step in Communication track in Toastmasters which means that by this time you are expected to have grown as a speaker, as a professional speaker. You are able not only to conquer stage fear but also deliver great public speaking experiences both for the audience and for yourself. I knew my strengths and weaknesses as well as my personal goals in public speaking, that is why Interpretive Reading was chosen on a basis of pampering myself and Professional Speaker to test my public speaking skills.

My favourite speech from ACG manuals

My favourite speech among all ten for ACG was The Sound of Silence from Interpretive Reading manual. The first challenge was to recite a poem which demonstrates differences between poetry and prose, and recognise how poets use imagery, rhythm, cadence, and rhyme to convey the meanings and emotions of their poetry. Additionally, I had to meet time requirements of up to eight minutes. The second challenge was in the choice of the “poem” which originally was a four-minute song, and I twisted it differently to meet all project  objectives and also to have fun.

My preparation to speeches

In February 2014 I made a draft planning of delivering 2 speeches per month without skipping or missing an opportunity so that by 2016 I’d finish the Communication path. The rationale of this planning lies in experiential learning, seeing progress or if there is no progress, working on how to improve my public speaking skills and at the same time enjoying participation. In other words, my goal-setting on the whole and speech preparation process in details were connected to these values. Having understood that, it was clear for me to see my strengths and weaknesses. Thus, for example, I wrote one of my 46 speeches only once simply because speech scripts never work for me.
During my officer’s term in 2014-15 I was delivering slightly more speeches connected to my officer’s responsiblities as well on the topics of Success Leadership , Better Speakers or Success Communication.
The way I choose topics for speeches is based on many perspectives. It depends on the manual I’m doing, external reality, audience age range and their interests, etc. So I never choose topics from my self-perspective only.

What was the easiest and the hardest part in projects

There was never the easiest or the hardest part in projects I did. I believe apart from the stage fear that many speakers experience, the audience and how they will swallow and digest the speech is the ultimate challenge that speakers shall always keep in mind. Whether you’re a successful speaker or not depends on how the audience reacted to your speech content and delivery. If you made a difference at least in one person’s life, you’ve already done a lot!

What advice can I give to all members who want to complete or struggling to complete this manual

I’m not the best advisor 😉 However, I’d suggest to anybody who’s decided to do public speaking. Eventually we all want to be remembered for doing good things and delivering great speeches. Great speeches is a very vague notion. Define for yourself what you want to be remembered for and Why, and do your best to accomplish it.

 

I’d like to thank members of Toastmasters worldwide because they can make you feel home and treat you as a friend even if you do not know them very well or they’re complete strangers for you.

Enjoy your TM journey and have excellent speeches ahead!

Regards,
Assel Stambekova
ACG, ALB

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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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Best Prepared Speaker: The Heart Is The Strongest Muscle by Zhantuar Yertayev

Best Prepared Speech (14 May 2016)

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My mother always told me ‘Float like an iceberg, sting like a thrown iceberg!’. But sometimes an icy heart just needs a warm smile. Madam Toastmaster, fellow members and welcome guests have you ever fallen in love? Today I will tell you a very personal story that I still keep in my heart even though the stars changed many times since that period. Many years have passed, but I still do remember that day like it was yesterday, the day when love came into my heart.

I’m on my graduation ceremony glowing in my suit staring at my proud parents and happy teachers but there is someone I miss… But first of all, let me take you back to the time when I did not know this someone who became very important for me.

It was October’s early morning. Rainy weather did not promise anything bright to happen that day. A bunch of sleepy, creepy and weepy people staying at the bus stop dressed in black as if they were going to funeral. Me personally dressed in black and wondering where that big white bus could be. But suddenly something caught my eye and I froze for a moment. A pair of green emerald shoes… It dissonated so hard with the atmosphere so my eyes continued their journey up to the top and found a very pretty face. I said ‘Wow! She challenges the reality with her appearance’. It felt like she heard my inner voice and responded me with a broad smile and an eye contact. I saw the whole new and enormously king-sized universe in her big brown eyes. I said ‘Whatever, we only live once’ and made my approach. I made her laugh, got her number, took her out and we started dating.

Guys, have you ever dated a beautiful girl? Put them all together and you will get my girl. I have already mentioned her eyes big as the full moon, brown as the warm aroma of coffee where you could melt like a chocolate forever. Her smile was so warm that you felt like a cat stretching itself under the gorgeous sun. Her hair was blacker than the darkest night and when I touched it I felt like the silk scarf was stroking my fingers. Her skin was white as the first January snow. Her breast guys… three. Her belly was flat as the ice rink that was just filled. Her waist and hips reminded me a guitar shape – the perfect instrument of love. Her legs were long, straight and beautiful. I enjoyed touching them. She moved like the caravel cutting her way through the tides of the ocean. People turned when she walked into the room. I have been already wearing glasses that time but she was all that I could see. And it was not only her beauty that I adored.

We had countless nights not only full of passion but full of heart to heart dialogues. We talked about policy, philosophy, society, the Matrix, the behavior, the mindset. I have never had such feeling, my heart trembled every time I held her hand because I could feel her heart. It took my breath away when I kissed her, when I cuddled her trembeling body in my strong arms. Have you ever felt so accepted and free with the opposite gender? Well I did. My first and ever given to a woman bouquet of red flowers is that what associates with her. Her kindness, her ringing laugh, her generous, pure and childish soul that forgave me everything. That’s what I miss. She always taught me that death is not sad. The sad thing is most people don’t live at all. She was a teacher, a lover and a friend.

Just before our breakup we had this conversation

– Will you marry me?

– I’m too young to marry you my darling

– But I’m 23 already and I need to build my life

– But darling! I’m only 18! I have the whole life in front of me

I’m on my graduation ceremony glowing in my suit staring at my proud parents and happy teachers but there is someone I miss. I miss my lady in emerald shoes. It was too late when I understood that I love her. That day she left me saying that I’m not a man enough, that I will never be serious, that I’m not ready for the responsibility… And you know what guys? She was right

Fairytales and love stories have a small difference. Fairytales have a sad beginning and a happy ending, but love stories are opposite: happy beginning and a sad ending . But don’t be too upset my friends because the darker the night, the brighter the stars. I’ve sailed to other countries, met many beautiful women, had my victories and defeats on the battlefield of love. I returned back home and heard a lot of advice that you need to lift metal, you need animal protein or at least vegan protein but guys the one thing that you really need to love and be loved is your heart. Remember, my friends, the heart is the strongest muscle! Madam Toastmaster.