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Discovery Garden Toastmaster Club # 2991308 Area 5 Division F District 20

DGTC VOICE 2015 The Discovery Garden Toastmaster’s News Letter JULY 2015

Featured Programmes: Area Director Election :20.5.2015 Club Excom Election :6.6.2015 Club officers Training :26.6.2015

The MISSION of a Toastmaster Club : We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.

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DGTC VOICE 2015 President’s Column My Vacation All expats have one thing in common; all are eagerly waiting for their vacations, to be with their families, friends and also to enjoy the lovely climate of their home countries. However wealthy and comfortable we are at our foster countries, we feel at home only at our motherlands. Every person’s lazy side craves for annually at least two vacations, of six months each. My vacation dream can be summed up in 7 words, “So much time, so little to do”. We all know we have many things to do before we take our final vacation. So we are forcing ourselves to be happy with our short vacations making it beautiful by spending as much time with our friends and also by travelling to many places. Apart from spending time with my parents and childhood friends, my favorite vacation activity is exploring India. And each time I visit any place, it make me realize, how beautiful my country is. Its rich culture, traditions, vivacious climatic conditions, beautiful places, wonderful ancient Indian Architecture etc are really incredible. During this years’ vacation we have visited some South Indian temples such as Uduppi, Mookambika, Murudeswara temple etc. The first two mentioned were rich in its history, but the Murudeswara temple was just recently constructed next to the Arabian Sea. The huge statue of Lord Shiva and other sculptures – which depict the different events and stories of the great epic Mahabharata, were magnificent. We also visited some North Indian States and also Diu, which is a tiny island infused with the influences of the Portuguese invasion in India. Initially, we had planned to visit the Gir Forest National Park which is the home for Asiatic Lions (Panthera Leo Persica) and is considered to be one of the most important protected areas due to this supported species, but unfortunately were unable to do so because of the flood followed by heavy rains; 3-4 lions had gone missing and have been announced dead. Because of this tragic incident the park is closed for some time. Our vacation days are countable. We were not blessed enough to wait and visit the park when it re-opens, but had to be satisfied by visiting Diu before returning to UAE for commencing our hectic job schedules. Before one vacation gets over, we start waiting for next vacation. Till then lets all believe that our work is like vacation.

Cheers, TM Deepa S. CC,ALB Discovery Garden Toastmaster Club

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DGTC VOICE 2015 Chief Editor’s Column Dear Friends, The DGTC club has been off to a flying start in 2015 winning more accolades. In just our third year we have now proved with the recently conducted Area contest that our members are a force to be reckoned with. As our new members embark on their development programs with the club, some of our senior members have won laurels for the club at various competitions which has established DGTC as a club producing quality Communicators and Leaders. In this edition of our Club newsletter, we have brought out the articles from some of our members who have won at the Area level. Each of us has the potential to be a winner at the Divisional and Area contests. It will be the first steps that we take today in preparing for the 2016 competition that will determine our success. So setting our targets for further glory in 2016, we set out today on the path to achieve it. Cheers, TM Manoj Raghavan,CC,CL Discovery Garden Toastmaster Club

VP-PR’s Column Dear all, as a VP-PR of DGTC,I am honoured to share that our club has won "The Talk of the Town Award "for District 20 PR AWARDS contest during DTAC2015: award for best article in newsletter in District level. Another feather in the cap of Discovery Gardens Toastmasters Club. Proud to be part of this energetic team A new milestone for DGTC in 2015. . Congrats to all our members and Editors & editorial committee & Excom for the effort in making the best newsletters in District level. Let's target maximum awards in 2015-16. All the best and Good luck to the new Excom 2015-16 Cheers, TM Dineshkumar Discovery Garden Toastmaster Club

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DGTC VOICE 2015 LEADER SHIP TEAM

Division F –District Council members 2015-16

DGTC New EXCOM with Assistance for 2015-16

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DGTC VOICE 2015 DGTC CORNER

@Excom Meeting ,discussing /planning for the Club meeting.

Pride moments of DGTC 2015: Venkat got elected as Area5 Director on 20.5.2015

VP-M with TalK up Toastmaster Award

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DGTC VOICE 2015 DGTC CORNER

Club officers Training dated 26.6.2015

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DGTC VOICE 2015 DGTC CORNER

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DGTC VOICE 2015 Power of Pauses TM.Venkat Vempati ACB,ALB

We often tend to ignore the importance of pauses while preparing and delivering speeches. Under pressure to complete the speech within the prescribed time limits, we tend to move faster and faster, rushing past the pauses. According to Mark Twain, “The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.” Yes, in a speech, those moments of silence are as effective, if not more, as the carefully selected words, trilogies, metaphors, rhyming words, etc. One of the most important means of adding power to the speech is to pause before and / or after an important word or phrase. It helps to gain the attention of audience and also to emphasize that the information coming next is important or to give the audience time to digest what is just said. In jokes and humorous speeches, rightly placed pauses enhance humour. Pausing after a joke will give people time to laugh or time to understand the punch line. In storytelling, pauses create suspense and make the audience more curious. They also make the story more serious / emotional. While making presentations, we need to pause as we change to a new slide. This will give audience the time to read that slide and absorb its message before we continue with the speech. While announcing surprising statistics, a pause would greatly help the audience in absorbing the figures. Thus, in general, pauses add value to any type of speech. Pauses can be effectively used as substitutes for the undesirable crutch words like ‘ah’, ‘um’, “like”, “you know”, etc. Planning the pauses in advance will help in placing them in the right spots at the same time, ensuring to complete the speech within time. So, for all our timed speeches, we need to plan and practice the pauses as we create the speech outline. A word of caution: ill-placed pauses do not effectively contribute to a speech but tend to drag the speech and distract the audience attention. While pausing we need to maintain eye-contact with appropriate facial expressions. We can learn the effective use of pauses by listening to the famous speeches of noted orators like Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” available on YouTube.

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DGTC VOICE 2015 How to be the best at your job?

TM.Manoj Raghavan CC,CL

As you step into an organization, you try to do your best and be recognized in what you do. What will ensure that you are outstanding in your performance. These are actions which are under your control. 1. Understand your organization’s business – learn every detail abourt your organizations revenue stream, market share, your competitors, your industry, from the details to the big picture. How you and your teams contribution impacts the bottom line. Every person in an organization has a definite contribution which impacts some aspect of the business. 2. Are you taking actions proactively? If you have been asked to do something, you are late. You should have anticipated and already went with a proposal and suggested actions. So think ahead. 3. Be willing to learn without cost to your company. There are so many materials available through different media which are available either free or at a very low cost. Be a self – taught person and reading is a habit which will help you develop. So keep reading and learning. 4. Work with the team- nobody can achieve sustainable success on their own, it is always the team that delivers. Look at the geese for inspiration; with 70% lower effort they are able to reach their destination as they fly in a formation. 5. Finally be a cool head with positive thought’s - anger drains energy and builds a dysfunctional team. So whatever may be the provocation and pressure, train yourself to be accept setbacks with a philosophical outlook and bring out a calmness within the group while still being focussed on your goal. Practice this regularly and you will be the first person to get the next promotion.

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DGTC VOICE 2015 Candle Light Dinner : TM.Rajisha

This is award winning Speech in Humorous speech Category in Area Level & Division Level. A cool Thursday evening. I reached home late after an excom meeting. When I opened the door I was pleasantly shocked to see my husband in candle light! Lights switched off. His eyes were glowing…..I never knew that he is so romantic. Is it a Candle light dinner tonight? What is the surprise? He held my one ear and whispered in the other ear in a romantic voice, “why the hell you didn’t pay the Electricity bill”? Contest Chair, judges and fellow Toastmasters, You tell me who goes to pay your DEWA bills? According to my loving and caring husband I must take care of all small things. Like all house works, paying bills, children’s education, renew car insurance, credit card payments. He never interferes in these small things. … My husband will do only big things. Coordinating Area Contest, Running in Dubai Marathon…. Arrange blood donation camp; going for Gulfnews fun drive.. I forgot one of my small duties – paying DEWA bill. Actually our President and VP Education – both were working in DEWA. What is the use? I am not asking. My husband was asking me. My husband can live without me for two months. But he can’t live 2 hours without TV. He sat on the sofa and pressed the remote button. “What the hell is this”? If TV is not working Bivi is responsible for it. (I mean wife).Then he turned to his second wife – Samsung smart phone. But without power there was no wifi. “What the hell is this”? Wife is responsible for wifi! He dialled the DEWA number. Suddenly the mobile got switched off. Battery finished! He was about the throw the mobile on my face, but somehow he controlled. If the mobile gets damaged? Next he opened the fridge. Before throwing thewarm beer bottle on my face I took my hand bag and ran out, took my car and drove to DEWA office. As I parked my car and walked to the office a smile of happiness came on my face. I am going to solve a big problem! So simple! I pushed the office door but it was not opening. I tried harder but still not opening. I saw another lady also rushing towards DEWA office. Sure, she also would have a caring husband like mine! When I was struggling to open the doors she showed me thelines written on the side of the door - working days from Sunday to Thursday, my smile just vanished. Two more days in darkness!! I bought some good food from a restaurant. Food is the best thing to shut his mouth. We sat to have the dinner. The fight continued. The plates flew left and right. Ding …dang music.The one and only one candle blew off. No idea where the matchbox was. The car key was misplaced. At last we walked one kilometre to the shops to buy candles and matchbox. Next day my friend visited me. “Rajisha, how was your weekend”? I said,“it was very nice and romantic. We had a candle light dinner, listened to some music and then went out for a long walk in the dark”. She was jealous of me! Happiness in life is all about how you project it! Take everything positively and with a smile. Sometimes my friends ask me. “Raj, how can you face any problem with a smile”? Ladies and gentlemen, it is because of my belief. I have strong belief in something and I keep it always with me, inside this locket. This is not Lord Krishna; this is not Jesus Christ; this is my husband!For an Indian woman husband is like God. My husband is my inspiration. Whenever I face problems in my life I just look at this photo and tell myself, “If I can handle this problem I can handle any problem” Take everything positively and live with a smile! Contest chair……

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The Summit : Dream On : Live it -TM.Priya CC,CL This is award winning Speech in International speech Category in Area Level & Division Level. A dream does not become realty through magic. It takes sweat, determination and hard work. September 2013. My husband’s cousin Mr. Anup came over to Dubai for a visit with his wife. Over a cup of tea, the cousin’s conversation turned into things they could do or wanted to do in life. And both men decided to attempt the SUMMIT Of Mt.Kilimanjaro, the highest peak of Africa and considered as one of the most non-technical climb. It is the highest free standing mountain in the world at 5895m. We wives literally brushed it off as madness of adult men approaching their mid-forties and who were going through midlife crisis. They left Dubai next day, each of them waving good bye to each other and shouting-“Kilimanjaro, next year’ The topic, conversation honestly slipped from my mind .But later I realised both Deepak and Anup were serious about it when they went ahead and registered to do the summit in Feb. We dream and we let go, or we forget or we chose to forget. But this time they both badly wanted this to work .With hardly three months in hand to prepare for the climb, Deepak knew time was not favourable.An irritating knee and a bad back was a cause of concern too. He know he has put in more than 100% of his effort. All I could do was to give my unconditional support. Next few weeks and weekends was completely dedicated in preparation of the climb. Never have I seen my husband so focused in Life. He would walk for 12 kms everyday, Climb up 5 floors of a building thrice and in weekends walk the same 12kms in the beach carrying 10ks behind his back.Then on 20thfeb he bid goodbye to me with mixed emotions. There was fear, anxiety , excitement. I wished him luck whispering to his ears you can do it. The team began their climb on 23rdalongvwith their guide ,Mr.Joseph 24th Feb Morning, My phone beeped, there was a message ( from Anup’s wife): His knee is troubling him , he might have to quit.I frantically tried to reach him and atlast I got connected. He said the climb has been unbelievably steep and Anup’s knee is no more supporting him . He had to call it quit with heavy heart.( A very tough decision for both of them ) Deepak decided to continue, you dreamt about it together and you talked about it together and doing it alone was not an easy task. Spending nights alone in the tent in the sub-zero temperature and dangerously quiet nights was draining his motivation. Whenever possible we would talk , and I kept telling him Don’t give up . Feb 29th: Today was the day of Summit. At midnight 12am they began the summit, one little step at a time. Towards the end each step felt like a mile , and was getting tougher and tougher. Finally after 7hours of tedious climb at high altitude ,negative temperature, cold winds blowing into your face and toughest terrain, they summited. They were utterly washed out , pouring out of every pore. But the entire team were proud of themselves as they knew it is an outstanding achievement of physical fitness, determination and emotional strength. It was only half the job done. By the time they reached the camp , it was 6pm. They had almost 16 to 17 hrs of trek. At the summit, my husband messaged his cousin ,” I did it for you BRO”. Over the phone, his sense of personal achievement was evident from his emotional outburst. I was also equally proud of his achievement .this was the result of his hard work and focus. Our lives are nothing less than a summit.It gets tough, it throws challenges to you . But overcoming it through hardwork , focus, sweat will empower you. Friends, Never stop dreaming, because it is difficult to achieve. Never stop dreaming, because you are too old. Well said by one the greatest dreamer Walt Disney: if you can dream it, you can do it. One life. Dream On. Live it.

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DGTC VOICE 2015 90 TIPS FROM TOASTMASTERS —Continuation from DGTC Voice release 2….. 46. Learn from your mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes. The important thing is to appreciate the lesson you learned, and keep moving forward. 47. Know when to lose your script. Gauge your audience’s response to your message and know when to change or lose the script. If your audience seems bored or uninterested, move onto to something else. 48. Know the dress code. Research the culture of the audience and how they dress. Dress one level higher than the audience – typically business or business casual. 49. Use slang with caution. Slang words don’t translate well across different cultures and ethnicities. Be careful to make sure that the meaning behind your words is interpreted as intended. 50. Breathe out. Take slow deep breaths in and then release your breathe from the bottom of your abdomen to get the maximum benefits of release and relaxation. 51. Be patient. Becoming a great speaker will not just happen overnight. There is a process so be patient with yourself. 52. Treat your speech like fine dining. Approach your speech like a fine five-course meal to be savored one bite at a time, not a fast food meal to be gobbled in a few bites. There’s no need to rush. 53. Start your career off on the right note. The way that you speak in the beginning of your career will set the tone for your career path. Don’t put off building an authentic and powerful speaking style. Make sure you have it before you need it! 54. Own your worth.You deserve the chance to be heard and share your ideas.Don’t feel bad sharingthem. 55. When you disagree with someone, rebut their ideas, not them. Always discuss the topic rather than the person. Personally attacking your opponent or audience will take credibility away from you. 56. Stand. Settle. Smile. When you take the stage, stand, settle in your place for a few seconds and then smile prior to speaking. 57. Speak your needs. Don’t expect your audience, interviewer or club to guess what you want. Be candid and clear with your intentions. 58. Get rest. Nerves may keep you awake, but try to get an adequate amount of sleep prior to your speech to ensure optimal mental alertness. 59. Avoid negative topics. Try to focus on positive or uplifting messages. While sometimes it’s necessary to speak to a negative topic, include positive ways the issue can be improved or resolved. 60. Smile and introduce yourself. Let the audience know who you are and why you should be speaking about this topic. 61. Practice eye contact. Practicing eye contact in all social situations will make it easier on stage. Practice eye contact with people you work with, the cashier at the grocery store, etc. 62. Limit caffeine. Too much caffeine can make you shaky during your speech. Try to limit your caffeine intake the day of and night before your speaking engagement.

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DGTC VOICE 2015 90 TIPS FROM TOASTMASTERS 63. Don’t hide from your audience. Though you may be nervous, try not to stay behind a podium or hide behind your presentation 64. Use color. Mark your notes with colorful symbols that mean something to you. 65. Don’t alienate your audience. Be sure to arrive on time and speak to the topic promised. 66. Know your audience. Don’t approach your speech with a one size fits all. Use the internet to search about foreign countries and cultures where you will be speaking. This includes corporate cultures. Speak to your audience. Don’t confuse your audience by using technical jargon, industry jargon or complex statistics. 67. Avoid speaking in monotone. Use inflection to signal significant points in your speech and keep the audience engaged. 68. Free your hands. Freeing your hands to use gestures is one way to help eliminate filler words such as “umms” and “ahhhs”. 69. Be succinct. Make every word of your speech count. Avoid talking just to “fill the air”. 70. Be open to evaluation. Evaluations help boost your confidence and provide tangible direction on how to improve. It’s a road map to get you where you need to go. (from the Toastmaster, August 2014, page 14) 71. Give evaluations. Evaluating other speakers in an opportunity to help others find their voice while strengthening your own in the process. (from the Toastmaster, August 2014, page 14) 72. Use blue note cards. Blue note cards are less distracting to an audience than white cards. 73. Join the online conversation. Follow Toastmasters International on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn, and interact with members from around the globe. Follow your own club’s and district’s social media pages too. 74. Share the wealth. If you have a friend, family member or colleague who may benefit from Toastmasters, invite them to a meeting to check out the program. 75. Start your journey. If you’re not currently working on the Communication or Leadership track as a Toastmaster, now is the perfect time to start. You’ll discover new confidence and self-empowerment as you reach your goals. 76. Accept accolades. When you’re given a compliment or an award, it’s important to accept it graciously. The “Accepting an Award” speech assignment in the Special Occasion Speeches manual will help you master this. 77. Step up. If you haven’t filled a certain meeting role in your club yet, make it a point to do so at an upcoming meeting. It will not only get you out of your comfort zone, you’ll better understand the overall club experience. 78. Chat with ease. If you feel nervous engaging in one-on-one conversations, you’re encouraged to attend club meetings and complete the “Conversing with Ease” assignment in the Interpersonal Communication manual.

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DGTC VOICE 2015 90 TIPS FROM TOASTMASTERS 79. Manage your time. Serving as a timer at your club meetings and giving speeches with time limits will help you master time management skills that will help you in all areas of your life. 80. Make them laugh. You may not have aspirations of being a stand-up comedian, but you can still learn to give humorous speeches. See the Entertaining Speaker Manual for guidance. 81. Speak your case. Sometimes public speaking has an audience of one, such as a traffic court judge or customer service representative. Presenting a well-organized argument can help you win your case. See the “Organize Your Speech” assignment in the Competent Communication manual for guidance. 82. Keep the peace. As a leader, it’s essential to know how to diffuse conflict. See the “Defusing Verbal Communication” assignment in the Interpersonal Communication Manual to help you become a pro at conflict resolution. 83. PREP (Point, Reason, Example, Point). Start your speech with a clear point. Explain your reason for choosing the subject. Illustrate your point with examples. End with a clear point that wraps up the speech. 84. Give a top-notch toast. Stand up, raise your glass, speak from the heart, keep it brief, and stay focused on the person or event being honored. 85. Tap into the past. If you’re interested in Toastmasters’ evolution over the past 90 years, visit our 90th anniversary page for videos, photos and resources. 86. Use common language. Impress your audience through your presentation and mastery of your topic, not by using complicated words. For example: say “help” instead of “assist” or “use” instead of “utilize”. 87. Don’t get lost in translation. If you deliver a speech in your second (or even third) language, use humor, metaphor and analogy sparingly, as these don’t always translate well into other languages. 88. Take jokes for a test drive. If you want to include a joke in your speech, write several options and test them out with your family, co-workers or club members to see how they are received. 89. Use people’s names. People love to be addressed by their name in conversation. To help you remember someone’s name, be sure to say it back to them to verify you have it right, and try to use it several times to make it stick. 90. Keep a journal. When you get ideas for speech topics, jot them down in a journal so you have them to refer to when you’re tapped for ideas and need inspiration.

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DGTC VOICE 2015 We would love to introduce our new members joined recently TM Nisar: Love to lead a simple & humble life. Passionate about technology & gadgets, working as an IT System Engineer in Dubai for 7 years. Nisar feels Toastmaster is the new source of energy and confidence. Enjoying & learning from every toastmasters meeting of our club to its core!

TM.Harshani Gunathilaka from Sri Lanka. Chartered Quantity Surveyor by profession. Currently .Presently Working as a Senior Cost Manager in an esteem Cost Consultancy Company in Dubai, UAE. love reading books, watching movies and travelling.

TM.Wasantha Senevirathne from Sri Lanka. Chartered Quantity Surveyor by profession. Person who is positive about every aspect of life. Huge fan of cricket.

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