BURJ TOASTMASTERS CLUB NO. 687361 • AREA 25 DIVISION B • DISTRICT 20 ISSUE 1 • 2015-16
Newsletter of Burj Toastmasters
About Burj Toastmasters Burj Toastmasters was formed in June 2004 and since then has grown to become one of the stellar clubs in the region. With a strong membership strength, our club has churned out champion speakers and has received the President’s Distinguished Club status, the highest status that can be achieved by a club.
BURJ TOASTMASTERS Why should you join? Meeting Days Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday
The Toastmasters program offers many benefits that help people in all walks of life. As a result of participating in Toastmasters, you will: 1. Increase your self-confidence 2. Become a better speaker 3. Become a better leader 4. Communicate more effectively
Meeting Time How to join Burj Toastmasters
7.00 pm to 9.30 pm.
Meeting Venue Ground Floor, Emarat Atrium, Shk. Zayed Road, Dubai Free parking slots 21-42
Find us on : BurjToastmasters
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Fill up the application form and pay the required dues. Once you register, our treasurer will pay your dues to Toastmasters International online, and you will receive the manuals for Competent Communication and Competent Leader program by post directly from United States. Then attend the club meetings regularly which is normally twice in a month and complete the speech projects as per the Competent Communication and Competent Leader manuals. You will get all the guidance and help from your assigned mentor, the fellow members and club officers! If you want any further information, you may please contact any one of us anytime.
Meeting Flyers Released
The Will to Win
Awesome Humans the term Toastmaster a mark of
Welcome our New Members
Remember the Time
Joy of Donating Blood
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Burj Shining Stars
MESSAGE FROM EDITOR’S DESK
This issue comprises of activities of the clubs, spotlight on members as well as some insightful articles from our members. We’ve had some enthusiatic members join us and you will get to know more about them. This edition’s member spotlight is on our VP
Rodney Araujo VP - Public Relations It is an absolute honour and a great privilege to launch the first edition of the newsletter of Burj Toastmasters for the term 2015-16. Burj Toastmasters has come a long way since the club launched in 2004 and through up & downs has managed to be stand tall, just like our name suggests. It is a matter of great pride for us that this year the Area Director & Division Director originate from our club. We have also achieved the President’s Distinguished Club status for the last term, and the endevour is to keep up to the same high standards that have been set by previous leaders. When we started planning the newsletter, we thought of various names & threw it open to the members to suggest names. However, in the end we decided to keep the old legacy and stick to the old name Bottom Line.
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membership Alex Mascarenhas. I would like to convey my heartiest gratitude to all those who have contributed to this newsletter. Needless to say, there would not have been a newsletter without the content provide by our members. Hope you all enjoy reading the newsletter as much as I have enjoyed putting it together. First newsletter in 2005
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
Looking ahead, we are confident that this year shall also be one of the most memorable years. This confidence is gathered by our ever growing member strength and quality the club has attained. The core to our
Jyothika Shetty President (2015-16) Dear Toastmasters, Burj Toastmasters is in its 12th year of successful Toastmastering and it gives me immense pleasure to convey my message for the first edition of the “comeback” newsletter of the club. Yes, the first newsletter of the club was released way back in 2005 and thanks to our dynamic VP Public Relations, TM Rodney Araujo, who took up the challenge to revive old traditions. This is just the beginning as the club is discovering lot of talents, opportunities and recognition. Last year was very successful for the club as we attained the President Distinguished status and this is a testimony to the hard work and efforts of the members, mentors and the executive committee. This also reinstates the confidence that the club has done all things right by upholding the spirit of its alma mater. Our members have performed well in their education goal and have learnt a lot in terms of relationship building together with leadership and public speaking skills.
success is attributed to the 3 T’s i.e., Teamwork, Time management and Trust. I believe when these three aspects are well integrated we can achieve our goals right on time. In a leadership role, the first step to being a leader is understanding what our members want and not what a leader thinks they need. This means reaching out to the members and gaining feedback and this is the reason we have strengthened our membership and guest feedback policy. Our contributions or achievements will be recognized only if we function as a team to benefit our members. As we are often reminded, there is no “I” in “TEAM.” Finally, deliver your responsibilities with utmost dedication and commitment no matter what the outcome. Do your best and enjoy the journey! Be proud, but be humble. In conclusion, I would like to take this opportunity
Toastmasters fraternity who have supported us in our journey. Wishing you a joyful reading ahead and all the very best.
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MESSAGE FROM THE CLUB MENTOR Burj Toastmasters until mid of 2012, when then President Cyril Sukare pulled me in and within a month he relocated to Cananda. While Burj Toastmasters had only 6 active members and all inactive Excom officers and I was entrusted to be the President. That was the greatest thing that has happened in my life. That single position taught me a great amount of tolerance, patience and most
Velu Arumugam Club Mentor First of all I would like to thank & convey my admiration to our VP Public Relations, TM Rodney Araujo for bringing this newsletter. Members may come and members may go, but the club must move on, which solely depends on its leadership and the Excom. Burj Toastmasters’ current president, TM Jyothika Shetty is a fantastic leader emerged out of the club with her continuous involvement in Excom for last 3 years. Stay strong, stay committed, ever striving for excellence, do good for others, etc are few of such many qualities she is born with. So she stands out to be an exceptionally fabulous, brilliant and dynamic leader. Being in Toastmasters fraternity for 11 years & for 4 years with Burj Toastmasters, one learning out of many that I would like to convey to every reader, is that if everything is good, everything is fabulous, everything is excellent, then there we have nothing to do and so the real we that’s inside us may still stay dormant. In true sense we learn nothing but become mere copy paste of others. I strongly believe in doing than preaching and thus Burj Toastmasters had become my greatest play school of learning, where I had discovered most important skills and learned few great values of leadership which I otherwise would never had have learned. So don’t look for great place, don’t look for great people, don’t look for great things. Instead make your place great where you are, you become the great person that you expect others to be and keep striving for excellence continuously that will make everything great that you do. Being a member of Dubai Toastmaster since 2005, I had never visited
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importantly stop changing people, rather allow them to evolve to become better. If we look back the history of Burj Toastmasters, it has come a long way since chartering the club in 2004. I have seen the club go through ups & downs to a point where even the club was almost about to close down. Today I am really very proud to see that the club has risen so high as its name in terms of quality meetings and membership in this region. Burj Toastmasters has created many champion speakers and kept consistently producing many leaders, who went on to take up higher positions in the Area & Division level which is an exceptional feature of Burj Toastmasters. I for sure otherwise would not have had become Area Governor. With a healthy membership of vibrant & active members, led by a dynamic President TM Jyothika Shetty and her team of committed club officers working truly as servant leaders, the club is a testament of the dedication that is required for any organization to stay strong, dynamic and vibrant. History is created only by those who had will to accomplish and went on identifying opportunities that satisfies their soul. But in Toastmasters opportunity is provided for every member the moment they become part of Toastmasters fraternity. I appeal to every Toastmaster who reads this article to just pause for a while and reflect, how beautiful this world will be…. If every one of us get grounded on the core values of Toastmasters International, RISE and practice them… That’s the essence, the nectar of life not just talking and preaching about it. If anyone has any comment, please feel free to drop a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
MESSAGE FROM AREA DIRECTOR
Never Forget, all the champions, right from Henry Wiens in 1938 to the present decade champions Dhananjaya Banna,
Qahtani, Shurook began
preparations from the CLUB contests and moved forward from one level to the other to be the world champion in Public Speaking.
Sameera Khan Area 25 Director Immediate Past President
So, how can you prepare yourself towards Championship? Simply by participating in
We witnessed nothing short of miracle at the
your own Club contests and by witnessing
WCPS at Las vegas in August 2015 - a
other club contests; either as an audience or
champion next door. The seeds of hope were
as a role player.
planted last year by the then World chamion Dhananjaya, and this converted into a
I strongly believe that, with the right
belief…A belief that we CAN have a world
champion from amongst us. This belief
Toastmasters is on its way towards moulding
many champion speakers within the club.
Mohammed Qahtani from Region 11. His victory has strengthened our hope and expectations- to have a world champion of public speaking from amongst us, perhaps from U.A.E. The most important factor that led to his victory is not a hard one to guess – it is simply ‘preparation’.
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MESSAGE FROM DIVISION DIRECTOR
The three Ps for success is Prepare your speech seriously, Practice your speech sincerely
confidently. Winning a speech contest first starts with your mind. Believe that you are the winner.
M Karthikeyan Division Director - Division B
This is the first step.
The best topic for a speech is the one that is
It gives me immense pleasure to be a part of
close to your heart. If you love it, you will
a vibrant club like Burj Toastmasters. I have
speak from your heart and it will reach the
been a first hand witness as a member to the
audience in the best way.
transformation that has come about within
Scripting is the most important step towards
Burj Toastmasters during the last 3 years and
a great speech. Rewriting the script is an
the contribution Burj Toastmasters have
essential exercise that needs to be done
made to the Area and Division.
continuously after every review – either
Our founder Ralph Smedley says “We learn
against the judging or the delivery criteria.
best in moments of enjoyment”
From my personal experience, every iteration
Congratulations to the club Ex-com and to
produces an improved script and hence a
well rounded speech. Confident presentation
Toastmasters for this wonderful experience
is the key to a successful speech.
of enjoyment you have created within the club and for your efforts in spreading the
“Life's battles don't always go to the stronger
glow beyond the club.
or faster man.
As the contest season is all set to begin, I find
But sooner or later, the man who wins is the
that it would be appropriate to share a few
man who thinks he can.”
thoughts with you in preparing for the contests.
Believe in yourselves and this will make you
Yes, participating in contests is the best
sail past the winning post.
Wishing you all the very best
Toastmasters. Every time you prepare and participate in a contest, you will notice a
GANBARIMASHOU!!! – let’s do our best
quantum jump in your skill set.
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EXCOM 2015-16 JYOTHIKA SHETTY President DIVYA RAJ VP - Education
ALEX MASCARENHAS VP - Membership
RODNEY ARAUJO VP - Public Relations
ANURADHA KAMATH Secretary
MUHAMMED NISHAB Treasurer
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SAMEERA KHAN Immediate Past President
VELU ARUMUGAM Club Mentor
ZENITH KURIAS Sergeant at Arms
Ranjini is from Mumbai, India & works at Peppers & Rogers Group as an Accounting Manager. A complete Dubai child with the aim to conquer the world in the best possible way. Believes that there is nothing impossible and determination is the sole route to success.
Amer is a post-graduate in corporate communication and advertising, with 11+ years of experience in managing corporate marketing and advertising campaigns across diverse industries. He has worked with Siemens, Whirlpool, Patson and Tonnit Design in the past in implementing CSR, brand and tactical campaigns.
Working in hospitality industry for 10 years in Dubai, as Assistant Procurement Manager in DAMAC Hotels & resorts. As a person he loves to learn new things and strives to develop a proactive & positive approach.
Aftaf Ahmed Xec
Been in UAE since 27 years. A mechanical engineer from Manipal Institute of Technology & has been with his company for the last 26 years, where he is the After Sales and Engineering Manager. His passion is cooking & he hates politics. He believes that he is learning everyday from the people he deals with irrespective of their age, education or position.
Currently working in Wafi group of companies as Project Engineer . Aftaf has done his civil engineering & started his career in dubai in 2006. His interests includes sports and leisure, and he plays cricket and football. Joined Toastmasters to improve his speaking skills and to eradicate the fear and nervousness.
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When & why did you join Toastmasters?
We have members from diverse cultural and
I joined Toastmasters in January 2014. I had
professional backgrounds and that adds to
an exposure with public speaking and
the flavour. The meetings are conducted in a
wanted to improvise and become a better
very professional way & every effort is made
speaker. And hence I joined Toastmasters to
to stick to the time allotted. We learn new
learn the art of Public speaking.
things every meeting while having fun and
How have you grown as a communicator & leader after joining Toastmasters? Of course, I have gained tremendous insight and benefitted from the Communication and Leadership track that Toastmasters has to offer. I joined to enhance my Communication skills, but soon realized that Toastmasters has much more to offer. For me, learning is a continuous process and I endeavour to learn as much as I can from anyone and everyone. What do you Toastmasters?
I attended a Toastmasters meeting about 3 years
Toastmasters. When I attended my first meeting with Burj Toastmasters, I felt like this club will help me to become a better speaker and had absolutely no hesitation in joining. What I like about the club most is the welcoming
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the meetings entertaining. The amazing energy that members bring to the meeting reflects the way Burj Toastmasters has grown as a club. There are so many takeaways from each meeting and I believe it entirely depends on you as an individual as to much you want to learn and grow as an effective communicator and leader. I am proud to be a part to this club. What advice would you give to friends & family regarding Toastmasters Initially, I thought that Toastmasters was for a certain category of people and it wasn’t long after till I realized that it wasn’t. I saw some amazing people hungry to learn, to speak before an audience and to get better at whatever
Toastmasters is the best self-help platform that I have come across which offers an equal
to enhance one’s skills. I
believe everyone should join Toastmasters irrespective of their professional & cultural background.
MEETING FLYERS RELEASED - July to Sept
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The Will to Win The will to win, the desire to succeed, the
The weeds keep multiplying in our garden,
urge to reach your full potential... these are
which is our mind ruled by fear. Rip them out
the keys that will unlock the door to personal
and call them by name.
We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a
Learning is the beginning of wealth. Learning
private chart, of which there is no duplicate.
is the beginning of health. Learning is the
The world is all gates, all opportunities.
beginning of spirituality. Searching and
Knowing is not enough; we must apply.
learning is where the miracle process all
Willing is not enough; we must do.
Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal;
What you get by achieving your goals is not
nothing on earth can help the man with the
as important as what you become by
wrong mental attitude.
achieving your goals. In motivating people, you've got to engage their minds and their hearts. I motivate people, I hope, by example - and perhaps by excitement, by having productive ideas to make others feel involved. Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it 13 BOTTOM LINE | ISSUE 1
OUTSTANDING TOASTMASTER 2015-16 Burj Toastmasters introduced the Outstanding Toastmaster award in 2014-15. The award aims at recognising the efforts of the members toward contribution to the club, and also rewards the member’s personal development by encouraging participation in club meetings & activities. Below chart explains how members can accumulate points based on various criteria.
OTHER CLUB VISITS
PROJECTS (CL ROLES)
COMPLETION OF CC
COMPLETION OF CL/AC/AL
COMPLETION OF DTM
EXCOM ROLE: 1 YEAR
PARTICIPATION IN CONTEST
OUTSTANDING TOASTMASTER 2014-15
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Awesome Humans We are all on a path. Most of us realize it later
Make my own money!?! But dad, I spent my
than sooner. It is not always very clearly
salary on that installment for the bike and I
defined to us, by us or for us. We walk
have to take my friends to a party this
through life wondering at times “What is the
meaning of life?” or “What is my goal in life?”
Does it ever end? It does not ..... and should
.Before we can answer these questions,
it? Well it helps if we redefine our priorities
often we encounter situations or problems
and perspectives. It helps if we are more
that force us to do something to overcome
focused on the true essentials.
Along my life’s journey, I have always looked
Like for instance, there is a car that you want
back and found that where I stood then has
to buy or a diamond ring that you want to give
always been the sum total of all that had
to someone. It is not as easy as asking
happened to me in the past. Every meeting,
someone for the money to fulfill those
every failure, every success, all of it seem to
dreams. So we just decide on working,
making some money in order to get it. No
non-sensical things or acts seemed to make
sooner than we fall into this trap, we have
sense when looked at closely.
fallen down a deep hole where dreams never
I believe that there is always something
stop being dreamt and no money is ever
awesome about humans. You have to take
that leap of faith and trust in the possibilities.
We chase everything, pursue it in a manner
I take my chances positively and hope for the
hoping that the end is near and we shall feel
best in life, always, in the company of
more fulfilled by this or that. ‘All I need is a
PlayStation dad’, says a kid. ‘I will not ask you anything again.’ Oops, once the PlayStation is at home, we need games to fill it up. We got some. We tire them. We need new ones. Hey there is a new version of the PlayStation. Can I get that one dad? And who lives without an iPhone anymore? That’s not like a
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Remember the Time
The article is an adaptation of a winning speech P6 ‘Vocal Variety’ “Do you remember the time, when we fell in love,
phenomenal and to be able to experience all of it
do you remember the time when we first met”
in a span of 50 years was both a blessing as well
The irony is that Michael Jackson passed away
as a curse !
on 25th which was my friend’s birthday as well and she was the one who had introduced me to
To begin with, I do not know what Michael
his music. I don't know what she must have
Jackson is remembered as:
felt..would have been equally heartbroken if not more…we both just adored him , loved him.. and
used to sing and dance to his music...for as long
pop genius who wound up a mutant of fame?
as I can remember of my time with her.
The journey of Michael Jackson from being MJ to
For many he was a mixture of mystery, isolation,
King of Pop to being the Greatest Entertainer the
indulgence, overwhelming global fame and
an unmatched/unparalleled genius?
TOASTMASTERS personal loneliness, but for me he was and will World had ever known to beingBURJ labeled as
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always be a STAR, who simply outshined all the
others with his pure talent, brilliance & hard work.
There is so much that this legend has taught
I was never keen on pop music per say but just
us…he taught us to be true to our dreams, he
got glued to his songs from the moment I heard
refused to let people decide for him, he put on
them... It was with his songs that my love for
one glove, pulled his pants up and broke down
music took a reckoning.
the color curtain , he taught us to persevere, he taught us to keep going and much more..
The thought woven into his lyrics coupled with his
Just wish to conclude with these lines
versatility & innovative dance moves, when
“Every day create your history , Every path you
finally delivered was purely MAGICAL!!
take you're leaving your legacy
I just wished, he wouldn’t have left the way he
Don't let no one get you down, Keep movin' on
did... An Unfinished Chapter. Seeing him sing
away to the packed houses at the O2 Arena in
Keep flying until, You are the king of the hill
London would have been such a treat to all his
No force of nature can break,Your will to self
fans... Just wished that this concert would have
been his curtain call before he bid his final
They say this face that you see, Is destined for
Adieu..... oooooh Michael!!
Just wish to quote a couple of lines from one of his website- "Michael Jackson was lauded and
And indeed it was!
ridiculed. He broke down barriers and built them around
unimaginable with his music, and he made the ignominious front page of gutter tabloids worldwide. For Michael Jackson, the spotlight was always present, and the rest of the world followed" Notwithstanding, there is one thing that I truly believe in .. what a person has given to the world is what he must be remembered for ...and not for his personal shortcomings or failures... and this legend has given us a legacy that is priceless, most cherished by all music lovers across the globe and something that we all should carry in our hearts and pass it on to the generations to come... BURJ TOASTMASTERS 17 BOTTOM LINE | ISSUE 1
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JOY OF DONATING BLOOD We all know that the color of the blood is
• Donation is the only way of obtaining blood
same for everyone. My friend met with an
because blood cannot be made currently.
accident in Dubai and was in need of Red
• Donations bring fresh blood in to your body
Blood Cells. Just think, what was the situation
in 24 hours.
you saw blood last time? Though my friend
• Blood have a limited life - Red blood cell
knew it’s a gift that keeps on living, he never
concentrates can be kept for 42 days
donated Blood before as he has cholesterol.
• Women get more care always: women are
advised to give blood no more than three
cholesterol could give it away too.
Some amazing donation:
times a year; men can give four times.
• Donated blood is bought and sold as part of billion dollar business • Blood Donation saves more than 4.5 million people annually • Someone in the world needs blood every two seconds • People who donate are actually at lower risk for Heart attack than non donors • Red Blood cell has shelf life of 42 days unless they are frozen, which is very expensive process. Because of this about 1 out of all the 20 units blood taken are thrown
Donors must also wait at least three months between donations. The Dubai Blood Donation Center (DBDC) is the only blood supplier in Dubai. Its services extend to Thalassemia patients at Latifa Hospital as well as provide blood to all private health facilities within Dubai that are entitled for transfusion services. I am a regular donor like some Burj Toastmasters members. Anyone willing to donate can contact me. Five minutes of your time + 350 ml. of your blood = One life saved. Blood is meant to circulate. Pass it around.
Some good reasons for donating One out of every four people entering a hospital needs blood. • For you, it is just a few moments out of your day but for patients in need, it may save their life.
Muhammed Nishab Nishab is a regular blood donor as well as involved in other charitable causes
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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SHINING STARS OF BURJ TOASTMASTERS CLUB FOR REACHING MILESTONES IN THEIR TOASTMASTERS JOURNEY.
2015-16 Competent Communicator (CC) - GANESH SRINIVASAN Competent Leader (CL) - JYOTHIKA SHETTY - DIVYA RAJ - CEANLIA VERMEULEN - ALEX MASCARENHAS - GANESH SRINIVASAN
2014-15 Advanced Leader Silver (ALS) - VELU ARUMUGAM Advanced Leader Bronze (ALB) , Advanced Communicator Bronze (ACB) - SAMEERA KHAN Competent Communicator (CC) - KARTHIK KUMAR - MOHIT KHATWANI - ALEX MASCARENHAS - CEANLIA VERMEULEN - SRINI VASAN Competent Leader (CL) - KARTHIK KUMAR
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DON’T LET FEAR CONTROL YOU CONTROL YOUR FEAR OF PUBLIC SPEAKING