Hello my dears!
Today we had another great meeting. We started a little late, because of unexpected big number of guests. Personally, I believe this is a good reason 😉
Meeting started with guest speaker Mr. Jukka Maksimainen, managing partner at McKinsey Kazakhstan. Every time, when I learn we have a guest, I’m confident it will be a topnotch speaker. Today I was impressed by the depth of his thoughts. My favorite one – “Nothing is sure, everything is possible”. I will use this idea, as a positive affirmation for the morning.
The next speaker was Assiya Babayeva. Her storytelling is at high-level as usual: strong vocabulary, unique voice variety are her hallmarks.
We also had two icebreakers: Indira Kyilybayeva and Chandan Sarma. Indira talked about the choice that every woman in Kazakhstan should take when she grew up. It can be either a housewife or a business lady. When I look at Indira, I see the person who can and will achieve both things.
Chandan, on the other hand, is an example of an impulsive person. He agreed to come to Kazakhstan in 10 minutes! This is a real fact. I think that is an example of courage.
Anara Serikbayeva presented her “Naked facts” about the vegetarian life style. She showed advantages and disadvantages of this nutrition. The best part of her speech was the reaction of Bairam, I really liked itJ
Table topic session was led by Anara. She prepared a bright and positive presentation. My favorite answer was from Chingiz Matayev. Chingiz is a very shiny speaker. I wish he would read these words and come back.
Yerzhan Omirkhanov led evaluation session. The team of ah-counter (Aigerim Kosheken), timer (Chandan) and grammarian (Assiya) made and excellent job: vivid points and a lot of useful details.
The best speaker was Indira Kyilybayeva.
The best table topic speaker was Chingiz Matayev.
The best evaluator was Aigerim Akiltayeva.
In the end, we still have room for improvement. We came here to learn and become better, so this is a part of education.
P.S. Today we had 40+ guests.
Dear fellow Toastmasters,
It is my short reflection on the meeting we conducted at Nazarbayev University on July 7th. Well, to my fortune, we started almost in time and held the meeting according to the agenda. Separate thankgoes to the role takers who made their duties very accurate!
As for prepared speeches session, there were three different speakers:
Aidana Koptileuova, delivered project # 3 from CC manual, with a speech title “My life lies in ruins”. Aidana had her own style of presenting the speech, with a distinctive voice pitch and various examples from field work.
Anuar Zhumabayev, speaker # 2 with a project title “Keeping the commitment” from Successful club series tried to encourage us to fulfil meeting assignments, increase our preparation before delivering the speeches and be a proactive member of the club by regularly attend the meetings.
Yerkenaz Zholymbayeva, told us two stories about popular water/rice experiment and new project dedicated to orphans growth “Nastavniki” in herspeech “The importance of care”, SP # 3.
Those two stories were completely different, but led to one important point, that we all are responsible for the things beside us, and so if we would like to see the growth of that things we should take care of them.
BPS: Aidana Koptileuova
Table topic session:
The table topic session devoted to “Favourite cities” led by Anuar Zhumabayev was highly motivational. In the very beginning, TTM promised to give delicious cookies (made by Tana) to speakers who will follow 2 simple rules: to speak from 1 to 2 minutes and use the word of the day. Mentioned rules gave results and almost all the TT-speakers were awarded by cookies.
Many answers were provided, however the best one came from a person with hands made of gold.
BTTS: Tana Seisembayeva
Word of the day “Concrete jungle”.
During the evaluation session which was coordinated by Tana Seisembayeva with a team of 3 speech evaluators – Anuar Zhumabayev, Assiya Babayeva and Kanat Bazaraly who provided evaluations to Aidana, Anuar and Yerkenaz. From the tips given from our proficient evaluators, I have memorised next ones: to re-hearse more, to repeat the speech for the bigger audience and work on the structure.
BSE: Assiya Babayeva
Meeting evaluation ended up by reports provided by ah-counter- Akbota, grammarian – Yerzhan , timer- Assel and general evaluation of GE, Tana Seisembayeva. The only suggestion from Tana was to prepare carefully for the chosen role.
In the very end we welcomed meeting new comers, giving them some questions regarding our club and receiving some interesting answers.
Below is a recap of the meeting on 9th of July.
On Saturday, we had a regular meeting with a theme “Top holiday destinations in the world” . We started a few minutes late due to the late arrival of some role takers. Two of the speakers, Anara Serikbayeva and ice-breaker Abylakhain Ganiyev canceled their speeches. Other than that everything went pretty smoothly.
At the meeting we were delighted to hear our three prominent speakers. The first speaker Olessya Akimenko did her project # 2 Speaking in praise from Special Occasions manual with the title “Speaking in memory of Millicent Fawcett”. Many of us did not know who Ms. Fawcett was, but thanks to Olessya we got to know a little about a suffragist of XX century who literally made a history and impacted the way we live now.
The next speaker, Anuar Unaibekov, introduced his HPL (high performance leadership) project called “Food Drive”. His speech was from the Persuasive speaker manual, project #5 – The persuasive leader. In the presentation, Anuar, touched our hearts by sharing a story supported by statistics on how unfortunate some people are in terms of food supply. Therefore, to solve this issue he presented his project “Food Drive”. A food drive is a form of charity to donate foodstuffs or money to people who cannot afford food. Contact Anuar if want to become a volunteer +7 707 709 9920.
The third speaker, Aigerim Akiltayeva, delivered her, believe or not, 9th project from the Competent Communicator manual! She’s been a member of ATC for not that long but already so close to getting her CC. Keep the speed, Aigerim. In her project she needed to persuade with power and she did by breaking the stereotypes of social dance. At the end Aigerim invited all of us to practice social dance in the Social Dance Academy “Bailamos Salsa” for beginners, +7 707 4694777.
Of all the prepared speakers, the award of the best speaker went to Aigerim Akiltayeva.
A table topic session was led by Olessya Akimenko. Her questions were about top places that we wanted to visit, advantages of staycation, disadvantages of being a top place to visit, etc.
The best table topic speaker was Yerzhan Omirkhanov. Yerzhan talked about his favorite city New York and how people there try to avoid crowded touristic places, like Central Park or Times Square.
The evaluation session was led by charming Aigerim Kosheken. Her team of a timer – Daniyal, an ah-counter Aidana, and a grammarian – Yerzhan, did a good job.
I’d like to thank speech evaluators of the prepared speakers, Assiya Babayeva, Asset Abuov and Zhanna Kussainova. The award of the best evaluator went to Assiya Babayeva.
At the end of the meeting, the vice president education of ATC, Assiya Babayeva thanked everyone for coming and invited us to the Burabay trip next weekend.
Thank you all,
2nd of July was the special day for Astana Toastmasters Club in many regards. It was the first meeting for the new officers’ team. We opened the speeches session with the guest speaker – his Excellency Pedro Jose Sanz, the ambassador of Spain in Kazakhstan and it was the first meeting, when we did not have paper agenda.
The last fact was not a plan, but rather an improvisation, since toastmaster of the meeting got under 10 minutes of heavy rain on the way to the meeting, which destroyed copies of agenda in a split of second. Therefore, we decided to put agenda on the projector.
Five minutes after 12:00 pm guests started to fill the room and we started. After toastmaster’s routine in the beginning, we had a chance to listen to the ambassador, who spoke a lot about his country’s economics, culture and place in this ever-changing world. During questions & answer session, enquires about ambassador’s opinion on football, education and Kazakhstan-Spain relationships were coming from members and guests passionately. Overall, this session went quite well and got interest of members in guests in Spain.
What helped to induce this interest with additional spark was table topic session. Though some of the questions were quite tough and challenging, resulting in long pauses of awkwardness, when no one wanted to come to answer them, we had a revelation during the last two questions, when Kanat sang and Asset danced. The best table topic speaker award went to Asset Omirzhanov.
Then the “diamond part” of the meeting came around – prepared speeches session. Our ice-breaker, Assiya Kurmanova, shared her flame of love to Spain; Zhantuar Yertayev delivered science fiction story with human essence in what seemed were 1000 different words; Sogdiana Akhmetova showed us again that she is “one of a kind” girl with sharing her experience on climbing the mountains; and Yerlan Meirbek delivered bad news (his manual project) in the manner, which only he could.
The best prepared speaker was Sogdiana Akhmetova.
Evaluation session was led by Yerlan Meribek, and all speaker received useful feedback which I personally hope they will take into account for their next projects, but the “best” title went to the rising star of the club, recent competent communicator, Asset Abuov.
In its entirety, the “Country Day: Spain” meeting was a good example of one of our club’s main ideas: learn by practice, strive to excellence, but always remember – there is a room for improvement in even the most “ideal” performance anyone can deliver, and it is our job to not forget about it, when we step up on the stage, which ATC provides us.
Toastmaster of the meeting,
Good day, fellow toastmasters and anyone who is reading this!
Take a glance at a recap about ATC Tuesday meeting which was held on 24th of May 2016 at Nazarbayev University.
The meeting was started 10 minutes later because our General Evaluator was stuck in a traffic jam and we couldn’t start without his laptop, so the current President Anuar Zhumabayev gave the order to adapt and start from a Table Topic Session (TTS) after his opening speech. Anuar Unaibekov was performing as a Table Topic Master and asked unusual questions about adventures in our lives. We heard a story of 30 years old marriage from Gabit Mataev (who was also an Ah-counter) and saw a great example of coming to a solution and problem solving. This sincere sharing brought him the Best Table Topic Speaker award. Yernar Zhylkaidarov made us burst into laughter with his story about scorpion and slipper. Assiya Kurmanova told the plan she would follow if she was stuck like Tom Hanks on an island; I wish I will be stuck on that island as well. Anuar Zhumabayev was reminiscing the adventure he had when he was 4 years old and how collective work can bring results. Indira Kyilybayeva told us that the best book and a movie about adventures is Harry Potter. I can hardly deny that. Korlan Bektassova shared her first experience with law representatives and now we know where to seek for relatives. Overall, The TTS was emotional and personal, maybe that’s why I remember it in details.
Then we moved to General Evaluator Yerzhan Omirkhanov presenting his team. Our timer was also late so I thank Yernar Zhylkaidarov for taking this role. Yerkenaz Zholumbayeva presented the word, quote and joke of the day.
The Prepared Speeches Session started right after that. Yerlan Meirbek was talking about the feedback in our lives and gave us two techniques to give useful advices. He had a scene with me where he shared his experience in choosing a spouse which made me drown in my memories and emotions so I forgot my duties. The second speaker was Indira Kyilybayeva who gave us methodology of raising and coaching your team. She also talked about leadership and filled the presentation with a lot of examples from her work, life and ATC duties. That evening she was the Best Prepared Speaker. The third speaker Yerzhan Omirkhanov raised an issue of Healthcare system and told us a sad story which left our hearts weeping that evening.
Evaluation session was led by Yerzhan Omirkhanov. Anuar Zhumabayev evaluated Yerlan Meirbek and pointed out his “scientific approach” in personal advices. Korlan Bektassova, who substituted Anara Serikbayeva, gave a constructive feedback to Indira Kyilybayeva and got the votes as a Best Evaluator. Anuar Unaibekov gave a positive and motivating feedback to Mr General Evaluator and speaker Yerzhan Omirkhanov.
The guest talk session was held by 4 yet non members and after it Yerlan Meirbek, Korlan Bektassova reminded everyone about upcoming election on 28 of May, Saturday.
In the end we voted for our new member Yerkenaz Zholumbayeva to join our family.
Me as a toastmaster made sure that everyone enjoyed the meeting by asking the audience in the end.
I would like to thank my mentor Asset Omirzhanov for giving me advices and guiding me throughout my ATC adventure and moreover reigniting my passion to the fooling around. You are the best lighthouse bro!
Thank you all for being supportive and friendly while my personal ATC journey, as Anuar Zhumabayev told I have ups and downs in my performance but I promise that I will continue aiming to the top.
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!
We had a delightful meeting on Saturday and below, please, find my follow-up.
On April 9th we had a regular meeting with a theme “Volunteering”. It consisted of three sessions: prepared speakers session with 4 speakers, table topic session led by Olessya Akimenko and evaluation session led by Anuar Unaibekov.
First speaker of the day, Anuar Unaibekov, started his first project from advanced manual: Specialty Speeches. He presented his impromptu speech as an alumnus of school to its students on how to find something for yourself and how to live right and effectively.
Next, Elmira Baltabayeva got comfortable with visual aids in her speech “Danger to Life”. In her speech she warned us to watch out the most dangerous place in Astana called McDonalds. Her main argument was that if we consumed fast food we might end up with unpleasant future of obese and unhealthy generation.
The third speaker, Asem Panova, gave a sales training speech as a professional speaker. Her main message was that everyone was a seller in a way and therefore the training would be useful for all of us. My favorite tip: “listen carefully what words a customer uses to describe her need” and repeat those exact words when selling the product.
The last speaker, Yernar Zhylkaidarov, gave his speech called “300 spartans”. There he compared us, 17 mln people of Kazakhstan, to 300 spartans because we had little population and we needed to work hard to be successful. He asked us to be in charge of our own future and be willing to change.
Of all the prepared speakers, the award of the best speaker went to Asem Panova.
After the first session we moved on to the table topic questions. Table topic master, Olessya Akimenko, encouraged everyone to volunteer and come up stage to answer her questions. I saw many hands willing to participate in the session. Among all of the speakers, the most votes for the best table topic speaker went to Bairam Orazov.
At the evaluation session, we had four very useful and to-the-point evaluations given by Assiya Babayeva, Yerlan Meirbek, Asset Omirzhanov and Korlan Bektassova. The best speech evaluator award went to Korlan Bektassova!
Thanks to evaluation team for giving nice feedback to all speakers: Sogdiana Akhmetova (ah-counter), Zhantuar Ertayev (timer), Banu Ibragim (grammarian) and to Anuar Unaibekov for leading the evaluation session.
At the end of the meeting we had many volunteers who wanted to speak at Open Mic. Elmira B invited all to Board Games later that day, Samat P encouraged us to run for officer positions for next year, Nurmukhamed asked for mentor to help with his icebreaker next week, Bairam O invited to provide any help to a local family, Assiya B reminded about ATC RUN marathon next week, Yerlan M asked to vote for the next advanced manual for him to do.
That’s about it. You can find more photos from the meeting on the
ATC Facebook page.
Have a wonderful week and stay cool!
As a Toastmaster, I’d like to provide a follow up note about yesterday’s meeting.
Yesterday’s meeting was the first in 2016 in the series of Country day at ATC. The country we learnt yesterday about was Macedonia, and its true representative and our guest speaker is IlijaPsaltirov, PhD, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Macedonia to Kazakhstan.
The meeting room got busier ten minutes before an official start and it was great to see happily smiling people and calm confident speakers. We started the meeting right on time (if I’m not mistaken and this is our biggest achievement. Many thanks to all role-takers and speakers for showing up in advance. Your attitude was at a high level yesterday!
Our agenda was complete- a full house of five speakers. Our guest speaker- Mr Ilija Psaltirov- could possibly start his journey with Humorously Speaking manual in ATC! His country presentation, impromptu speech during Table Topic session and “Award goes to…” talk entertained the audience- we laughed, we smiled, we took a selfie, we got common gifts and individual presents for exemplary speeches… Well, Macedonian flavor in the meeting was a blast!
Then our prepared speaker Elmira Tulbassiyeva touched our hearts and made us sit at the edge of a seat. Her “Story”- project #6 Vocal Variety- was elegantly delivered as if by Maya Angelou which brought her Best Speaker award. Well-done!
Our next speaker- a long-awaited speaker Marzhan Amanazholova, officer from 2014-15 team- opened up her story of how she climbed a career ladder. “Working for money or for dream” speech made many of us recall our professional journeys and ask touch questions. As a result,the ambassador awarded Marzhan with a special prize – Macedonian ehtno music CD. By the way, I’m listening to one right now here.
Samat Panov, the next speaker, presented Speaking to Praise project from Special Occasions manual. He praised Jack Welcsh, a former CEO of GE who, during his leadership,increased GE total revenue 400 times! Some other lessons learny by Samat from Welcsh were about sustaining values, eliminating weak people from the team and leadership.
Our final speaker was a prospective member Aigerim Akiltayeva with her passionate ice-breaking speech about running. It was interesting to learn where running takes Aigerim, and believe me, her passion to this energetic outdoor activity was in the air! By the way, Aigerim’s speech evaluator, Damira Kulakhmetova was recognised as Best Speech Evaluator.
Table topic session led by Zhanna Kussainova was authentic. Zhanna was face-painted with Macedonian symbols and her questions made us hear and repeat Alexander Macedonian name many times As a result the audience voted for the ambassador as the Best Table Topic speaker.
A good police officer in the presence of General Evaluator Assiya Babayeva and her evaluation team. Speech evaluators- Anuar Unaibekov, Anuar Zhumabayev, Kanat Bazaraly and Damira Kulakhmetova- noted speakers’ best moments in speech content and delivery. Additionally, they’ve recommended a few things to consider/improve them in their future speeches.
Overall, the meeting was rich of fun, energy, originality and male-dominated in “Let the guests talk” session
Last but not the least, the ambassador announced that ATC community would also be invited for one of the Macedonian events. Let’s stay tuned and wait for this cultural occasion.
Many thanks for your time to finish reading this long note.
The Canadian flag embellished a background of the stage of Astana Toastmasters Club in 12th of December. Yes, that day was devoted to this wonderful country. It was absolutely unusual meeting; even the time-table was extraordinary, because the first session was not Prepared speeches session, as usual, but Table topic session.
These alterations were due to really an exciting speech of our Guest speaker, very pleasant and “plain” person, who loves hockey, as all the Canadians: His Excellency Shawn Perry Steil, the Ambassador of Canada to Kazakhstan. After his speech our almost advanced speaker, Yerlan Meirbek prepared some very interesting facts and questions about Canada, particularly the PPT that Yerlan prepared was very beautiful, thank you a lot for that!
However, it was only first session of our amazing meeting. In the Prepared speeches session we were witnesses of 3 magnificent speeches. The first was lovely by all of us, Korlan with her very interesting and sincere speech about a story that was happened to her and her niece. Using only her pleasant voice and body language she managed to create an atmosphere as we were there in the reality. It was amazing speech Korlan, thank you very much! By the way the contribution of Korlan doesn’t finish here, as u will see a little bit later. )))
The second speaker was Assel with her LAST speech from all the projects that are need for receiving the GOLD COMMUNICATION CERTIFICATE. I don’t know about others, but at least u motivated two people: Anara and me as well. AlsoAssel said that finally she doesn’t need to fight for a spot in the role chart. )) So, thank you Assel very much not only for this speech but for all the speeches that we’ve heard, it is always a great pleasure to listen to u, my congratulations!
The last but not the least speaker was Olessya (or Alice how one of our guests wrote on voting) who delivered her speech about how to deal with criticism. It was very useful speech, I guess for all the people who were present. Thank you so much for such a clear tips, which, for sure, can help all of us in our daily lives. But I’m sure that u couldn’t manage to do it so well without Korlan’s helping, an acting of Korlan in this speech was just great, thank u for that too.
If Indira does something, she does it perfectly, I’ve said it because she was a General evaluator and she did that job perfectly on the meeting as well as before meeting dealing with all the roletakers. And also thanks a lot for inviting such a respectful guest to our meeting. U absolutely made that meeting, myriad thanks to u!
Other thanks for all the evaluators: Kanat, Anara and Anuar, u did also great job. Even though Kanat and Anuarare considered as the best evaluators of our club they stayed as gantlemen that day cuz they gave a way to our Anara to take the best evaluator award, nobody doubts in her though.))) Darmen, Yernar, and Damira performed their roles very well too as timer, ah-counter, and grammarian respectfully. Damira is one of the best grammarians of our club and this meeting wasn’t an exception. Thank you guys very much!
The best speaker award was deserved by Assel Stambekova and it was a perfect completion in achieving your Gold Speaker Certificate.
I wish all the meeting will be like this one, thanks all of the people who helped us with organization. It was the great honour for me to lead it.
See you on the next meetings!
Toastmaster of the meeting,