Meeting on 20/04/2016

There were a number of updates on our club meeting last Wednesday. We accepted a new member Zhansaya Edilkhan and had the president of Astana Toastmasters Club Anuar as a guest. He participated actively at the Table Topics Session.

The meeting was opened by our club president Tom Bartkoske who then led the meeting as a Toastmaster. We had two prepared speakers Gaukhar and Zhadra.

Gaukhar Axakalova presented us her project #3 “What is Sport for Me”. She started her speech with the ancient Greek’s aphorism: “If you want to be healthy – run, if you want to be handsome – run, if you want be smart – run”. Her passion for volleyball taught her to be confident, do not afraid of failure and to work in a team. It was great to hear the cases taken from her own life experience to support her statements. Personally for me, it was exciting to listen to Gaukhar’s speech as I am also passionate about volleyball. I am very lucky to be a part of that volleyball team and very thankful to Gaukhar for inviting me there. This game really brings a lot of joy and opportunities to develop different life skills.

Our second speaker Zhadra delivered her project #4 “Everyone is a Genius”.  The title of her speech was taken from Albert Einstein’s quote: “Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish with its ability to climb a tree it would live its whole life believing that it is stupid”. She gave an example from her work experience and childhood. At the same time Zhadra outlined that sometimes our weaknesses could become our strength. It was fascinating to hear a story about Steve Jobs on how his criticism assisted him to make breakthrough and innovation. By providing these evidences Zhadra allowed me to affirm that everyone was unique and genius.

Greg and Aliya evaluated the projects of our prepared speakers. They provided very detailed and comprehensive analysis of the speeches according to the tasks given for each project. It is always great to have a good evaluator, who provides a constructive feedback and combines praise and suggestions for further development skillfully rational and appropriate. Aliya and Greg demonstrated these abilities prodigiously well.

The Table Topics Session was devoted for the school theme called “Back to School”. Assel Bekbulatova arouse very interesting questions recalling our memories of school time: teachers, lessons, grades and worthiness of that period. Ernur answered to the question about the qualities of a good teacher. He told a story from his school experience on how his teacher’s encouragement and belief motivated him significantly to study better.

Congratulations to our winners of the meeting: Zhadra and Ernur, who became the best prepared and impromptu speakers respectively; Gaukhar, who demonstrated the most improvement, and Aliya, who was recognized as the best evaluator. All of our winners were awarded by special Toastmasters ribbons. Great job, guys!


Posted on: 25.04.2016, by : Aisha Maukembayeva

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