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ELOQUENCE QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER OF DOHA TOASTMASTERS CLUB

Message from Co-chair DTAC 2018

Awards & Accolades

CLUB 7128, AREA 28, DIVISION E, DISTRICT

KNOW YOUR LEADER District Finance Manager on Contesting

Message Our Champions

Winter Evenings

from Division Director

DOHA TOASTMASTERS THE FIRST TOASTMASTERS CLUB OF QATAR


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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 Sandeep Kinge TM Anup Nair TM Sudhanva Viyay

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

INTERVIEWS

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Know your Leader

ARTICLES

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The World through the Eyes of a Toastmaster

MESSAGES

Winter Evenings

From the Division Director

Management Stories

From the Area Director

Language Mother of all Cultures

From the President

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From the VP Education

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NEWS Awards and Accolades

Our Champions

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Education Awards

HUMOR

Div E- Grand Workshop

Smile Please

COT2 & Judges Workshop

FEATURES Our Leaders Meeting Moments Members Achievements

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DOHA TOASTMASTERS WHERE LEADERS ARE MADE

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 year 2017 begins and Doha Club welcomes the new year with fresh wave of passion, dedication and hope; looking forward to meet new aspirations and challenges. The wheel of time turns and gives us fresh opportunities every moment, to take the next step on our Toastmasters Journey. And what better opportunity to sharpen and showcase your communication skills than a club contest! The club is where journey of the world champion begins. So go ahead and take a leap of faith and members of your beloved Doha Club will be there to support and encourage you every step of the way. Keeping this in mind, the cover story of this issue of Eloquence is the interview with District Finance Manager, Senior member of Doha Club and mentor to many toastmasters, Sundaresan Rajeswar, DTM. His many tips will shed new light for contestants and judges alike. Co-chair DTAC 2018, Manzoor Moideen, DTM shares his thoughts on the upcoming event. The messages from Division Director and Area Director are inspiring. Also new features like Members Achievements and Meeting Moments have been included. Not to be missed is piece of art by Muhsin Subair, son of our Past President Subair Pandavath, which adorns the cover (back) page of this issue. Doha Club has crossed many a milestone and won many awards. Doha Club has achieved a full 10 on 10 DCP points and is now the PRESIDENTS DISTINGUISHED CLUB. The club has also diversified the membership base and now includes members from many nations, cultures and backgrounds. The Club has relaunched its website with many new topical features. Please visit us at www.dohatoastmasters.org. And Doha Club meetings as always are vibrant, educative and fun.

Dear Readers, Happy Reading!! & Happy Contesting!!

Wishing You all the Best!! Have a Great Year Ahead!! Niloufer Samal, CC,ALB

Action is Eloquence. -William Shakespeare

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Division director’s message It gives me great pleasure to pen a few words for ELOQUENCE. Lead Story Headline Club News letter is actually a mirror which reflects it's activities and the contribution of its members not only in the growth and development of self but of the club as a whole. Through this message I congratulate you, Excom and the members for achieving President Distinguished Club before 31st December which in itself is a record. Doha Toastmasters Clubs is one of the Clubs in the Division E which has proved time and again that it is a club which has set a bench mark by itself year after year. It has immensely contributed to the growth and development of toastmasters movement in Qatar. As a club it has imparted true values of toastmasters to its members thus helping them to become better communicators and leaders. It is not only the Division E which is proud of its achievements but the entire District 20 and Toastmasters fraternity in the world. I as the Division Director of Division E am proud of its President, Excom and its members. I wish them all the very best in their journey of becoming a better communicator and leader DTM VIRENDRA NATH DIVISION DIRECTOR DIVISION E

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AREA DIRECTOR’s MESSAGE

Doha Club’s Eloquence has always been encouraging. EncouragLead Story Headline ing aspirants, speakers and leaders. And known to maintain the legacy inherited from pioneer toastmasters. Keep it up Doha!

We are soon approaching the contest season. The last few years have witnessed a healthy surge of speakers emerge from this prestigious club at various levels of competitions. Added to one’s commitment and tenacity, I feel it is the atmosphere that the club provides to the bold contestants. More than the ‘regular’ evaluator, it is the genuine critique who can influence a speaker to talk to his audience and capture their attention. 

So prepare well in advance, practice well and rest not till you are convinced that the intent, the content and the shipment (delivery) of your speech are of truly International standards.

I wish all aspiring contestants this season the very best and may they continue to bring laurels to themselves as well as to the first toastmasters club of Qatar.

Best wishes once again,

Jayakumar Menon DIRECTOR AREA 28

Prepare and Practice

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Abdul Nassar P, ACB, ALB Let us RISE up for Continuous Improvement Lead Story Headline

As we complete half of the toastmaster term, its great honour to share some of the great achievements our club had so far in terms of the plans I mentioned to you all through my opening address when I took charge of President’s office. SUPPORT TO ACHIEVE EDUCATIONAL GOALS OF MEMBERS One to One meeting to know the one year goals of members: We have conducted a comprehensive member survey at the beginning of the term. Also VPE is having a one to one chat with the new member to know the expectations.

Member Induction and Orientation process: We have formalized the new member induction in to the program. Developed a “Welcome Kit” covering basic information about the educational program and organization structure of our club and toastmasters. Also separate session of Orientation training has been scheduled periodically. Meeting Calendar for one year marking Educational modules, Themes, Special Events. Meeting calendar has been finalized at the beginning of the term

Meeting Slot Scheduling 3 months in advance. (Google form/Easy Speak Software): Easy Speak Software being rolled out. Mentoring Forum (Key strength of Doha Club): We had an educational session on mentoring and also we had conducted an interview with DTM Sampath Sowrirajan covering various aspects of mentoring program, the same has been published in our previous edition of newsletter. CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT OF CLUB CLIMATE AND THE WAY CLUB FUNCTIONS: Guidance Committee. We had constituted a guidance committee chaired by DTM Rajeswar Sundareswar.

Continuous support for Members Goals

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

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Constituting subcommittees. Lead Story Headline We had various subcommittees to support ExCom functions. Member Survey at the beginning of the term & Action on suggestions. We had conducted a member survey at the beginning of the term and actions have been taken on suggestions. Developing standard forms, templates, letters, meeting branding requirements. Developed guest invitation templates, Welcome Kit, Minutes template, Attendance Sheet, Agenda, Notice of Meeting etc. Ensure 100% Compliance to Constitution, TMI Rules, Guidelines. Special attention has been given to TMI rules especially branding guidelines and constitution. Meeting room ambience, Stationery, Banners, Registration Process. Inventory of stationery is maintained. Venue has been selected with due consideration. Increase membership strength of different nationalities. We had increased the membership of diverse nationalities during the term. Presence in the print media, Social media and forum to spread about toastmasters. Presence of our club is felt on print media, social media and online. We re-launched our web site with additional features. Twitter account has been opened. Regularly updated on events on face book page. Budget, Sponsorships. Prepared budget for the term and actuals were monitored on a monthly basis. Honorary auditor being appointed. 20th Anniversary celebrations. Event management Committee being constituted to have the event in March 2017. To sum up, your executive committee is tirelessly working hard to serve the club and each member of our club to support in their selfimprovement journey as the slogan of our club says “let us Rise up for continues improvement”. Wishing you all the best .

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MESSAGE from VICE PRESIDENT EDUCATION Sandeep Kinge, CC, ALB Dear members of Doha Toastmasters, First of all, a very happy new year to all of you and your family.

It gives me immense pleasure to announce that we have achieved all the 10 DCP points, i.e. the perfect 10 DCPs. Through various media, you must have heard that Doha Club has achieved all the DCP points which Toastmasters International has set for each club. We, Doha Toastmasters club have achieved this before completing the first 6 months of this term. That’s a great achievement in itself. I thank not only the ex-com and the members who worked hard for their awards, but also all the dedicated members who attend our meetings regularly. It’s team work. For the benefit of new members, DCP stands for Distinguished Club Program (DCP). Toastmasters International has crafted/ formulated this program in such a way that contribution from each member is counted and appreciated. Toastmaster International being a non-profit organization, the DCP motivates the volunteers/ members to work with a win-win strategy. I was a member of many such non-profit organizations, however I have never seen such a well-structured and organized way of working, sometimes not even in profit making companies. This actually makes us learn by doing, rather serve and learn.

The DCP points basically state the health of any club at any given point of time. It comprises of members achieving their Competent Communicator, Competent Leader, Advanced communicators and Leadership awards, renewing membership regularly, adding new members and attending club officers training. When we look at this from bird’s eye view, we come to understand that it covers all the points needed for a club to run and grow well. I feel running a club is not less than running a small company/organization so we can say that we are learning entrepreneurial skills also from toastmasters. Benjamin Franklin stated “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail”. At the beginning of the term, we ExCom carried out a member’s survey, set our goals, planned the action items, distributed tasks and appointed subcommittee. The strength of our club is our senior members. They are constantly by our side, helping and guid-

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MESSAGE from VICE PRESIDENT EDUCATION Sandeep Kinge, CC, ALB ing us. They don’t leave us unattended. They not only give guidance but also keep on asking us if we need any help. Without their guidance, support and encouragement it was not at all possible to achieve the perfect 10 DCPs in such a short period of time. While working on our mutual development, we all adhered to the Toastmasters values which is the backbone of the Toastmasters International. We have used them as the theme of the year ‘RISE – Respect, Integrity, Service and Excellence’. So now that we have achieved our club goals well before our target date, we will not stop here and relax. It is time to excel and participate with full enthusiasm in the club, area, division and ultimately in the district contests in various categories. Let me share an example on quality and excellence. Whenever I ask our members if they are willing to deliver their projects in other clubs, most of them say No, actually, this No is a positive No. The reason behind this is ‘they want to deliver their projects in Doha Club to face the challenge of speaking in front of Doha Toastmasters and then improve based on the speech evaluation and feedback received from the audience and members. This quality is achieved because of your sincere support. All of us have gone through a training on EasySpeak website from Kit Barritt, the developer of the website himself. We were privileged to have him in our club. Some of you are already using the options available on this website, I request you all to use it, rather exploit all of the options for our self-development. http:// dohatoastmasters.easy-speak.org/ You can always contact me or TM Ahsan Syed for any queries related to EasySpeak. With this let me wish you all the best for the contest season and have a great year ahead!

Sandeep Kinge, CC, ALB Vice President Education, 7148

Guidance from Seniors

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Message from vice president membership 2016 has been very exciting and pleasing year for Doha club membership programme. We won ‘Smedley Award’ and ‘Maximus award’ for achieving successful membership goals. 6 Months, 3 Inductions, 21 new members in the club from 10 different nationalities; this reflects the performance of Excom Team and the efforts of all members to spread the advantages of this noble organization to the society. This year our mission is to focus on increasing different nationalities in the club and by introducing 10 different nationalities we have almost reached our goal within 6 month. This year we introduced new members from Egypt, India, Iraq, Kenya, Morocco, Singapore, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, and Zimbabwe. We are continuously working with new ideas to attract more guests in our club. Regularly posting club achievements & club meeting events on social media and newspapers has been more effective. This brought more enquiries and registrations on our revamped website from guests  to attend the club meetings.

We introduced Guest Invitation letters as a part of membership campaign which also played a major role and brought many guests to the club. Very soon we will be providing Guest Kits to all guests in the meeting. This will help them to learn more about Toastmasters and understand the advantages of being a member of Toastmasters International. Testimonials in guest kits will build the confidence and motivate the guest to be the part of Toastmasters. We will be recognizing the efforts of the member who invites maximum number of guests for the meeting as well as who sponsor members to the club.

The VPE is arranging orientation programme before every induction programme for new members. This helps the new members to achieve more knowledge about the club meeting process and clarifies all their queries. We are providing new member kits to new members during induction programme. This also helps to make their initial journey smooth for leadership and communication development. We are looking forward to add more members in our clubs with few more different nationalities and this can only be possible with the efforts of all members and inviting guest for the meeting. I wish you all very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2K17. Chandrasekhar Dudhe ViPM

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OUR LEADERS Past Division Director and dedicated member of Doha Club, Manzoor Moideen, DTM has been appointed as Co-chair of DTAC 2018. Many Congratulations!!. The Toastmasters Annual District Conference (DTAC) 2018 will be held right here in Doha Qatar. So mark your calendars for a rocking DTAC 2018 under the stewardship of Mazoor Moideen, DTM.

Here are a few words by Manzoor Moideen, DTM about the event. After an interval of 11 years, the opportunity to host the District Toastmasters Annual conference fell into Qatar's lap. The conference was held in Qatar for the first time in the year 2007. We have been chosen to organize this magnificent event in 2018 for the second time and we, keeping the legacy in mind, will not leave any stones unturned. I take the privilege to thank the committee members and leaders who picked me to co-chair the conference along with, Mr Nahar Al Mutawa. My sincere thanks to DTM Rajeswar Sundaresan, DTM Raghavan Menon, TM Ravi Narayanan, Current Division Directors of Qatar TM Thayalan, DTM Gil Bangalan, DTM Virendranath, TM Abhijith and other leaders who believed that am capable enough to carry out this responsibility. It is indeed an honor to chair the biggest event of the District and I hope to meet all the expectations. As the Division Governor, Divison E, I had the opportunity to organize the conference at division level successfully with the support of a dedicated team. However, things are going to be different at District level in terms of expanse, expectations and efforts. Qatar being the host will have to cater to the interests of delegates coming from different countries. Our responsibility is to assure that our guests leave with a heart full of gaiety and gratitude. It is too early to discuss the highlights of the event and things in store. Plans have to be laid out, teams have to be formed, roles have to be assigned and groundwork has to be done. At this point of time, I can only promise that the event will be a memorable one and every single person will return satisfied. Will all this be possible without your involvement? No. This is not at all possible without the support of the beloved members of all the four Divisions in Qatar. Your ideas, your opinions, your dedication and your efforts. That is what we need to make DTAC 2018 an event par excellence. Let us all come together to make DTAC 2018 an event that will be remembered for years to come. Thank you once again and best wishes for a great year ahead Manzoor Moideen, DTM Co-chair DTAC 2018

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Know your leader Interview conducted by TM Niloufer Samal, CC,CL District Finance Manager Sundaresan Rajeswar is well known at Toastmasters International. A Chartered Accountant by profession, he is a leader, public speaker, organizer, guide, facilitator and motivator par excellence. He has served Toastmasters International in many capacities, as Club President, Education Committee Chair, Division E Governor, District Realignment Committee Chair and as mentor and coach to many clubs and many toastmasters. He is also a much invited Guest Faculty with Qatar University College of Business & Finance. A senior member of Doha Club, rare is the occasion, he is unable to attend a club meeting. Doha Club meetings always feel incomplete without his gentle presence. A firm believer in creating value through competency and integrity, he always upholds core toastmaster values. Read on to know his balanced views on contesting and judging.

Sir, when did you join Toastmasters International? How did you come to know about TI and where did you attend your first meeting? I joined Toastmasters International in the year 2000. Those days, Toastmasters was frequently featured in newspapers. Lots of articles and many photographs of well dressed, suited toastmasters always impressed me. I came to Qatar in 1998, and immediately joined the professional group of chartered accountants. I was looking out for another group to join, a group of people with the same mindset and attitude for selfdevelopment. But back then, I did not know much about toastmasters. So I attended two meetings at Doha Club. And my first thought on reaching home was “Doha Club members are all good speakers, this is not for me�. So I took a break. But then Mr. P.K.Matthew called me and encouraged me to join. Sir, so you had that typical fear of public speaking and Doha Club members encouraged you to join and that is how your journey started. Yes, and I have no hesitation to say I studied in a village school in Kerala. The level of education was rudimentary. The school teachers were wives of farmers. In fact, I started learning English A..B...C...D at the age of 10 and that too a very basic level.

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Know your leader Interview conducted by TM Niloufer Samal, CC,CL Sir, what was the first role you took up at Toastmasters? I gave my icebreaker. That was my first role – prepared speaker. In fact, I had a very good mentor who encouraged me to be behind the lectern as soon as possible. He was a professional trainer. A very patient man, he helped me lot. I also sent my first speech to my father. My father was well read and interested in English Classics. He was also spiritually inclined. And he was an excellent writer. So he corrected my speech and included many words from his vast vocabulary. So it became a writer’s speech. But I am happy to say my first speech was well received. Then, I sent every speech to him. He gave me valuable tips. Sir, did you contest in the very first year you joined? Yes, thanks to DTM Rammohan Rai. He was the VP Education and he encouraged me to participate in the contest. As accountants we are shy and do not take to contests easily. But then he wanted me to participate in Humorous Contest. I flatly refused, but he suggested that I speak about accountants. And so I gave my first Humorous speech in a club contest and won the club championship. And DTM Rammohan who pushed me was the runner up. At that time there were only two clubs, Doha Club and Qatar Toastmasters. So the next level was inter club contest. I could not win there. My jokes fell flat.

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Speaking before a large crowd of 100-120 was a completely different experience. Sir, do you remember the title of your first contest speech? Yes, it was “Ode to Accountants”. In fact, I still have the script with all the markings for pauses, and voice modulations. As it is. Sir, that’s one sign of a passionate toastmaster. Would you like to share some more experiences as a contestant? I participated every year after the first year for a few more years. With every passing year grew more confident. I won many club and area level contests and participated in Division level contests and won the Table Topics Contest. At the DTAC, I was the first speaker in the first contest. The topic was “Should you be first, or right?” Mark Brown, Past World Champion of Public Speaking was also present in the audience. I suddenly grew nervous and could not give my best. It is important for every speaker to be comfortable before different types of audience, large or small, toastmasters or non-toastmasters. This is one crucial factor every toastmaster should be exposed to. And this can be achieved if you do your project speeches seriously. Also taking up diverse advanced manuals is critical to your progress as a speaker. It takes you to the next level. Also the speaker should know and be sensitive to the cultural do’s and don’ts of the audience. Sir, out of all the four categories of contest, which one is your favourite? I won the Doha Club Championship for four consecutive years in the International Speech category. And that is not to say I was the best. On the contrary I knew I had


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Know your leader Interview conducted by TM Niloufer Samal, CC,CL to raise my level of performance every time, so I put in lot of efforts, worked harder, took the help of many mentors, got my speech corrected and revised by many toastmasters and I practiced a lot in front of different clubs. This helps you in knowing how your speech comes across. Sometimes you strongly believe in your message and are much influenced by it, but the message is not universal enough to connect with everybody. So you have to make changes.

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Sir what is your advice to first time contestants? One thing I noticed in the last 16 years is ‘There is no the perfect speech. It only evolves, changes constantly’. Even at the World Championship level, the speech type changes. Till recently, the emphasis was more on body language, gestures, voice modulation. The topics were about world issues, earthquakes, tsunamis and such. But if you observe the speeches for the last three to four years, the emphasis is on content and delivery. And the topics are more individual centric, there is more humor, many touching subjects. I think it started in 2013 with Persian Vasilev, when his winning speech about changing a tyre, changed the scene. To the first timers I will say prepare, prepare and prepare and then follow it with practice practice and more practice. One should put in all their efforts. It used to take me 4 to 5 months to prepare a winning speech. I use to devote an hour every day, looking for a better topic, better wording. Practice till the speech becomes a part of you. There will be no need to memorize. Practice every move you are going to make on the stage, practice the tone and tenor of every word you are going to utter. And participate with the aim of winning. Do not participate if you want to take things lightly. You should have the zeal and fire to win. That attitude will take you a long way. And do not compare yourself to other contestants or champions. Concentrate on your speech. And never hesitate to take help of others. Eswarajan Natarajan, member of Doha Club, he was amazingly creative with a philosophical side. He looks at things more deeply. He use to add that touch to the speech. My daughter is also very creative, she is into design and film production. But I do not ask her (laughs).

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Know your leader Interview conducted by TM Niloufer Samal, CC,CL Sir, when were you appointed as a judge for the first time? Lead Story Headline I think it was in 2004. I had undergone a judges training in 2002 for first time. It was conducted by DTM Sonny Varghese. I was amazed to know that there are so many points involved in the judging process, the methodology, the objectivity, the manuals, the dos and donts. I learnt a lot. It was one of the best trainings I have attended. In those days a certificate from Toastmasters International was necessary to be appointed as a judge .

Sir, you have been appointed as a Chief Judge many times? How is a Chief Judge different from a judge? T he c hi e f j ud ge has t he r ig ht t o st o p t he c o nt e st if s o me t h i ng i s go i n g wr o ng . He al s o h a s t o d o t h e t ie b re ak i ng a p pr o pr iat ely . He ha s t o e n su re t hat a ll t h e c o nt e st an t s a re g iv e n eq u al c ha nc e , o p p ort u ni t y . O ne c on t e s t a nt s h ou ld not h av e m o r e p ri vi le ge t han t h e ot he r s. T he c h ie f c a n s e lec t t he ju d ge s . I f t he c h i ef ju d ge k no ws t ha t a p a rt i c ul a r j ud g e c o m es w it h a c er t a in b ias , he c a n a sk fo r a c ha ng e . T he c hi ef j ud g e ha s t o b e c an di d a nd no t p ol it ic a l. A no t he r i m p ort a nt t a sk i s t o ha nd le pr ot e st s . T hi s ha s t o b e do n e w it h t h e u t mo s t c a re, a s t he c o nt e st a nt / p r ot e st or fe e ls ve ry s t r on g ly a n d h e m ay ev e n l e a v e t oa st m a st e r s f o re ve r. A t t h e sam e t im e t h e c hi ef j u dg e ha s t o t a k e t h e ri g ht de c i si o n ob j ec t iv e ly a s pe r t h e r ul e s.

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Interview conducted by TM Niloufer Samal, CC,CL Sir, what do you think makes a winning speech? Something very critical is innovation. There should be some ‘VOW’ moment, ‘AHA’ moment, some unique moment which will remain in people’s mind for a long time. In 2000 there was a speech by Jim. It was about a deaf and dumb girl. He did not speak a word, but everyone understood what he wanted to say only by his gestures. That was one powerful speech. Then there was “Big Daddy” by Thomas Harvey. His prop was a chair and when his father dies, he overturned the chair. Amazing way he brought a prop to life. Something Unique. That leaves an impression.

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The world through the eyes of a toastmaster TM Tonse Satish Rao CC, CL Once a Toastmaster, always a Toastmaster – that’s because Toastmastering changes the way you see this world! Other day I was attending a University Convocation and a very eminent personality was delivering the Convocation Address. It was a very good one and I was all the more interested because this eminent personality had many catchy phrases in his speech. Promptly I used all those phrases in my ‘Table Topics’ session when I got the opportunity to be the TTM! I used to follow the debates between Ms. Hillary Clinton and Mr. Donald Trump pretty keenly! The ‘Evaluator’ within me used to go crazy hearing those debates - because I was not able apply much acclaimed ‘Sandwich’ methodology to their debates! After becoming a Toastmaster, I have taken to listening to speeches of US Presidents, specially their ‘State of the Union (SOTU)’ speeches. These are ‘once in a year’ events which happen in late January. A lot of expertise goes into drafting of SOTU addresses with some of the best and talented speech writers working on the address. It is delivered with precision, emotion and gets lots of applauses and standing ovations! Usually, one hour+ long, SOTU addresses are a treat to watch. Every President in his SOTU address does have some good words for his better half, who will be in the audience, beaming! Speaking of family, it’s the most important asset any Toastmaster has! To practice their speech, to get ‘first hand’ feed-back (back-handed complements too, if one is lucky!) and last but not the least, to boast of their accomplishments! Toastmastering has taught me to see the world from the following perspective: 1. The World is full of possibilities: Everything is an opportunity to practice the words learnt, to evaluate and to pose for a photograph! 2. Friendship: Everyone is a possible friend and a prospective member for your club! 3. You can be anything: You can be a Sargent @ Arms in one year and Club President in the next year! You can be

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THE WORLD THROUGH THE EYES OF A TOASTMASTER TM Tonse Satish Rao CC, CL a Grammarian even when you are not sure whether a certain word is a noun or an adjective! 4. You Think Positively: Toastmasters don’t automatically think the worst when presented with a new situation or new topic….Table Topics sessions have drilled in this positivity! 5. Your Imagination is Limitless! Some speeches can help stretch your imagination and remove the barriers on logical thinking. Once your imagination can roam more freely, use it to tackle home and work tasks and see how innovative your presentations have become! Yes, lots of exciting things happen in the world of a Toastmaster……and this world will be a much better place if Toastmasters take over!!!

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WINTER EVENINGS TM Afzal Ahmed , CC. I was shivering while returning home from the Ex com meeting this even-

ing, Teeth were clenched, fingers were numb, ears were frozen, it rarely happens with me here in Doha, it was the clear sign of first knock of winter. It is also sign of my not changing the bad habit of carelessness, I felt today I am still the same child who would not wear the woolens until mom’s louder voice hit the ears.

When I was shivering today my ears were waiting for those words that makes me wear my Jacket .But it does not happen now, a decade has passed but it does not happen. A decade has gone loveless, affectionless & pamper less.

I do meet her after an irregular interval of work, But I don’t find those days I left at the door and stepped out, unfortunately now, I am grown up. She thinks I can care of myself, unfortunately I am grownup. She think I can manage my things own my own, unfortunately I am grown up. She thinks I no more need bedtime stories, unfortunately I am grownup. She thinks a lot before she talks, that carelessness has gone somewhere, those pampered words have turned into serious conversation, unfortunately I am grown up.

She always knew that I hate winters, I hated to wear gloves, muffler that heavy jacket. I hated that additional weight of this winter stuff & putting on & off was such a headache. She taught me right way of wearing woolens, but I unlearned every next time just to wear them from her hands.

Today, I hate winter stronger than I ever did, I may have learnt putting on and off woolens but I hate winters. I hate it because it reminds me those unlearned days, it reminds me of her care, it reminds me how she pampered me .I hate it because it reminds me of you mom.

Another cold wind hit my face, my face waited for the warmth. A warmth we children got in those chilled evening. We collected woods & burnt and sat around it. As the fire grew bigger, elders started gathering around it .Conversation started, some of the best advices I received from that gathering, Dad asked for study, scolded for bad behavior, appreciated for good performance in school & at home. I remember my grandfather taught life lesson around that fire.

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Winter evenings TM Afzal Ahmed , CC. While all the elders were busy in their conversation we kids had competition of counting the stars. I counted slower & always lost the competition. I promised to be faster next time. But that never happened. Today’s winnings don’t bring that joy that losing brought. I hate winter why don’t I losing beautifully, why does not it all happen now? Why don’t all of us sit around the fire? But why remains why now. I feel lonelier with every hit of wind, inner silence spread with shivering. I don’t complain to life, I welcome it as it comes, I believe weak complain about life. But today, I feel like to be weak. My complain -where have those days gone, why don’t they come back.

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Management stories TM Rashid Ahmed , CC. Story # 1 It's a fine sunny day in the forest and a lion is sitting outside his cave, lying lazily in the sun. Along comes a fox, out on a walk. Fox: "Do you know the time, because my watch is broken" Lion: "Oh, I can easily fix the watch for you" Fox: "Hmm... But it's a very complicated mechanism, and your big claws will only destroy it even more“ Lion: "Oh no, give it to me, and it will be fixed" Fox: "That's ridiculous! Any fool knows that lazy lions with great claws cannot fix complicated watches" Lion: "Sure they do, give it to me and it will be fixed" The lion disappears into his cave, and after a while he comes back with the watch which is running perfectly. The fox is impressed, and the lion continues to lie lazily in the sun, looking very pleased with himself. Soon a wolf comes along and stops to watch the lazy lion in the sun. Wolf: "Can I come and watch TV tonight with you, because mine is broken" Lion: "Oh, I can easily fix your TV for you" Wolf: "You don't expect me to believe such rubbish, do you? There is no way that a lazy lion with big claws can fix a complicated TV“ Lion: "No problem. Do you want to try it?" The lion goes into his cave, and after a while comes back with a perfectly fixed TV. The wolf goes away happily and amazed. Scene: Inside the lion's cave. In one corner are half a dozen small and intelligent looking rabbits who are busily doing very complicated work with very detailed instruments. In the other corner lies a huge lion looking very pleased with himself. Moral : IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHY A MANAGER IS FAMOUS; LOOK AT THE WORK OF HIS SUBORDINATES. In the context of the working world : IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHY SOMEONE UNDESERVED IS PROMOTED; LOOK AT THE WORK OF HIS SUBORDINATES.

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Management stories TM Rashid Ahmed , CC. Story # 2 It's a fine sunny day in the forest and a rabbit is sitting outside his burrow, tippy-tapping on his typewriter. Along comes a fox, out for a walk. Fox: "What are you working on?" Rabbit: "My thesis." Fox: "Hmm... What is it about?" Rabbit: "Oh, I'm writing about how rabbits eat foxes." Fox: "That's ridiculous ! Any fool knows that rabbits don't eat foxes!" Rabbit: "Come with me and I'll show you!" They both disappear into the rabbit's burrow. After few minutes, gnawing on a fox bone, the rabbit returns to his typewriter and resumes typing.

Soon a wolf comes along and stops to watch the hardworking rabbit. Wolf: "What's that you are writing?" Rabbit: "I'm doing a thesis on how rabbits eat wolves." Wolf: "you don't expect to get such rubbish published, do you?" Rabbit: "No problem. Do you want to see why?" The rabbit and the wolf go into the burrow and again the rabbit returns by himself, after a few minutes, and goes back to typing. Finally a bear comes along and asks, "What are you doing? Rabbit: "I'm doing a thesis on how rabbits eat bears." Bear: "Well that's absurd ! " Rabbit: "Come into my home and I'll show you" Scene : As they enter the burrow, the rabbit introduces the bear to the lion. Moral: IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW SILLY YOUR THESIS TOPIC IS; WHAT MATTERS IS WHOM YOU HAVE AS A SUPERVISOR. Management Lesson In the context of the working world: IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW BAD YOUR PERFORMANCE IS , WHAT MATTERS IS WHETHER YOUR BOSS LIKES YOU OR NOT.

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LANGUAGE, THE MOTHER OF ALL CULTURES TM Adam Abdi "Understanding others makes possible a better knowledge of oneself" UNESCO. Language is intrinsic to the expression of culture, as a means of communicating values, beliefs and customs; it has an important social function and fosters feelings of group identity and solidarity. It is the means by which culture and its traditions and shared values may be conveyed and preserved. After so many years of living in diaspora, your friends and fellow nationals in your homeland will recognize you as ‘an expert’ about your new home culturally, economically and politically. And you can’t be so unless you know the mother of all cultural values, language. English or Arabic? Imagine, one day, back in your home country, you meet your Arab colleague whom you had been working with over 10 years. Out of courtesy, you invite him to meet your friends and family members, and show them how close you are to this visitor to your country. To make him feel like home, in what language would you converse with him? English or Arabic? Embarrassment We feel embarrassed when our children do not speak their mother tongue, or so called the language of their ancestors. We blame them for not speaking a language with which they actually have nothing in common. But are we not the ones who should be blamed for not learning the language of the country in which we work and spend our lives? Many of us including myself live in our mini states (neighborhoods) in Qatar, and remain enclosed within for years without being exposed to the true culture and the values of the people and yet we claim to be in Qatar. Reasons for learning languages Reasons for people to acquire a language differ but the most important aims are to get educated and find work through this particular language. However, there is another noble goal that we can work tirelessly to chase: “to understand better the values of your adopted country and its people, and then convey them to your homeland” Like most things in life, learning Arabic is not impossible. All you have to do is, define your goal in learning this language and begin the process today not tomorrow.

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LANGUAGE THE MOTHER OF ALL CULTURES TM Adam Abdi Remember, you are your country’s ambassador to Qatar today, and tomorrow, Qatar ambassador to your country. So get out from your locked up neighborhood and enquire the skills to make a good ambassador!

Failure to do so, not only you set a blockage for yourself and your family from to learn this great language but you are sending wrong messages to those coming to the country after you “You see, I have been here for a while without Arabic ,why bother to learn to it” Adam Abdi Abuzuhri

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OUR NEW MEMBERS A Warm Welcome to our New Members Doha Club is vibrant with members of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds. The current batch includes citizens of Sri Lanka, Iraq, Tunisia, Zimbabwe, Morocco, Somalia and Singapore. All have joined the club with the common goal of improving their communication skills. The club also conducted an Orientation session for its new members. The President Abdul Nassar P, along with the Vice President Education Sandeep Kinge and other ExCom members explained their roles in club. The new members now have a better understanding of the Educational Program, Toastmasters International Offers. Welcome Kits were distributed to new members

Akash Bhutada Hloniphani Nyathi Sr. Mehdi Beumaaouia

Mustafa Thair Salman Zian Athan Lebbe Deshmukh Parashar Samah Afyal Mohammed Omar Sulaiman Rupan Das

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Awards & accolades Doha Club is the proud recipient of many awards this term. The very first award was the LEAD AND WIN AWARD, followed by the SMEDLEY AWARD and the MAXIMUS AWARD. Doha Club achieved all the 10 DCP points well before the target date and is now THE PRESIDENTS DISTINGUISHED CLUB.

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Our Champions The reigning Club, Area and Division (2nd Place) champion Deepak Shivankar emerged the winner in the pan Qatar ICC One National Communications Championships– Humorous Contest. Many Congratulations to our champion!! Gavelier Saanvi Sudesh was placed second in the schools Inspirational contest. Doha Club is proud of you.

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EDUCATION AWARDS TM Nisamuddin S A completed required projects from the Advanced Communication and Leadership Manuals and was awarded the TRIPLE CROWN AWARD. Past Area Director and Past President of Doha Club Dinesh Kumar, Area Director 43, Rajesh VC, DTM Mehboob Srivastava and Vice President Public Relations, Niloufer Samal were also the recipients of Education and Leadership Awards.

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Www.dohatoastmasters.org relaunched

The Doha Club website got a fresh new look with many added topical features with its relaunch in November 2016. Www.dohatoastmasters.org was relaunched by District Finance Manager, Sundaresan Rajeswar, DTM in the presence of Past President of Doha Club Rammohan Das Rai, DTM . Assistant Area Director TM Jasil Abdullah and Vice President Public Relations Niloufer Samal explained the new features of the wesite.TM Sudhanva Vijay is our new webmaster.

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Members achievements Anup Nair who has recently embarked on his toastmaster journey was certified as an Asian Karate Federation Refree. Many Congratulations. Here he with the President of Karate Association of India Sensei Karate R. Thyagarajan and with Qatar Karate Federation officials.

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Doha Club actively participated early Friday morning of Dec 9, 2016 in COT2 and Judging Workshop al module on the DOs and DONTs for judges in contests. Girish Jain, Program Quality Director condu tests. And all the seven officers of the executive comm


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p. District Finance Manager Sundaresan Rajeswar DTM presented an informative and edifying educationucted the training for Vice Presidents—Education. TM Adam Abdi participated in the mock table topics conmittee attended the training with great zeal and enthusiasm.

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