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ELOQUENCE QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER OF DOHA TOASTMASTERS CLUB

Champion Speakers Write

CLUB 7148, AREA 28, DIVISION E, DISTRICT 20

Message from International

D20 Director

President & CEO

Visits Doha Club Adapt & Advance

Our Champions

KNOW YOUR LEADER Co-Chair, DTAC 2018

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Meeting Venue: Topaz Hall, Holiday Villa Hotel, C Ring Road, Al Muntazah Meeting Time 7—9:30 pm, 1st and 3rd Saturdays

THE TEAM PUBLISHER TM Abdul Nassar P

EDITOR President

TM Niloufer Samal

Abdul Nassar P

Vice President Education Sandeep Kinge Vice President Membership

PHOTOGRAPHY TM Anup Nair TM Sudhanva Viyay TM Niloufer Samal

Chandrashekhar Dudhe Vice President Public Relations Niloufer Samal Secretary Syed Ahsan

ART DIRECTION TM Niloufer Samal

GRAPHIC DESIGN TM Niloufer Samal

Treasurer Afajal Ahamad Sergeant –At– Arms Nagaraja Sekar Mannen

GUIDANCE TM Yoosaf Vanarath TM Abdul Nassar P TM Sandeep Kinge

Immediate Past President Yoosaf Vannarath Visit us at www.dohatoastmasters.org www.facebook.com/groups/dohatoastmasters

Eloquence is the newsletter published by Doha Toastmasters Club, Doha, Qatar. This newsletter is published for internal circulation among the members of Doha Toastmasters Club and to promote the ideas and goals of Toastmasters International.

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From the Editor’s Desk

INTERVIEW

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Know your Leader

ARTICLES

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Beware of Behaviours Adapt and Advance

MESSAGES

Contest Chair Writes

From the International President & CEO

Champion Speakers Write

From the Division Director

Don’t Hope, Decide

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From the President From the Vice President

NEWS

Education

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Our Club Champions

DTAC 2017

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TAC E 2017

Meeting Moments

Doha Club sweeps Area Contests

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Toastmasters International Mission We empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders.

Toastmasters International Values 

Integrity

Respect

Service

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.

A Toastmasters Promise As a member of Toastmasters International and my club I promise 

To attend club meetings regularly

To prepare all my speech and leadership projects to the best of my ability, basing them on projects in the Competent Communication and Competent Leadership manuals.

To prepare for and fulfil meeting assignments

To provide fellow members with helpful, constructive evaluations.

To help the club maintain the positive, friendly environment necessary for all members to learn and grow.

To serve my club as an officer when called upon to do so.

To treat my fellow club members and our guests with respect and courtesy

To bring guests to club meetings so they can see the benefits Toastmasters membership offers

To adhere to the guidelines and rules for all Toastmasters education and recognition programs.

To maintain honest and highly ethical standards during the conduct of all Toastmasters activities.

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From The Editor’s Desk TM Niloufer Samal, Vice President Public Relation. The contest season is in full swing and every toastmaster is doing his best to make an active contribution to this busy time of the year. Of course the stage is set for the contestants. It is the individual contestant that is STAR of the contest. The contestant gets an opportunity to showcase his or her speaking skills to a ever wider and ever changing audience. It is an opportunity for the contestant to do his best , an opportunity to grow. But is a contest only about the contestant? I don’t think so. Right from the Chief Judge to the Sargeant –at– Arms, every single role player, be it the timer, the tally counter, the judge, the contest chair, the contest manager, the sound engineer, the photographer, get an opportunity to take the next step on their toastmasters journey and develop his leadership and communication skills. And the audience I believe benefits the most. It is time for loads of learning, fun and networking. Contest Season is truly a win win situation for all involved. Doha Club Champions have emerged winners in the Area 28 contests. Not one or two but four Doha Club members will be contesting at the Division E contest in all the four speech contest categories! A proud moment for the club! In the pages that follow, the Champions have shared their innermost thoughts and feelings as they have travelled the long and arduous journey to reach this much coveted destination. Manzoor Moideen, DTM, the Area Champion, talks about his Toastmaster years. Sundaresan Rajeswar, DTM shares his insights as a veteran manager and leader. And last but not the least, International President Mike Storkey and Daniel Rex, CEO, Toastmasters International commends Doha Club for achieving the important milestone of 20 years of making leaders and nurturing speakers.

Dear Readers, Wishing you the very Best!! Happy Reading!!

Niloufer Samal, CC, ALB

There is an ELOQUENCE in true enthusiasm that is not to be doubted Washington Irving

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Message from the CEO

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Division Director’s message It gives me a great pleasure to know that Doha Lead Story Headline Toastmasters Club is crossing a milestone – 20 years. A club which stood the test of time , a club which made its mark felt in the toastmasters fraternity throughout the world and last but not the least , the immense help the Club provided for the toastmasters moment to grow in Qatar. The result is about 50 odd clubs presently in the State of Qatar Its members are always in ship be it DTM Sony jeshwar Sunderesan zoor Moinudeen to name helped many a members (including me) .

the forefront of leaderVarghese ,DTM Raor DTM Mana few. Their leadership to achieve excellence

On this occasion I congratulate past and present members of the club for not only helping themselves to become a better communicators and leaders but also others. I wish President, members of the Excom and the members all the very best.

DTM Virendra Nath Division Director Division E, District 20

Club at the forefront of Leadership

Making its mark globally

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Area Director’s message

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Doha Toastmasters Club was chartered in 1997. 20 years! 20 years ago when pioneers like DTM Manoj Megchiani and others introduced Toastmasters to Doha, they might have felt a sense of excitement, a sense of trepidation or a combination of both. 20 years down the lane, one can say without hesitation, this is the best thing that could have happened to tens of hundreds of leaders and communicators in Qatar. Thanks to those visionaries. Over 20 years, Doha club didn’t just grow. It grew, grew and grew internally as well as externally. Heading onto a well-worn path, it produced leaders who churned out more and more clubs benefitting more and more aspirants. I am rather thrilled that Doha Toastmasters touched this exciting milestone year during my tenure as Area Director for Area 28 that includes Doha Toastmasters which is also my home turf. I consider it is the culture and values that help a club realize full potential and purpose. The club is important; more important are the members. Our main mission that matters most, must, therefore, be to connect well with the members, helping them succeed in their objectives merging into the club’s greater objective. I am sure the legacy that the present excom. has inherited, has been well directed to this end. May the club prosper from strength to strength in helping members grow together, effectually, excellently and, yes, eloquently. Congratulations on a great 20 years, Doha Toastmasters. Many thanks and best wishes for the future. Jayakumar Menon Area Director, Area 28, Div E, Dist 20 A

Rich Legacy

Culture and Values

20 years of communication and leadership

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Abdul Nassar P, ACB, ALB "Ours is the only organization I know that is dedicated to the indi-

vidual, we work together to bring out the best in each of us and

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then we apply these skills to help others” –Ralph Smedley. Dear Members of Doha Club, Indeed it’s a proud moment for all of us as we cross yet another milestone, the 20th anniversary of our prestigious club, Doha Toastmasters.

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“Toastmasters where leaders are made”, our club is empowering the individuals for the past 20 years to discover their full potential as they grow as leaders in different walks of life, whether as a leader of their family, at the organization they work for, the com-

20 years of touching lives

Personal growth and developme nt

munity and society at large they are associated with. Yes, Doha Club, were leaders are made for the last 20 years ! I feel privileged and honoured to be the president of this legacy club for the current term. Highly obliged to you all for the trust and opportunity provided for own personal development and also for standing for a bigger cause and purpose. Your executive committee team has taken many initiatives this year to continue the legacy of our club and touching more and more lives for their overall personal development. One of the initiative was to be known as a diverse club with membership of all nationalities. Our club is now truly reflect the culture and diversity of the nation Qatar. During the year we added 27 new members from 12 different nationalities and it is unmatchable learning experience as the future belongs to those who embrace diversity as the world is becoming too small day by day. Also our club has achieved the

prestigious recognition from Toastmasters International, USA titled “Presidents Distinguished Club” for exceeding all the performance parameters and targets set by TMI for the current term. !

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Abdul Nassar P, ACB, ALB NEWSLETTER DATE

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We have relaunched our website to reflect our legacy and brand image Lead Story Headline

of our club. Also our presence is felt on the social media flat forms, press and online significantly this term due to our PR strategy. The quality of our clubs educational programs produced many new champion

speakers these terms. We have also seen our club members bringing many trophies and accolades from within and outside toastmasters events. Indeed it’s a proud moment for all of us as we reach the mile stone birth day, two decades of empowering excellence resulting in nurturing leaders and communicators! Congratulations to one and all for becoming part of the success story of our club and I wish all the best on your continuing journey of self-

discovery. Let us rise up for continuous improvement. Yours truly President

20 years of enpoweing excellence and nurturing leaders

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MESSAGE from VICE PRESIDENT EDUCATION Sandeep Kinge, CC, ALB Dear Fellow Club Members, At the beginning of the term, as an executive committee, I underwent a club officers training. I followed the tips and techniques taught in the training along with legacy guidance provided by our senior leaders. As a Vice President Education, my job was to organize meetings and achieve all DCP points provided by Toastmasters International to keep the club in healthy state and in turn helping members to learn and grow on both communication and leadership tracks. I had set goals and plan of action to achieve all the 10 DCP points in collaboration with our President, TM Abdul Nassar P. With your support, action plan worked well and we achieved all the DCP points well before our target date. To improve the quality of our meeting and learn from our seniors, we had planned several educational modules such as Evaluate to Motivate, EasySpeak, Voice in Communication, Preparation for Humorous and Table Topic contests, Introduction to Pathways, etc… These educational modules helped most of us to participate confidently in club meetings, and various contests. Organizing normal meetings was day to day job for me however, Organizing Club contest that too for Doha Club was not a joke. Our ex-com bestowed this challenging opportunity on me to play the “Contest Manager” role. I learned a lot through this experience, specially delegation skills which I was short of. Since my childhood, while organizing any event, I used to do many things on my own which as a result used to destroy the fun for me in the event. DTM Mehboob and Past President Yoosaf saw me struggling and shared some valuable tips that worked well. I practically learned the delegation skills in leadership. Once again, thanks to all members for supporting our club contests and make them a grand success. Few of the guests even compared our club contest quality and scale with the division contests; that’s an achievement in itself. After the Club contests, many of our members participated and got qualified under various areas in our own Division E or in other divisions and all of them are making us proud. Few of our members such as TM Nisamudheen SA, are already qualified to be one of the contestants in the District level.

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MESSAGE from VICE PRESIDENT EDUCATION Sandeep Kinge, CC, ALB On top of this, you believed in me and appointed me an Event Manager for the Doha Club’s 20 th Anniversary Celebration. The Celebration that was stated to be held on the 31st March, has been postponed to a future date due to some unavoidable circumstances. The event has been postponed due to a variety of reasons, procedural delays, last minute venue unavailability are to name a few. I will be in touch with you once the details of the celebrations are finalized. I sincerely apologize for any inconvenience that I may have caused. However, I have immensely learned from this failure and would try my best to make this event a grand success, with your all support. Now, the time has come for succession planning. Dear members, I urge all come forward for official leadership roles or for subcommittees to serve our club members and eventually learn by doing various roles. Wishing you all the best, TM Sandeep Kinge, CC, ALB Vice President Education

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Beware of Behaviours Sundaresan Rajeswar, DTM “Human behaviour flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and

knowledge”. Plato The right organizational culture has significant effect on productivity, creativity, profitability and rate of growth. Negative practices sustain an unhealthy, even toxic culture that foment distrust, disempower employees, play favourites and put their own needs first. It is important to identify bad behaviours in employees for effective mitigation tactics. The company you work, the social or professional organizations you are associated with or in the Toastmasters, it is essential to spot bad behaviours so that they refine and remain as valuable assets. THE SECRETIVE: Keeps information to themselves because of the power it represents. Perceives information as currency in the workplace and want to be the ones who use it to advance the company. Avoids transparency and fails to share information before decision is made or even the results of the decision afterwards. Plays favourites with employees and connected with outside parties of whom they are protective THE AUTOCRAT: Tends to be driven by power are often the superstar performer and appear as the face of the company Egocentric and narcissistic with strong feeling of entitlement since they focus on themselves not the organization, will step on anyone who impedes their path. They cross the line as unquestionable Not concerned about long-term and internally hopes that company struggles if they depart Being dominant individuals, does not encourage discussions, enjoy collaboration, drive innovation etc. THE INTIMIDATOR:

They take self-centred behaviour by exercising power through fear. They have “kill the messenger” attitude and lacks empathy for others They seldom compliment or reward success and instead accentuate the errors others make thereby undermining morale, discouraging experimentation and running off promising talents

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Beware of Behaviours Sundaresan Rajeswar, DTM THE MANIPULATOR: Seeks to maintain the illusion of power by using buzzwords, cosying up with the top, staging flashy diversions from failures and constantly seeking the next big thing while ignoring primary responsibilities

Functions mainly on surface, extreme image consciousness, charming and can easily deceive others THE IMPROPERLY FOCUSSED: Tries to achieve and retain control by orchestrating results they consider important to detriment priorities of others. Thus own goals are pursued over company strategies They are likely to emphasize the “What” over the “How” with the motto “The ends justify the means”

HOW DO WE GO ABOUT? Subjective methods: Evaluate individuals for the degree to which traits such as honesty, fair mindedness, openness, courage and how are they perceived by peers and subordinates. People have pathological need to be successful and ingrained resistance to admitting failures. This should not lead to failures. Objective methods: When behaviour is disruptive, problems are never understood. The requirement is to coach them through solution. Appropriate information, evidences, case studies of instances is necessary to coach through constructive approach than confrontational. Let us remain vigilant in spotting bad behaviours to help identify the same so it can be addressed. Make your next toastmaster meeting a laboratory to experiment.

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Know your leader Interview conducted by TM Niloufer Samal, CC, ALB Lead Story Headline Manzoor Moideen, DTM a longtime member of Doha Club is a passionate and dedicated toastmaster. A perfect blend of a good communicator and able leader he is a role model to many. Recently appointed as the Co-Chair DTAC 2018, he has held a string of eminent leadership positions. He was the District 20 Realignment Chair 2016-17, Acting District 20 Nomination Committee Chair— DTAC 2014, Oman, District 20 Speakers Bureau Chair 201314 and Division Governor 201213. Not withstanding his demanding work schedule, he is ever ready to take up roles in Doha Club meetings. His trademark flair and wit combined with his exuberant style makes him a popular Toastmaster of the Day. The Topaz Hall is always packed to brim when Manzoor Moideen is at the helm. Read on to find out more ..........

Q1. When did you join Toastmasters International? What prompted you to join? The final trigger? MM. My dear daughter, my first born was a welcome new member of the family. She was born in February 2002. In the same month a friend of mine compelled me to attend the demo meeting of a toastmasters club. May 2002, saw the birth of a new Toastmaster Club – Falcon Toastmaster Club, Bahrain and also a Toastmaster!!! Manzoor Moideen - as their founding member and Sgt @ Arms. So yes, I became a father and a toastmaster at the same time! A good omen! Q2. What was your first role in the club meeting? Did u want to attend the next meeting? MM. Reminiscing the good old college days where I was on and off the stage for whatever program be, dance, song, drama etc… I said YES, public speaking is also my cup of tea and registered as the first ever Ice breaking speaker of the then new club Falcon Toastmasters, in their first meeting. However, I fell flat on the first attempt, where my knees were shaking and quivering, my voice unheard but this… forced me not to give up and since then, I always looked forward to the next meetings


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Know your leader Interview conducted by TM Niloufer Samal, CC,ALB Q3. In which year did you first enter a club contest? Can u share your experience?

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MM. The very first year of my toastmaster life, year 2002 and that took me to the 3 rd position in Division level humorous speech contest. Never knew humour & I would gel together but felt good to be there carrying the third best trophy in the whole of Bahrain. Q4. You contested in the International Speech this year after a long gap and emerged the area champion. Your thoughts? MM. Speech contests never allured me, especially International category and I was always in the other side of the contest all these years, as a Judge, role player, Contest Chair or Chief Judge. However, I did attempt in between but failed to reach beyond the third place at Division level, that too twice. This year, I only wished to be part of the contestants panel but luckily, I made it to the Division level now. I will definitely give my best try but wish, the best speaker from our Division represent us at the DTAC in Bahrain

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Q5. which leadership role you enjoyed the most? And which leadership role has made a difference in your personal and professional life? MM, Undoubtedly, the Club VPE which was my second position after sergeant at arms as that took me to a different level of leadership. Our President who was a Medical Doctor was away from almost all the meetings through-out the year due to his duty hours gave me a double role that year, as the Acting President and the VPE Education The role that made a difference in my personal and professional life was that of Division E Governor of the largest Division, Qatar. Having 8 Area Governors and 36 Clubs was a challenge but guiding them and leading them was a totally new experience to me. Interacting with as many leaders and clubs along with the District leaders enlightened and changed my perception of a servant leader. Q6. What was your most memorable moment in toastmasters? MM. Attending District Annual Conferences outside Qatar, along with my toastmasti mates, late night partying etc. Jokes apart, standing in for the position of District Director Election and losing that taught me a lot of lessons‌memorable moments. But am glad that I did not fall for any unethical proposals and so still standing tall amongst the Toastmasters in the entire District. Q7. What are your future plans in toastmasters? And where do you see TI as an organisation 10 years down the line?

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MM. Be a mentor, guide, coach for as many members and clubs. A servant Leader‌ without any position but to help people transform to better communicators and leader The growth of TI in the last few decades has been prodigious and am sure, will continue its legacy as one of the best platform where effective communicators and leaders are made Q8. A quote that describes your TM journey? MM. A life changing experience. You need to experience it, to be transformed to a better person, an effective communicator and a servant leader – traits of a good human being.

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Adapt and Advance TM Abdul Nassar P , ACB, ALB We’ve all faced hardships at some point in life. Hardships are in an inevitable part of life.

I remember, when I was just 12 yrs. old, I was put in a boarding school because my parents couldn’t’ afford me financially. At 15, I tried dropping out of school because I just couldn’t get good grades because my primary schooling was so poor. As I reached higher levels, soon, I didn’t have the money to support my education so I started doing odd jobs…just to pay for my education. I will never forget this one time … I was attending training for campus interview. During the mock group discussion session, the topic was on politics. My contribution during that session was zero. My English was poor, I had a debilitating fear of public speaking, and I knew nothing about politics. That was the most humiliating experience ever. Not because I couldn’t utter a word, but because my trainer’s reaction to that was….” I can’t train donkeys to win a horse race!.” But having gone through so many hardships all my life, having being forced to mature, to become responsible at an early age, I really had no choice but to accept every setback, every problem, and every hardship, with grace. Giving up was no longer an option though I wanted to so badly. But every time I felt the urge to completely give up, my father’s advice would echo in my ears. He suffered so much throughout his life. Yet he never lost hope and would always tell me “Hardships can be looked at as obstacles… or… opportunities in disguise. The choice is yours. The choice is always yours. If you keep a positive outlook on life, you will be able to handle any challenge. Every problem will become an opportunity to Adapt & Improve. So just keep on adapting and improving.” So I did. Believe it or not, I soon became a rank holder in B.com. When I took my first job, literally struggled in early months as I couldn’t cope up with the new job, language, people, culture, food, you name it. I felt like E.T. from that movie…he keeps wanting to GO HOME.

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Adapt and Advance Abdul Nassar P, ACB, ALB Through all the different jobs I held, it turned me into, not only multi skilled, but also an empathetic human being. I could understand the struggles of unfortunate people and could easily connect with them, because I lived their life once. Because of that I was able to help them better. Today , when I visit schools and colleges , I always say to the students, “ if someone like me , with my story, can be a CA, you all can become Collectors, Doctors, CAs, Engineers, entrepreneurs or anything you dream of..” because I believe that We can all do anything we put our minds and hearts and souls into. My dear friends, always remember that there are no obstacles in life, there’s only opportunities in disguise, opportunities to Adapt and Improve. I firmly believe and practice that Life is a journey of continuous improvement. With best wishes! Abdul Nassar P, ACB, ALB President, Doha Club

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The Contest Chair Writes TM Tonse Satish Rao CC, CL Doha Toastmasters Club recently conducted the Speech Evaluation and International Speech Contest. Here a few thoughts shared by Senior Toastmaster and Contest Chair for International Speech Contests Satish Tonse Rao on the contest ---Doha Toastmasters Club, the premier Toastmasters Club in Doha does boast of many accomplished Toastmasters who have won lots of accolades in speech contests. Therefore, any speech contest of Doha Toastmasters Club does look like a match of titans and is definitely a thing to look forward to - almost akin to the Super Bowl or the final match of IPL! Speech contests at Doha Toastmasters Club is all about meticulous preparation and hard work. While some people will come back with trophies and some with certificates, everyone will come back with memories and impressions that propel them towards being a better public speaker. International Speech contest is a true celebration of the ‘Gift of the gab’ i.e., the ability to speak with eloquence and fluency! It was my good fortune to Chair the contest in International Speech of Doha Toastmasters Club held in the evening of Saturday, 4th February 2017 at the Topaz Hall of Holiday Villa. There were twelve contestants (one full dozen)! Look at the speech topics! TM Anil Nair, in No. 1 slot of the contest, selected the topic “No matter what, I will be there for you” which dealt with subject of love and commitment and struck an emotional chord with the audience. DTM Manzoor Moideen spoke about masks which people wear in his speech titled “The Invisible You” and made good use of the prop and also shared his personal experiences! Speaker who came thereafter, TM Nisamudheen SA spoke on “Invisible Fences” which dealt with mental barriers hindering progress and ways to overcome those barriers. The fourth slot in the speaking order was taken up by TM Sunil Kumar Menon whose speech topic was “Be the Ambassador” and it was all about smile -defining smile in a unique way and also urging us to be ambassadors with a smile! Fifth Speaker was TM Aden Abdi with speech topic “Beware of Invisible Friends”, incidentally this being the third time the word “Invisible” making appearance in the contest! It was all about finding out as to who are our real friends, especially in a crisis! Thereafter, MTM Niloufer Samal spoke on the topic “Chose it well” and conveyed the message with good use of the props and real life examples!

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The Contest Chair Writes TM Tonse Satish Rao CC, CL Seventh speaker was DTM Mehboob Srivastava with topic “What do you want” which contained a message and advice on exercising one’s choice and pursuing one’s passion. TM Afjal Ahamad was the next one with speech topic “Set the prisoner free” which dealt with frustrations and feeling of revenge making us prisoners of our emotions and dealt with ways to see reason and overcome those feelings, particularly frustrations. TM Deepak Shivankar spoke on “Classic Dilemma” which had message on achieving fulfilment and that’s by sharing wealth. MTM Rangamani Ravi delivered her trademark energetic speech which was titled “Drive, survive and thrive” which mainly on her life experiences from which she was able to learn and then thrive! Eleventh Speaker TM Mustafa Ali Syed spoke on “There is always a next time” assuring the audience is nothing is lost if one does not achieve his aim in the first attempt because there is always the next time! TM Chandrashekhar Dudhe’s speech was the last one and perhaps the most liked one due to its humorous content! He spoke on “My Excom experience” which had many humorous incidents – all related to his joining of Toastmasters and taking up the position of VP – Membership of Doha Toastmaters Club. At the end of these speeches, I had an opportunity to interview the contestants and, I must say that the answers I got for my questions were very apt and also interesting! This brings the issue: what are the essential ingredients for winning International Speech Contest? In my view, there are just three things: First and foremost is content: The audience should easily relate themselves to the topic and get inspired to act on the message. The second essential ingredient is the practicing the speech which should cover all aspects of diction, use of pauses, body language etc. Then comes the third aspect (and most important one) which is delivery of the speech with right amount of voice modulation, eye contact and use of props where required. Incidentally, the winners of International Speech contest were as follows: 1st Place: TM Afajal Ahmad, 2nd Place: TM Manzoor Moideen and 3rd Place: TM Nisamudheeen SA. But, as said earlier, we all came out enriched at the end of the competition and hence we all were winners!

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International Speech Champion writes TM Afzal Ahmed , CC. Here are some thoughts shared by Doha Toastmasters International Speech Champion TM Afazal Ahmed. Afazal joined the club in the December of 2014. From a toastmaster who shivered with stage fright to emerging the club champion, his transformation is indeed complete. Here TM Afazal Ahmed shares his innermost feelings with the trophy in his hand.

While writing this note I went completely blank, completely fixed between “What to write, what not to”. But as my eyes met with recognition, honour I received in the form of the Trophy, Thoughts started flowing freely. The shining Trophy filled me with emotions, helped me channelize the thoughts. Exactly same happened that Saturday Evening of my first Toastmasters meeting. After witnessing the power packed performances of Toastmasters at the podium. A chain of thoughts hit me from the bolt “Do I even have courage to stand before that well-polished audience? Do I really deserve this place, Do I match the standard of this fraternity?” I kept on questioning until I mentally gave up to join Toastmasters. The beauty of Toastmasters that attracted me & still attracts me the most that it sees that spark within you that illuminates rest of your life that we miss to see. President of the club saw that spark in me that evening. His kind & encouraging words led me to join the club & led me to this winning Trophy. I could not believe my ears when my name was announced as Winner of International speech contest until my friend threw his hands to hug me. My whole journey appeared before my eyes on the way to take the Trophy. That moment was big, even bigger than me.That moment is for all my Fellow Toastmasters who encouraged me , That moment is for all the seniors who guided me to become a better servant leader, a better speaker. All of you helped me to become who I am today, I am confident that I would be better tomorrow than today with your trust, guidance & support. Finally, I am thankful to Toastmasters to seed the quality of a better person within me . I am thankful to Toastmasters to nurture the seed into plant with Guidance of handful leaders. I am positive with continuous support this plant will turn into a tree. I am truly honoured to be a part of the wonderful organization.

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International Speech Champion Writes TM Afzal Ahmed , CC.

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Humorous Speech Champion Writes TM Deepak Shivankar, CC, CL "Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans” - John Lennon My toastmasters journey couldn't be described in better words than the above famous quote. From accidentally stumbling upon Doha Club in 2008 to winning the Qatar ICC ONE National Communication Championship for Humorous Speech in December 2016, it has been a dream I never dreamt of!! When I attended Doha Toastmasters Club’s meeting at Gulf Paradise Hotel in year 2008 as a guest on an invitation from my dear friend Dr. MS Babu (he wasn't Dr. then), I wasn't sure why I was attending it. It was possibly just to please him having avoided few times before! But in my first meeting at Doha Club, I was impressed by the joyful behaviour and eloquent speaking skills of our club members. I instantly joined the club …my only humble wish being to learn speaking few words before a group of people! Expectations were minimum….and contest was never on the cards! However, to expedite my CC projects journey, I was encouraged by my President to participate in the club contest and so I attempted a humorous speech to be counted as my P6 project. I can’t forget the experience….in seven minutes….I cracked seventeen jokes…but not a single soul … even smiled. My otherwise humorous mentor also turned serious. To safeguard his reputation, I had to once again resort to delivering serious speeches. Somehow I completed my CC…and then went on a long vacation from speaking!! Regarding contests, I took a vow ….never to contest again…at least not in humorous category! But as it's said …once a toastmaster always a toastmaster!! Soon I was back into Club leadership roles …from SAA to Treasurer just to justify my club association. Side by side….I did participate in Table Topics and Evaluation Contests! More to show off my commitment with minimum efforts!!

It was 2013 when I was VP (Education) that I truly got inspired to participate in contests! My self and the then President Dr MS Babu decided to participate in all contests to demonstrate our commitment and motivate other members! How could we ask other members to participate in contests without ourselves doing so? It was an important first step of practicing commitment….Nothing great happened …but we got respect from our seniors. Although no prize, I received positive feedback from couple of guests who complimented me for the novel topic. This was the best thing to happen. Next year in 2014, I once again decided to participate in all categories…I wrote a humorous speech from my heart in one sitting…practiced, visualized and delivered without worrying about the outcome…just to enjoy myself……holding back nothing! Unexpectedly, I got the first prize! I thought ..this is my limit! This is more than my expectations!! Area is not my cup of tea!! I hardly prepared for the Area level contest. But another surprise was waiting at Area Contest,….I received such a huge response from a relatively unknown audience, that I was taken aback! Over excited, I got carried away, lost control of time and got disqualified!! But it was a great experience…it boosted my confidence!! Many unknown faces in the audience came to me to compliment! It was a great feeling!! My sincere thanks to TM Anil Nair who recorded the speech video and shared with me later. Only after watching the video, I could believe, how well it was received!! It installed self belief!! "Yes, I can be humorous!!" The journey continued ..and I became bolder with new experiments at ICC One Championships to expand my comfort zone. I won Second Prize (Humorous) in 2014 and Second Prize (International) in 2015. In 2016 for the first time I could reach the Division E level finals in 3 categories and won second prize in humorous and third prize in International speech.

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Humorous Speech Champion Writes TM Deepak Shivankar, CC Looking back, I consider toastmasters contests has been a voyage of selfdiscovery! I never knew that humour was my strength….its only Toastmasters and especially contests that have introduced this unexplored side of my personality to me. Meeting contestants from different clubs and areas only helped to improve my learning as I found all contestants to be very generous in sharing ideas! This happens only in Toastmasters!! Truly a unique organization!! I could not have achieved the little success I have enjoyed without the selfless mentoring services of some of our outstanding Toastmasters Leaders who helped me in this journey. They are DTM Rajeswar Sunderesan (powerful one liner/one word vital feedback), DTM Dr. Sampath Sowrirajan (master craftsman of humor) , DTM Dr. MS Babu (picture perfect suggestions), TM Eswaran Natarajan (words master), TM Anil Nair (reality check personified), TM Jayakumar Menon (experienced campaigner), TM KS Singaraju (a born contestant) and the entire Doha Club fraternity who has wholeheartedly celebrated my achievements after handsomely contributing in shaping it! Attending club meetings consistently, I believe, has done a lot of good to me, by adding intangible learnings at subconscious level. Bottom-line….…be regular at club meetings and have patience….benefits are bound to follow!! My takeaway on contests …..always participate …first commit publicly to contest, it will push you to focus on preparation, do not focus on results but rather giving your best, compete with self…not others! You never know…what "NEW YOU” you may discover while exploring your life though your speeches!! That’s the real trophy! As DTM Aditya Maheswaran said last year at our Club Contests……when you contest….you are the winner…trophy may come now or later, in different shape or form! But Winner you are for sure!!

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Table Topics Speech Champion Writes Rangamani Ravi, ACB, ALB I took part in the Oratorical Competition with a great enthusiasm when I was in class VI. After delivering my first para, I stood blank and my face became as pale as death on the stage . I was embarrassed and other children in that hall mocked and laughed at me. Obviously!!! Whatever said and done, we live in the world where winners are glorified and the losers are vilified. That was the first and last time of my participation in the contests till I joined Doha Toastmasters Club.

Like many of us, I too joined the toastmasters to improve my communication skills and the club gave me a chance to participate in the contest too . In my very first year of joining, I stood first in the International Speech Contest. Next year, I stood first in the area level too. Third year, I was …….no where. I was highly disappointed and distressed. But, my club didn't let me down. I owe to all the veteran toastmasters of my club who enabled me to rise against the odds by encouraging and supporting me. Their explanation still lingers in my ears. “Participating and winning in the contests is like a roller coaster, with many ups and downs. One needs to accept both and move ahead and enjoy the contest season. ”Yes!!! They were right. In the following year, I won in some and lost in some categories. The contests remind me the steel head trout . They try to migrate up a stream to get to the headwaters to spawn. It almost seems like an impossible task. The fish have to face steep inclines, waterfalls and raging currents going against them, virtually impassable barriers. Each time they try to scale these obstacles they are thrown back. Yet they continue to try, over and over again. These fish aren’t doing their best but doing whatever it takes. This is what the participation in the contests is all about. Doing whatever it takes.

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Table Topics Speech Champion Writes Rangamani Ravi, ACB, ALB So my dear toastmasters, The lesson which I learnt is, “keep on participating regardless of what is going on around you. Be persistent and utilize your failures and harness the learning into motivation for your future accomplishment. Sometimes, you win, Sometimes…… you learn. A champion is none other than who enjoys the participation for the simple pleasure it provides.”


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Don’t Hope, Decide Rashid Ahmed While waiting to pick up a friend at the airport in Delhi, India, I had one of those life-changing experiences that you hear other people talk about — the kind that sneaks up on you unexpectedly. This one occurred a mere two feet away from me.

Straining to locate my friend among the passengers deplaning through the jet way, I noticed a man coming toward me carrying two light bags. He stopped right next to me to greet his family. First he motioned to his youngest son (maybe six years old) as he laid down his bags. They gave each other a long, loving hug. As they separated enough to look in each other’s face, I heard the father say, “It’s so good to see you, son. I missed you so much!” His son smiled somewhat shyly, averted his eyes and replied softly, “Me, too, Dad!” Then the man stood up, gazed in the eyes of his oldest son (maybe nine or ten) and while cupping his son’s face in his hands said, “You’re already quite the young man. I love you very much, Zach!” They too hugged a most loving, tender hug. While this was happening, a baby girl (perhaps one or one-and-ahalf) was squirming excitedly in her mother’s arms, never once taking her little eyes off the wonderful sight of her returning father. The man said, “Hi, baby girl!” as he gently took the child from her mother. He quickly kissed her face all over and then held her close to his chest while rocking her from side to side. The little girl instantly relaxed and simply laid her head on his shoulder, motionless in pure contentment. After several moments, he handed his daughter to his oldest son and declared, “I’ve saved the best for last!” and proceeded to give his wife the longest, most passionate kiss I ever remember seeing. He gazed into her eyes for several seconds and then silently mouthed. “I love you so much!” They stared at each other’s eyes, beaming big smiles at one another, while holding both hands. For an instant they reminded me of newlyweds, but I knew by the age of their kids that they couldn’t possibly be. I puzzled about it for a moment then realized how totally engrossed I was in the wonderful display of unconditional love not more than an arm’s length away from me. I suddenly felt uncomfortable, as if I was invading something sacred, but was amazed to hear my own voice nervously ask, “Wow! How long have you two been married? “Been together fourteen years total, married twelve of those.” he re-

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Don’t HOPE, DECIDE Rashid Ahmed -plied, without breaking his gaze from his lovely wife’s face. “Well then, how long have you been away?” I asked. The man finally turned and looked at me, still beaming his joyous smile. “Two whole days!” Two days? I was stunned. By the intensity of the greeting, I had assumed he’d been gone for at least several weeks – if not months. I know my expression betrayed me. I said almost offhandedly, hoping to end my intrusion with some semblance of grace (and to get back to searching for my friend), “I hope my marriage is still that passionate after twelve years!” The man suddenly stopped smiling. He looked me straight in the eye, and with forcefulness that burned right into my soul, he told me something that left me a different person. He told me, “Don’t hope, friend… decide!” Then he flashed me his wonderful smile again, shook my hand and said, “God bless!”

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OUR NEW MEMBERS A Warm Welcome to our New Members Susan Abraham Sr

Alaa Waleed Alkhatib Walaa Waleed Alkhatib Shamsu Ameer Kunju Sandip Khairnar Mohammed Tafsirudeen Minakshi Migalani

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Awards & accolades . Doha Toastmasters Club continues to win awards. The CLUB won the TALK UP TOASTMASTER AWARD and THE PROACTIVE CLUB AWARD

Many Congratulations to Doha Club!!

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Our Club Champions Winners of the International Speech Contest Champion - Afzal Ahmed , 1st place Runner Up Manzoor Moiudeen, DTM 2nd Place Runner Up - NIsamudheen SA

Winners of the Evaluation Speech Contest Champion - Mehboob Srivastava, DTM, 1st place Runner Up Rangamani Ravi 2nd Place Runner Up Sunil Kumar Menon

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Our Club Champions Winners of the Humorous Speech Contest Champion - Deepak Shivankar, 1st place Runner Up Nisamudheen SA, DTM 2nd Place Runner Up - Manzoor Moiudeen

Winners of the Table Topics Speech Contest Champion - Rangamani Ravi, 1st place Runner Up Anil Nair, 2nd Place Runner Up Nisamudheen SA

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Doha Club reigned supreme at the Area 28 contests four categories of speech contests. Manzoor Moideen ous King . TM Mehdi Ben Mauia was ranked 3rd. Anil Congratulations to all our Champions.


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B SWEEPS AREA 28 CONTEST

s under the able leadership of Area Director, Jayakumar Menon. Doha Club emerged champions in all the n, DTM picked up the Champions Trophy in the International , Deepak Shivankar was crowned the Humorl Nair was the Table Topics Champion and Sunil Kumar Menon was crowned the Master Evaluator. Hearty

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The Third issue of Eloquence, the newsletter of Doha Toastmasters Club is out ! Flip thru its pages and know the innermost thoughts and fee...

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