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DUBAI INTERNET CITY TOASTMASTERS

NEWSLETTER

Club news and events IN THIS ISSUE // ABOUT OUR CLUB

02 Executive Committee 03 President’s address 04 President’s distinction 05 Debate news 06 10th birthday celebration 08 Club contest information

DEVELOPMENT

10 News in brief 10 The habit of listening 12 Human potential 14 Better visual aids 16 Books to read

GETTING TO KNOW DIC

18 Greg Pogonowski 20 Jose Poovatthinkal 22 Svetlana Jose 24 Word search


DIC Toastmasters! Meet your

Executive Committee

RIZWAN SALEEM

SVETLANA JOSE

KAREN EVANS

AKBAR ALI SYED

ACB, ALB

VP Membership

CC, CL, VP PR

CC, Treasurer

VP Education Rizwan is one of our most active Toastmasters. Last year, he secured second place in the area contest for his evaluation speech. He also loves to drive fast cars.

Svetlana joined Toastmasters in 2014 but she is no stranger to the program. She has competed and won competitions at the junior level.

Karen is an Art Director at Motivate Publishing and does a lot of reading on various subjects in her spare time. She has been in Toastmasters for almost two years.

Ali has been in Dubai for over 15 years, and is currently employed as a financial consultant with a real estate company.

‘‘ ‘‘ ‘‘ ‘‘ Favourite quote: We aim above the mark to hit the mark.

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Favourite quote: Be true to yourself.

Favourite quote: Do not take advice from someone who doesn’t have what you want.

Favourite quote: Both victory and defeat have the power to teach important lessons.


DEVESH VITHLANI CC, ALB

President

M. AWAIS ZEB Secretary Awais comes from Pakistan and is a procurement & supply chain professional. He loves to travel and believes that life is ever changing, so one should keep an open mind!

ZORIADA ALCANTARA

WALID EL SAHAR

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Webmaster

Zoriada is a free spirit and an easygoing person who will do anything for the love of family. She is fairly new to Toastmasters but has already taken an executive role!

ACB, CL

Walid is half Palestinian, half Egyptian, but was born in Libya and has been living in Dubai for the past 8 years. He loves painting, diving and a job well done.

‘‘ ‘‘ ‘‘ Favourite quote: The only thing that is consistent is change.

Favourite quote: Give, but give till it hurts.

Favourite quote: Never give up.

I was introverted and shy before visiting a Toastmasters club as a guest in 2012. I was not sure if I could be one of the speakers who is friendly on stage and has no fear while looking at the audience. I still remember my Icebreaker speech; trying to hide my nervousness behind a shallow smile and holding my notes while struggling to find my voice. I was also astonished to see great leaders and speakers in action, performing at their best in the club; I aspired to walk in their footsteps. DIC Toastmasters has witnessed many accolades and here is another feather in our cap; we are celebrating 10 years of success. On this very special occasion, I want to take this opportunity to thank all of our members, senior leaders and particularly the founding members, who laid down the strong foundation for this club. Today DIC stands tall and proud because of the contribution from each and every member, other fellow Toastmasters, mentors and honorary members. Please turn to page 6 for more information about our birthday celebration. Cheers!

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We are a… President’s Distinguished Club We are very proud to announce that DIC Toastmasters has earned President’s Distinguished Club status for the 2015-2016 Toastmaster year. We are successful because our club works together and remains focused on achieving personal communication and leadership goals for its members. Congratulations to all!

ABOUT THE DISTINGUISHED CLUB PROGRAM (DCP) WHAT IS THE DISTINGUISHED CLUB PROGRAM?

clubs based on the number of goals achieved during the period July 1 through June 30. The DCP works hand-in-hand with the club mission by providing a structured, supportive meeting environment that is productive and fun for all members. As members set and meet educational goals, they develop confidence and critical communication and leadership skills, inspiring others to do the same. The club’s focus on individual and collective achievement also helps build team spirit and club pride that is infectious and selfsustaining. WHAT ARE THE RECOGNITIONS THAT A CLUB

The Distinguished Club Program (DCP) is a recognition program administered by Toastmasters International (TI). TI tracks the progress of clubs in meeting educational, membership and training and administrative goals. TI recognizes

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CAN EARN?

There are 3 different levels of recognition that a club can earn through the Distinguished Club Program. They are: 1 Distinguished Club. Clubs that have achieved 5 of the 10 goals and meet the membership requirements. 2 Select Distinguished Club. Clubs that have achieved 7 of the 10 goals and meet the membership requirements. 3 President’s Distinguished Club. Clubs that have achieved 9 of the 10 goals and meet the membership requirements. WHAT ARE BENEFITS TO INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS IF THEIR CLUB IS DISTINGUISHED?

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Distinguished Clubs tend to be successful and strong clubs of which members enjoy being a part. It shows that members of these clubs are completing manuals and receiving recognition and the club is continually growing and improving through its members.


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Goals to achieve

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Status

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Competent Communicator (CC) awards

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Membership - renewal dues on time

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Let the debate begin!

Division F’s Inter Club Debate Contest (ICDC) was held on the 8th of Jan 2016, at Al Thuraya Hall, DIC Internet city.

DIC’s debate team: Ahsan Javed (Opening); Rizwan Saleem (Rebuttal); Akbar Ali (closing) 1st round We were speaking ‘for’ the topic and emerged as the winner against “Welfare of Mankind.” The topic was “success is a good job earning lots of money.” 2nd Round DIC was speaking ‘for’ the topic and had a tough round against Discovery Gardens

Toastmasters Club. The topic was “Sportsmen are the perfect role models.” Semi Finals The team had to speak ‘against’ the topic and emerged victorious against our sister club DIC Advanced Toastmasters. Finals The team competed against one of the strongest teams in the Division – Arabian Dreams Toastmasters club and spoke ‘for’ the topic. DIC secured second place, losing in the finals. Well done!

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Happy 10th birthday dic toastmasters club!! Our April 20 meeting was all about celebration. We turned 10 and celebrated with cake, laughter, dancing and of course, great speeches!

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ABOUT OUR CLUB

Our current president, Devesh Vithlani, shares some thoughts on 10 successful years for the DIC Toastmasters club. The first official meeting of DIC Toastmasters club was held in February 2006, attended by 8 members. In 10 years, we have added DIC 2 and DIC Advanced to our roster of clubs. This is something to admire; we didn’t just grow, we remained united. Our club has produced many great community leaders, who served Toastmasters at area, division and district levels. We are proud of our members, who have competed in DTAC many times and in various categories. Our honorary member, Vikas Menon, represented the club at the world championship in the international speech category in the United States. The more I talk about DIC Toastmasters, the more excited I get. We are proud of the fact that we are one (if not the) most diverse clubs in the world, with members from 32 different nations. If someone asks me what the secret to the success of DIC Toastmasters is, my response is that in spite of being so diverse, we work in synchronization, we support each other, and most importantly, we respect the diversity we have. In short, unity and mutual respect are the key reasons behind DIC Toastmasters standing tall and strong. I am a proud DIC Toastmasters member and wish the club success for at least the next 10 years!

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Talk of the town

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Our club contest took place on Feb. 3. We all had a great time and everyone who participated did so with vim and vigor! Congrats to all!

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The Club Contest happens every year, from January to August and requires engagement and preparation at Club, Area, Division and District Levels. The objective is to find the District Champions and this year’s World Champion of Public Speaking. Worldwide, over 20,000 Toastmasters are getting ready to participate. But you may be wondering: What’s in it for me? The following benefits: • Learn the contest process • Understand what makes a winning speech

• Great exposure as speaker • Speak in a different environment • Meet people from other clubs • If you help, you also get credits for your CL. On February 3rd, judges and officials and visitors from other clubs were present. We had a special room arrangement for the contest, special rules and protocols and most importantly, lots of excitement. A great time was had by all. Please look opposite for DIC Toastmasters club results.


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The contest path

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Dubai Internet City Club Contest WHEN

3 Feb 2016 WHERE

Dubai SPEECHES

• International • Evaluation • Table Topics • Humorous DIC RESULTS

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Area 5 Contest WHEN

11 March 2016 WHERE

Dubai

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Division F Contest WHEN

24-26 May 2016

WHERE

Abu Dhabi

SPEECHES

EVALUATION 1. Devesh Vithlani 2. Rizwan Saleem

EVALUATION 1. Devesh Vithlani HUMOROUS 2. Walid El Sahar 3. Markus Oberlin

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Toastmasters International Convention WHEN

17-20 Aug 2016

WHERE

Dubai • International • Evaluation • Table Topics • Humorous

DIC RESULTS

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District 20 Contest (DTAC)

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1 April 2016

SPEECHES

INTERNATIONAL 1. Mugdha Patkar 3. Svelana Jose

TABLE TOPICS 1. Devesh Vithlani 2. Jeetendra Bhatia

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• International • Evaluation • Table Topics • Humorous

INTERNATIONAL 1. Mugdha Patkar 2. Svetlana Jose

HUMOROUS 1. Wlid El Sahar 2. Markus Oberlin

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• International • Evaluation • Table Topics • Humorous

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Washington DC, USA SPEECHES

• International

DIC RESULTS

HUMOROUS 1. Walid El Sahar

Good Luck, Walid!

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NEWS IN BRIEF //

Community leadership through Toastmasters

Communication:

The Habit of listening

C President Devesh Vithlani took an opportunity to take Toastmasters beyond the club level by visiting the Hult International business School in Dubai. He gave a speech entitled “How to speak fearlessly in publc.” 10 // DIC Toastmasters

ommunication is a vital part of any successful organization, effective relationships and is a key leadership skill. Imagine how much more successful any organization could be if everyone communicated effectively. This article is inspired by the fifth and sixth habits of Stephen R.Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Listening to understand, the key to improving communication, is to seek to understand and then be understood – Covey’s fifth habit. At its core is listening to understand, which goes beyond reflective listening to engage as many senses as possible so you fully understand what’s being communicated. If you are successful, you understand the other person’s context, motive, intent and desired goal. We don’t just have to emphasize listening but engage in empathic listening, which requires self-awareness. Our reaction to others based on our assumptions of their intentions frequently invokes a response based on our reaction and not the true reality of the situation. Emphatic listening allows us to get inside the other person’s frame of reference and empathize with him or her. We see the world the way he or she sees it; we understand the way he or she feels. But this is difficult. Why? People want to be understood, yet most people listen with the intent to reply. They are


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either speaking or preparing to speak, filtering everything that’s being said through their own past experiences: “I know exactly how you feel.” “Let me tell you what happened to me.” As a result, the other person will feel misunderstood and won’t be very open to what’s being said. Related to this is synergy. Synergy, in its basic form, means that human beings are cooperating with each other to produce an outcome greater than if they worked separately. It is a tool that can produce significant benefits, but it takes serious commitment to accomplish it. You gain confidence when you know your purpose and know you are putting the right things in order to accomplish them. When you have this security, you can seek first to understand, then to be understood. Synergy requires that we both listen and share openly what we believe. First, synergy requires us to build relationships. Second, sometimes we may believe we already know the answer, but synergy demands our time and patience if it’s going to work. It won’t work if we seek a quick fix. Only individuals who are interested in benefiting the

team can achieve synergy, the magic of creative co-operation and the fruit of a healthy relationship. Why should you try to synergize? What’s in it for you? Having synergy allows us to achieve greater successes than we could have ever accomplished by ourselves. Its believing that 1+1 could equal 10. Synergy values differences, allows us to consider new ideas and mould them into great ideas that no one could have accomplished alone. True synergy can create a fun, exciting and lasting relationship. In his book, Covey quotes Albert Einstein: “The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking that created them.” In business we have many challenges and obstacles. Great companies seek to understand their customers, their competition, and their environment so that they can be successful. When we combine effective communication, good understanding and synergy, we create the optimum value for ourselves, our company and our customers. Happy Listening!! DIC Toastmasters // 11 


No boundaries:

The wonder of human potential

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veryone has dreams. Things we want to do, the direction in which we want to take our lives. To fully realize our dreams is to work towards maximizing our potential. It is inside us, intrinsic to our souls. However, there are times in everyone’s lives where discouragement creeps in. You feel like nothing is going right or that you’ll never achieve your dreams. This is especially hard when the problems you are facing are outside of your control. But then we read stories of others realizing their dreams we are again heartened. These stories should lift us up and encourage us to go further. What is your dream? Whether it is simple or lofty, hard work can help you achieve it make it come true. We all have the potential to improve our situation and reshape our world, to make our world what we desire it to be.

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Faith will take you far. Faith in yourself and what you are capable of doing. Faith in your potential and your ability to realize it. Think of it like a jar of pickles: it is hard to open, but the lid will never move unless you put some effort into it! The first step to realizing your true potential is to accept that it exists within you. Simply look at how far we have come technologically in the past thirty years. From portable phones that require a briefcase to carry to cellular phones that can double as a laptop computer and can be carried in the back pocket of your jeans, for example. We as a species can build skyscrapers that are nearly half a mile high. We have sent men and women to the moon and created space stations. The potential is there, inside us all. It is simply waiting for us to acknowledge and tap into it. Are you ready for it ? Use the goal chart opposite to help you track and achieve your dreams.


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✁ YOUR GOAL CHART Studies show people who write down and track their goals are more likely to succeed. Use this handy chart to help you achieve your goals. Add a pic at the bottom for more inspiration.

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How to design better visual aids By Karen Evans

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o, you’ve made it through Project speeches 1-7 and you are on P8 – visual aids. Where to start? Here are some basic design guides to help you create more visually pleasing slides, if you are going to use the technological option (PowerPoint). Visualize it like this: Imagine your slides are printed on individual sheets of paper. Now imagine you are walking toward someone who also has their slides on sheets. You bump into each other and all the slides fall to the floor. A kind stranger comes along and is helping you pick up your slides. That person should be able to help sort the slides back into two piles because the look and feel is consistent from start to finish. You create consistency through colour, images and type.

Colour

Choose a palette of not more than five colours, plus black and white, and be consistent with these throughout your slides. Your starting point can come from anywhere: an image you want to use, a mood you want to convey, etc. There are great websites out there (see Resources, right) to help you out. Choosing colour might seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be.


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Images

Do not use Stock images found in PowerPoint or download images from the web or from Google. You might be looking at legal issues with the latter, unprofessionalism with the former. Remember, if they are available in PowerPoint, chances are your audience has seen them before. Do establish a budget and take your time to look for images. Always keep your colour palette and consistency in mind. Ask yourself: do these images look like they were taken by the same photographer? Do they belong together? If the answer is no to either of these questions, keep looking.

Type

Use a maximum of 3 typefaces, but if you are new and/ or overwhelmed with your choices, choose only one, but one with many weights (Helvetica Neue is a good example). This way, you can mix light with bold, upper case with lower case, etc.

One last thing – Motion

Keep motion in your slides to a minimum. This goes for both animation on the slides themselves, and transitions between the slides. Remember, animation should mean something.

Animation should

➻ Determine the order of information ➻ Distinguish one point from another ➻ Complement the look and feel of the slide

Animation should not

➻ Distract the audience ➻ Confuse the audience ➻ Cause dizziness or other symptoms Remember the golden rule of less is more with animation and again, you are not being innovative – your audience has seen that mosaic tiling before. Most importantly, have fun! Design should be a joyful, creative process, and is a great way of communicating your story.

RESOURCES Slide design websites ethos3.com/work/ presentations slideshare.net noteandpoint.com slidesnack.com/templates prezi.com/work/presentations

Colour websites kuler.adobe.com

colourlovers.com colorhunter.com paletton.com

Image websites istockphoto.com

shutterstock.com thinkstock.com pond5.com freeimages.com

Type websites

urbanfonts.com (free) dafont.com (free) fontpalace.com (free) myfonts.com losttype.com

Books

Duarte, Nancy. slide:ology Duarte, Nancy. resonate

Reynolds, Garr. Simple Ideas On Presentation And Delivery

Miscellaneous

Lynda.com (online training library)

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If you read only one book this year‌ Our members recommend their favourite books for personal development and better speeches

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DEVELOPMENT EAT THAT FROG! Brian Tracy

Brian Tracy takes us on a journey into more effective time management techniques. The premise is to do the worst thing (eat the frog) first, and your day only gets better! THE ALCHEMIST Paulo Coelho

First published in English in 1993, this book tells the tale of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who sets off to find hidden treasure but finds more about himself. Guaranteed to make you think. FEEL THE FEAR AND DO IT ANYWAY Susan Jeffers

This book is a self-help classic. It teaches us the way out of fear – through it! A must read. TALK LIKE TED Carmine Gallo

This book reveals 9 ‘secrets’ of successful TED Talks. It shares informative and practical ideas for presentations that touch the heart, teach something new, and are memorable. The scientific research, step-by-step methods and TEDnotes tips in the book show how to deliver world-class TED-style speeches. QUIET Susan Cain

TM Anqui Dong told us about this wonderful book in her P2 speech. Author Susan Cain extolls the benefits of introverts in a world “that won’t stop talking”. If you are an introvert, this book will have you viewing yourself in a new light. CHANGE ANYTHING Kerry Patterson et al

If you know all about setting SMART goals but get stuck at the next step, this book is for you. It offers practical, clinically-proven ways to get unstuck, find what motivates you and finally achieve that goal.

THE HOW OF HAPPINESS Sonja Lyubomirsky

Would you like to be happier? Of course you would. Start by reading this book. Lyubormirsky and her team lay out 12 clinically-proven ways to increase your happiness, from getting more exercise to forgiveness. Take the quiz to see what will work for you. A DISPLACED PERSON Joanna Crawford

This is an inspirational true autobiography of surviving World War 2 as a child, being deported to Siberia, while watching your older and younger sisters die and ending up a renowned Painter in England. BLUE OCEAN STRATEGY W.Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne

How to create uncontested market space and make the competition irrelevant, Based on a study of 150 strategic moves spanning more than 30 years and 100 companies. THE POWER OF YOUR SUBCONSCIOUS MIND Dr Joseph Murphy

Dr Murphy’s revolutionary mind-focusing techniques are based upon proven, practical principles. His premise is that If you believe in something without reservation and picture it in your mind, you remove the obstacles that prevent you from reaching that goal. 3 ACES Devesh Vithlani

In a game of cards such as Poker, if you have 3 aces you have a great shot of winning. Similarly in life, if you are a master of 3 A’s – Approach, Attitude and Attributes – winning will be your outcome and the sky your limit. JUGAAD, INNOVTION Navi Radjou, Jaideep Prabhu & Simone Ahuja

A frugal and flexible approach to innovation for the 21st century. This book presents ways to innovate be flexible, and do more with less.

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A distinguished gentleman

Greg Pogonowski, one of our most respected members, talks to Karen Evans about time management, goal setting and achieving the ultimate in Toastmasters You are the President of the DIC Advanced club. Please tell us about that.

In May 2015, my Division Governor set me a challenge of founding a new club before the end of June. Not easy, but also it had to have 20 members and be an advanced club, so all new members had to have at least completed their CC. One person’s stress is another person’s pressure, and I seem to thrive on the latter. I “failed”, however, as the club was founded on the 28th June with 22 members (laughs). You are clearly extremely organized. How do you find the time for all your Toastmastering? What do you find challenging?

Being a professional speaker, time management is one of the topics I lecture about. In essence, if you have a diary, and you put something in it, never change it – if someone needs to see you and the time is already filled in your diary, then simply find space elsewhere. I have found that people like to deal with people who are busy, as they know they are dealing with someone competent and not someone who has no customers/clients/work. My tip is to do all tasks in 18 // DIC Toastmasters

2 hour chunks. I do emails for 2 hours (nothing else, no phone calls, etc), then a client meeting, and so on. This works well and then you know you have to find only 4 or 5 chunks of work to fill your day. How does it feel to become a DTM? Congrats, by the way! What was the most rewarding part?

Back in 2008 when I joined TM, I looked at the programme and thought “I can do that”. When I was told it would take 5 to 8 years, again that was a challenge for me, not an obstacle. The whole journey has been rewarding but if I had to pick two things, they would be: all the great people I have met along the way, and also being able to help newcomers and seeing myself in them only a few years ago. What else is in store for you and TM now that you have reached DTM?

I am told there are only about 40 DTMs in the UAE (out of about 3,000 members) and only 20 of those DTMs are active. I joined the Speaker’s Bureau a while back (anyone who is a TM and has completed their CC can join – I can supply


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further details) and this gives me the chance to have my professional speeches (of up to 45 minutes) evaluated by around 10 people at once. This helps hone and fine tune what I think is already good, but not always, and makes the speeches more appealing to audiences. Other than that, I guess I will be the “Godfather” for the three clubs I am involved with: DIC, DIC2 and DIC Advanced, more so for all of them, when my DIC Advanced Presidential duties finish in July 2016. What would we be surprised to find out about you?

A lot I hope! A book needs to be judged by its cover, contrary to popular opinion, but one also needs to look at the content. What you see with me is abrupt and up front, but if you take the time to get to know me, there is so much more as well – just ask those TMs who have done this! If I was to pick one thing, however, I have a problem saying no – I am writing this piece for you even though I have little time, but my philosophy is, if you can: don’t ‘just do it’ as Nike says, ‘just do it now’ as Greg says, so you don’t have to remember to do it later! DIC Toastmasters // 19 


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wn the river One of our most senior Toastmasters, Jose Poovathinkal, tries his hand at white water rafting this summer

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his past month-long summer holiday was tons of fun. The most thrilling experience was river rafting on The Jaswini river, Cherupuzha, Kannur district, Kerala, India. Rafting is an outdoor activity which uses an inflatable rubber boat to ride down a river or other fast-flowing body of water. It requires not only teamwork, but dealing with risk is often a part of the experience. At first we thought rafting sounded scary and dangerous, but it ended up being a great adventure. I was with my family and we invited friends along which made the experience even more memorable.

We were taken to the starting point in a jeep, where the organisers provided us with a life jacket, helmet and paddle. Luckily, the maximum number of people in each boat was 8, so we were able to stay together. After putting on all the safety equipment, the instructor gave us a 30-minute lesson on various commands he would be using throughout the ride, including the exact posture of how to row the boat. We took turns because only 6 people were needed to row the boat at any one time while the other 2 sat in the middle. Apart from the adventurous ride, we were also able to enjoy the thick forest on both sides of the river – the right side was Karnataka forest and the left was Kerala. Also, at certain deep spots, the instructor allowed us to jump into the water for a nice cool swim. The most dangerous part was when babboons were hitting us on the head, making a “tup tup” sound. Fortunately, we were not hurt because of our helmets. It was also raining throughout the ride which made it all the more thrilling! After two and half hours we were exhausted and finally reached the finishing point. The organizers served us tea/ coffee and dropped us back to our car. My whole family would really recommend this place and the wonderful river rafting experience. Just keep in mind that this can only be done during the rainy season when the river is flooded. DIC Toastmasters // 21 


Toastmasters in her genes

Svetlana Jose, VP Membership, and one of our youngest members, talks to Karen Evans about Gavel clubs, dancing and passion Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m 21, and spent the first twelve years of my life in Saudi Arabia until we moved to Dubai. I joined Toastmasters in Jan 2014 and am pretty sure will remain a Toastmaster for a long time considering how much I’m enjoying it. I also have a passion for dancing. I’m a trained classical dancer and started dance classes at the age of 3. I’ve been fortunate to dance with several South Indian celebrities as well as win several awards in dance competitions. How do you feel having your dad (Jose Poovathinkal) in Toastmasters has influenced you?

My dad joined Toastmasters in 2003 in Saudi Arabia and has been head over heels in love with it ever since. I started accompanying him to meetings from the age of 7 so I got exposure to socializing with adults very young. Everyone went to Toastmasters to start speaking, whereas I went to Toastmasters for dancing! Since I was too young to speak, I would perform different kinds of dances during the TM division conferences. Then, along with dancing, I played the role of a joke master which was how I first started speaking on stage. 22 // DIC Toastmasters

What do you feel is the most beneficial thing about being a Toastmaster?

The recognition and appreciation that are abundant in Toastmasters; it’s something that has to be seen to be believed. Every hand that clapped and applauded for me soon started encouraging me more and more. My transformation because of this was very evident. Consciously, I started allotting more time and attention for my jokes. And since the audience were all Toastmasters, no matter how bad or good the joke was, they would always be supportive! But while the main product was public speaking, the by-product was improved writing skills. It takes you through a journey where you start off with shivering legs and moments when you black out and don’t know what to say. But as you keep going, you’ll be amazed to see the confident speaker you have become! And its only the power of Toastmasters that can do that. Your dad told me you won a Gavel contest. Can you tell us more?

In the year 2006, I joined a Gavel club in Sharjah. Gavel clubs are Toastmaster clubs for children. There were many powerful, young speakers who actually made me feel the heat of true


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competition. The Gavel club experience combined education with entertainment. The strongest factor about all Gavel clubs are that they are mentored by highly-spirited Toastmasters whose true intention is to bring out the best in every child. I won several awards in Gavel club competitions and in 2010 I won the international speech contest for Gaveliers, a special segment held in conjunction with the district conference in Kuwait. Competing on par with Division It was a privilege to receive champions from Saudi, Oman, my trophy and certificate in Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, etc., was the true acid test that made front of 1,000 Toastmasters me what I am today. It was a privilege to receive my trophy and certificate from the District Governor of that year in front of 1,000 Toastmasters. The sense of achievement I felt that day, and the proud smiles on the faces of my mom and dad are two things I’ll never forget. It definitely was a day I’ll cherish for the rest of my life. How do you see your role as VP Membership helping you in the future?

The role of VP Membership helps me improve my communication skills as it is the duty of the VP Membership to effectively communicate with all guests, making them realize what Toastmasters can do for them and guide them through the process of becoming a member. Apart from that it also enhances my leadership skills and gives me the self confidence to take up more important roles as well as higher EXCOM positions. DIC Toastmasters // 23 


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AWARD COMMUNICATOR COMPETENT DIC ICEBREAKER

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LEADER MEMBER PRESIDENT PROJECT TOASTMASTERS

C M D U E A P N S M D D

A I R T R E L S T I I E

T R E K A E R B E C I A

O J X W P O L U R J H S

R B R T N E D I S E R P

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