Newsletter of Burj Toastmasters
CLUB NO. 687361 • AREA 25 DIVISION B • DISTRICT 20
ISSUE 3 • 2015-16
EDUCATION PROGRAM TOASTMASTERS
EDUCATION PROGRAM The Toastmasters education program consists of two tracksâ€”a communication track and a leadership track. You are encouraged to participate in both tracks. The two tracks are not mutually exclusive, and you can work in both at the same time. Both provide recognition for specific accomplishments. The awards The education program consists of two communication track and a leadership The Toastmasters Toastmasters educaton program consists of tracksâ€”a two tracks - a communication track and a and their requirements appear on the next page. The diagram below shows the award progression track. You are encouraged to participate both tracks. The two are not and you leadership track. The two tracks are not in mutually exclusive, andtracks members canmutually work onexclusive, both atinthe each track. can work in Both both at the same time. Both for specific The awards same time. provide recognition forprovide specificrecognition accomplishments. Theaccomplishments. diagram below shows the
award progression in each track. and their requirements appear on the next page. The diagram below shows the award progression in each track.
LEADERSHIP TRACK Competent Leader
LEADERSHIP TRACK Advanced
Competent Leader AND
Advanced Leader Silver
Advanced Leader Bronze Advanced Communicator Bronze
Advanced Communicator Silver
Advanced Advanced COMMUNICATION TRACK Communicator Communicator
Advanced Leader Silver
Advanced Communicator Gold
Advanced Communicator Gold
Communication Track Leadership Track COMMUNICATION TRACK Members interested in building their public Members interested in building their leadership speaking and communication skills begin with skills begin with Competent Leadership. Competent Communication. Competent Communication The 10 speech projects in the Competent Communication manual help you develop your speaking skills one step at a time. When you finish all of the projects, you are eligible for the Competent Communicator award.
Competent Leadership This is the core of the Leadership track. The Competent Leadership manual features 10 projects that you complete while serving in various club meeting roles. An evaluator will give you feedback on each project, helping you to improve. When you complete the manual, you are eligible for the Competent Leader award.
Advanced Communication Track After receiving the Competent Communicator award, you can begin to develop more advanced speaking and communication skills through the Advanced Communication Series manuals. There are 15 in all, each containing five speech projects. Many of the manuals are career-oriented. You choose the manuals you want to complete and the skills you want to learn.
Advanced Leader Program After earning the Competent Leadership award, you can further refine and develop more complex leadership skills by completing projects in manuals that are part of the Advanced Leader Program.
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Contests A rundown of the club contest, Area 25 contest and Division B contest.
Visualization can be a key that will help levitate your life to new heights.
Sandra Papas speaks about her experience in Toastmasters
By Maral Khalili
Takeaway from Leoâ€™s Oscar speech
New members Welcome to all our newbies.
Some key messages from the Oscar winning speech. By Divya Raj
In brief 18
We learn a lot in life through obstacles and hardships By Rizwana Buch
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13 A round-up of all the latest happenings at Toastmasters International, District 20, Area 25 and at our club
MESSAGE FROM EDITORâ€™S DESK During the last quarter, we have also managed to win the Talk Up Toastmasters award for adding five new members between February 1 and March 31. Our VP - Membership Alex Mascarenhas has done a brilliant job for achieving this award, along with his ongoing membership initiatives. In this issue
Rodney Araujo VP - Public Relations With great delight we present to you our third edition of the club newsletter Bottom Line. Toastmasters contest season has been around, and in every nook and corner of the country there has been some contest happening every week . All culminates at DTAC 2016 which will be held from 26th to 28th May at Zayed University Convention Center, Abu Dhabi. Participating in a club contest is a huge learning experience, as it exposes you to the big stage. Naturally, each and every one wishes to place in the top 3. Winning is exciting and rewarding, to be on the big stage with a trophy to your name. But there should be more that defines success for a contestant. There is the exhilaration of doing something that most people are paralyzed with fear to do, and the knowledge that you are competing against some excellent speakers. So cherish the success, and in due time, with the right combination of practice, mentoring and commitment, you will be molded into becoming a champion speaker. 4 BOTTOM LINE | ISSUE 3
In the last few months, we have completed our club contest, followed by the Area 25 & Division B contests. We have an overview of all the contests along with the winners in the respective contests. We have our regular sections of introducing new members, where we introduce 5 exciting members to the club. In our member Spotlight, Sandra Pappas talks about her journey in Toastmasters & how it has helped her to be a better speaker. Divya Raj writes about the Oscar winning speech of Leanardo di Caprio and the lessons we can learn from that speech. Maral Khalili stresses on how visualization increases the likelihood of reaching your goals and dreams. In life we have to fight through hardships & struggles. Rizwana Buch talks about a real life interaction which reaffirms this message. Also, as usual we recap the meetings of the last quarter with the posters & meeting pictures. Hope you enjoy reading this edition !
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
Do not take your job as a job but as a passion and a calling and only then you can make a difference in other’s lives. Third and the most important lesson: HELP OTHERS RISE. Goodness comes not in positions but in helping others rise. We all have an obligation towards others and
Jyothika Shetty President (2015-16)
helping and nurturing young minds grow only gives us a way to uplift the society and build a strong future.
The New Year is always a great way to start with
I thought this message was relevant to us
positive perspective and attitude. I once read a
because in Toastmasters we follow these three
fun one liner which said “Life is all about
life lessons throughout our journey which
perspective. The sinking of the Titanic was a
eventually becomes a part of life. As we are
miracle to the lobsters in the ship's kitchen”. I
coming closer to the end of yet another
thought it was a silly one liner until I re-read the
Toastmasters year, my learning as a leader was
statement and revealed the attitude of the
first, we can only influence and motivate others
writer. Isn’t life all about attitude?
if you sincerely believe in their growth so reach
Burj Toastmasters is a club with a positive
out to people. Second, practice commitment
attitude and our members are motivated and
with detachment as nothing in life is permanent.
nurtured to walk this way. Many have benefitted
Lastly, everything in life has an expiry date and
from this life changing perspective of creating
what will remain with you is just who you are. So
value out of a situation which is eliminating
remain humble, learning will then become a
negative out of positive. Contest season was one
such opportunity to learn this mantra and we as
The third issue of our newsletter is another
a team learnt some great take home values that
brilliant way to reach out to our readers. This
we will cherish forever.
effort has also paid off as Burj has been able to
As a summary to our learning I would like to
garner strong relationships with other clubs and
share with you the three learnings of Indra
Toastmasters. With this support we were also
Nooyi, the CEO of Pepsico. First, BE A LIFE LONG
able to successfully conduct our club contest in
STUDENT: be curious throughout your life and
two parts. After all, life is all about good
ask questions as this is the only way to grow.
relationships that we could look back and smile.
Second, PUT YOUR HEART AND SOUL INTO
It is now time for you to smile while reading our
WHATEVER YOU DO.
third edition of the newsletter. With gratitude and good wishes here’s wishing all of you happy reading and joy always.
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Visualization Visualization. What does it really mean? And do
I attended a workshop in the US and one of the
we really utilize this incredible resource thatâ€™s at
days was dedicated to visualization. And one
all of our disposals? Visualization is to be able to
concept that I had heard time and time again,
form mental images or pictures. Why would this
was creating a vision board. The speaker told us
be beneficial or useful in our day to day lives?
of a story of a lady who had attended his
Well..lets take a look at some research done on
workshop, created a vision board of all the
this and then come back to how we can put this
things that she wished to have in her life. From
to work in our own lives.
the car she wanted, to the husband she wanted,
A study was conducted with a group of
even the destination of her honeymoon! One
basketball students who were divided into 3
year later, she had contacted Jack to inform him
groups, and were to be tested on their free
that she had acquired everything on her board!
throw ability. The first group would practice 1
This was all in 1 year! Wow!
hour/day. The second group would only
So while we were still in the states, we had a get
visualize themselves making free throws, but no
together with some friends and started cutting
real practice allowed. The third group would was
images from magazines, and words that
to neither practice, nor visualize. The results
resonated with us, and when I got back to Dubai
were astounding! The group that had only
I sat down and glued them all into my vision
visualized, were almost as good as the group
board. This is a practice I encourage all of you to
that had practiced! So if we were to combine the
do. And put it somewhere where you see it every
mental practice with actual practice, it would be
day. What you see and think about the most
much more impactful.
every day, will come to existence.
Natan Shaaransky, was a computer specialist,
Rather than dwelling on everything that will
thrown in jail for 9 years after being accused of
hold you back, envision yourself victorious like
spying for the US. In jail, he played mental chess,
Muhammad Ali. Picture yourself as the greatest
and when he was released, in 1996, he beat the
at your craft like Jim Carrey. Visualize your next
world chess champion, Garry Kasparov! Merely
shot as your winning shot like Michael Jordan.
through mental practice!!
Engage as many of your senses as possible when
Jim Carrey used to picture himself as the
visualizing. Who else is there with you? What
greatest actor , long before he became famous.
emotions are you feeling? Is there a breeze?
So, visualization and affirmations allow you to
change your beliefs, assumptions, and opinions
environment like? The more vivid it is, the more
about the most important person in your life â€”
tangible it becomes
YOU! They allow you to harness the 18 billion
Let visualization become one of your key
brain cells in your brain and get them all working
success arsenals. That will help levitate your life
in a singular and purposeful direction.
to new heights.
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ANNUAL CLUB CONTEST 2016
The club contest was held over 2 segments - International & Table Topics on 16th Febrary, followed by Evaluation and Humorous on 26th February. Both the segments were a runaway success with a high level of participation. Congratulations to all the contestants and role players for delivering your commitment with utmost dedication. Each and every speech that was delivered by our contestants only went on to raise the bar high and making Burj Toastmasters a club of quality and standard.
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ANNUAL CLUB CONTEST 2016 WINNERS
INTERNATIONAL SPEECH CONTEST Winner MARAL KHALILI 1st Runner-up LAVANYA MANGALORE 2nd Runner-up DIVYA RAJ
TABLE TOPICS SPEECH CONTEST Winner GANESH SRINIVISAN 1st Runner-up MOHAMMED HANIF KHATRI 2nd Runner-up RAJIV NAYAK
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ANNUAL CLUB CONTEST 2016 WINNERS
EVALUATION SPEECH CONTEST Winner DIVYA RAJ 1st Runner-up ALEX MASCARENHAS 2nd Runner-up GANESH SRINIVASAN
HUMOROUS SPEECH CONTEST Winner FAYAZ MAMMOO 1st Runner-up DIVYA RAJ 2nd Runner-up GANESH SRINIVISAN
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AREA 25 ANNUAL CONTEST The Area 25 contest was held on 8th March at Dulsco Headquarters. It was a full house with a cheering crowd right from the beginning till the end. High quality speakers delivered their best with passion. Dedicated role players went beyond their way to ensure that everything went smoothly. Four superstar contest chairs set the perfect stage for the contestants to do their best. Eminent panel of judges were led by a calm and composed CJ TM Abdul Khaliq. Congratulations to the winners Table Topics speech contest 1. Ganesh Srinivasan 2. Shrikant Yadery 3. Mohammed Zohaib
Evaluation speech contest 1. Divya Raj 2. Sudarshan seshadri 3. LijoThomas
Humorous speech contest 1. Fayaz Mammoo 2. Sudarshan seshadri 3. Haroon Rashid
International speech contest 1. Sami Al Herbawi 2. Maral Khalili 3. Sudarshan Seshadri
The first and second places represented the area at the Division B. Kudos to our very own Area 25 Director Sameera Khan & Area 25 Assistant Director Ceanlia Vermeulen for organizing such a excellent contest.
Burj Toastmasters winners at Area 25 contest
MARAL KHALILI INTERNATIONAL 2nd Place
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FAYAZ MAMMOO HUMOROUS 1st Place
TABLE TOPICS 1st Place
EVALUATION 1st Place
DIVISION B ANNUAL CONTEST Division B Annual Speech Contest 2016 was held on 15th April at the Emirates HQ Auditorium. The event was well attended with Toastmasters from various clubs present in full force to cheer on participants from their respective clubs. Well done by one of the pillars of Burj Toastmasters, Karthik Keyan, Division B Director. Congratulations to the winners Evaluation Contest
1. Tharun Thomas
1. Shrikant Yadery
2. Sandhya Subramanian
2. Ganesh Srinivasan
3. Sandeep Adnani
3. Samby Fready
International Speech Contest
Humorous Speech Contest
1. Sami Al Herbawi
1. Harish Kartikeyan
2. Richard Belleza Dy
2. Canute Mathias
3. Saira Ranj
3. Jeroen Brons
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Sandra Pappas When & why did you join Toastmasters? I joined Toastmasters one year ago to learn skills that I can apply both in my personal and professional life.
How have you grown as a communicator & leader after joining Toastmasters? I gained more experience and have become more confident every time I speak on stage. What
Toastmasters? Burj has a lot of good things but what I like the most is the positive and friendly atmosphere. What advice would you give to friends & family regarding Toastmasters I believe it should be part of high school curriculum! In other words, everyone could benefit from becoming a Toastmaster.
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Reformation of District 20
The Toastmasters International mobile app is the
Toastmasters International has approved the
first official app designed to help you perform
reformation of District 20. The District will be
your role at club meetings with convenience and
divided into District 20A ( Consisting of Qatar,
ease. It gives you instant access to your club
Bahrain & Kuwait ) and District 20B ( Consisting
roster and features a built-in Ah-Counter that
of UAE, Oman, Lebanon & Jordan) and will be
counts filler words, a grammarian function that
effective from July 2016. The exact nunmber of
keeps track of the Word of the Day and an
clubs in each District will be little different. There
will be 9 Divisions and 42 Areas in each District with approximate 4500-5000 members. District 20 was formed in 2011 , 5 years ago from District 79.
CLUB ‘Bring a Guest’ contest During the month of March, Burj Toastmasters had a ‘Bring a Guest’ contest for the club members, wherein the member who brought the most number of guests was the winner. Syed Amer emerged as the winner of the contest.
‘Talk Up’ Toastmasters award
New club chartered Area
Burj Toastmasters successfully achieved the
Toastmasters Club , chartered March 2016
‘Talk Up’ Toastmasters award for adding five
FlyDubai TMC will be lead by a dynamic and
new, dual or reinstated members between
seasoned TM Ramesh Edamana, a very active
February 1 and March 31
toastmaster for over 13 years, having served leadership positions from Area to District level.
Congratulations to our VP - Membership Alex Mascarenhas for both the above achievements.
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Takeaways from Leo’s Oscar speech
“Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not
trophy but don’t give up if it doesn’t land in
take tonight for granted.” – Leonardo Di
your hand..for your time will also come…all
Caprio, Oscars Acceptance Speech, 2016
you need to do is persevere and enjoy what you do.
He is one of my favorite actors and for me that trophy was never a testament of what he is
• Effective use of the stage time that he got.
capable of, considering the movies he has
Use your stage time wisely, not to preach but
done and the many nominations that he
to reach. He spoke about a cause that’s close to
already has under his fold…but I am sure, with
his heart and linked the win , the movie and
the way he said “I will not take this night for
the cause together. Likewise when you draft
your speeches, think of how you can reach
something to him.
your audience…tell your story and leave them
I thought this was the right time to talk about
with a message..
this win because we have the contest season going on.
• Push your limits, try to do something new.
When I see his journey, there are some key
Being the handsome hunk he is, it would have
takeaways that we all can take from it:
been the easiest to do the pretty-boy leading-man roles, but he used his star status
• Each time Leo's been nominated, he's been
instead to reject such roles and did movies like
pipped to the post by an actor's career best.
Django Unchained, Wolf of Wall Street and the
That didn’t mean he gave up. He continued
Revenant. Likewise, strive to become better by
doing what he does and kept getting better at
venturing into territories you are scared to
venture into….for an extremely animated person to be standing and giving a very
For a performer, it’s the art and his obsession
centered speech..for a serious speaker to try a
with the craft that matters. He continued to
hand at humorous speech etc.
perform and inspire others. He knew his time will come and it did.
I am sure, with these learnings we all will not only grow as we flow, but also someday find
So all of you going up there on that stage to
ourselves holding our Oscar! Definition of that
deliver, be passionate about your craft…your
Oscar has to be yours!
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MEETING SNAPSHOTS MEETING 258 to 263
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Madhu Shetty Arun Somanadhan
Madhu ManojShetty Nair
Rizwana comes from India’s most lively, vibrant and colorful city –Mumbai. She believes that “To understand something, we need knowledge. But to feel something we need experience”. She is an artist and through her artworks she tries to feel and experience the beauty of the surroundings which our planet is blessed with.
Arun hails from Kerala & has completed his civil engineering in BTech. he currently works as a site engineer at Al Naboodah Contracting Company.
Manoj is a trouble shooter and has survived in the Building industry of Dubai from 2001, only because of his “go get it” attitude. He believes that life is a beautiful journey which has a fair share of everything and one should keep progressing in all circumstances. People who doubt him….Motivate him!
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Ameya is an enthusiastic Mumbai boy, a Mechanical Engineer by education and a Sales Manager in Zomato by profession. he has a naturally curious bent of mind and always eager to learn new things. Enjoys reading non-fiction and playing football. Public speaking has always been a passion and he looks forward to great time with Burj
Born & raised in Assam, India, Abul completed his BBM and has 7 years of experience & currently working as an accountant with Modern Pharmaceutical Company. He likes playing table tennis, Snooker, Volleyball & cricket. He does other activities like Video Blogging and sharing the taste of Dubai on his facebook page #ExploringBestTasteOfDubai .
I joined Toastmasters to...
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‘Challenges are what makes life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.’ I often felt that life has given me hardships and
After few initial exchange of words, I came to
struggles. Until I met my “Hero”. He lives in a
know that he is one of the lucky survivors of
small village called Telwatta, in Sri Lanka,
deadly Tsunami which had struck Sri Lanka in
originally known as Ceylon, famous for its
December 2004, and his village was worst
affected by it. The mighty
wiped off his paddy fields and his house but
also each and every member of his family. He
I was on a vacation in Sri Lanka and met him
was the lone survivor from among the three
while driving towards Sanjeevani mountains
generations living with him. Though he had
known as “Roomasalla” in
deep sorrow in his old wrinkled eyes, he tried
language. It’s a picturesque long stretch of
to hide it by thanking almighty who has given
road along the seashore, with the train track
him a new lease of life. While all
running parallel to it. I noticed the debris of
surviving villagers left him alone in the village
some houses were scattered across the floors,
and settled in different places in and around
made up of stones, litter and old equipment. A
Galle, he decided to continue living there, only
gust of wind invading through the broken
because he wanted to remain connected to
glass was the only thing that could disturb it
the memories of his family members who lost
every now and then. It gave me a feeling of a
ghost town. I saw a hut where few colorful
He is a septuagenarian, though his age doesn’t
garments were hanging inside for sale. Out of
permit him to do physical work, he earns his
my curiosity, I stopped the car, peeped inside
living by selling the colorful garments to
and was met with a deadly silence. With all my
tourists passing by .
courage I stepped forward and saw a man
What I realized from this interaction was that
sitting in one corner of the hut. There was a
learning from each and every opportunity is a
small light hanging over his head which made
true meaning of life. Those mighty waves have
his time chiseled body, winter white hair and
taken away everything from him but he was
wizened eyes visible to me . For a moment I
still thankful to Almighty for giving him a new
thought of leaving the place but my intuition
lease of life.
did not allow me to do so.
Hats off to my hero !
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MEETING FLYERS RELEASED - Meeting 258 to 263
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Disrtict-20 is one of the largest clusters of toastmasters clubs grouped together and covering a large part of the Middle East. District-20 boasts of more than 354 clubs and membership exceeding 20, 000, from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Jordan, Lebanon, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. Each year, District-20 comes together for the District 20 Annual Conference (DTAC). This 3-day event, is all about excellence and learning. The atmosphere turns electric and the energies flow high when speakers of the highest caliber take the stage to compete and display their oratory skills and present their thoughts through inspirational, humorous, and impromptu talks. These contests are interspersed with educational sessions by eminent personalities from all walks of life which are highly informative and thought provoking. Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates has the honor of hosting DTAC 2016 and will welcome 1200 delegates and dignitaries from the various District 20 countries and beyond. From the 26th May - 28th May 2016, the prestigious Zayed University Convention Center Abu Dhabi will witness all the excitement, the perseverance, the grit and the determination, that goes behind every speech. During these three days, intense oratory battles will be fought to nail biting finishes. One winner from the International Speech category will go on to represent District-20 in the Toastmasters International Conference and vie for the coveted spot of World Champion of Public Speaking 2016. No one, be it the contestants, the organizers or the audience ever goes back from the DTAC without a feeling of complete satisfaction.