My journey to ATC life began from a very simple question “Are you for the first time here?” from Aidana Kenesbayeva, who later became my friend. So, in 3 years of being member of ATC I managed to make friendship with many good people and successfully completed Competent Communicator manual. However, if you have a real desire to finish this manual in one year or in 6 months, it is possible.
The words coming from your heart will find a way to come out.
If you would like to hear the whole story, let me start from the very beginning. Well, my story began from an Ice-breaking speech and tiresome preparation. Speech structure, then content and then a great number of rehearsals, led to the joyful delivery and strict feedback. With every new speech I made I got new experience and polished public speaking skills.
Talking about projects I made, I would like to mention that the easiest one for me was project #8 “Visual aids” where you need to use at least 2 aids to support your speech and make it more visible. I suppose here comes your “Why?”. I would answer that it is always easy to talk about something you love very much. I love my city that is why I delivered a speech about Astana. The most difficult was project #7 “Research your topic”. This project aimed to make research on the topic you have chosen and support your speech by adding statistics. Firstly, I could not choose an appropriate topic, then I felt that my research was not deep enough, and then I decided to change my topic. But one of my ATC peers helped me to come and see the project from another side and advised to look for some articles as a source of research. Although I delivered speeches rarely, I tried to make them “high-quality”.
Support and help are usual things for ATC members. Even more, there is a special system of mentoring in ATC. I myself had 2 mentors, Aidana and Asset who put a huge input and time to help me to grow as a speaker. They were open and shared all information they have gained from Toastmasters. For instance, Aidana taught me to not memorize speeches, but to associate every sentence I wrote with something. Asset has his own view and own approach, so he advised to rehearse speeches having TV switched on, as a disturber. They for sure have more tricks and knowledge to share and I can probably write a book about their technics, but I believe they could happily tell them to you at the meetings. Because one of the keys to become a better leader is to give opportunity to the less experienced club members to develop their leadership skills by sharing knowledge.
Our club is always very welcome to see you as a guest and if right now you are looking for a place where you could improve speaking skills, become a real leader and make new friends – Astana Toastmasters Club is the place you could think of!