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Discovery Gardens Toastmasters Club


ISSUE 09 OCT 2017






Area 28, Division F , District 105, Club No : 2991308.

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Welcome to our DGTC VOICE of OCT 2017. Thanks to all the contributors to this issue and I look forward to receiving many more articles in the future. I know you will find lots of information and inspiration in this publication. Please keep this page brimming over with your news items.

Let me know if there is anything you would like to see included in future issues of this publication. We welcome feedback so that we can improve each step towards excellence. EDITOR:

Hope you all enjoy reading the newsletter as much as I have enjoyed putting it together, I'm honored to be part of DGTC.

VP Public Relations Officer Email: Mobile No : 00971-529054940





Meet our Area Director

I am Anita Sambhus. My Toastmasters journey started with a few friends 4 years ago. I was totally mesmerised by what Toast Masters had to offer. The CC, CL Manuals teach us what communication is all about. Now while I am working on my Advanced manuals, Toastmasters is t eaching me a new thing every step of the way. I am proud to represent Area 28 this year as its Area Director. All the clubs in this area strive their utmost. DGTC is my home club. I have received

tremendous amount of support and guidance from this club. I commend the Ex-com for working tirelessly. Only due to their dedicated efforts and the strong base created by the club mentors, the club can call itself a great success. I thank DGTC and all the mentors for their support. I promise to assist them in every way to achieve their targets this year. Kudos to DGTC. Love from Anita Sambhus Area Director.

I think leadership is service and there is power in that giving: to help people, to inspire and motivate them to reach their fullest potential. - Denise Morrison

President’s Column

“Do you compare your INSIDES to other people’s OUTSIDES?” It’s a great message. How many times do we think to ourselves, ‘That person seems to have it all together—their career, their family, their finances and their life!’ In fact, they are just like you and I. They have their challenges, their doubts, their disappointments and their regrets. No one is perfect! Some may look like they are, however what appears on the outside is not always the same on the inside.

So instead of thinking how fortunate someone is, remember that you have not travelled the same path, nor experienced the same successes or set backs. Instead, compare yourself to the person you were a month ago, a year ago or five years ago. Ask yourself: Have you improved? Have you made progress? Are you on the pathway of becoming the best version of you? TM Dinesh DGTC President

“ The key to s ucces s ful leaders hip today is influence, not authority . ” -


WHY DTM ? I didn't get a proper response w hen two of our charter members asked me that why to become a Distinguished Toastmaster, later that night I thought, what makes these people strive for that mountain of achiev ement? There may be as many reasons as there are Distinguished Toastmasters. Some people are life-long learners and w ant to continue learning. Others are focused on job promotions. Many continue to achieve goals for their clubs to success. Still others want to hav e the prestige of the initials, DTM, behind their names.

least one role per meeting.

To be a DTM, you need to be committed, need to be focused on the achievable small steps. Deliver speeches as much as possible; during all meetings, perform maximum number of leadership roles - if not many then at

Step by step, mov e tow ards your dream. The steps that I followed to be a DTM are;    

Plan, Prepare, Practice: keep revising your plan ov er time as things w ill happen that alter your plan. Readiness w ith Speeches: Always have at least tw o speeches ready to give at a moment's notice. Dual Membership: Being in more than one club allow s more speaking opportunities. Document your credits: alw ays get your credits documented and approv ed by club VPE.

“To be a DTM, you need to be committed, need to be focused on the achievable small steps.”

Achiev ing a DTM aw ard is not the end of a Toastmaster’s career but the beginning of an adv anced opportunity to apply w hat they hav e learned to attain ev en higher levels of leadership and communication competency and to uplift others and self. I realize that although my name is on the DTM plaque, my becoming a DTM is due in large part to so many w onderful Toastmasters, my mentors, others club officers, who helped me along the w ay and I feel like my completing the requirements is merely the return on their inv estment. Thank you all. Deepa Surendran,DTM

HOW TO JOIN TOASTMASTER CLUB ? Members pay international dues of $45 USD every six months. (Some clubs may charge additional fees.) International dues are $33.75 USD every six months for clubs not in Toastmasters districts. All new members also pay a one-time fee of $20 USD.

IN THREE EASY STEPS: Step 1 V isit a club. Find clubs near you by using the Find a Club tool. Each club has its own culture, so feel free to visit more than one to find the one that’s right for you.

Visit a club. Find clubs near you by using the Find a Club tool. Each club has its own culture, so feel free to visit more than one to find the one that’s right for you.

When you find the club you want to join, ask the vice president membership for a membership application. Fill it out and return it with your dues to the vice president membership.

After admission, you will receive a welcome email from Toastmasters International with starter instructions. From there, ask your vice president education for a mentor, and sign up for your first project.

Step 2 When you find the club you want to join, ask the vice president membership for a membership application. Fill it out and return it with your dues to the vice president membership.

Step 3 After admission, you will receive a welcome email from Toastmasters International with starter instructions. From there, ask your vice president education for a mentor, and sign up for your first project. Find a Club


P1 to P10: Project Objectives

Competent Communication Manual (ref.: CC Manual) Project #1: THE ICE BREAKER (time: 4 to 6 minutes)  To begin speaking before an audience.  To discover speaking skills you already have and skills that need some attention. Project #2: ORGANIZE YOUR SPEECH (time: 5 to 7 minutes)  Select and appropriate outline which allows listeners to easily follow and understand your speech.  Make your message clear, with supporting material directly contributing to that message.  Use appropriate transitions when moving from one idea to another.  Create a strong opening and conclusion. Project #3: GET TO THE POINT (time: 5 to 7 minutes)  Select a speech topic and determine its general and specific purposes.  Organize the speech in a manner that best achieves those purposes.  Ensure the beginning; body and conclusion reinforce the purposes.  Project sincerity and conviction and control any nervousness you may feel.  Strive not to use notes. Project #4: HOW TO SAY IT (5 to 7 minutes)  Select the right words and sentence structure to communicate your ideas clearly, accurately and vividly.  Use rhetorical devices to enhance and emphasize ideas.  Eliminate jargon and unnecessary words. Use correct grammar. Project #5: YOUR BODY SPEAKS (time: 5 to 7 minutes)  Use stance, movement, gestures, facial expressions and eye contact to express your message and achieve your speech’s purpose.  Make your body language smooth and natural. Project #6: VOCAL VARIETY (time: 5 to 7 minutes)  Use voice volume, pitch, rate and quality to reflect and add meaning and interest to your message.  Use pauses to enhance your message.  Use vocal variety smoothly and naturally. Project #7: RESEARCH YOUR TOPIC (time: 5 to 7 minutes)  Collect information about your topic from numerous sources.  Carefully support your points and opinions with specific facts, examples and illustrations gathered through research. Project #8: GET COMFORTABLE WITH VISUAL AIDS (time: 5 to 7 minutes)  Select visual aids that are appropriate for your message and the audience.  Use visual aids correctly with ease and confidence. Project #9: PERSUADE WITH POWER (time: 5 to 7 minutes)  Persuade listeners to adopt your viewpoint or ideas or to take some action.  Appeal to the audience’s interests.  Use logic and emotion to support your position.  Avoid using notes. Project #10: INSPIRE YOUR AUDIENCE (time: 8 to 10 minutes)  To inspire the audience by appealing to noble motives and challenging the audience to achieve a higher level of beliefs or achievement.  Appeal to the audience’s needs and emotions, using stories, anecdotes and quotes to add drama.  Avoid using notes.

" A New sky " A new sky

“ With wings to fly No conditions no constraints Just a desire to Test my inner strengths Will be mine As time will tell And the sun will shine On a new path That will be mine!

� - Sonal Bhandari


Has anyone ever wondered about the origin of TIME ?! or is it just me? Among the many conundrums that have eclipsed my mind since childhood, the one peculiar question which keeps bulging time & again at the inquisitive part of my brain (I am told I have one!) is about TIME.

Who decided the world should have a TIME? who coined the word TIME? who decided an year has 365 days? who decided there should be 24 hrs in a day and an hour is 60 minutes and a minute is 60 secs? Has anyone thought about it….or is it just me? Is it that, zillions of years ago a few good men sat over drinks one fine evening and decided, “ok from today we will have a system called TIME in which there would be an hour, a minute and a second”. And all the fools who followed them just

"OK from now onwards we will have a system in which there would be day, an hour, a minute and a second". And all the 'fools" who followed them just followed them! are we among those followers?r the years..and guess what, no one could quench the thirst and it goes on. Is it that a group of so called wise people sat over drinks one day zillions of years ago and decided, "OK from now onwards we will have a system in which there would be day, an hour, a minute and a second". And all the 'fools" who followed them just

From today we will have a system called TIME in which there would be an hour, a minute and a second”. kept following it and passed it over to posterity. Are we just the blind followers of that liquor inflicted theory? I have always felt that there is a lot of flaws in our educational system, before anyone told me what time was and how it was inferred, I was taught to say out the right time from a clock and this is not just about TIME.

followed them! are we among those followers? I know i know its crazy stuff to think about..but cmon who said it's not a crazy forum to write this stuff!!

This is the case with many of the socalled systems in our society. But then who am I to challenge that. No, I am not challenging I am just asking a question which I guess at least some have thought about in their life time. I Have been trying to get my answers for the same since a long time…one day hopefully I will get it. And let me tell you this not the only “crazy” question in my head. Is it that a group of so called wise people sat over drinks one day zillions of years ago and decided,

By TM soyouj Asst. SAA



he most precious jewel you can have around your neck are the arms of your children.

Late into the night hours, a crowded railway station was hustling and bustling with people. The speakers blaring announcements and the Vendors and coolies rushing about on their duties. Everyone was in a hurry running with their bags and baggage’. Amidst that chaos, there was a three year old girl playing with her mother, nagging for toys and chocolates .After a while, Mother gave the child a good night kiss and made her sleep in her lap. She heard the announcement blaring out again that the train would be late by another three hours crossing well past the midnight. So she decided to close her eyes for a moment on the waiting chairs in the station. After a while, she woke up to another blaring announcement and she was shocked to see her child missing .She ran helter skelter crying, wailing and screaming. But amongst the sea of

people and amidst the deafening sound , her cries were drowned and she stood frozen looking for her kid , who had vanished into thin air .

In another case a 11-year-old boy was playing outside his home. Once the food was ready his mother called and there was no response. he was gone. These are a couple of the numerous incidents which occurs in our world. It’s a great epidemic which is spreading its tentacles in India. As per statistics, one child goes missing every 6 minutes that means, by the time I finish my speech one parent will experience the pangs of agony as a child is snatched away from the cocoon of love and care. It’s estimated 180 children a day and close to 90,000 in a year goes missing. Where do they go and what happens to them is rather sketchy. There is a well-organized mafia behind all these activities, they largely target children from the lower levels of society who have lesser access to the law enforcement authorities. Once these children get into their clutches, they are drugged and transported to different parts of the world as part of the worldwide ring of human trafficking . These children ultimately find ways to become an organ donor or get enslaved into sexual trade or work as a child labor in life threatening and horrific conditions or it could be one among the children whom you see daily begging at the traffic signal. Even grownups get trapped by the lure of jobs and relationships finally ending up at various brothels. So what do we do? Educate the children about interacting with strangers either in person or through the internet. Do not give money to beggars especially to the kids, as these money ultimately goes into maintaining this wellorganized trade. If required give the children food, they would be happy. Be vigilant and curious to Child labor activities.. We have taken the child begging as normality so we don't question who they are, why they are there and who they are with” So vigilance is essential .If in case of any suspicious movement report to the authorities

Government has launched a website called “Khoya paaya & Lost and found� which is interlinked with every police station in the country and every missing case photos are uploaded. So we can report incase if we find something suspicious about the roots of the child. This action has been very positive and several sightings have been reported and children traced and handed over to parents. As citizens these are least of the steps we can take to help parents who have lost their child, carry them in their hearts but unable to hug them. They are suffering an excruciating seesaw between agony and hope on everyday basis . They are in deep penance waiting to see one glimpse of their kids who never used to sleep without listening to a story or without being cuddled and kissed. For the parent the time has stood still, emotion frozen and numbed forever in the thoughts of what is happening with their kids. Remember losing your child is like losing a part of your soul, you may put a brave front but deep inside you are dying So do not lose sight of your child , our children, our future generation , let us not let them down .


Sudhir kunnath

President JLT toastmaster club

Speed kills !


am on the 3rd year of my Toastmasters. My Ice Breaker speech is still fresh in my memory. My mentor had told me to use pause. I started my speech with a long pause of 8-10 seconds…. When I looked at the audience my

mouth and throat was dry…without any liquid in my mout h I cannot feel the presence of tongue…I almost felt ashamed and dizzy for that moment. However, my lovely

club mates smiled at my face and looked at me as if I am a great speaker like Obama. I got confident, started my speech…..then it was like firing bullets from a machine gun. Yes, when you are nervous it is difficult to control the rate of our speech…

It was like firing bullets from a machine gun.

My mentor DTM Deepa kept telling me to reduce the speed. She would mark many pauses in Red, when she mentor my speech script . However, when I deliver my speech, I myself get red and rush through the speech. People interpret it as a sign of nervousness and a lack of selfconfidence. It can make it appear

that you don't think people want to listen to you, or that what you have to say is not important. Later I enjoyed the speech contests, watched speeches of Toastmaster International Convention champions and some of the talents of Discovery Gardens Toastmasters Club, like Priya, Manoj, Venkat…etc. I was mesmerised by the beauty added by appropriate pauses and conscious alteration of the speed of the speech to sync idea to the audience. I realized, how the “speed” when you speak, kills the speech itself. It spoils the beauty of the script and kills the magic of pause. To quote Mark Twain “The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.”


Project speech Project 01 form CC Manual THE ICE BREAKER - (4 TO 6 MINUTES) Do you believe in the saying that “Opposites Attract? I do. According to research, couples who are too similar to each other, both physically and in personality, are less likely to have a long lasting relationship. Fellow toastmasters and guests, Good Evening! I started my career in Saudi Arabia, as my gateway to the Middle East. Saudi Arabia is very special to my heart, as this is where I met my husband and got married. “Every love story is different, but ours is my favorite. I’ll tell you why? My husband and I are completely the opposite”. First – Nationality Who will expect that I will marry someone from India, while I am from the Philippines. At the beginning, my mother-in-law had difficulty to comprehend how Filipinos look like? But after seeing me in person she confirmed that Filipinos and Indians look the same, except for the size of my nose. Second – Religion My husband is a Hindu Brahmin, while I am a Catholic Christian. I am sure you will agree that this is a very serious matter that requires a lot of effort from both sides to build know-how about our religion and tradition and see if there is any similarity. But sad to say there is none! Last but not the least – Food I work with Yum brands, who is the mother company for KFC, PH and Taco Bell, responsible for Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan markets for the last 18 years. You can say that I work in a fast food restaurant business and as a typical Filipino, I love eating fish, chicken or beef, except vegetables! But my dear husband is a pure vegetarian! It is a bigger concern, where to eat when we’re out looking for dine in restaurants, as he cannot stand the smell of fish, even egg, which is pathetic, don’t you agree?

As a result, even our families and friends, at the time, were against our relationship. It’s like “Against All Odds” and believe that this relationship will not work, especially when it comes to religion and food, and what about our kids future. Back then, we were confused, not knowing if this relationship is worth fighting for? But as we stand the test of time and after all that we’ve been through, I cannot believe that this month we will be celebrating our 21 s t wedding anniversary. What a milestone! Our daughter is now a freshman college student in the US, while our son is in Year 5 at Dubai International Academy. Both of them are having Filipino passports, Catholics, but they also follow and respect Hindu beliefs and traditions. When in India, we visit temples, we are all vegetarians and the good thing is that I tend to lose weight. Now I can say that I am an expert in cooking south Indian food like Dosa, Idli (where I make my own batter) and that we always have Sambar at home, since this is my son’s favorite dish. You can say that we have 2 kitchens in one, as we have separate cooking vessels and utensils for vegetables and nonvegetables. Through the years, we both learn to adjust, give and take. I can say that I am lucky and proud to have a very supportive husband, and although nothing has changed from the time we first met, and still have the same differences. But all these differences are actually the chemistry that binds us together towards a successful relationship. Remember: “Every love story is different, but ours is my favorite.” Over to you. Project 01 Speech by Rowena


In honour of Ralph Smedley and the birth of the Toastmasters club, Toastmasters International holds the Smedley Award contest each year. To qualify, the individual club must add five new, dual, or reinstated members between August 1st and September 30th.

TM Deepa Surendran FOR becoming 1 s t DTM (distinguished toastmaster) in area 28 and DGTC club She complete all tracks of toastmasters in 4 years For new members ,DTM is the ultimate aim of each toastmasters. To achieve DTM ,member need to complete 40 projects (CC,ACB,ACS,ACG) in communication track and (CL,ALB,ALS) in leadership track. I am really confident that DTM Deepa will be an inspiration to all new members in achieving the goal in Toastmaster...



President DGTC TM Dinesh

Former President TM PRIYA NAMBIAR







Project speech AWESOME AVATHAR

Look at this card...What does it say? MOM. Please read it now! WOW. Yes! MOM is always WOW! Mom is an epitome of unconditional love. I quote E.M. Foster " I am sure , ....that if the mothers of various nations could meet ,....there would be no wars"

Good evening fellow TM and guests‌ .. The word Avathar describes the saviour of good souls and the destroyer of evils. As the Almighty cannot cater to everyone every time he has sent the "avatar" as our lovely mothers to take care and nurture us. There is an old Indian saying " A woman is complete only after she becomes a mother'. As a mom I totally agree to this saying. The bodily changes and mentally adjustments of an the expectant mother as fetus grows within her are incredible. When I delivered my child my mother pampered me caring for both of us.. My sweet husband used to do the night shift caring for the baby. I used record the milestones of the growing baby as my

sweet memories. I felt that I have transformed myself into a matured, compassionate and determined mother. Sometimes I glance through the old photo albums of my childhood and cherish fond memories with my mom and family. This gives me a boost to face present day challenges. Even today we share our ideas and chat on the net particularly on festive occasions. A mother is a multitasking superwoman. She acts a banker, care taker, cook, doctor, driver, educator, leader, motivational speaker and also magician binding the whole family together in amazement. There are 2 billion mothers around the world.

1. MOM is always WOW as she is brainy. According to research published in "Current Directions in Psychological science" it is proved that the grey matter cells of the mother grows profoundly 4 months after the birth of a child. Inrda Nooyi the CEO of PepsiCo and Kiran Bedi ex IPS officer, the present Governor of my hometown Pondicherry are the finest examples of brainy supermoms. 2. MOM is always WOW - as she motivates.. Mary Gates played vital role in the success of her son Bill Gates. According to 2009 Wall Street Journal, she motivated Bill Gates to get into philanthropy, after the Microsoft company made Bill gates into a billionaire. 3. MOM is always WOW- as she has abundance of willpower.....In the Biography of Thomas Edison by Gerald Beals , the determination of Nancy Edison as a mother in bringing him up was mentioned. She home-schooled Thomas after his teacher deemed him incompetent. In the guidance of his mother, he became one of the finest inventors in American history. ...What did he invent...???? Light bulb and list goes on....

Of all the roles I have played , the most fulfilling one is....being a mother. I quote George Washington.." My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am... I owe to my mother, I attribute my success in life to the moral, intellectual, and physical education I received from her". Ergo, always respect , appreciate and reciprocate to her unconditional love. MOM is always WOW...... Ladies and Gentlemen I want you to go home, pick up your phones , call your mom and say I LOVE YOU MOM..... Project speech by TM KALPANA ASSIST VPPR

Discovery Gardens Toastmasters Club (DGTC) Gardens & Discovery Gardens, Dubai is home to many professionals and initiated “Discovery Gardens Toastmasters Club (DGTC)”, which provides the opportunity to enhance public speaking and leadership skills. DGTC provides a friendly atmosphere for everyone to ignite your career growth. The club is a blend of experienced toastmasters and enthusiastic buddies that is an ideal environment for club members to discover their art of public speaking. We guarantee a friendly atmosphere for each member to become effective comm unicator and leader. With a minimal investment, DGTC will assure a great difference in the way you communicate in front

of an

audience. Our members come from varying backgrounds like bankers,

management consultants, IT professionals, engineers, teachers, financial experts, home makers and entrepreneurs. This cultural diversity of the members offers a perfect atmosphere to learn and have fun during each meeting. Come join us, every 1 st and 3rd Saturday of each month and experience the positive change that DGTC can bring to your personality. The Delhi Private School -

Teachers Training Room (TTR).

Jebel Ali, Dubai Meeting Time: 4pm to 6pm (Every Month: 1 st and 3 rd Saturday)

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Contact: VP Membership –TM Rajisha Mob: 0528767261 E-mail: President - Dineshkumar, Mob: 0501007147 E-mail:




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