Discovery Gardens Toastmasters Club
DGTC VOICE April 2017 - Club News And Events
Club No : 2991308, District 20, Division F, Area 05.
Discovery Gardens Toastmasters Club
ISSUE 08 April 2017
From the day we were born, till we die, we communicate. The successful communicators not only have achieved what they want, but also changed the world. We are extremely lucky to be part of Discovery gardens Toastmasters Club. It is an inspiration. We help each other to improve our vital skills. We all hold hands together with our Toastmasters Club to make us great communicators! This is the 2nd edition of the DGTC Newsletter in 2017 to the readers. It’s a collection of various articles starting from our Presidents’ note and our Area Director’s report followed by our members’ valuable articles.
We thank all the executive committee and members of the club. Without their support it would not have been possible. Logic will take you from A to B but imagination will take you everywhere. We hope you will enjoy reading our newsletter the way we enjoyed creating it. We welcome feedback so that we can improve each step towards excellence.
TM Piyush solanki VP-PR
AREA DIRECTOR'S MESSAGE
P14 - P27
CLUB CONTEST WINNERS
ARTICALS BY MEMBERS
WHO WE ARE
FROM THE EDITOR
exciting contest..simply amazing...this is the feedback of Guest and Senior Toastmasters feedback on DGTC 2016-17 club contest. Thanks so much DGTCians , chief judge DTM Ganesh & his panel of judges & club mentor Ajay & Area Director Deepa S and all silent role players & organizing committee for the extended support to make this contest a great success. We had 47 contestant in all 4 categories and 50% are debut contestant(1st time participating in contest)and they showed a fabulous performance . Senior Toastmasters have rocked the show and set a new trend for new members. Increase in total participation by 27%YOY(Year over year). This Shows great progress of DGTC. congrats to winners and all future winners (participants).
Area contest was really awesome and glad to share that DGTC has retained the AREA 5 Best Humorous speaker award consecutively for the 3rd time in a row. & Best Evaluation award 2nd time. 3rd time in a row DGTC is participating in Division contest in 3 categories (Humorous , Evaluation, Table topics). Thanks to Venkat, Priya & Anitha. Complete Details of both Club & Area contest are covered fully by our editor in this edition. You will really enjoy it. Overall it was a great contest season and lot of learning for all .
TM DINESH PRESIDENT
Area Director’s Message
oday - March 27 is the 86th day of the year as per Gregorian calendar. There are just 279 days remaining until the end of the year.
I would like to remind all of you about the New Year resolutions planned at the beginning of this year. Many of us thought of many things including;
Joining a public speaking forum such as toastmasters Start speaking in front of public Start a diet plan Join a new course such as YOGA Start meditation Start a new career, Visit a new place, etc
Now since 1/4th of the year is over, it’s time for us to look back and review our achievements so far. Have you achieved as planned or any delay is there in our schedule, how can us re-coup with our plans etc. to be considered. Also we may realize if we had dreamed for anything un-achievable?
“ Dream is not that which you see while sleeping, it is something that does not let you sleep.”
Shall I postpone my dream to next year, or will it remain as dream only?If that’s the case, then it’s our turn to re-define the dream, in Dr.Kalam’s style; “Dream is not that which you see while sleeping, it is something that does not let you sleep.”Get up, dress up and show up to get our goals are achieved, we still have time – 279 days – to complete this year. We can ACT NOW and transform the lags to leads! Start NOW; To change one’s life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly . TM Deepa Surendran ( Area director )
WHO WE ARE Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Our organization has more than 345,000 memberships. Members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 15,900 clubs in 142 countries that make up our global network of meeting locations.
Toastmasters International Mission We empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders.
District Mission We build new clubs and support all clubs in achieving excellence.
Club Mission 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.
Toastmasters International Values •
PROACTIVE CLUB AWARD. This award is given to your Club as you have renewed 25 or more members before 10th of March 2017.
TALK UP TOASTMASTER AWARD By adding five new, dual or reinstated members with a join date between February 1 and March 31
nce upon a time in a faraway land, there lived a Chinese wise man and his disciple. One day in their travels, they saw a hut in the distance. As they approached they realized that it was occupied in spite of its extremely poor appearance.
disciple: “Go back, get the cow, take her to the cliff in front of us, and push her off.”
In that desolate place where there were no crops and no trees,
The wise man, an elderly Chinese man, took a deep breath and repeated the order: “Go ahead. Push the cow off the cliff.” Though outraged at what he was being asked to do, the student was resigned to obey his master.
a man lived with his wife, three young children and a thin, tired cow. Since they were hungry and thirsty, the wise man and his disciple stopped for a few hours and were well received. At one point, the wise man asked: “This is a very poor place, far away from anything. How do you survive?” “You see that cow? That’s what keeps us going,” said the head of the family. “She gives us milk, some of it we drink and some were make into cheese. When there is extra, we go into the city and exchange the milk and cheese for other types of food. That’s how we survive.” The wise man thanked them for their hospitality and left. When he reached the first bend in the road, he said to his
The disciple could not believe what he was hearing. “I cannot do that, master! How can you be so ungrateful? The cow is all they have. If I throw it on the cliff, they’ll have no way to survive. Without the cow, they’ll all die!”
He returned to the hut and quietly led
“You see that cow? That’s what keeps us going,” said the head of the family. the animal to the edge of the cliff and pushed. The cow fell down the cliff and died. As years passed, remorse for what he had done never left the disciple. One spring day, the guilt became too much to bear and he left the wise man and
returned to that little shack. He wanted to find out what had happened to that
Sometimes our attachments can be the biggest obstacle to our growth.
took a few steps closer to the pool where he recognized the man from the past, only now he was strong and confident, the woman was happy, and the children were now nice-looking teenagers. He was dumbfounded, and went over to the man and asked: “What happened? I was here with my teacher a few years ago and this was a miserable place. There was nothing. What did you do to improve your lives in such a short time?” The man looked at the disciple, and replied with a smile:
family, to help them out, apologize, or somehow make amends. Upon rounding a turn in the road, he could not believe what his eyes were showing him. In place of the poor shack there was a beautiful house with trees all around, a swimming pool, several cars in the garage, a satellite dish, and on and on. Three good-looking teenagers and their parents were celebrating their first million dollars. The heart of the disciple froze. What could have happened to the family? Without a doubt, they must have been starving to death and forced to sell their land and leave. At that moment, the student thought they must all be begging on the street corners of some city. He approached the house and asked a man that was passing by about the whereabouts of the family that had lived there several years ago. “You’re looking at it,” said the man, pointing to the people gathered around the barbecue Unable to believe what he heard, the disciple walked through the gate and
“We had a cow that kept us alive. She was all we had. But one day she fell down the cliff and died. To survive, we had to start doing other things, develop skills we didn’t know we had. And so, because we were forced to come up with new ways of doing things, we are now much better off than before.” Moral of the story: Sometimes our attachments can be the biggest obstacle to our growth. Perhaps the best thing that could happen is to push your “cow” down the cliff. Is there a cow ( idea, mental block or mind set ) in your life that is keeping you miserable? ........ Then now is the time to push it over the cliff. --------------------------------------------------------BY TM Dinesh
needed a break, desperately and at last I won a trophy. Right this moment I am exhilarated and want to continue to be in the aftermath of this happiness.
We tend to forget as to what is in store for us. But someone mentioned it to me that unless I try, I will never know what is there, hidden for me. I got this opportunity to come back with a bang and this is the break I was looking for. Definitely I didn’t lose anything in giving it a try. All it required was for me to come out of my shell and face the challenge. Once the mind is made up to take up the challenge, nothing should come in between. And that is what happened yesterday, I had made up my mind to win the trophy and I put in all the efforts and succeeded in winning it. Participation is what matters, but for some reason, I was unable to achieve the victory. Probably I wasn’t practicing well, I wasn’t putting in the right amount of efforts. I was lacking in determination to win and had started to underestimate myself.
Yesterday’s victory has boosted me to a great extent. It is like a booster injection where I am energized completely. With this I am motivated to move on with my project speeches.
Famous words by Nikos Kazantzakis
“In order to succeed, we must first BELIE BELIEVE that we can”. TM Nita Uday Naik
OVERCOMING ANGER Why it is important to manage anger?
nger is a normal human emotion and when it is managed properly it is not a problem. Everyone gets angry, and mild anger can sometimes be useful to express strong feelings and deal with situations. However, if anger is expressed in harmful ways, or persists over a long period of time, then it can lead to problems in relationships at home and at work and can affect the overall quality of your life. Impulsive actions can ruin lives and precious relationships over time. ”Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned”. There was once a little boy who had a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he would lose his temper, he should hammer a nail into a wooden board. As the boy learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered gradually dwindled down. He discovered that it was easier to control his anger than to drive those nails into the board. Finally, the day came when the boy did not lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy should now pull out the nails from the board. The father then told his son to look at the holes in the board, that the board would never look the same again.
The board is a metaphor to our heart. When one says or does things in anger, whether in the workplace or at home, it leaves scars in the heart. No matter how many times one apologizes, the heart will never stay the same. The wounds would heal but the scars will remain. The next time you are angry at your subordinates or work colleagues and are about to say something hurtful, ask yourself
“Harsh words break no bones but they do break hearts”. Words kill, words give life, and they are either poison or fruit….you choose…
first if there is a way to say it in a tactful manner. Impulsive actions have ruined relationships a number of times. “Harsh words break no bones but they do break hearts”. “Words kill, words give life, and they are either poison or fruit….you choose… If someone uses harsh words on you, walk away without reacting, if at all possible. Forgiveness is liberating. Do not carry grudges in your heart. The burden can immobilize your journey to greatness.
Mahatma Gandhi was angry when he was indiscriminately thrown out of the train in South Africa, in spite of carrying first class ticket but he didnâ€™t react much and his anger lasted in 40 seconds which I think is a healthy anger and Gandhiji was an enlightened person.
means dis-ease. When we are not at ease with our life, we form into disease. Starting with small cough, cold and going straight up to diabetes, arthritis etc. Decisions are made on a daily basis and you have a choice. Either you fill the holes in the hearts of your staff or colleagues with compassion, caring words and actions, or use cruel words to intimidate and destroy them. However, it would still be better if you strive to understand your employees unique personalities and working styles, mentor them if you can, and encourage them to improve and explore. I wish you try these techniques and have a wonderful, peaceful, loving, happy, calm and great lifeâ€Ś
By TM Narasimha Rao
Studies show that holding on to hanger can lead to increase in blood pressure and heart rate and changes the flow of blood in the vessels and reduce the hearts blood supply which can cause heart attacks. Every time we get angry, we are putting poison into our system. Every time we have a fight with wife, husband, mother, father, sister, children, boss, a colleague, a friend we are giving poison to ourselves. Anger is a big dose of poison which gradually comes in the form of disease. Disease
My Role as Sergeant At Arms
t’s been a privileged to be part of DGTC EXCOM and be appointed as Sergeant At Arms (SAA) of this Club.
The Sergeant At Arms (SAA) serves as master host and makes the proper physical arrangements and responsible for the orderly conduct of all Club meetings, including meal ordering, meeting room layout and controlling club property between meetings. Here are SAA key role and responsibilities: •
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Keep track of the club’s physical property, such as the banner, lectern, timing device, and other meeting materials Arrive early to prepare the meeting place for members, and stay late to stow all club’s equipment and materials Greets all guests and members at each meeting Kick off meetings to ensure meeting starts on time as schedule Collects ballots and tallies votes for awards Attends and participates in Executive Committee meetings
What makes this role super special? In this role, you will get the chance to speak at each meeting, which is a great way to practice your communication skills and build greater self-confidence as a public speaker. In my opinion, this role requires a systematic and organize person who values time and passionate to develop his/her leadership skills through Toastmasters Club. If you have what it takes to be the future SAA, I would encourage you to apply for this role and be proud to be part of DGTC EXCOM. TM Rowena ( SAA )
new ideas and experiences, we sharpen our listening skills, we think
I joined Toastmasters just to give a try to get rid of my fear to face crowd! But today, after 1.5 years, I am a passionate and a committed Toastmaster. I am very confident to face audience now. In Toastmasters, we support each other, we listen to
creatively on a regular basis, we offer new ideas of improvements, we get guidance from our mentors, we get rewarded, we learn to do better every time, we learn to think on feet, we get rid of filler words like uhs & uhms, we network with new people and expand our circle.
JO OURN NEY Y
I am glad d that with h DGTC & its evergreen and welc coming members su upport, to oday I am glad g to be a compe etent communiicator…. though there is long path ahe ead of thiss marvelo ous journe ey of learning & self-imprrovementt! " TM NISAR VPE
Table Topics " If I'm a butterfly for a day!". For a few minutes I really became the colorful and beautiful butterfly I love!! T M Kalpana
able topics was one of my favorite speeches in the whole lot! That's why I chose to enroll my name in table topics even as a ice breaker!! This time it was an awesome topic as my favorite: " If I'm a butterfly for a day!". For a few minutes I really became the colorful and beautiful butterfly I love!!
I lived the life of a butterfly hovering around many beautiful and fragrant flowers over gardens all over the world!! I bathed in the sweet nectar of different flowers and enjoyed those few minutes as though I lived my whole life as a butterfly!! My fellow competitor,
The Bee steals the nectar from some of my flowers and makes his honeycomb hive!! I was overwhelmed with joy that I make so many people happy and keep them smiling!! I was in bliss that I even forgot to thank the respected judge who selected this topic for us to talk!!
Thank you all of you for giving this wonderful opportunity to live the life of a butterfly!! by T M Kalpana
OUT OF COMFORT ZONE t is irrefutable to say that toastmaster provides a platform, where we can learn public speaking in a supportive atmosphere, build our confidence in front of an audience and also network with intellectuals of similar level and capabilities.
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”
“It was a magical transformation “ in my ability from ICE Breaker and Project 10 speech. with a span of 1.3 years.
It was a fantastic year for me in Discovery Garden Toastmaster club. I have successfully completed my competent communicator and recognized for this exceptional achievement. With my journey of the project speeches, there have been a massive improvement in my ability and became more confident in front of audience. It was a magical transformation in my ability from ICE Breaker and Project 10 speech, with a span of 1.3 years. It was a 360 degree learning program where I have not only learned from my mentor but also learned from new members including guests. I had an opportunity to serve the club as a Treasurer and learn tremendously on managing the finance and accounts not only for the club but at personal level as well. There are ample opportunity provided by senior leaders of the club to improve not
only soft skills but much beyond that. I grabbed an opportunity to start a new club in Green Community with support of seniors and serving the club as a President. So far it is an awesome, fabulous and fantastic experience for me. This role helping me to enhance people management, marketing and leadership skill. It requires me to work closely with club officers and inspire each one of them to promote the club for membership drive. We are promoting the club by distributing fliers, creating meeting event on meetup and promoting it on Facebook. Being president, I am also mentoring, coaching and guiding new members, who joined the club and inspiring Guests to convert into member. Finally, I pen down saying that, toastmaster is unique set up to mature your public speaking and leadership skill, together with interacting with people from numerous background. --------------------------------------------TM Manoj Maru Treasurer
DGTCâ€™S CLUBCONTEST WINNERS CONGRATULATIONS CLUB CONTEST WINNER TM ROWENA FOR International speech TM NITA for table topic TM NISAR For Humorous speech TM PRIYA for evaluation
CONGRATULATIONS AREA CONTEST WINNER TM VENKET for Humorous speech TM Priya for Evaluation TM ANITA For Table topic ( first runner Up )
President TM Dinesh
VP Education TM Nisar
VP Membership TM Kumudini
VP PR TM Piyush
Treasurer TM Manoj maru
Secretary TM Deepa M
SAA TM Rowena
Discovery Gardens Toastmasters Club issue 08 April 2017