Quarterly e-Newsletter, January 2014 Issue: 003
Club No: 1349612
2013-14 CLUB OFFICERS
TM Muhammed Hashir, CC CL
Dear TM Anilprakash, CC
Our successive 3rd edition of â€œRainbowreflections of Galfar Toastmastersâ€? is finally here. Last three months were really busy months for our club and
TM Rajeshwar Rao, CC
for our club officers, who put their best efforts to achieve Select Distinguished Club status and successfully organized a Youth Leadership Program for the first time in our club.
TM K Venkatesan We have taken utmost care to serve you with a balanced diet of educational, leadership & fun article in our newsletter. TM Shivshankar Prasad
Your continuous support through suggestion & contribution are making this Rainbow colorful by every edition.
TM Ankit Agarwal
Hope you will enjoy this edition.
TM B.S Rawat
K Venkatesan, Editor-Rainbow. Rainbow is a newsletter published by Galfar Toastmasters Club, Doha, Qatar. This newsletter is published for the internal circulation among the members of Galfar Toastmasters Club and Galfar family to promote the ideas and goals of Toastmasters International. Toastmasters International and its logos are trademarks.
“Whatever our grade or position, if you know how and when to speak, And when to remain silent, your chances of real success are proportionately increased” - DR. RALPH C. SMEDLEY
22nd October’13, Toastmaster International celebrated its 89th Birthday. On this occasion let us read Dr. Smedley’s last general message to membership which appeared in the 40th issue of The Toastmaster, October, 1964. It summarizes his principles so well... When our Executive Director asked me for a special message for the 40th anniversary issue of THE TOASTMASTER, it reminded me of the minister who was asked if it wasn’t about time for him to prepare a sermon instead of harping on the same old subject every week. The minister replied, “I have several new sermons but I don’t think I will give them until the congregation uses the old one first” I would like to remind you of some of the principles that have helped us reach our 40th anniversary and to suggest that if we continue to practice them they will help us to reach our 60th at least. 1. Let’s “keep it simple”. Our Basic Training program presents the fundamental principles of public speaking. These are the eternal verities of effective oral communication. Quintilian and Aristotle recognized them, many men have written about public speaking in the intervening centuries, but they have not changed the neither simple basic principles, nor have they added very much to them.
2. Toastmasters is a “do-it-yourself” activity We don’t have an instruction manual for everything you do or say in your club. Nor we should have such manuals. Don’t be afraid to use your imagination and initiative. Our motto encourages better listening and better thinking because these habits result in better speaking. Nobody can listen for you and nobody can do your thinking for you. Listen to others and evaluate their thinking - then form your own conclusion, speak for yourself. 3. Toastmasters is based on belief In the individual - and his ability to improve himself by developing to the fullest those abilities God has given him. Many organizations ask the individual to subordinate himself to the group. Ours is the only organization I know that is dedicated to the individual. We work together to bring out the best in each of us and then we apply our skills to help others. 4. Let us never forget that we learn in moments of enjoyment. Fellowship is important in Toastmasters. Our members stay in their clubs because they like each other and they are learning together. If you observe these principles, I won’t need to prepare a new message. Toastmasters will serve men for years to come!
Dear All, Toastmasters program gives each and every one of us an opportunity to realize our real potential and a chance to rediscover ourselves. The first thought of public speaking brings nervousness to most of the people. That is one of the reasons why people are sometime afraid of joining Toastmasters as well. But once people know how comfortable is this environment for them to learn, they dwell into it. It should be part of our social commitment to bring people around us into this community, to help them discover what Toastmasters is all about and rediscover themselves.
The Elephant Rope
I am honored and privileged to be associated with Galfar Toasmaster Club, whose leaders and members have a passion towards Toastmasters program and are benefiting from it. I also would like to appreciate the Club for achieving the Select Distinguished Club status in such a short period of time. This shows the strength of the leadership and commitment of the members towards the program. Your support to the Area 18 programs and activities were tremendous and with your support we could maintain the status of best Area in the entire District. Let us take each and every opportunity comes our way to spread the message of Toastmasters to people around us; be it in corporate, society or in our own community. With that, our contribution may go a long way in empowering and building people. Let us rediscover ourselves every moment we live, and help others to discover themselves.
He saw a trainer nearby and asked why these animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away. “Well,” trainer said, “when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”
Wish you all the very best in your Toastmasters journey Regards, Juttas Paul Area 18 Governor
s a man was passing the herd of elephants, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at any time, break away from their bonds but for some reason, they did not.
The man was amazed. These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were. Like the elephants, how many of us go through life hanging onto a belief that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it once before? Failure is part of learning; we should never give up the struggle in life.
Success Story of Youth Leadership Program – TM Anwar Sadath, CC Indeed it was a wonderful experience for us while conducting each day’s session of YLP, though we had little excitement on the first day due to the apprehension of starting something new. Later we observed that youth leaders are enjoying each session by learning and demonstrating their roles as speakers, evaluators and table topic participants. At some point, we felt that they are doing better than us and we should learn from them. Even I found that Asst. YLP coordinator TM Rajeshwar Rao is struggling to assign the role as most of them wanted to participate in each and every segment. We were amazed to note the zeal in them and the courage to come forward and speak in front of the audience. First day, we promised them we will make them as better youth leaders and communicators and they can find the change in them after attending the entire session. Hope we could do justice to our job. Our humble opinion to parents is you should motivate them further and they should not stop their acquired skill here. Encourage them to participate whenever they get an opportunity to speak in a public forum. I wish them all the very best and greater achievements and success in future. I wish to share a little bit on the flash back of organizing YLP. In fact our team and in particular the Club president TM Muhammed Hashir was after me to organize the YLP session soon after taking up the charge as President. His discovery was that the immediate past president is the most suitable person to organize the YLP. I thought it’s certainly going to be a challenging exercise and in particular being a corporate club whether we can do it or not? He was not leaving me and I used to get calls as reminders more often which put pressure on me. Later his consistent follow up and the great enthusiasm put towards organizing the program and, of course, the wholehearted support of Galfar management helped making it as a reality. One of the senior toastmasters TM Javeed Khan offered all his support and given necessary guidance to us, when we approached him. He encouraged our move to conduct this session. In fact, the team comprises TM Rajeshwar Rao Asst. YLP coordinator, who is the one who conducted the entire session with the support of our colleagues naming few TM Venkat, TM Anil Prakash, TM Subramanya & TM Rawat as well. Also, we acknowledge the education modules presented by TM Javeed Khan, DTM Manzoor Moideen, TM Anil Nair, TM John Henry, MTM Nisha, TM Mohan Menon and TM Hashir that helped the youth leaders to acquire the fundamentals of public speaking. Presence of District 20 Governor Vicky Mustafa, DTM and Division E Governor Saquib Raza Khan, DTM made the Grand Finale of our YLP event complete. Over all we viewed it as a great achievement of Galfar Toastmasters club.
Driving Safety Campaign
CC & CL pinning
New members pinning
“We learn best in moments of enjoyment” [Ralph C. Smedley]. At Galfar Toastmasters we make sure that our meetings are a combination of education and entertainment. All the meetings we had in the last 3 months were really interesting and able to see new members contribution in making every meeting a great learning experience. Our Toastmasters conducted a driving safety campaign to create awareness on driving safety practices and improve defensive driving skills among the company drivers and staff. Further the pinning event introduced for our new members and mile stone achievers such as Competent Communicators and Competent Leaders was really appreciated by all members. Club has achieved “ Select Distinguished” status ! 7
13 Leadership Ideas That Will Transform Your Life Our mind works in mysterious ways and saying no to all these temptations is the first step in any transformation. So why 13? I have always wondered why it is always five, seven or ten-what is wrong with 13? I actually have only nine and I hope you will add four more to this list and make it 13, so that it becomes “our” list and not just my list. It is my belief that a true leader is someone who is an explorer, sees an opportunity in challenges, has an irrationality in his/her expectation, is inspirational and emotional, is driven by a higher purpose, is trustworthy, walks the talk , and above all has earned the right to lead. So let’s get started. 1) An explorer for whom the unknown is a lot more exciting than the known. A true leader is not afraid to stand apart from the crowd, to be different, to step out of the comfort zone and risk all for what he/she believes in. If you are not willing to give up the safety of the status quo and live or die by your ideas you cannot expect others to follow. 2) Sees an opportunity in challenges. In moments of crisis, leaders are neither distracted nor depressed. They are excited instead, because they see an opportunity in the imperfection and uncertainty. When a diamond-cutter looks at the rough diamond, he gets excited because he sees an opportunity in that imperfection as does a potter when he sees dirty clay. 3) Has irrationality in his expectation from himself, his team, his idea, his company, and even the world at large. People who are irrational get a lot done because you cannot go as far as your belief may want you to go.
4) Inspires people by pursuing a vision that gets people to jump out of their beds every day and go to work for an idea which is bold and unique. People feel inspired only when you can help them discover what they want to do and not what you want them to do. 5) Is emotional. A good leader is not afraid to display emotions at work – he/she rejoices in the team’s successes, and shows concern about the setbacks, he/she laughs and cries with the highs and lows in the lives of his colleagues. We are human beings, and knowing that our leader cares for us is a fundamental human need. 6) Has a higher purpose. A leader is not simply obsessed with getting to the top but also about what he/she would do after he gets there. The ultimate test of leadership is to have a purpose aligned to the greater good of society and not just economic gains. Leaders with a higher purpose have an inner strength and a unique moral compass which guides them to effectively lead their teams through hopeless situations. 7) Is trustworthy. Trust is the cornerstone of leadership. A manager whose team knows that he/she will, without doubt, stand up for them whatever the situation, truly feel empowered at all times. That kind of trust gives people the courage to innovate, take risks, and to push themselves beyond their comfort zones to find success. 8) Walk the talk. Megaphone managers have thrived for too long; people now want their leaders to be the change they advocate. They’re looking for role models. ‘Walk the talk and set me an example’ is the writing on the wall. A good leader therefore displays no incongruity between his actions and words. 8
Attitude is more important than knowledge and
skills.” this is known to all.
9) Earns the right to lead. Leadership is not an entitlement but a right one earns through one’s actions every year, every day and yes every minute. The simplest definition of leadership therefore is someone who draws energy, inspiration and the right to lead from those he/she leads. Every person has a leader within who is just waiting to be discovered. You will discover that magical leader within you, the day you stop pretending to be someone else and feel secure in the knowledge that you are who you always wanted to be.
Compiled By : TM Rajeshwar Rao, CC.
This word ‘ATTITUDE’ carries 100 point in it (according to alphabetical sequence). See how…. A+T+T+I+T+U+D+E = 1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100 And normally 100 is the symbol of completeness. If you bless someone or someone is blessing you; it is told, “Live 100 years” which means, ‘may you live complete.’ So what is the significant of this 100 points carrying word. If someone is carrying this word ‘ATTITUDE’, then he is carrying 100 points or completeness with him. It does not matter what qualifications, skills or experience you are having until there is no ATTITUDE (mind-set, thoughts, feelings, intention) to do or perform. Many times it is seen that the highly educated, skilled and experienced person fails to give output to his task due to lack of ATTITUDE; while less educated, less skilled and less experienced person perform his task better due to good ATTITUDE. One example of my life: th
When I was studying in 9 Standard I was affected by a serious disease. I used to go to the government hospital which was known to be trustworthy. Doctor was an MBBS…Skilled….and somehow experienced too….But he frustrated to see me again and again… and not only me, his other patients too. But another person (pharmacist) used to be there to assist the doctor. He was having good Attitude to serve patients…though not having higher education and skills like the doctor. People used to take consultation of the pharmacist not the doctor. Consequently, people are still respecting and remembering the pharmacist rather than the doctor. I too...Cannot forget him… And why ?? After all, the pharmacist was a great care taker of patients. So, ATTITUDE works…..!!!
Title : Be Proud of Yourself This is a project speech of TM Subramanya Every 3 seconds, some body is in need of this. One in every 10 personnel admitted into hospital is in need of this. ! Let me tell what it is, through two incidents which I experienced in my personal life. Few years ago… It was early morning… somebody came to my and home knocking at the door very seriously, he was crying and informed my parents that one of my relatives met with an accident and his leg was seriously injured. My family rushed to the spot and saw he was severely injured. He was a very brave business man. We took him to the hospital. Hospital was very far from our place hence we could not reach there on time. When we finally reached hospital, Doctors said that, he lost lot of blood from his body and immediately asked us to organize two A+ blood donors. We searched /contacted various blood banks, different friends... but we couldn’t get any A+ blood donors. Hence, operation couldn’t go ahead and the doctors were forced to cut off the injured leg. If that day… we got any blood donors in time... we could have saved his leg. Now... he need not live his life in a wheel chair. Similarly ….. Another instance… When I was working in India, in our company one of our colleague suddenly collapsed and became unconscious during the office time. We took him to the hospital. Doctors checked and said it’s a cardiac arrest; he needs immediate bye-bass surgery. And they asked us to arrange for three blood donors... it was B+ve. This time, we, our own colleagues including me donated blood and that timely help saved our friend from danger. These two incidents in my life, really made me to understand the importance of blood donation. After this, whenever opportunity comes for blood donation I am eager to donate my blood and save others life. Now I am a Voluntary Blood Donor. I t makes me always proud…! I take this opportunity to state some interesting facts about blood donation… which again makes me more proud. 1. 2.
One time if you donate Blood, It is going to save 3 people’s life. No Racism, Sex, Nationality, Religion limits for blood donation
Beyond all... the Self-satisfaction and eternal happiness we get after donating the blood… You will not get in any other activities. I hope all toastmasters agree with me. I am sure.. You will also be feeling the same proud feeling, which I am feeling. Now I appeal, all the toastmasters, Our Galfar is organizing a blood donation camp in Feb 21st. Please register yourselves and donate blood.
10 TIPS FOR YOUR GOOD HEALTH
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A Toastmaster’s Promise
“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.”
To attend club meetings regularly To prepare all of my speeches to the best of my ability, basing them on projects in the Communication and Leadership Program manuals To provide fellow members with helpful and constructive evaluations To help the club maintain the positive, friendly environment necessary for all members to learn and grow To serve my club as an officer when called on to do so To adhere to the guidelines and rules
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