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Noida Toastmasters Club

Know Your Club

Est. – 1997, Club # 1059126, District# 41

Meetings – Every

2nd and 4th Saturday

For NTMC membership details contact: VP Membership: Nikhil - 8800440717

JVCC, (Next to Bal Bharathi School) For club meeting roles and participation: VP Education: Sector -21, Noida Abhishek - 9873558240 Location –

Media, Guest speakers, PR: VP Public Relations : Vijay – 9910180719 Club Treasurer: Aman - 9910886148 Club President: Prashant – 9999975960 Club Secretary: Nityam - 9650274408 3 Noida Toastmasters Club


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Table of Contents 5

Message from the President

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My Competent Communicator Journey

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Message from the VP Education

16 Write it Right

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Message from the VP Membership

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Effective Speaking

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About Toastmasters

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The Way We Speak

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About Noida Toastmasters Club

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Risk a Verse

11 The Executive Committee

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Wise Words

12 Know Our New Members

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Photographs

13 Past Month 14 Meeting #145

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Message from President

Dear Noida Toastmasters, I am feeling rather elated writing for the 2nd edition of our club newsletter brought to life by efforts of our editorial team. Time has flown past this year so fast that it‖s difficult to believe that it‖s already the contest time. Soon our club will be hosting the Internationals Speech contest and the Table Topics contest. If you want to take your skills to the next level it‖s essential to participate or at least attend these contests. Learning communications skills can be compared to running. You can become a good runner by putting in hard work and practicing regularly. But a champion in you can only be brought out when you participate in a race. Just as a racing event will help you in knowing and expanding your limits, participating in a speech contest will bring out the real orator in you. The Transition from the friendly evaluation regime of one‖s own club to a competitive event involving several clubs is an altogether different experience. Here your mistakes won‖t be forgiven instead you will be judged objectively. These contests will prepare you for the big bad world of public events where lousy speeches will get boos from the audience and not a helpful evaluation by an understanding evaluator. This takes us to the role of evaluator. If the reals world is so much different when it comes to responding to speeches, does the toastmaster‖s evaluation system help? Yes, it is extremely helpful because it provide you a methodological evaluation and feedback about your speech and help you improve.

The purpose of toastmasters evaluations in not to harden you towards criticism but help you avoid such criticism altogether by being a better speaker! But bear in mind toastmaster‖s evaluations can only be as effective as you want them to be. It‖s not only the evaluator who determines the quality of one‖s evaluation. There are certain actions on part of the speaker which we happily ignore. We should get in touch with our assigned evaluator beforehand and provide the Project information so that he/she is prepared to evaluate you against your speech objectives. Also inform your evaluator about any specific area you want them to focus on e.g. and hand-n-hand movement.

Now that we know about the importance of speech contests. It‖s time that we come out of our protective shells and take up the challenge. I request you to nominate yourself for the upcoming speech contest (Table topics and International Speech Contest).I once again request all members to contribute articles for the newsletter. Such a contribution would not only enrich the newsletter but will also help our members hone our writing skills.

Prashant Pandey

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Message from VP-Education

Dear Noida Toastmasters, Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership through a world-wide network of meeting locations.

We are launching a randomized mentor program:

Have you ever wondered, what is the link between public speaking and leadership? You know it already I guess, it‖s through public speaking that we lead the public. The ritual to speak publically to persuade, lead, inspire and control the “commons” is an old tradition. It is happening since the human civilization started!! If it is so old a tradition, then why public speaking is still one of the most hated activity and one of the most common fear? Reasons are many including social insult, low self confidence and lack of language skills.

6 will be in mentors list and everybody else will be in

But my proposition is: Public speaking is easier than conversation. The only difference is you are speaking to a group of people with a slight louder voice level. We at Toastmasters believe that this art of public speaking can be learnt through the “Structured Toastmaster Process”. And, once you start experiencing the pleasures of Public speaking, you start experiencing the leader in yourself. We all have a leader in ourselves but we are scared of it. So, it‖s a choice we all have to make, either be a leader and do good to your tribe or be lead by someone you disagree with!

Which connect

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members randomly to become

mentor-mentee. Anybody who has completed project mentee list. We will connect randomly members from both the list and patch them up. We will reshuffle the members if required after every 2 months. This way we interact more with each other and cross networking speeds up. We are also planning to launch best mentor-mentee award also based on performance of mentor-mentee participation and performance. Hope you have an enriching Toastmasters journey and you achieve what you have planned to, through Toastmasters...

Abhishek Sharma

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Message from VP Membership

Dear Members, Most of you would be aware that I am playing role of VP-MR for our club, however very few of you might know that it's a privilege for me to play this role since past

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months. To charter a new club we

20 members and for DCP goal add minimum 8 new members. need

we need to

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But our club has added more than around new members in past 8 months which depicts the success of club. It requires a net growth of 5 members to be eligible for DCP and we already got Talk up Toastmasters award in the month of March for

adding 5 members in Feb-March. I have experienced and inquired through different means and realized that every club member plays his vital role to make a club successful. It can be by taking any role in Executive committee or virtually helping the club as and when required. There are 3 most important actions to make a club successful, which every club member can contribute by taking small steps as mentioned below: 1) Getting Guests 2) Converting Guests to Members by convincing 3) Retaining Members There is elaborated plan for each of the above mentioned point. What I would like to mention here is we all are responsible for the success of club and each one of us has opportunity to do the experiment and make our club best in the world.

We can plan a club membership building contest where the added maximum number of members will be recognized. For e.g. Consider challenging another club, or all the other clubs in our area to a membership contest. Loser gives a treat to the winning club. We can have an occasional social meeting to recognize the family and co-workers of our club members. It is the support of these people who help enable the club member's participation. It's nice to include them once in a while. This is often done successfully around a holiday or other special event. We can have a Table Topics session that is based on membership ideas. Make sure someone writes down all the ideas and then plan a follow up strategy. Need to make a list of the best things about our club. We now have a list of selling points to use when recruiting guests and new members. We can have a formal Induction Ceremony for new members. It makes them feel important, part of the organization, of our Club Toastmaster Family. It's impressive for guests at our meeting. Take a look in the mirror. Do you smile enough? Members want to see a smiling face welcoming them! We can break club members into teams and have a one month membership contest. The team that signs up the most new members is served a special dessert, provided by members of the other team(s). Stay on task. Keep focused on the important success factors within the club. People join Toastmasters as an educational organization. Don't lose them because you lose sight of your goals. Noida Toastmasters Club

We can have a monthly drawing for a Toastmaster prize. Every time a member brings a guest to a meeting, their name is put into a basket for a drawing. At the last meeting of the month a name is drawn out and a prize is awarded. We can have a one more prize to give the guest who has become a member We can give prize to best Mentor-Mentee on quarterly basis. Set a good example at your club meetings. Encourage excellence. Quality club meetings begin with you first! Hope this adds some value for me and for all of us... Cheers to Noida Community Club!!!

Nikhil

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About Toastmasters

Communiqué What is Toastmasters?

Mission

Vision

Why join Toastmasters?

Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations. “Dr. Ralph C. Smedley” started ―Toastmasters‖ in the US.

Toastmasters International is the leading movement devoted to making effective oral communication a worldwide reality.

Toastmasters International empowers people to achieve their full potential and realize their dreams. Through our member clubs, people throughout the world can improve their communication and leadership skills, and find the courage to change.

Communication and leadership skills separate the best from the rest. Good communicators tend to be good leaders.

The original intention of this club was to help people to easily and confidently reply to toasts raised during banquets. Thus the name ―Toastmasters‖. But now, its sole focus is on developing communication and leadership skills. Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, the organization has more than

250,000 members in more than 12,500 clubs in 106 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people of all backgrounds become more confident in front of an audience. Its proven educational program is selfpaced and affordable. Whether you work in a corporate environment or from home, whether you are a student or retiree, Toastmasters is the most efficient, enjoyable and affordable way of gaining communication and leadership skills.

Through its member clubs, Toastmasters International helps men and women learn the arts of speaking, listening, and thinking – vital skills that promote selfactualization, enhance leadership potential, foster human understanding, and contribute to the betterment of mankind. It is basic to this mission that Toastmasters International continually expand its worldwide network of member clubs, thereby offering ever-greater numbers of people the opportunity to benefit from its programs.

Skills we acquire at Toastmasters spill over into all areas of our life. Toastmasters is the right platform to help you:

Values

Toastmasters International‖s core values are integrity, dedication to excellence, service to the member, and respect for the individual. These are values worthy of a great organization, and we believe we should incorporate them as anchor points in every decision we make. Our core values provide us with a means of not only guiding but also evaluating our operations, our planning, and our vision for the future.

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• Learn to communicate more effectively • Become a better listener. • Improve your presentation skills • Increase your leadership potential • Become more successful in your career • Build your ability to motivate and persuade • Reach your professional and personal goals • Increase your self-confidence.

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About NOIDA Toastmasters

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Founded in

1997 it‖s one of the best and oldest clubs on Noida, and is the only community club.

Membership Building Programs Beat the Clock - the club added five new, dual or reinstated members during May and June.

2011-2012

Smedley Award - the club added five new, dual or reinstated members during August and September.

2008-2009, 2010-2011

Talk up Toastmasters - the club added five new, dual or reinstated members during February and March.

2007-2008

There are

Distinguished Club Programs President's Distinguished Club - the highest level of recognition available. The club met the membership prerequisite and achieved at least nine of the 10 goals.

Distinguished Club - the club met the membership prerequisite and achieved at least five of the 10 goals.

2011-2012 2009-2010 2008-2009

2010-2011

29 active members in Noida Toastmasters collaborate on every 2nd and 4th

Saturday of the month for the Toastmaster session

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About NOIDA Toastmasters

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We are already a Distinguished club and moving towards our goal of achieving the “President's Distinguished Club” This club is the home club of the members who have had a substantial contribution to the Toastmasters organizations. Members like DTM Poonam Jain, Mr. Rajan Sinha, Mr. CV Ram have always been a source of inspiration for not only Noida Toastmasters Club, but also for the other clubs in the area.

DTM Poonam Jain

Mr. Rajan Sinha

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Mr. CV Ram

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The Executive Committee

Communiqué President – Prashant Pandey

Vice President Education – Abhishek

Secretary – Nityam

Prashant has been a member of Noida Toastmasters Club since 2008 and has worked hard on making the club reach new heights. He is a wonderful orator and a charming leader .

Abhishek handles the education front of the club. He works with the members on completing the projects, assigning mentors. arranging competitions and motivating people.

Nityam is the club secretary who takes care of the day-to-day working of the club. Nityam takes the notes of the meeting, handles the Facebook page and the editorial of the club

Vice President Membership – Nikhil

Vice President PR – Vijay

Treasurer – Aman

Nikhil is a seasoned toastmaster . He works with the EC team in increasing the membership base and encouraging guests to attend the meetings of Noida TMC

Vijay pools his efforts on the Public Relations of the club. He has held various posts in the EC of the club in the past. He handles the Facebook page, Twitter handle. He constantly interacts with guests and works on increasing the visibility of the club.

Aman, a charted accountant by profession is the treasurer of the club. He handles the finances of the club, making sure that the club has enough funds to run smoothly

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Sear gent At Arms – Vishal

Vishal is the sergeant at arms of the club. He opens all the meeting of the club making sure that meetings at the location can occur smoothly.

Special Member: Varun Wahal

Varun is a special member of the EC. He closely works with all the members of the EC in makings sure that club and its preceding occur smoothly. He interacts with the members of the club to look into any issues or grievances.

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Know Our New Member- Jasbir

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1. Who are you? I live in sector 21, P- Block. Here I stay with my wife, mother and two daughters. My father passed away five years back. I have a elder brother who works in Longowal engineering college in Punjab. I work in HCL Technologies as Senior Manager.

3. Your Icebreaker experience? Before the speech, I was bit nervous. However the people in the club appear to be very supportive. The speech went well, however i missed some points which i wanted to convey during the speech, as a result the overall duration of the speech was short. After the speech, I was overwhelmed by the standing ovation...very encouraging.

2. How come Toastmasters? I read in the book titled "Never Eat Alone" that toastmasters is a very club to improve communication skills which is a primary requirement for any aspiring leader. As per the book, there must be a local chapter of the club. I Google for Toastmaster's Noida. Then I was able to get in touch with Nikhil/Prashant.

4. NOIDA Toastmasters as a Club? I have recently joined, However what I can make out that the overall atmosphere is of encouragement. People tend to take responsibilities voluntarily. Even when there is some improvement point to be made, it is done in very subtle manner. As a result, club members especially the new joiners feel very engaged and are willing to continue the association with club.

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Past Month - Highlights

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Meeting #145

Best Speaker – Abhishek Best Evaluator – Pradanya Best TT Speaker – Poonam • Noida Toastmasters Club celebrated the importance of women in the life of human beings. All the men of the club got together to make the female members of the club special. • Vijay received his “Competent Communicator” certificate from Toastmasters International • Abhishek completed his Project 10 and became a Competent Communicator

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Communiqué Toast Master of the day: Nikhil

Meeting #145

Sergeant-at- Arms Nityam opened the 145th meeting of the Noida Toast Masters Club by welcoming the fellow Toastmasters and guests. He recited a prose and distributed flowers to all the women of the club on account of “Women‖s Day”. It was a full house with 15 members and 3 Guest present at the meeting. Nityam handed over the podium to the club President (for the day) “Abhishek Sharma” to start the meeting. Abhishek for the benefit of the guests to introduced Toastmaster International providing a brief history about the organization and how it functions. Nikhil began the meeting with a power quote on the role a women plays in the life of man across the various stages. He then invited the guests to introduce themselves to the members of the club. Post the introduction General Evaluator “Mr. D.K. Saini” took over the meeting to introduce the speakers and his Supplementary evaluation team. Ah-Counter: Dr Goel Timer: Aman Grammarian: Medavi Parliamentarian – Nikhil Table Topic Master: Nityam Word Master: Nityam (Word of the Day: Linchpin) – Used 6 times in the meeting

Prepared Section Speech 1: Praveen (P1), Evaluator – Amitava Praveen delivered his ice-breaker speech. He spoke his heart out about himself, his past. His journey from a small village to delivering his speech at Toastmasters. His speech was gripping and made each member of the club realize that “We all are WORK IN PROGRESS” Speech 2: Megha (P4), Evaluator – Rajiv Megha delivered her P4 on “Why Communication is Important”. From her experiences of life she shared points on what role does good communication plays in our life. A very informative speech which made us realize that we all should work towards improving our communication skills. Speech 3: Saurabh (P1), Evaluator – Vijay Saurabh delivered his ice-breaker speech. He divided his speech into 3 parts, comfortably sharing with the crowd information about him and his life so far. He was confident, well prepared for the speech. It was a delight listening about him. Speech 4: Varun (P6), Evaluator – Poonam Varun gave his P6 speech on “How to perform Stand-up comedy”. It was an interesting speech which made everyone in the room laugh and giggle with well timed punches which were executed by Varun. He gave pointers on what to do and what not to do when you are performing a standup comedy show.

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Speech 5: Jasbir (P1), Evaluator – Pradnya Jasbir delivered his ice-breaker speech. He was soft-spoken and had a very comfortable smile on his face. Everyone connected with him instantly and his speech was wonderfully delivered. He recounted his experiences in life and gave a beautiful speech Speech 6: Abhishek (P10), Evaluator – C V Ram Abhishek delivered his P10 and successfully completed his Competent Communication (CC) manual. His speech was very well crafted to catch hold the attention of people. He began his speech stating that he has an idea which could change everyone‖s life. He successfully implanted the idea in every one‖s mind on how we should never give up on ourselves and we should not be too hard on ourselves. It was a delight to listen to his speech. Table Topic Section: Table Topic Master “Nityam” came up women centric topic for this section. 5 topics were delivered by various members and guests of the club. The topics ranged from “If I was a super woman” to “Why women are important in a society”. Evaluation Sections: The Speech Evaluators and the audience provided feedback to each individual speech. They discreetly commended and recommended each speaker on their strengths and weakness hence providing them with a true picture of the speech delivered by them. The Supplementary evaluation team also gave the feedback of each individual speaker with the Ah Count, Timing and 14 Grammatical mistakes made by them.


My Competent Communicator Journey

My stint with CC had been prevalent for quite a long time. Ideally, it

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should take less than a year to prepare and deliver all CC projects. During my initial few projects, I was not very consistent in delivery and was not realizing the desired outcome. At one instance I had spent more than a year to deliver my speech project between my P5 and P6. After that, I made up my mind to deliver speech projects

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every months timeframe. And I started realizing that I have improved from there on. The lessons I have learnt are 1) Real value for your endeavor comes not from the quantity of delivery, rather from the quality. The quality here refers right from the research involved in composing the script, refining continuously until you are contented, working on the length of delivery to fall within the timeline and ultimately practicing them as much as you can before delivering on the podium. In my case, I still need to improve upon the extent of practice. 2) As the saying goes, "too much of anything, is good for nothing". In the context of improving the quality of your speech, you should not extend the delivery interval between your speeches beyond certain threshold. It is important to strike a balance between quality and time. Sometimes its OK to break the long pause of non-delivery with an attempt to deliver a fair speech. Once you gain the momentum, then start working on the quality of consequent speeches.

4) Be very passionate about the topic that you are planning to deliver. The more you are blended with the topic, the more natural your delivery would be. 5) Be inspired by the insight that the seasoned toastmasters bring on to you. It can be from your own club, neighboring clubs or even through the videos available on YouTube and other channels. 6) It is not necessary that you get ideas for your speech only when you are preparing for it. It can strike any time 24x7. When you sense something novel or interesting flashing on your mind, record it. 7) You could personally choose your evaluator in advance and discuss with him in length of the objectives that you specifically wish to be evaluated against. 8) Apart from your evaluator, during social interaction, you may ask for your speech feedback from fellow toastmasters. That would uncover perceptions from different point of view.

- Vijay Anand

3) Before selecting a speech topic, read the speech objectives and then imagine topics that can suit the objectives. Remember always, Project Objective drives the topic and content, not the other way round. After composing the script, validate if every point mentioned in the speech objectives are covered. In fact, we should employ in length all the wisdom provided in the manual against the project Noida Toastmasters Club

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Write It Right

Ever heard a speech filled with grammatical errors? Ever given one?

Here are 5 simple and effective ways to improve your writing:

I have long believed that good speaking comes from good writing. In the age of Twitter, Face book, short messages and email, good writing is slowly losing its sheen. Today, it‖s cool to violate the rules of grammar, shorten already short words and even mix languages.

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Language impacts the world - Oscar worthy movies, courtroom dramas, or your speech at Toastmasters – language is the medium that transports us from the mundane to the magical. Writing impacts speaking and I am a staunch advocate of writing well. As a Management Consultant working with small businesses, and as an Executive Recruiter working with some of the biggest companies, I am routinely required to make written presentations, prepare reports on industry activity, influence, negotiate, and generally write my way into the books of prospects. Powerful language opens doors, skyrockets incomes, and makes you attractive to the opposite sex. OK…the last one is debatable, but it has been my experience that language mastery can do absolute wonders for your social life.

Bottom-line: Good writing is essential in all areas of our lives. Writing well is not difficult. What is difficult is convincing yourself that language is the master influencer, that it can change your career and your life. If your motivation is strong, skill development is a cinch.

Work on your grammar and composition:Grammar is sacrosanct. When I listen to a prepared speech that is laced with grammatical errors, I am inclined to believe that the speaker is not serious about improving his / her skills. I even meet language trainers and C suite executives whose proposals and resumes have grammatical errors. The next time you have to submit your resume or proposal, or write a speech, think of its impact on the audience. If you don‖t take yourself seriously, why should anyone else take you seriously? Grammar is the foundation of language. You have to follow the rules if you want to excel – there is no second option. Obviously, instructions on grammar are beyond the scope of this article, but there are numerous free resources on the web and 10 minutes a day for a week is all you need to cover the basics.

But at what price?

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Some of my favorite non-fiction books:  Einstein: Walter Isaacson;  Team of Rivals: Doris Kearns Goodwin;  The World Is Flat: Thomas Friedman 3.

Write a lot: Set aside 15-30 minutes a day to write. (The subject is unimportant, focus on the act.) Writing is a skill that can be developed – and you learn to write…well, by writing. If you fear writing, analyze your fear and dig deep for answers. Mostly, the fear has do with the act of writing rather than the art of writing. The only way out is the way through. Acknowledge your fear, sit down, and write. If that‖s too tough, read any of these books which cover the act and the art of writing: On writing: Stephen King On writing well: William Zinsser Bird by bird: Anne Lamott

Read a lot:Reading is feeding. Reading a good book for just 15 minutes a day is one of the best things you can do for your writing. Choose books by leading authors and leading publishing houses as their editorial standards are high. When you read good books consistently, chances are you will improve your writing without even trying. Some of my favorite fiction books:  Atlas Shrugged: Ayn Rand;  The Godfather: Mario Puzo;  The Hunt for Red October: Tom Clancy Noida Toastmasters Club

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Write on various subjects: Pick 3 random subjects and write 250 words on each (250 words is the equivalent of a 2 minute Table Topics speech). (Attempt this exercise and watch your Table Topic skills catapult.) Writing on dissimilar subjects will also help your tactical thinking and improve your language competency.

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Write It Right

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Treat writing as a job: Good writing is tough - but heroes have to make tough choices. Don‖t treat this as a hobby, or come to the table with a sloppy outlook. Your world revolves around communication, and writing is an integral part of your world. Give it the attention and affection it deserves. In turn, good writing skills will do your world a world of good.

The joy of producing an award winning article (such as this one – fine, you can smirk), or using the written word to craft a moving speech, can be exhilarating. You deserve this joy, and it is well within your reach. Remember, the next time you sit down to write, do your best to write it right.

- Raj Ray

Poor writing is like playing tennis with an unstrung racket – it‖s taxing, no one will take you seriously, and you may get hurt (financially). You will find no sponsors, and you will win no awards. Good writing, on the other hand, is like a date with a beautiful woman – easy on the eyes, connects with your primal emotions, and stirs your soul. And you‖ll want to come back for more.

The author is a Management consultant and an Executive Recruiter.

As we sink further into the social media abyss, the skill of writing will emerge as a prized possession. In fact, good writers will stand out simply on the virtue of their clean, wholesome presentations, while bad writers will recede into the background. I predict that good writers will form an elite circle and take over the universe. Look around, the geeks have already inherited the earth.

He lives with his Labrador, Cyrus. Raj can reached at raj@rajray.com.

Anyone can learn to write well – all the keyboard asks for is enthusiasm and consistency. Fortunately, you don‖t have to work your fingers to the bone, and with a little practice you‖ll open a whole new chapter in your life. Noida Toastmasters Club

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There are three key areas of effective speaking:

Effective Speaking

1. Content The substance/purpose of a speaker‖s message

2. Delivery The mechanics of presenting the message

 SPEECH DEVELOPMENT Structure, Organization, Support Material How was the speech structured? Did it have a clearly defined Opening, Body and Conclusion? How was the speech organized? Was it easy to follow? Did it have a logical sequence? Were there natural transitions? Was the Purpose clear and well-defined? What support material was there? Were facts, examples, illustrations or humor used to enhance the message? Was there too much material, overwhelming the audience with facts, for example?

 PHYSICAL Appearance, Body Language How did the speaker look? Neat? Professional? Compatible with purpose, adding credibility to message? Did the clothes/accessories/colors enhance or detract from the effectiveness? How was the stance? Alert, erect, lifeless, swaying? How was the stage area and lectern used? Did the body language contradict or reinforce the message? Were the gestures effective/meaningless/stilted? Did the eye contact cover and hold the audience? Were the facial expressions friendly, revealing the emotional side of the speech?

 EFFECTIVENESS Achievement of Purpose, Interest, Reception What was the purpose?(Inform, persuade, inspire, entertain) Was the purpose accomplished? Was it of interest to the audience? Was it relevant to the audience? Something they should know or could do? How did the audience respond? Did they understand the goal? Was the nature of the audience/occasion considered in the speech preparation?

 VOICE Flexibility, Volume Did the voice convey the correct feelings/attitude for the message? Thus, was it firm to show strength, assured to show confidence, warm to convey friendliness, or pleasing to win the audience for example? Did it have variations of rate and emphasis? Was the volume adequate and varied and was the microphone used effectively?

 SPEECH VALUE Ideas, Logic, Original Thought What ideas were presented? Was there a clearly defined message? Did the message develop logically? Did it lead to a conclusion? Were the ideas original, or a rehash of other material? If it was a time-worn subject, was it treated in a new way with flair/imagination? Was it in good taste?

 MANNER Directness, Assurance, Enthusiasm Did the speaker appear sincere, concerned for the audience? Did the speaker appear confident? Did the audience believe the message? Did the style, pace and demeanor build a link with the audience? Were some aspects of the presentation distracting, artificial or stilted? Did the speaker show enthusiasm for the message?

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There are three key areas of effective speaking:

Effective Speaking

3. Language The choice of words and grammatical skill 

APPROPRIATENESS To Speech Purpose and Audience Was the language used compatible with the speech? Was it compatible with the audience? That is, did it clarify or confuse? Did the word pictures sell the speaker’s ideas?

CORRECTNESS Grammar, Pronunciation, and Word Selection Did the speaker use correct grammar? If slang or misused grammar was present, did it make a point? Was it intentional or a mistake? Was the pronunciation and was the enunciation clear? Were the words chosen appropriate to the message? Were they appropriate to the audience?

- DTM Poonam Jain -Courtesy Toastmasters International

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Communiqué

The Way We Speak

Both ―I‖ and ―me‖ are pronouns we use to refer to ourselves. Yet, there‖s a difference — ―I‖ is nominative, used as the subject of a sentence or clause, while ―me‖ is accusative, used as the object of a verb.

Nominative: The nominative case is used when the pronoun is the subject (e.g., “I travel by car”) or, when speaking formally, after a form of ―to be‖ (e.g., “It is I,” would be formal, “It's me” would be informal). Accusative: The accusative case is used when the pronoun is the object (e.g., "She drives me to work") or with prepositions (e.g., “between you and me”). Let‖s look at some examples to make the theory easier to understand: •My team member and I have a lunch meeting with the client tomorrow. •Come to lunch so you can meet me and my team member.

The trick is, in your mind, try reading or writing the same sentences with only ―me‖ and ―I‖ (take out the “team member”): • My team member and I have a lunch meeting with the client tomorrow. •Come to lunch so you can meet me and my team member. •Me have a lunch meeting with the client tomorrow. •Come to lunch so you can meet I and my team member.

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Risk a Verse

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Wise words

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” Oscar Wilde

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” Albert Einstein

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” Ralph W Emerson

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Communique (March Issue)