Meeting on 17/08/2016

Quite a wide range of subjects were arisen during our meeting held on August 17. If you just look at the picture you might wonder how Tom could be afraid of Ilyas. The answer is hidden in a video where Tom conveyed his speech.


Greg led the meeting as a Toastmaster and Zhadra fulfilled the role of the General Evaluator.

Zhansaya presented us her project #4 titled “The Important Question to Ask Yourself”. She shared her personal story about setting up goals but not achieving them yet. To determine why that happened she surf the Internet and found out the article of a blogger Mark Manson called “The most important question of your life”. It was about people’s desires to attain their aims by focusing on the results and rewards only, but not enjoying the process and not willing to pay the cost of their dreams. So the most important question to ask yourself was “What were you willing to struggle for?” As Manson said a person was defined by the values he/she was willing to struggle for. Therefore, our struggles determined our successes.

Ainur delivered her project #6 on vocal variety called “My Beloved Almaty”. She came from Astana and told us about her impressions about Almaty. Ainur went through different stages of getting used to new environment, like honeymoon, cultural shock, adaptation and reverse culture shock. It was interesting to know what kind of experience people had when they start living in our city. In case of Ainur, she went through favourable, challenging and funny situations. All of that taught her to be positive, flexible and open-minded.

Tom demonstrated his storytelling ability on his speech “Pay it Back”. Everyone was captured by his story as it was very exciting and gripping! The moral of the tale was about treating other people as you wanted to be treated.

Gaukhar Axakalova continued the meeting as a Table Topics Master with a presentation “Love is around us”. She asked different questions on love between men and women, people and their pets and other manifestation of love that surround us. She encouraged the audience to love and support each other.

Congratulations to our winners: Tom and Yermurat, who became the best prepared and impromptu speakers respectively and Ilyas, who gained the vast majority of voices for the speech evaluation!

Gaukhar Axakalova was determined as a new VP of Events after the voting process. Best wishes for you in this new stage!


Meeting on 15/06/2016

Hello, dear fellow Toastmasters and readers! It’s been a while since we have written a blog! If you have been following us and our events, you may know why 😉 We will keep you updated soon! We had another great meeting on June 15. Yernur Satybaldiyev was the Toastmaster that day. Also, we were thrilled to have Samat Panov, the founder of Astana Toastmasters Club! Some time ago the President of ATC paid us a visit, so it is becoming a good tradition! Read to find out more.


Banksy’s ‘Park’ in Downtown Los Angeles

Prepared speeches

We had 3 prepared speakers. Our first speaker was Ernar Kossamanov with his Project no.3 ‘Wind of Change’. Ernar is a relatively new member of our Club but he already is one of the most active ones. How to leave your past behind you and change? Change for the better! Our speaker has some tips what might help you do that. Watch his speech and learn why we should all strive to be Patrick and not Kodak! 😉

Our second speaker of the day was our Competent Communicator, Yadykar Abdirakhmanova with her speech ‘My Teaching Experience at Turan University’. It was very interesting and dear to the audience because this is where we host our Toastmasters meetings as well. We learned more about Yadykar’s teaching path, about different programs University has to offer. Check out the speech here.

And the last but not least was our dear guest, Samat Panov, the founder of Astana Toastmasters Club, a good friend for many of us. Yernur, our Toastmaster of the meeting, was especially thrilled to introduce Samat’s speech. ‘Two Bowls, Which One is Bigger’ is the title of the speech: a story about dreams, about achievement, about how Samat managed to fulfill one of his big dreams. Here’s the video, make sure you check it out.

Table Topics

I was lucky to be a Table Topics Master that day. The session was dedicated to street arts, Banksy, Pasha Cas. Here are some of the questions our impromptu speakers had to answer:

– Street artists want to raise awareness about hot topics: society, politics, ecology. Do you think graffiti can lead to changes?

– Do you think Art is getting worse over time or it’s becoming more creative?

– How would you raise awareness about something important to you?

(social networks posts/public speaking/arts/protests…)

Banky’s work in Brooklyn, NY
Pasha Cas’ piece of street art in Almaty


It was an excellent meeting. Thank you to everyone who took roles and to the audience who made that meeting happen: Evaluators (Gaukhar Axakalova, Greg Heaver), General Evaluator, Zhansaya Edilkhan, Grammarian, Madina Jumagulova, Ah-Counter, Damir Naurozbayev, Timer, Shokan Ilyas. P.S. This made me think that if I ever received an Academy Award, my acceptance speech would be 20 minutes long just listing names 😉

Thanks for reading and we will see you very soon at the meeting and in our blog!

Gaukhar X

Meeting on 08/06/2016

I was very glad to see everyone on the 8th of June as a Toastmaster. My decision was to dedicate that meeting for summer time. As you know Children’s day is celebrated on its first day. Maybe because summer time is usually associated with holiday, when people want to relax, some of them tend to go for adventures, experience new things and emotions. At that time they get the same courage, curiosity, passion and zest for life as children. It was nice to hear the best childhood memories and dream holidays of our speakers. That allowed knowing them from very different perspective. The speakers in turn impressed me with their positivity, determination to change the world, creativity and sense of humour.

The first speaker conveyed his Ice Breaker Speech called “Changing the World Begins with Changing Yourself”. He started his career in the military as a Chinese interpreter. However, after serving for several months he realized that it was not his path. Furthermore, Alibek decided to be a businessman in order to change the world, as Steve Jobs, Elon Mask, Mark Zuckerberg and others. He compared his business career with sine graph with its ups and downs. After taking a number of trainings and courses Alibek deduced a set of successful people. First set was about managing four resources: time, money, health and connection. The following one was managing soft skills: language, public speaking and fast reading. The third one was mastering professional skills. Alibek completed his speech with a quote: “Changing the world begins with the very personal process of changing yourself. The only place you can begin is where you are, the only time you can begin is always now”.

IMAG0685Second speaker Ilyas demonstrated his story telling ability on his project #2 “Most Memorable Trip” from an advanced communicator’s manual. It was interesting to listen to him, as his story was full of adventure, some danger, reckless decisions and the unpredictable end. There were a lot of details, descriptions of the environment as it was easy to imagine the situation happened with Ilyas several years ago. Also the elements of humour and amusement made his speech lively and funny.

Aiym delivered her speech #8 called “Enjoy the Process”. She explained about the difference on how people perceive the information. Aiym comprised of four different types of learners: visual, auditory, reading/writing and kinesthetic. This aspect should be considered carefully especially at school. Teachers ought to find an attitude for every child according to their ways of absorbing given information. Aiym said that enjoying the process was a key in learning anything. It was nice to see her notes taken before to learn song lyrics. That was a really good idea to choose artists whose songs could really enlarge one’s vocabulary if they wanted to learn foreign languages. Aiym learned how to sing rap songs by combining different types of learning: listening, writing, reading and singing out loud. She demonstrated that skill at the end of her speech by singing Nicki Minaj’s song “Super Bass”. That was incredible!

Zhansaya continued the meeting as a Table Topics Master presenting the speech “Working at Work”. She gave different suggestions on how to be productive and efficient at work. Additionally, Yadykar shared her own tips of productivity at work. They were switching off mobile phones and social networks’ notifications, announcing others not to distract you and concentrating on your work only.

Congratulations to our winners: Alibek and Yadykar, who became best speakers and Begzod, who was declared as the best evaluator!


Stay tuned to our news and enjoy every moment of summer!


Meeting on 01/06/2016

June 1st is not only the first day of summer and International Children’s Day, it is also the day of our regular meeting in Almaty Toastmasters Club! This time it was led by our Toastmaster, Aiym Nurseitova! Read more to find out how the meeting went.


Our Table Topics Master, Meruyert and a speaker, Yerkebulan

Prepared speeches

We had 3 prepared speakers: one of them was delivering his Icebreaker speech and the other two gave more advanced speeches from their Competent Communicator manual.

Our first speaker, Adilet Kozhakhmetov, spoke about himself in his very first speech ‘Building future’. He is passionate about architecture, which is his career and his hobby. Adilet is lucky, isn’t he? :-) We were glad to learn more about him and we are looking forward to hearing more speeches! Well done!


Adilet gives his Icebreaker speech

Our second speaker was Zhansaya Edilkhan, one of our newer members who’s been very active in our Club. Zhansaya did her second project ‘Organize your speech’ with a speech ‘Big Data Revolution’. Do you know that every time you search something on the internet you leave your digital footprint? Big data concept is so much more than that. It can even prevent rapid spread of epidemics using data on your location,  your temperature, general health information.

Our third prepared speaker was Assel Bekbolatova. She dedicated her project 3 ‘Get to the Point’ to photography. When was the last time you printed out photographs and framed them or put them in a special album? I bet that was a long time ago? 😉 Social networks have replaced old-fashioned photoalbums but Assel wishes to continue her family tradition to keep real photographs and cherish special memories. Thank you, Assel, for such a touching speech.

Table Topics

We had a very interesting table topics session ‘What can we learn from the Samurai?’ presented by our fellow members, Meruyert Kurbaniyazova and Gaukhar Axakalova. We knew it was going to be fun when these two girlies decided to team up!




Our Table Topics session: speakers are puzzled but nevertheless perform brilliantly


It was a great meeting! Our Icebreaker speaker, Adilet Kozhakhmetov, became the Best prepared speaker, Gaukhar Zhunussova became the Best Evaluator and Aisha Maukembayeva became the Best Table Topics speaker.


Best speakers and Best Evaluator this week


It would not have been possible to run our meeting without our evaluators team: Begzod Hakimov, Yerkebulan Saulet, Andrey Reshetnikov and Damir Naurozbayev, our general evaluator, Ah-Counter, Grammarian and Timer, respectively. Thank you all for your diligent work!


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Thank you all for coming! As usually, we meet every Wednesday at Turan  University, room 207, 19:30 sharp! Come and bring your friends along!


Meeting on 25/05/2016

We had a memorable meeting on the 25th of May. Yernar Kossamanov joined to our club as an official member. There were four prepared speakers delivering different projects: an Ice Breaker, a soon-to-be Competent Communicator and two other prepared speakers. Each speech was unique. All of them brought their own piece of wisdom and food for thought. To find out more keep reading the articles on our website, watch videos on our youtube channel and leave your comments.

IMAG0597Our Ice Breaker Erkebulan managed to break the ice between him and the listeners telling about his inclinations and hobbies. That in turn shaped his mindset and played a major role in choosing a career path of a Math teacher. He demonstrated openness sharing the experience about the difficulties he faced during his study at Master’s course. A video from a social network motivated him to overcame that obstacle and let him to carry on. Erkebulan wished to achieve a Competent Communicator’s level. Congratulations on making your very first step forward towards your goal! Keep moving on with the same or even more interest and eagerness!

Next speaker Yernar delivered his second project about “The Legend of a Little Dragon”. It was about Bruce Lee’s biography. Bruce was a martial artist and a man, who broke the barriers. Bruce’s family kept him up when he was not able to walk and stand properly. That support let him to surmount the hardship time and continue his mission with even more courage and enthusiasm. By the end of the speech Yernar replicated Bruce Lee’s “Be Water” moral, which taught everyone to be flexible and adaptive to any situation.


Gaukhar Zhunussova presented her project #5 called “Morals and Manners” starting from the story taken from her childhood. Also she took an excerption from Johnston’s article where morals and manners were distinguished clearly. In contrast, Greeks and Romans considered them as the parts of a whole thing. In addition to that Gaukhar gave an example of Kazakhstani people who returned to the motherland and found it hard to adapt to the roughness of the local people. However, many of those people were kind deep inside. In conclusion, Gaukhar left us with a choice to remain rough outside and kind inside, or to be limited by good manners only or as Plato said to unite both.

Begzod conveyed his tenth project titled “Selling Yourself”. He shared different tips on how to get a dream job. Begzod provided clear illustrations of how people sold a calculator and a comb to a bold person in the most smart and creative ways. It was great to hear Nelson Mandela’s wisdom, which Begzod used to encourage not suitable interviewees: “Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again”. Begzod said about the factors influencing to choose the right candidate on job interviews. Conclusively, he presented us a video taken from the movie “The Pursuit of Happiness”, where the main hero demonstrated himself from the best perspective and got his aimed job despite all troubles he had before.

IMAG0628Yernur carried out the meeting as a Table Topics Master giving a speech about “Social Networks”. This topic was very relevant for the audience and there were a lot of volunteers who wanted to express their thoughts. Gaukhar Balkassynova shared her own tips on how she overcame her addiction to social network by reading and running.

Congratulations to Begzod and Gaukhar Balkassynova, who became the best prepared and impromptu speakers respectively, and Yernur, who was announced as the best evaluator!



Meeting on 18/05/2016

Another great meeting happened on May 18. Andrey Reshetnikov, our old member, was the Toastmaster of the day. Read to find out more!


After-meeting get-together with our members and guests

Prepared speeches

Our first speaker was Damir Naurozbayev with his very first speech ‘Air Age’ in Almaty Toastmasters Club. Damir managed to ‘break the ice’ with the audience by telling us who he is, how and why he came to the public speaking club. Interestingly, he saw a Facebook post of another guest of our Club and decided to give it a try. The power of social networks :-) Thank you, Damir, well done, and we hope to see more of your speeches.


Damir giving his Ice-Breakers speech

Our second speaker, Greg Heaver, current Treasurer of the Club, gave his 9th speech from Competent Communicator manual. 9 down, 1 more to go, Greg! What can we do to make ageing not so frightening? How to prepare for the inevitable? Check out Greg’s speech!


Table Topics

Our Table Topics master was Begzod Hakimov who always comes up with intriguing topic for our audience. Begzod was inspired by Professor Skulachev’s biography so many questions were about ageing, living longer, living better. All the things we want, basically! Would you want to have an elixir to live forever? The question actually said ‘to live longer’ but we took it one step further 😉 Tell us in the comments!


Best speaker was Greg Heaver, Best Evaluator was Greg’s evaluator Yadykar Abdirakhmanova, Best Table Topics speaker was Gaukhar Zhunussova. Congratulations!

Of course, the meeting would never be possible without of a great team of Ah-Counter, Grammarian and Timer! Thank you, Alibek Tnaliyev, Makpal Toleubayeva and Zhadra Sekrekova!

Don’t forget: Turan University, every Wednesday at 19:30, room 207! Come and join Almaty Toastmasters Club if you haven’t done it already.


Meeting on 11/05/2016

We had very interesting meeting last Wednesday. Our new member Yernur conducted the meeting as a Toastmaster. There were two Ice Breakers and a guest speaker from New York City.

The first Ice Breaker Aziza shared the facts from her life on her speech titled “The Fluke”. She shared her experience on how she found her destiny and passion by fluke, which were perfectly interwoven in her job. It was nice to see Power Point slides illustrating how it looked like. There were a lot of enthusiasm and smile on Aziza’s face when she was telling us about her occupation.Very good start, Aziza!

The following speech was delivered by our dear guest from New York Toastmaster’s club – Dilber Shatursun. The title of her 9th project was “The Attitude of Gratitude”. The key idea of her oration was strengthening the quality of relationships, increasing the level of fulfillment by affirming people, helping them and not complaining. Dilber presented bright examples from her own life experience to demonstrate how these methods could be implemented in practice. Applying all of those things would definitely create the atmosphere of gratitude and increase the quality of our lives.

Another Ice Breaker Yernar told us about his experience studying in the UK and his passion for boxing.  He shared about the moments of proudness that he had there: when a Kazakh boxer Serik Sapiyev beat his opponent in Olympic Games in 2012 and when Yernar obtained his degree from the UK University. He said that we need to act with dignity like an ambassador of our country in any case especially when we were abroad. Yernar gave an excellent example of such kind of person – Gennady Golovkin, who was a humble, confident and professional boxer. The speech was completed by Muhammed Ali’s quote: “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, hands can’t hit what eyes can’t see”.

Andrey took a lead for carrying on the meeting as a Table Topics Master presenting the topic called “Our Great World”. Tair answered to the question about the challenge he overcame recently. That was running 42 km at Almaty Marathon. Tair explained that it was important to continue despite the difficulties in pursuing your dreams and goals.

Congratulations to Yernar and Tair who became the best prepared and impromptu speakers respectively. Begzod was announced as the best speech evaluator. Well done, guys!

Almaty Toastmasters Spotlight Series: Begzod Hakimov

Almaty Toastmasters Club – Member Spotlight Series will be featuring all the current members of the Club. Stay tuned to learn more about our fellow Toastmasters, why joined the Club, what they like about it and what is their life like outside of the Club activities!

Today’s “spotlight” features Begzod Hakimov, the founding member and Vice President of Education of the first official Toastmasters Club in Almaty, Kazakhstan, which was established in December 2013. We are delighted to present this interview.

Begzod Hakimov
Begzod Hakimov

1. What is your happiest childhood memory?

When I made my first bicycle by various used spare parts at the age of 12.

2. When did you join Toastmasters? What made you join?

I joined the club in 2012. I wanted to develop my communication and leadership skills. Moreover, I wanted to meet a lot of interesting and like-minded people and I was right!

3. Life outside Toastmasters or what do you do for a living?

I am a Language School Director.

4. How do you use communication skills in your daily life?

Communication skills are very useful in my daily life. I use them to get acquainted with new people. To attract new potential clients and strengthen my network. It also significantly helps me to communicate well with my wife and relatives.

  1. What do you like best about our Club? 

The club is really a unique place to grow both personally and professionally. Well-structured self – development program makes the organization quite useful and attractive to many knowledge seekers.

  1. What have you learnt since you joined? Do you feel that you had grown as a communicator or a leader since you joined Toastmasters?

I strongly believe that I have benefited greatly by being a part of this wonderful club. I learnt how to work in a team, how to be a proactive person and how to be a good listener. In addition to it, I had a chance to feel how wonderful it is when you help other people to grow and become more successful individuals. Certainly, I developed both communication and leadership skills which nowadays help in many ways in my daily life.

  1. What are your personal hobbies and interests?

I like reading autobiographical books and playing table tennis.

  1. Can you share random or surprising facts from you biography?

At the age of 4 I tried the first and last cigarette in my life. At the age of 9 I started making my first money.  At the age of 10 I tried to drive the tractor.

  1. If you could have a lunch with anyone, who would that person be and why? 

It is really a good question. I think I would like to meet with my grandfather from my father’s side. Since he was for a long time the Mayor of the city, I would like to ask many questions regarding his management style and secrets of being outstanding person.

  1. What is the most important thing you would tell your friends and family about Toastmasters?

If you want to feel special, join the club and grasp the opportunity the club provides.

Begzod is the current Vice President of Education at Almaty Toastmasters Club and held this role since its establishment in December 2013. He remains the key member of our Leadership team, albeit, his role as VP of Education is wrapping up in July 2016 after our elections. Official members, guests and fellow Leadership teammates have always been acknowledging Begzod’s excellent communication skills and appreciate his belief in Toastmasters programs and its benefits!

Thank you for this interview, Begzod! We appreciate your commitment to Almaty Toastmasters Club and your upcoming work as a Mentorship Program Lead within our Education Committee!

10 Apps for Public Speaking

I really believe that the best way to improve public speaking is to practice speaking as often as you can. Honestly, no app itself will teach you to lose that fear of speaking in front of unknown audience. Remember, most people fear it more than they fear death? However, some apps might be useful.

1. Stress check by Azumio (for Iphone): is a tool to measure the level of emotional and physical stress. You can check your heart rate and depending on the results you can do some nice breathing exercises. Might come in handy if you’ve got that stage fright!

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 2. Prompster (for Android): This app is not free but it promises to be a professional public speaking app that can be used to practice delivering speeches, lectures. It includes a sample speech and tutorial for immediate use.

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3. Quote Book (for Iphone): You have written a great speech and are in a need of a good quote? Try this app. It allows to search and bookmark your favourite quotes, add your own quotes and even send them to your friends by e-mail. (Although, I’m not sure if one needs quotes on a regular basis to bother downloading an app for it). Tell us if you love using quotes 😉

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4. Coursera (for Iphone and Android): not only for public speaking but has to be included! Take free online courses from universities all over the world. Subjects vary from Arts to Data Science and include Introduction to Public Speaking from University of Washington. (In fact, this is where I learnt about Toastmasters, yay!)

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5. Public Speaking Simulator VR (for Android): this app simulates an office setting in which 20 people are staring at you. You can start practicing in a risk-free environment! Awesome opportunity for people who feel nervous, dreadful and even terrified. But if you take public speaking seriously it’s better to learn speaking in front of real people.

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6. Keynote (for Iphone): is a powerful presentation app that makes creating a world-class presentation — complete with animated charts and transitions — as simple as touching and tap.

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7. Public Speaking Superstar (for Android): this app is a collection  of good notes on various public speaking problems. Topics include: First Speech, Developing Confidence, Overcoming Fear, Organizing speech, Visual Aids, Delivering and many more! Very handy! (already downloaded by me, hopefully I will use it during my next speech preparation).

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8. JotBook (for Ipad): an an app that allows you to display an iPad Whiteboard on an external monitor or video out device. The iPad’s larger screen may be big enough for a small room with a small audience, but if you’re lecturing or teaching to a larger group, you’ll need the capability of displaying the whiteboard notes on a larger screen. When you’re finished with your presentation, you can email your notes to your audience.

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9. Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking (for Android): this app can help us to overcome the fear of the elevator pitch. There’s a report giving tips and advice on how to start taming your fear and master your nerves. Also you’ll find two audio exercises and a video  that you might find helpful.

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10. Goodreads (for Iphone and Android): okay, I have to include this one. This app is not about public speaking but I truly believe that in order to speak well one should read more. You can track books you read, network with other readers (you can see what other people are reading, maybe even about public speaking).


Tell us what apps for public speaking you love, if you tried any!


Meeting on 04/05/2016

On May 4 we had an extra special meeting. Our Club was visited by the Fellow Toastmaster from New York, Dilber! Along with bringing greetings from her club Flushing Toastmasters she was kind enough to be our General Evaluator.


Prepared Speeches 

We had 3 speakers that night. Saltanat Kali gave an Ice-Breakers speech. She told us about her journey to find her purpose in life: starting new business, finally doing what she loves doing and not what the society expects her to do. We got to know Saltanat more, and we look forward to hearing more speeches.

Our second speaker, Andrey Reshetnikov, made his speech no. 6 titled ‘Refugee Crisis’. He touched on so many important issues in today’s society: shielding oneself from tragic news with a ‘positivity umbrella’, how life often depends upon pure luck (where you happen to be born and live, who you are) and others. Andrey walked us through an emotional journey when he spoke of refugees’ destiny. Thank you!

Our third speaker, Yernur Satybaldiyev, made an advanced speech from ‘Speaking to Inform’ manual. He dedicated his speech to Taraz, his hometown. Yernur told us 3 beautiful legends from the past and 3 beautiful legends from our time. A great speech, and a great reminder that all we need is love! (and greatness, and dignity!). Make sure you check out the speech.

Both Andrey’s and Yernur’s evaluators, Yermurat and Yadykar became our Best Evaluators! A tie is a rare occasion, so congratulations to you both. Well done!

Table Topics

Our Table Topics Master was Zhansaya Edilkhan who chose to speak about daily habits of successful people. Many people shared their favourite habits like waking up early, singing in the car, using apps to study foreign languages regularly. Here’s the one I love: ‘the one-minute-rule’ – if something can be done in 1 minute, it should be done without any delay (I know what you might be thinking, that muffin can be eaten in 1 minute 😉  but that’s not quiet something that rule had in mind).

Our Best Table Topics was our guest Aizhan who shared her experience on using mobile apps to develop habits. Congratulations!


Our team of evaluators (Arailym, Aigerim and Yerkebulan as Ah-counter, Grammarian and Timer respectively) did a great job at helping speakers improve. Thanks to our General evaluator, Dilber, who gave amazing feedback to all speakers, to Leadership team, on how organize meetings better.

Thanks to everyone who comes every week and we will see you soon!


Meeting on 27/04/2016

Wednesday 19:30? :) Another Almaty Toastmasters Club meeting! Here are some highlights of the day!

Our evaluator, Greg, Toastmaster of the Day, Begzod, and Table Topics speaker, Ilyas

Prepared Speeches

We had only 1 (but awesome!) prepared speaker, Yadykar Abdirakhmanova. She had already completed her Competent Communication manual, and this speech was her first Advanced Project. She chose ‘Entertainment’ and gave a presentation on ‘Life Lessons’. Watch Yadykar’s speech here!

Table Topics

Daulet Mukanov was our table Topics Master and he chose to ask people about elections. Now wait a minute, you say, we’ve already spoken about Donald Trump, Parliamentary elections in Kazakhstan were held on March, 20th. Another elections? :) Yes, we have our own elections in Almaty Toastmasters Leadership team. In fact, we had them that same day later, so Daulet decided to keep the audience excited.


Table Topics Master, Daulet, and our winners (Abylai, Greg, Yadykar)

Best Table Topics speaker was Abylai who doesn’t come very often, but when he does, almost always gives a brilliant impromptu speech! Thanks to Yadykar, she was the only one and The Best Prepared speaker, and her evaluator Greg Heaver who gave a thorough evaluation of her speech.


The rest of the meeting was dedicated to the elections. I will say no more, as the results will be announced soon! Stay tuned! In the meantime, I want to thank the founding Leadership Team for all the work they’ve done to make this club what it is.

Left to right  (back row): Daulet Mukanov; Ilyas Batyrov, Greg Heaver, Tom Bartkoske, Begzod Hakimov. (first row): Aliya Shaikhina, Olga Kim, Yadykar Abdirakhmanova

Almaty Toastmasters Club founding Leadership Team

After the meeting we had a traditional social hangout in the cafe, make sure you join next time!


Almaty Toastmasters Club enjoying food and drinks after the meeting


How To Be A Great Toastmaster! Almaty Toastmasters Club – Business Meeting for Members

Business Meeting Agenda on April 6, 2016 (click on the image for an enlarged picture)

On April 6, 2016 – our Leadership Team hosted a Business Meeting for the official members of Almaty Toastmasters Club!

The members of Leadership Team (their term ending on July 1, 2016) made presentations about Almaty Toastmasters Club that included the information on how  to be a great and efficient Toastmaster! We covered topics such as the brand of Toastmasters, our values, what are the benefits of membership, what each project  and role means and how meetings are set up and ran in Almaty, what our Toastmasters Club strategy is and more importantly, our Leadership team shared some  tips and advice for its members.

Here is an agenda and the video of the meeting below.

We hope this was a helpful event for you, our Fellow Toastmasters Club members!


Bike-n-beer on Sunday, May 8, 2016 with Toastmasters Club in Almaty & meet a Toastmaster from New York

bicycle-beer-holder Dear Fellow Toastmasters and Friends! ‘Tis the season for bike-n-beer!!

If you are interested in biking up Terrenkur with us, we are meeting at “Extreme” bike rent shop at Satpaev St, corner Nauryzbay batyr St. “Biking”  contact: Zhadra +7 707 675 0099.

Then, come join us at 4 PM for drinks you like (coffee, tea etc – it ain’t restricted to just beer!) to socialize and chat with our special guest – Dilber from  Toastmasters Club in New York! We’re very excited to have this opportunity to share our experience with a U.S. Toastmaster.

Please contact Aliya at +7 777 223 7641 for any questions about this event, overall. We look forward to seeing you and your friends for sports & drinks &  lots of Toastmasters Club chatting as well as learning how things are done Toastmasters Club in New York!

Bowling with Almaty Toastmasters!

Hello, dear friends! Our Club went bowling. Thank you, Yermurat, for organizing this event and gathering many people! We had Astana Toastmasters Club’s President, Anuar, as our guest.

Everyone was so excited about the game, hence we did not photograph much while playing 😉 Nevertheless, here are some pictures! Hope you enjoy them! Tell us what you love to do in your free time, or maybe even organize event for the Club! :)

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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!