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EXCOM 2016-17

PRESIDENT

SECRETARY

Abdel Rahman El Housseiny 050 473 3087 aelhousseiny@gmail.com

Aaminah Kabli 055 285 6050 aaminah.me@gmail.com

VICE PRESIDENT - EDUCATION

TREASURER

Syed Muhammad Yasir 050 359 4138 yasir_iiee@hotmail.com

Lester Pinto 055 341 0756 lester.denzil@gmail.com

VICE PRESIDENT - MEMBERSHIP

SERGEANT-AT-ARMS

Ambuj Tripathi 050 276 1656 tripathi.ambuj@gmail.com

Khalid Moideen 050 871 6584 khalidcm@yahoo.com

VICE PRESIDENT - PUBLIC RELATIONS

WEB MASTER

Manal Rayess 050 634 1600 manal.rayess@gmail.com

Bosco Mascarenhas 050 576 5821 bmascarenhas@outlook.com


FROM THE

EDITOR’S DESK

MTM Manal Rayess

To have a non-profit club with the number of meetings exceeding 500, running for 20 years non-stop, in one of the busiest cities in the world, is almost a phenomena and to be entrusted to manage the PR for a club with such a legacy to an organization of such International standards and global widespread, is not something that one shall take lightly. DTC is a model of an efficient system that has changed and is changing many lives for better, not only in the way they speak in public, but in the way they communicate, think critically, mingle with others, and lead. And the job of the VP PR is to make sure; that this efficient and successful system/club has the wide coverage it deserves; that the flag is carried so high that it can be spotted by all far and wide; that those stories of inspiration are accentuated; and that this circle of wonderful members keeps widening and getting bigger. Our circle includes everyone who wants to master the art of wording. Everyone who believes that words can make wonders and that the right word, said in the right way, at the right time, can change lives and situations.

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It is not an easy job to fulfil such vision and meet such strict objectives. Not only because of the size of responsibility which gets bigger when the reputation of the club is high, but also because of the standard maintained by my predecessors and the bar they have raised and because you cannot be anything but competitive when you have a competitive, committed, and serious EXCOM that is led by a President who is determined to achieve, and likes to put successful plans and act on them. And finally also because as part of my personal development I aspire to practise and gain more insight into the world of efficient communication for myself and for my colleagues and therefore I value this opportunity for all the great lessons it will teach me. Personally, I won’t be satisfied if I didn’t add something new or raise the status quo to the next level. But I can’t do this by myself. I realized this since our first EXCOM meeting, and I suggested to have a PR committee to help in achieving those goals, of which The Orator makes the top priority. I was lucky enough to receive kind responses to my call for volunteers for PR committee from such wonderful and committed people. Without their valuable help I wouldn’t have been able to make it. I want to thank the PR committee for the valuable support and input, especially Bosco and Biji. This is our first issue of The Orator this year. We haven’t included all the ideas I wanted to include. But we still have three more issues to go before the end of our term. I am very optimistic and excited about the the goals we have planned. I have great trust in my EXCOM, PR committee, and fellow toastmasters. The fun is yet to come!

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Messages

DTC Flashback/Memories

From the President From the Area Director From the Division Director

Friends among Friends by MTM Uma Radhakrishnan How to name it? by TM Lakhi Sawlani

Articles New Lifestyle. New Spirit.� by TM Abdel Rahman El Housseiny

NewsMaster

Attaining Freedom� by MTM Seetha Sagaran

Once upon a time

What is it about Toastmasters� by MTM Smita Fizel

D’Chaps Recommend Wadi Shad - Oman by TM Abdel Rahman El Housseiny

The DTC Forum The Art of Handwriting by TM Aadil Kadri

My Left Foot by MTM Manal Rayess D’Chaps Got Talent A Poem by TM Rohit Pandey

Make the Best of Both Worlds by TM Anuj

BookMaster A Book Review by MTM Aaminah Kabli

The Next Big Thing by TM Shrikant Saboo

TechMaster Tech Review by MTM Manal Rayess

Letters by MTM Graziella Van Coillie by TM Piyush Patel

The WordMaster Puzzle by MTM Manal Rayess

Did you know? by MTM Aaminah Kabli

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MESSAGE

FROM THE

PRESIDENT


| M E SS AG E F RO M T H E P R E S I D E N T |

Couldn’t think of a better way to communicate than our own club Orator magazine to share my thoughts! Firstly, I would like to say that I take immense pride in being a member of Dubai Toastmasters Club for several reasons and I would like to share with you a few of them. One of the reasons being, our club holds the name of Dubai, a city that has successfully made a mark on the world map as cosmopolitan, multicultural hub and one of the most dynamic cities in the world . Likewise, DTC has succeeded in every aspect to be visible on Toastmasters International by having our own members holding Advanced Leadership positions. Holding our flag high are DTM Colonel Muhammad Murad as the Past International President and DTM Uma as past Regional Advisor. Many more of our members are topping the charts at District, Division and Area capacities. Moreover, DTC is an integral part of Toastmasters’ history in the region, holding 20 years of learning and improvement legacy and touching the lives of many individuals. DTC has served as the mother club in Dubai and has contributed to the formation of more than 70 clubs in Dubai. And finally our members, over my 7 years as a Toastmaster, I can say we have a unique privilege at Dubai Toastmasters club as we have always had the balance between the wisdom of our veteran members bringing in experience, guidance and direction to our club and the strength of our new members bringing in energy, horsepower and innovation.

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Secondly, we have set our objectives for this year. We have a strong committed EXCOM who is working together to deliver wonderful ideas and events, which on behalf of the team, I would like to share with you. Right now on our cards are: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

A Reverse meeting A Joint meeting with another Club A Debate Session Speech Marathons Educational Sessions Beside the current Toastmaster of the year award, new categories for Toastmaster awards are: -

Most regular Toastmaster Best speaker Best Evaluator Best Ambassador

Third and final message goes to our horse power, the energy and the fresh blood who have recently joined our club. Please check the below link, find a suitable slot for your role, speech and contact our VP Education to reserve it for you. https://goo.gl/eigIeE

Abdel Rahman El Housseiny President - Dubai Toastmasters Club

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| MESSAGE FROM THE AREA DIRECTOR |

KEEP THE MOMENTUM STEADY Few years ago I came across a bumper sticker that read “I don’t need lots of love to live, just a steady supply with a regular dose”. Recently, I experienced a similar situation when I sat for exams after a break of 20 years. I thought I was prepared, I was excited and the feeling of taking exams brought back the memories of childhood. However, I definitely underestimated the skills required to attempt the question paper. As I sat for the very first exam, I took good 15 minutes to read through the question paper few times before even began to scribble a first word on the answer sheet. I noticed all other examinees were filling pages after pages like they have race against time. I shook my head and said to myself “what’s wrong with these guys why don’t they just take it easy”. At my own leisure pace, I began to answer the questions. With a blink of an eye, two and half hour passed with half an hour to go. At that point, I still had two questions left. The anxiety attack took over the sanity part of my brains. With racing heartbeat and trembling hands I attempted to answer the remaining two questions. The result was obvious the last two questions were attempted with very little substance in them. I underestimated the time.

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Before the next exam, I practiced my writing skills by filling pages over pages of a newly bought note book, which, obviously, I didn’t do before the first exam. The second exam began with totally flip of the first one. I didn’t waste a single minute and attacked the answer sheet like Usain Bolt sprinting a 100-meter race. After writing about ten pages in response to the first question, where around six pages would have sufficed, I felt proud of the improvement in my writing ability. As I began to answer the second question, I felt a cramp in my hand. With every minute passed it was becoming difficult to write. My fingers began to hurt and felt pen was piercing through my fingers. Somehow, managed to attempt all questions but the last question again was just completed at the last minute with halfhearted attempt and abrupt ending. I suffered a burned out. After learning from two previous experiences, the third exam was attempted neither with chilled attitude nor as a 100-meter sprint. Rather it was based on quick planning and a steady pace. I did attempt all five questions to their merit not writing more or less than what was required within the allotted time. I had an inner satisfaction.

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| MESSAGE FROM THE AREA DIRECTOR |

When we think of it, a Toastmasters journey is somewhat similar for a member or even for a club officer. I recall when I joined Dubai Toastmasters my mentor TM Ashok Khaira said “Do your speeches regularly and be proactive to take roles otherwise you will come here and clap for others and leave. On the other hand, don’t overdo it or you will be burned out too early with no energy left for later”. In light of my mentor’s advice and the exam experience, I would suggest that to get the best out of the Toastmasters journey as a member or as a club officer is to be STEADY! Plan your own destination. As a member, set goals for yourself by scheduling regular but realistic deadlines to accomplish your educational and leadership tracks (don’t ignore one for the other). You can certainly get advice of your mentor and senior members on how to achieve that. As a club officer it is advisable to ink the Club Success Plan for the entire year. It could very well be ambitious but again realistic. Then break it down to smaller goals i.e. maybe a monthly or quarterly sub-plan. This will allow you to spread your energy evenly over the year and could help avoiding the initial burn out. At times club officers feel the heat in later stages after a full throttle in initial months of assuming the offices.

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In an essence, while these suggestions are true for a life as a Toastmaster they are equally applicable on other affairs of our daily life. Rounding them up as: • • • • •

Plan your journey Be ambitious but be realistic Make a steady progress Be aware of the time in hand Avoid the burn out

I would rephrase the bumper sticker as: “I don’t need lots of energy to succeed, just a steady supply with thoughtful planning” Abdul Khaliq Mohammad Area Director

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| M E SS AG E F RO M T H E D I V I S I O N D I R E C TO R |

NO TRUST, NO US! One important trait, that makes us who we are in this forum where we all work together and towards a common goal that is Personal development, is TRUST. Whatever we may want to achieve, be it personal excellence in what we individually do or a larger goal of leading a group of people towards a common objective, TRUST is something that we will require at each level of the motion or the role. Imagine how many times we have had a rock solid vision, a defining vision and team of highly skilled individuals, yet we would miss out on achieving the goal due to differences and lack of mutual trust among us. On the other side, only when we disrupt our conventional thinking and look beyond the boundaries that our brain generates at times, we might see ourselves in a situation of achieving exceptional results even without best of the underlying forces that we might need otherwise, only by trusting our peers. Few of the aspects that we need to live by to attain and build trust are Clarity, Competency, Character, and Commitment.

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As a team, we need to be clear about what we want to achieve. Be it our club meetings or yearly plan as a club, area or division, CLARITY and non-ambiguity towards achieving our goal are must. Imagine attending a meeting where we aim to create an experience for others but we ourselves are not clear about our roles and responsibilities. CRASH, right? As leaders of the club (and each member is a leader), we need to make sure that we pass out the clear message to each and every role player assisting them to perform their best. Having faith and caring about others in a whole team takes us to a place where we are termed as people setting examples for others. And that eventually gives each and every one of us a room to perform and become even more COMPETENT than what we are today. Take Dubai TM club for example, 20 years of legacy. It wasn't really built in few months or years but a consistent approach by members who have performed with high levels of proficiency year after year to letting all know that they believe at and support each other each year. This is how we convert members into leaders who can keep the DTC flag high.

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| M E SS AG E F RO M T H E D I V I S I O N D I R E C TO R |

They say CHARACTER is something that we do when no one is looking, or as in our context, being able to be true to the values of the forum that you stand for. An instance that I can relate to in our forum is the speech evaluations part. For me it will never be about saying what others think what you should be saying but letting the speaker know how he or she should have performed, without the worry of being judged in not positive way. I think we are blessed with members who like to call a spade a spade and we love them for that.

My dear wave-makers and mountain-movers, let us all have a great year that is built on solid grounds of TRUST among all in DTC team. Once again, we all want to make it another year to count for ourselves and for those who have trusted us. And that is the essence of the TM organization. Deepak Gulati Division Director

We all know COMMITMENT could be termed as mother of all the factors for success, but it will not sustain without having enough trust among us as a team. Because we have developed the needed camaraderie among us, it gives us enough room to stay committed to the forum or the given role. Then we experience what we call as MAGIC. It is the trust we all feel among us that makes us go an extra mile to perform, excel and create those WOW moments.

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NEW LIFESTYLE NEW

SPIRIT

Abdel Rahman El Housseiny

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| NEW LIFESTYLE NEW SPIRIT |

“Enough of eating and watching movies, I want to do something new… something adventurous!” November 8th 2014 was my first rendezvous with a real adventure outside a movie theatre or computer games. “Hiking in Yemen? Are you crazy? No way. There is a civil war there and they kill people on the streets”. This was my very concerned mother talking. Yemen…! It’s a very nice place, beautiful landscape, enjoy your time and don’t tell your mother”, my optimistic father advised. In spite of the several concerns raised by my mother, my friends and I finally arrived at Socotra an isolated island in the middle of the Indian Ocean between Yemen and Somalia. Technically, we were stuck between a rock and a hard place – if we survive from the civil war in Yemen, we could fall prey to the Somalian pirates. But what we saw next was completely worth the risk and a sight for sore eyes. Wow…What a landscape! There was no single building blocking our sight. The mountains, the trees, the green, red and yellow colors of nature gave a feel of a contemporary painting, a beautiful natural photograph, a divine masterpiece by the creator, which took our breath away. The smell of fresh air, the gorgeous weather and the mosaic of different nationalities coming to Socotra for hiking was quite captivating. In Arabic, Socotra means the market of plants. In this island one could find plants that do not exist anywhere else in the world.

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| NEW LIFESTYLE NEW SPIRIT |

Ups and downs, right and left and finally we and our 4*4 car and the Yemeni driver chewing drugs like most people in Yemen… arrived at our camp site. We started our adventure with a leisurely swim in the lake which was formed by fresh rain water, in the exclusive company of the courteous crabs around, who obviously seemed to own the place. The aroma of the barbecue sent us drooling. After dinner we turned to bed early that night.

“3 hours” is what Yehia, our hiking guide said it would take us to go to the other side of the valley next day. We started our trip at 8 am descending to the valley, enjoying the fresh air, the rocks, the plants and lost in the live commentary of our guide on the history of the region. After 1 hour of adventurous hike, we arrived at the foot of the valley, surrounded by mountains, walking on the small rocks in the middle of the rain water and enjoying the silence and the sounds of our shoes on the rocks. After a couple of hours of hiking, Yehia declared it was time for a dip into the waters. The lake water was clear as crystal and refreshing and cold as the morning bath. Water and snacks were all what we had during the hike. The dinner was to be served at the other side of the valley. We spend another couple of hours hiking followed by some rest and a snack and another dive into the lake. By now the 3 litres of water, we had started our journey with, was almost finished but we never ran out of water as the sparkling lake water was more pure than the one we had. We continued to hike on top of the mountain and down into the valley, trying to find a best way to move around the rocks and the valley, capturing the beauty into our cameras. We had already spent 7 hours hiking into the mountains and it was 3 hours before sunset.

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We were far behind our schedule and if we dint hasten, it would be very challenging for us to find our way back in the dark. According to Yehia, the delay was due to the enormity in number of hikers on the trip, while for them it dint take more than 2 hours to go around the entire valley. I found it hard to believe and that’s when I suddenly noticed he didn't have a watch, and I realized, he didn't understand time. For him, one hour meant a very long time. We reorganized the groups now. The groups were tired, some of them injured. Jassim had low blood sugar, Eva cracked her wrist and Fatima twisted her knee. This slowed us down considerably. We walked for another 2 hours with endless ups and downs and the dark attacked us like a beast. We put on our headlamps and I asked again “Yehia, how long will it take us to reach the finish line, he said “1 hour”. Oh come on…as if we were going to fall for it! We couldn’t continue like this. Time called for a decision. The group would stay, where they are ,in the midst of the valley and Yehia and I would proceed faster to seek help: 2 more guides, food and water. The group could rest until then. This time when Yehia was confronted with the question how long it is going to take to go to the end of the valley he said “Half an hour”. Jumping, running, walking and finally resorting to crawling, with no water around, after a couple of hours we reached into the captivity of the mountains. There was no light except the head lamp we had and Yehia started to run faster. Every time I lost him on the way, I

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shouted his name, which made him turn back and his head lamp would guide me through the right direction. Finally after 2 more hours (total 14 hours since we left our camp), we reached the end of the valley almost crawling, with couple of injuries and hungry like never before. I was served food and water, and as I said to Yehia ‘Let us go back to rescue the rest of the team”. As I said those words, I closed my eyes and fell into deep sleep. I slept like a baby for straight 8 hours.

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Yehia, the 20 year old, barefoot guide had meanwhile gone back again with food and helped the rest of the team to come out of the valley by 4am. This was a day to remember, an experience of which I could tell stories for the rest of my life. That was a trip without any guarantee that you would be smiling after, like you do after a movie or you will be alive, like you do after a computer game. But for me, this was only the beginning… since then I have never stopped. I have gone for hiking trips to Ras-al-Khaimah, Oman, Thailand, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania and many others where I have faced lots of life threatening situations that forces you to push beyond your limits and face your true self.

Being trapped in a rain storm on top of the mountain, fearing a lightning strike where there is no shelter to protect you; to spend the night in the desert with no food or water; to be completely exhausted and forcing to push yourself for another 2 hours with no water … All of it has been a part of my adventurous journeys and amidst of all this, I keep asking myself, “Why am I doing this to myself? Why don’t I simply enjoy the weekend watching a movie and sipping a coffee?” Each time I end up promising myself that this would be the last of it and I would never do it again. But every time I fail to keep my promise, as once you reach your destination and feel you have conquered your fear and your physical limitations, what you are left with is a victorious smile on your face, the confidence deep inside you that you can achieve anything you want and the beautiful photographs reminding you of your true-self. For me it’s not only the work outs, it’s also recreating my-self, rebuilding my self-confidence, meeting like-minded people, enjoying the weekend and forgetting about everything else and building beautiful memories for a lifetime. Friends, ‘The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek’. So push yourself beyond your limits and go outdoors. If hiking is not your cup of tea; bike, camp, travel… there are plenty of activities where you can discover and seek the most valuable treasure ….YOUR TRUE SELF.

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ATTAINING

FREEDOM MTM Seetha Sagaran

Seetha is A Toastmaster for 12 years; Seetha Sagaran is a Personal Development Trainer and Lifestyle Consultant. She resides in Dubai with her family and pet dog. She enjoys hearing from her readers and can be contacted on her email: beyondhorizons100@gmail.com

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| AT TA I N I N G F R E E D O M |

Freedom can be defined as the ability or right of a person to think, behave and verbally communicate the way they want to. A deeper connotation to the meaning would be that, it is a situation where a person is not enslaved by anyone or any thought. Many of us may be leading a life were we have the power to be who we want. But in all sincerity, can we term ourselves as not being imprisoned at all by our thoughts? Thoughts that threaten our peace, thoughts that question our worth, importance and position in life? If you are among those, who can declare that your freedom of existence is not threatened or affected by the superficiality of status and position in society, the joy you derive from your life would be far greater than many. The happiness of many is impeded by the clutches of insecurity that stem from self-doubts, prestige and rank in the society ladder. Any quest for us to rise in status or prestige will undoubtedly lead us to a continuous state of discontentment. The reason being that it is a vicious circle from which there is no escape. You may live in a palace with unimaginable wealth and the privileges of wealth but there will always be something that someone, somewhere has what you do not have. Where and when will your quest end then? Unfortunately, you would not only be wasting the precious time you would otherwise utilize for purposeful requirements and goals in life, you will never be happy or content with what you have. Ask yourself "Why do I wish to impress?" There would be certain areas of life that you may be insecure about. Appearance, work and education are some of factors that may giving you a feeling of lack of confidence.

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| AT TA I N I N G F R E E D O M |

A lot of times, the childhood you experienced could play a critical role in the development of this trait. The early years in an impoverished or competitive environment could trigger a false sense of security through conscious efforts in creating great impressions. But no matter, how strong your belief may be regarding "keeping up with others", it is possible to lead a happy life without the stress of wanting to impress others. Confront the Cause for this Desire Find out ways that you can work on your strengths. Remember, you have several strengths that many do not have. Work on them and the feeling of inadequacy that often accompanies the desire to impress will eventually disappear as you gain in confidence. Your satisfaction with your life greatly affects the wish to impress others. Look for Ways to Overcome this Desire Engage in positive, constructive pursuits, eg: join an organization that seeks to improve the lives of destitute or impoverished children. Become part of charity or social institute that can benefit from your participation. Focus on Personal Development and make it your mantra for making the world we live in a better place. As far as possible, interact with positive people who are sincere with their feedback and the encouragement they give you. Another wonderful way that will ease your desire to impress and make you feel as happy as possible is by appreciating. Be generous with your appreciation and take care to convey your compliment as promptly and effectively as possible.

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| AT TA I N I N G F R E E D O M |

Appreciate Your Life If we carefully observe what we have in our life, we would be amazed with the number of factors that actually make our life great. In moments of attempting to compare our life with others, it is very easy to take what we have for granted and lament about what we do not have. Toastmasters Last but not least, if you are not a Toastmaster yet, join Toastmasters. It is one of the best decisions you will make in your life. Joining a club is the ďŹ rst step to transform yourself and free yourself from a lot of negative thoughts. A Toastmasters Club has a fantastic supportive and learning environment. A new member is encouraged to be the best they can be by a positive group of members. As a Toastmaster for the last 12 years, I can vouch that the happiness and growth I've experienced since joining is magical. Through your Toastmastering experience, not only do you get to meet, know and learn from people, you become a more positive member of society. So, go on and improve your chances of being happy by focusing on what you have and be true to yourself. A life spent on wondering what others think of you would only lead you to regret and a sense of worthlessness. Enjoy your Freedom by being YOU! Enjoy learning, growing and helping others lead happier lives!

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SO WHAT IS IT ABOUT

TOASTMASTERS

MTM Smita Fizel

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| S O W H AT I S I T A B O U T TOA S T M A S T E R S |

Surveys about our fears commonly show fear of public speaking at the top of the list. So with this background in mind, when I eventually mustered up courage to dial a number and make that call to enroll myself into Toastmasters, I was pleasantly surprised. The voice on the other end was so friendly?!? I mean, if you are an esteemed member of a group which deals with the No.1 fear that people have, surely, you must be pompous or at least a little smug? But no, I was warmly invited to come in for a session and give it a try. See if I like it. “Really? That’s an option?” I thought. Unfortunately, I still procrastinated and dragged my feet on taking the final plunge. But the presentations at work got more frequent and I was forced to do something for the near trauma that I put myself through every time I took center stage and presented to a group of people. The sweating, the hoarse voice, the palpitation had to stop, I told myself. So I accepted that invite to be a guest absolutely sure that it’s going to be stuffy and boring meeting. You see, I was still skeptical and that said more about me than that meeting because, it was love at first meeting!! How can you not love being part of the easy banter, the sparkling eyes and raised eyebrows asking you how you were, the warm handshakes enfolding you into a family of sorts. I was hooked. And I made the instant decision that I wanted to be part of this. I enrolled. So, what is it about Toastmasters? Is it the icebreaker speeches, which nudges you to look within yourself? I remember when I did my icebreaker, I saw myself taking a beautiful walk down the memory lane. “Through their eyes” was my speech title and I dug a deep into my life journey through the eyes of my friends. Starting with my first best friend, my dad and through my school years and school friends, transitioning to a rebellious teenager, seemingly mellowing down for the friend in my life partner to the current leg of having toastmasters as my friends. I saw myself writing a personal diary and loving every moment. To add to this beautiful feeling, when I gave my icebreaker in all my shaking voice and nervous gory, I was blown away by the thunderous applause I received and the countless

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| S O W H AT I S I T A B O U T TOA S T M A S T E R S |

notes showing me they, my toastmaster audience identified with my story and they loved it. I reel from the heady joy and warmth that spread right through me that night. You see, I felt accepted. And I saw my fear of rejection emaciating with every speech that I gave then on little by little. Slowly, but surely. So, what is it about Toastmasters? Is it the different level of speeches that one gives during which the speakers tepidly and almost shyly allow you a glimpse of their defining moments, their struggles, their wins and their challenges? Afterwards, as an audience you find yourself almost compelled to go to the speaker and thank them for letting us into their world because, THAT is a privilege. A privilege we cherish and a step that we find ourselves admiring. We know that the speaker has taken the bold step to open up to the audience about a memory, a moment that he has knowingly or unknowingly guarded till that very moment. Not knowing until he or she hears the applause that victory is to be had, fears are to be conquered and this is the place and these are the people which will guide you to it. So what is it about Toastmasters? Is it the fact that beyond all this there is also healthy competition where roles and Annual contests are taken very seriously indeed? Even experienced speakers put in their very best efforts. Nothing is spared, not the countless hours spend in painstakingly writing and rewriting a speech or asking for valuable feedback on how to improve. There are the countless repetitions. Attention is paid to every minute detail, the myriad of facial expressions and the focus on posture and movement. All this leads then to the grand show on stage where you do your best to capture and captivate your audience and silently bid the judges to tip the scores in your favour. So this is Toastmasters, a community and a family, where members are valued. Where, you are encouraged to be your best. Where you find yourself and where you, as someone told me, give yourself permission to be Fabulous! SEPTEMBER 2016

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DTC Forum

THE ART OF

HANDWRITING TM Aadil Kadri

“A bad handwriting is as annoying to a reader … as an irritating voice is to a listener.”Mokokoma Mokhonoana How many of us still believe that writing, i mean HANDWRITING is an art. By the grace of GOD I have been blessed with a good handwriting to an extent and after that i developed the art to the best of my ability. Being an avid writer (handwriting) I have listed down few added personal advantages of having a good handwriting. Handwriting identifies with the conscious and subconscious traits of an individual’s personality. For instance, anyone struggling with handwriting actually suffers from the ability of self-expression. Fluency in handwriting is a fundamental part of learning. The child thinks and writes at the same time. When we teach the children to write, they also learn to express themselves.

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| THE ART OF HANDWRITING |

DTC Forum

Few months ago one of my clients who was celebrating his Birthday, invited few of his friends and associates. Everyone got a GIFT for him so did I? However, along with that I gave him a handwritten card. Looking at it he was so overwhelmed that he said this was the Best gift he had got after a very long time and all gifts had some price attached to it but this was priceless. This is one of the incidents that show that Handwriting is a Dying Art. From that day onwards, on every Birthday/Marriage Anniversary/Valentine's day I give this priceless gift to my wife and friends. What a great idea to save money from a professional Financial Planner!

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MAKE THE BEST OF DTC Forum

BOTH WORLDS TM Anuj

It was a great feeling going home after my first year of working in Dubai! The most eagerly awaited was Mom’s food and getting away from the hectic work schedules, meeting up with childhood friends over a cup of relaxing tea with snacks at our favourite cafe. The aroma of tangy Indian spices & homely atmosphere gave me the feeling of warm homecoming!! Nevertheless, there were a few compromises to be made. Driving around in traffic where discipline had “gone with the wind” and it looked like everyone was in a race for survival between a maze of 2-wheelers equipped with a license-to-kill, jumping traffic signals and the works! That apart, I realized that people had a lot of time for their family and did not drive back from work to an empty home but to the smell of good food and warmth of family! I found myself wondering if I had gained a lot by this compromise. The answer was a big YES. Developing a disciplined work culture work and gaining the experience of meeting and working with people from different nationalities and backgrounds was a big win. The opportunity to work for a big MNC and rise from the wee beginnings of an assistant to the lead merchant for one of the hottest fashion / beauty brands of the world was a rewarding challenge. The fine-tuning of my body clock to reach work at 8 am took a little longer than I imagined. However, with few reprimands from my boss I finally did it ! These must be the foundation I wished to lay for myself in a budding career. While enjoying this I had a lot of mixed feelings about the little joys of being home. Nevertheless, I am sure to gain something one must miss out on something. Therefore, make the best of both worlds and enjoy!!

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THE NEXT DTC Forum

BIG THING TM Shrikant

How do leaders do it? With many tools: leading from the front, inspiration, coaching, supporting, delegating when appropriate, so on and so forth. I got my map to the next big thing by being elected as the treasurer of Dubai Toastmasters Club-7492 TMI Year 2015-16. Initially I mistook the treasurer’s post for slicing a knife through soft butter. But my perception was going to change; and along with responsibility came a lot of surprises and challenges. There were some challenges and complications, but nevertheless, I quickly realized, I was expected to hit the ground running and fire-fight the situation. Because of my solid Finance and Accounting background, I had set some basic accounting rules and accordingly started issuing hard copy paper receipts from the moment I took over, for all transactions and maintained a parallel electronic cloud backup. This came in handy and I was able to set a cut off date for all confusions. I followed basic accounting rules and all payments being received had the same finish line. This helped me device a system of calculating dues, which I shared with my Excom who liked the simple yet methodical approach.

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| THE NEXT BIG THING |

The biggest challenge was sorting the legacy data, which had redundancies and inaccuracies with no backup or reference point. But we were able to make payment conďŹ rmation for almost all members by due date and also make a list of payments due by individual members accurately. The TMI payments were made in time and I was

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relieved. I am happy to highlight that our ďŹ rst quarter went by with a lot of positives. We were able to: Set our account books straight Have full control on our membership dues Payments were made to TMI on all returning & new members Collected guest fees and issued receipts on spot Collected membership dues and issued receipts on spot No unbudgeted expenses were made Budgeted expenses were reduced by a considerable margin by switching to old meeting venue and optimising the food bill by more variety of food Have allocated funds for purchase of a camera for the club Have a positive balance by collecting member contribution and guest fees The club performed as a team to overcome the challenge This experience has come as a blessing in disguise for me and reinforced my belief in myself, the TEAM and my club. I look back with pride and am ready for the NEXT BIG THING AT DTC 7492.

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FLASHBACK

FRIENDS

AMONG FRIENDS DTM Uma Radhakrishnan

I will never tire myself narrating the story of my first day with the Dubai Chapter. I had just relocated to Dubai from Kuwait. I had thought that my ‘toastmastering’ days were over when I said goodbye to Kuwait, the place that had taught me to evaluate with a heart! Since my brother Sudhir Menon was with the Dubai chapter at the time my husband RK and I went along with him for a special meeting, the 200th meeting which was liberally peppered with the toastmaster heavy weights of Dubai at the time. I had a fairly good reputation in toastmasters in Kuwait and was the chosen one to speak at the gathering which met to felicitate the then International President Gavin Blakey. So armed with that bravado I sat among the audience and that’s when the Table topics master called me up to attempt a table topic. Strutting to the speaking area armed with confidence that my Kuwaiti friends had given me, I embarked on my topic. To this day I don’t remember the topic! But I remember looking at the sea of faces before me and starting off with the analogy of the ant, the small ant from which we could learn so much. And for the life of me I couldn’t remember what the ant was supposed to do next. I had drawn a blank! I saw the sea of faces breaking into waves, some vigorously nodding their heads, some nudging me with their chins; as if that would get me to remember my elusive story. I may not have completed that table topic successfully, but I did chance upon a group of people who became my family from then on. I had found friends among friends who would always have my back.

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FLASHBACK

TM Lakhi Sawlani In 1997 when TM Muhammad Murad was the VP PR he conducted a competition wherein all members submitted 3 suggested names for our newsletter. Then these were all listed on the flip chart and members voted. The most preferred was The Orator from one of the three names that I'd suggested. The first newsletter was released in Nov 1997. Over the years the name kept getting switched between The Orator and Orator.”

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This photo is shared by TM Deepak Gulati. He says:

“One of the photos from the past or you can call it blast from the past. Takes me back to a Hawaiian theme gathering that we had in Jun 2013, almost three and a half years back�

The hawaiian theme gathering - 2013

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I remember when members from the first club in Abu Dhabi used to drive to Dubai just to attend the Dubai Toastmasters club. That was the kind of support that they gave us, and it is interesting how the support mindset transcended to us to support other clubs in Dubai. I applaud the members throughout the years who upheld he reputation of Dubai Toastmasters. I am proud to be part of the mother club in Dubai. The 50th Meeting Celebration Cake!

TM Mohammad Murad First President of DTC and Past Toastmaster

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Toastmasters began as a series of speaking clubs organized by Ralph C. Smedley during his time working for the YMCA (Young Men's Christian Toastmasters organization has more than 345,000

Association) in Bloomington, Illinois, United States.

memberships.

DID YOU KNOW?

In 1970, Toastmasters International admitted its first female member, Helen Blanchard, under the name Homer Blanchard. In 1973, Toastmasters began officially admitting women, and in 1985, Helen became Toastmasters' first female international president.

Facts about our Club by MTM Aaminah Kabli

Terrence McCann, an Olympic wrestler, was chosen in 1975 to serve as the Executive Director of Toastmasters International, a position he held until 2001.

The first unofficial Toastmasters meeting was held on March 24, 1905. Much like Toastmasters meetings today, the participants took turns leading and speaking at each meeting. Smedley and the older, more experienced men evaluated short speeches, while the younger men were invited to join in the evaluations.

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Our Dubai Toastmasters Club is club #7492 with 59 members. It was charted in 1996 as the mother club of Dubai over 100 clubs in UAE and 70 clubs in Dubai.


THE NEWSMASTER The First Reverse Meeting held DTC Meeting #544 was a Reversed Meeting, where the agenda takes place in reverse order! The speakers had to adapt their speeches as per the evaluator’s points. Members as well as the 13 guests expressed how funny and creative the meeting was.

Division B District 20 organized a live streaming of the Toastmasters International World Championship of public speaking that took place in 20th August 2016.

Manal invited to TEDx MTM Manal Rayess has been invited to join the organizer’s committee in one TEDx youth event that will take place in Sajaya Center, Al Qarayen, Sharjah, 20th September. Manal is taking role in training the participants on public speakig. She was selected after the committee had learnt that she is an active member in Dubai Toastmasters Club.

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New Facebook page launched During its second meeting, early August, the DTC EXCOM has decided to launch a Facebook page to be managed by the VP PR and the PR office. This page will present the DTC brand and will be its main social platform to connect with the audience and highlight the latest news, events, and messages. It is available at FB.com/dubaitoastmastersclub/


ONCE UPON

A TIME (The characters in this story might seem ďŹ ctitious. Any resemblance to any person living or dead would merely prove that you know the author better than you want him to believe. For the sake of ease, and forsaking the rather gloriďŹ ed notion of political correctness, bearded pronouns would be employed wherever necessary.)

11 new bikes. Fresh air of the mountains. Riding up the winding roads. Thrill. Joy. Excitement. And one scooter. For the uninitiated, and for those within whom the two-wheeler industry has never quite been able to generate much passion, a scooter is a safer, toned-down version of a motor-bike. It is safer because a scooter has the glamour quotient of a retired capybara, with two small tires lugging a metal chassis at the speed of evolution itself. Anyone who chooses a scooter over a bike never has thrill-seeking on his priority list to begin with. He sees acceleration as an unfortunate necessity rather than an impulse, he

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| ONCE UPON A TIME |

sees speed as the anti-Christ of fuel efficiency, and he sees taking

itself from the safety of a small roadside shack we had pulled into.

sharp turns as the most reliable means of tasting gravel. In fact, if

It was around two hours back when we were still cruising up into

ladies need a pragmatic husband, all they need to check is whether

the mountains when Kaushik overtook us all, mumbling some

the chap in crosshairs carries a photograph of his grandfather’s

triumphant obscenities, with his scooter sounding like a rock

scooter in his wallet. In one fell swoop, this would ensure that in a

concert gone out of control. Since then, and up till this moment, we

rather suspiciously boring package, you get family values, respect

had assumed he had either rocketed into a tree somewhere or at

for elders, and an aversion-to-any-risk character trait, carefully

some point announced to the pillion of a highly unavoidable and

handed down the helical gene ladder. Kaushik had forever seemed

abrupt downward descent. (Earlier in the day, there weren't many

in alarming contradiction of all these sane qualities, yet we found

enthusiastic volunteers wanting to be Kaushik's pillion; we actually

him perched atop that one scooter.

had to draw lots for it. Rohit, a rather calm and placid sort of person, had quietly placed his trust in the almighty that his good deeds

There were many rumours as to what led to Kaushik buying a

won't go unnoticed. Rohit would find out that God works in

second-hand scooter and not an outright space shuttle. The one

mysterious ways indeed.)

that seemed most probable was where with the funds allocated to him by his provider, he could either buy a combination of regular

Kaushik was now speeding down the road, with his back hunched

sunglasses and a regular bike, or buy a pair of outrageously

for some reason, almost as if he had a sudden urge to check

expensive gold-rimmed limited-edition sunglasses, and with

whether he was wearing matching socks. Rohit, manning the pillion

whatever little was left, buy any ramshackle contraption with half a

station, looked like the last Allied soldier gingerly peeking out from

motor and two tyres. And there he was, as if Rajnikanth himself had

the trenches for any sign of life. At that very instant, we noticed a

descended from that gaudy night club in the sky, emerging from

new character writing its pivotal role into the script. A cow, had

the clouds on a sputtering yet surprisingly fast scooter, with a

decided to cross the road at a distance almost half-way between

glittering tinted windscreen between the world and half his face.

Kaushik and us.

We the humble bikefolk were watching this ghostly saga manifest

What happened next? Find out, in the next edition of the Orator.

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D’CHAPS

With the summer heat it is the time to get a little cooler! My pick for you is Wadi Shab and Wadi Tiwi weekend trip.

RECOMMEND Wadi Shab & Wadi Tiwi - Oman by TM Abdel Rahman El Housseiny

Omani weekends; a fabulous combination of trekking and swimming. What takes your breath away is the Wadi scrambling, natural waterfall and natural Wadi pools where you can climb, jump and dive. Wadi Shab is signposted off the Muscat–Sur coastal highway. Aptly named in Arabic the ‘Gorge between Cliffs’, Wadi Shab is one of the most lovely destinations in Oman. The Wadi rewards its visitors with turquoise pools, waterfalls and terraced plantations. The kingfishers add glorious splashes of color and all-year-round trusses of pink oleander bloom by the water’s edge. While swimming in the lower pools is forbidden (they are a source of drinking water), there is an opportunity for discreet swimming in the upper reaches of the Wadi where you can duck into a partially submerged cave (skinny dipping is strictly taboo here). With its string of emerald pools and thick plantations, WadiTiwi almost rivals Wadi Shab in beauty, especially in the spring when the allotments turn a vivid green. The drive up, one of the steepest and most picturesque roads across the local villages to the stream and the endless pools known as the ‘Wadi of Nine Villages’,is amazing. There are excellent walking opportunities through the small villages that line the road. The route over the mountain to Wadi Bani Khalid has become a popular camping excursion with walking groups. Go for it and try it, you will never regret it.

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D’CHAPS

RECOMMEND My Left Foot

by MTM Manal Rayess

A brilliant performance, that won a Triple Academy Award, to depict the true story of Christy Brown, a spastic quadriplegic who could overcome all the odds and challenges that a paralyzed boy may encounter. Despite being a classic movie (1989), but it is one of those movies that leave you no reason not to be truly inspired, massively motivated, and tremendously impressed. With the help of his steely mother and his united family, and no shortage of personal courage and determination, he could turn from just a speechless, motionless, mindless “cripple” (as would neighbors call him) into a “genius” who could do the impossible with his only moving limb: his left foot toe. A wonderful watch about life, hope, determination, laughter, and living miracles!

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Some said coffee is as good as tea

D’CHAPS

When it came to you again they started to stutter

GOT TALENT A POEM by

Where could a substitute for this substance be They couldn’t find it in nature Not then, not a few years later They couldn’t combine what scientists call elements To discover something with any close resemblance

TM Rohit Pandey

Some gave up in the attempt once and forever Others are still at it, trying to discover All the failed attempts put together They reached a conclusion, there is no other With memories, good and bad, all aplenty Don’t forget to look at the right side of things The friends, the achievements, only age brings

With a reference to economics

You are special, you are unique

Not something as entertaining as comics

To everyone who in your life could peek

Comes a lesson worth a mention

Un-substitutable, incomparable and impossible to ape

As fulfilling as a government pension

Unequalled in everything you do, ever-inviting a gape

They have what they call substitute goods

So let’s celebrate this day, celebrate everything you do

So if something was to get lost in the woods

Let’s shout out loud … wooo hooo!

A similar alternative to the original stood

For no one could and will ever replace you

But in your case I guess

Not just for me but for everyone in the queue!

The economists simply misunderstood

Wish you a very happy birthday! :D

They gave rosy examples of margarine for butter

On this day when you reach the wrong side of twenty,

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THE BOOKMASTER A Book Review by

Hope is not a topic, It’s not a theory, It’s a talent. “The Blue between sky and water”, is a story set amidst the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It begins in a rural village of Palestine known as Beit Daras, where siblings Nazmiyeh, Mamdouh, and

MTM Aaminah Kabli

Mariam live with their widowed mother. As the war begins, their village goes up in flames and their, family like many others, is

From the internationally bestselling author of

forced to seek refuge in Gaza. As the story unfolds, it flows through

a novel about four generations of powerful Palestinian women in Gaza.

importantly hope.

Mornings in Jenin,

four generations, singing the melody of love, loss, joy, war and most

I am going to be frank and go ahead to say that there are quite a few sad parts in the story. I would’ve said gruesome, but unfortunately Rated 4.3 in Good Reads

these aspects of the book are the reality of many people even today…especially today…and that’s what makes it sad. There is a war going on after all, and it is not only the people on the battlefield who suffer the aftershocks of such an event. Reading this book is an eye opener. Sometimes living a comfortable conditions and safe place one forgets about those on the other side. Anyway, as the story goes on, the characters always manage to rise from the ashes; always hopeful for a brighter tomorrow which is the note on which the book ends.

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| THE BOOKMASTER |

What I love most about Susan Abulhawa’s writing is that it is like

My verdict:

she is trying to tell you a bedtime story. Not the fairytale kind, but

People tell me all the time that they don’t want to read a book with

the real kind that your grandmother tells you about. Things that

a sad story. They read about war and destruction and terrorist

happened long ago, and help you make sense of what is happening

attacks in the newspapers everyday, and now a book about it! Yes,

right now. You can almost hear Abulhawa say ‘Once upon a time...’

war surrounds the characters in this book, but that only brings them

and just like that you are transported to another time and place.

closer to each other, teaches them the importance of family, and

Astonishingly, despite being set amid a war, the larger part of this

cultivates hope. They enjoy the smaller joys better because they

story carries a happier tone. There is no happily ever after, because

have seen worse, and love deeper because they have known loss.

this may not be the case in this type of reality. But, there are many

The characters demonstrate the basic human tendency to not only

happily after’s. After every thunderstorm, there is a rainbow, and if

survive, but also thrive.

not, there is always reminisce of a more colorful time, and hope To me, that makes a pretty romantic story.

that those colors will fill a better tomorrow.

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THE

3) you can easily share with anyone and give required privileges.

TECHMASTER MTM Manal Rayess

I create all my documents and presentations using Google documents. I can then choose to download as pdf, word or ppt files. I have all my TM speeches as Google Docs. Even first editing draft of this magazine was done using a template in Google Slides. It has been said: A happy wife, a happy life.

The Google Drive Do you remember those obnoxious moments when you spend hours on a document, and “something evil happens”, then the

And I say: A happy file, a happy [work] life!

document is gone BEFORE you save it. And then your mind start to fantasize about all forms of criminal ideas you may do with your poor laptop (those sort of ideas like cutting its electrical veins with a knife). For me, I have kissed those moments a big goodbye. Not because I added the Ctrl+S key shortcut to my subconscious list of involuntary movement. But because I have “upgraded” long ago to different preferences. I will share with you one such tool: The Google Drive, that you will have if you have a Gmail account. It is not another software you have to buy and install. But it is rather a noncommercial online tool that can give you three main benefits: 1) you will have immediate save once you type (without even having to hit Save). 2) you can access it anytime, from anywhere, using any device, online or offline (since it is in the Cloud).

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| THE TECHMASTER |

Chrome Web Store This is a great gem by Google that may be uncovered to many. It is a place where you can add applications to your Chrome browser without having to downlaod any. If you open a New Tab in Chrome you will ďŹ nd a small icon called Apps. You can search for any application. And you will be surprised by how many free online web apps you can have. I turned this place as my apps paradise with many wonderful utility, business tools, productivity, and design apps. And as with all Google products, you can access it anytime, anywhere as long as you log in with your Gmail account. It is like your online desktop

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PUZZLE

THE WORDMASTER

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PUZZLE

THE WORDMASTER

| THE WORDMASTER PUZZLE |

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The Orator | Club Magazine 1 - September 2016  

Dubai Toastmasters Club Magazine

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