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Newsletter of the JPKU Toastmasters Club, New Delhi Vol. 5, Issue 1; January 2011
Club No. 858173 Division C, District 82
Its my first newsletter and it seems to be very exciting.. its been a little tough but a great experience . January is so used to usher in a new year that we forget that the club has got a new Executive Committee that has taken charge this very month. I will begin with congratulating the new EC and hope we gel together as team. In this issue Immediate past Club President Malkiat passes the baton to Club President Vikas kumar, who shares his plans for the club, Anurag Butoliya talks about the race of his life, Akhil Sood finds answers to his monster question. Don’t miss the poem by Sir Rudyard Kipling. In the ‘Hyde Park’ section we invited some thoughts on discussing the last minute backouts. Read about Himanshu Sharma and Vaibhav Vashishtha, the latest additions to our family in Know thy toastmasters. .
Mission of Toastmasters
To provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every individual member has the opportunity to develop oral communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence
Passing the guard Page 3
The outgoing president hands over the charge of the club to his successor Vikas and his team —Malkiat Bindra and Vikas Kumar
The monster question
A poem by Sir Rudyard Kipling
Meeting Theme Of The Month Page 7 and 8
Toastmasters of the month and meeting themes -Vikas Kumar -Sanchit Aggarwal -Sameep Taneja
News and announcements Page 6
Know Thy Toastmaster and 10
Let’s get to know the latest addition to our family Himanshu Sharma and Vaibhav Vashishtha
The Hyde Park Handling Backouts
Vikas Malik, Sanchit Aggarwal Akhil Sood
Best of the Month
Find out our star performers week by week.
Club Contact Details
PASSING THE GUARD
Standing on the brink of a bright new beginning I can feel the fresh new breeze coming to me And I long to set myself free.... I wish this year 2011 brings new joys to your life.
If you live through your life, you will not realize the things which have changed. But, if u give a thought, ponder upon the things which matter, you might realize a lot has changed without much attention. All you did was your duty, took some help from others, saw your friends stand next to you and wallah! It‘s all done.. Something similar happened when I was in charge of the club from July'10. There were DCP goals, concern for the quality of the club, concerns for other things regarding the club. Piece by piece, meeting by meeting, month by month, all was sorted just like that. Our term did not have many EC members left by the end of the term. But, those who were there, made sure there was nothing that they could not handle. They made sure that no one could notice that it was mere few who were handling the job of 7 fully trained officials. Yes, they were not trained in some specific aspect of the job, but no one could tell the difference. These are those people who excel in their life and fulfill their dreams and turn them into reality. They surely made my job very easy. I'll miss the time I spent with these true leaders. Isn't that why we are here in the first place? Isn't learning and excelling the first objective of joining Toastmasters? I have full confidence in the new EC and I am sure they will take our club to new heights. I was asked to write this down for the Newsletter and I was not sure of what I would write. But when I got to write it down, all of it is coming naturally from the heart. This is the impact the club and its people have had on me. I'll surely miss them all.... Before I say goodbye, I would like to say "All the Best" to the new EC and to Vikas Kr. Malik in particular who has to lead the pack of 7 prominent leaders having different responsibilities of their own.
First of all, I would like to congratulate the newly appointed EC members – Akhil Sood ( VP - Education), Shraddha Nakra (VP Membership), Shreeja Kumar (VP - Public Relations), Vinay Jain (Treasurer), Sameep Taneja (Secretary) and Sanchit Aggarwal (Sergeant at arms) for being selected as the Executive Committee. I would like to thank the Selection committee of our club which has shown their trust in this team. It is this team's hard work, skills and perseverance which will help our club to reach newer heights. Serving a club with tradition of achievements is a matter of pride and it is my privilege to be given charge of this "Always Ahead" club. It is said that to be at the top is easier than staying at the top. Continuous improvement with the ability to reinvent is the utmost requirement of sustained success. Last Executive Committee in their term has set the achievement bar at a new high. JPKU Toastmasters Club has already achieved the coveted "President's Distinguished Club" Award. Congratulations to all members and EC team for the same. Now, it‘s our duty to follow the path laid down by our predecessors and then go beyond what has already been achieved. For fellow EC members, my message is to take guidance from our predecessors and strive our best to reach the standards set and then go past them. For members of club, my message is to be present and participate. The quality of the club, its meetings is defined by the quality of its members and for that members need to participate in all the activities of the club. I wish you all the success and many new beginnings in your life.
Malkiat Bindra Immediate Past President - JPKU Toastmasters Club
Vikas Kumar President - JPKU Toastmasters Club
Quit , Give up ! You are beaten There is just too much against you now, This time you can‘t succeed ! And as I started to hang my head, In front of a familiar face. My downright thoughts were broken, By the memory of a race. Hopes refilled my broken will; And I recalled that scene, For just the thought of that small race rejuvenates my will. A children‘s race, young boy, young man Excitement sure , but also; Fear it wasn‘t hard to tell. And all they lined up; So full of hope Each thought, to win that race. Tightly rehearsed , and if not that; At least take the second place. And fathers watched , on side on bench; Each cheering for his son Each boy hoped , to show his father, That he might be the one. The whistle blew, and off they went Young hearts , hopes of fire; To win, to be the hero; Was each young boy‘s desire One boy in particular; Whose dad was in the crowd, Was running near the lead and thought ; ―My dad would be so proud‖ But as they spread across the field; Into the shallow depths The little boy who thought to win , lost a
step & slipped Trying hard to watch himself; His hands flew out ; Hearing the cheer of the crowd ; He fell flat on his face. So down he fell , and with him the hope; He couldn‘t win it now ! Depressed sad , He only wished to disappear somehow; But as he fell, his dad stood up & showed his anxious face, to boy so clearly said ―Get up and win the race‖ He quickly rose, said no damage is done; Behind a bit , that‘s all ! Ran with his mind and might ; To make up for his fall. So anxious to restore himself; To catch up and to win; His mind went faster than his legs , He slipped, And fell again He wished he had quit; With only one disgrace Hopeless as a runner and said; I shouldn‘t try to race! In the cheering crowd, he found his father‘s face That steady look said again ―Get up , & win the race‖ So up he jumped to try again Ten meters behind the last; If I have to gain those meters ‗ I have to run really fast Exerting everything he had; Trying so hard to catch the lead He slipped and fell again Seconds past , he lay there silently A tear dropped from his eye There is no use of running, I am out , why try He thought to rise and disappear, All hopes had fade away So far behind , so slipped So fallen, A loser all the way. ―I have lost the race, he said‖ I‘ll have to live with my disgrace And then he thought about his dad, Who soon He‘ll have to face. ―Get up ― An echo sounded low Take your place You are not meant for failure Get up ,and win the race He rose up again You haven‘t lost it all For winning is more than this To rise each time you fall So up he rose, to run once more With a new commit He resolved ―winners loose , but at least he wouldn‘t quit!‖ That was the inner call So far behind, He ran For the quest to win Three times he had fallen, stumbling Three times he had risen again So far behind , so hooked to win He still ran to the end They cheered the winner, As he crossed the line High and proud No falling, no disgrace
The fallen boy crossed the line, Last place The crowd gave him a greater cheer For finishing the race And even though , he came in last Low and head bowed He would have thought , He should have won the race To listen to the crowd, To walk away with grace. And to his dad, he sadly said ―I didn‘t do too well today‖ ―To me you won‖, his father said You rose each time you fell And now when the things seem dark And hard , difficulties right in the middle of the face The memory of that little boy , helps me in my race. With all the life is like a race With ups and downs And some utter disgrace To win , just remember that boys call; To rise each time you fall. Rise each time, you fall
The monster-Akhil Sood
Amidst our busy lives, forever occupied by our routine engagements, only a few of us dare to change the boredom of routine and undergo a paradigm of shift by doing something creative to break the otherwise monotonous schedule. The ones who begin are perpetually greeted by a perennial question, Do I belong here? The question has been so rampant that it has even invaded our daily routine lives as well and very often we find ourselves putting the same question and giving a shot to finding answers. It could be a new group of friends, just acquired, and the moment you see one in the group, going deeper and further than you expected, in pops the question. I always used to wonder… Is it my fear of insecurity that is giving a rebirth to this question every now and then? Is it the lack of time that I can devote to the newly shaping ideas in my brains? Or is it my rising levels of hatred and demotivation which leads me to hang my boots? I managed to get the best education that I could have but nothing in respect to answering these questions. I felt dissatisfaction after spending 3 years in college, 2 years of corporate life, countering all the hardships, teachers, bosses, assignments, exams, project, love and sometime friends too, and yet not sure if I belonged there, I would have certainly added a few new dimensions to my achievements had I been assured that I belonged there. Where do I get that assurance from? It sounds similar to insurance but its not as easily available in the market. Inspite of my willingness to pay a price, I couldn‘t locate a single vendor but eventually i got the assurance I longed for. It was after I left my job, when I visited my college and a cup of tea with the Principal and a discussion where she wanted the alumni to mentor the students. Yes, I had my reservations but the persistent faith ended my quest. Its not about money or profit or motive. Its about society, If you belong to the society, you can adapt and fit into every atom of that compound. To fit into that big compound, all you need is to think about it. The social responsibilities are not meant for the text book and their sole purpose is not to fetch you some marks in your exams. They are needed for that eternal satisfaction. Initiate doing something and you will feel the belongingness. I belonged to my college, It wasn‘t a fluke that i went in there. The same holds true for you. You belong here….
News and Announcements
The new Executive Committee has taken charge for the term January to June 2011. Please contact them for any issues you face. Vaibhav Vashishtha is the newest member to join JPKU Toastmaster and has delivered his Icebreaker with a aplomb. Vice President (Education) Akhil Sood has completed his Competent Communication Manual. JPKU Toastmaster is going to organize its International Speech Contest and Tabletopics Contest on February 19, 2011. To participate in the international speech contest, a member has to complete his 6 speeches. Please try and get your 6 speeches done by the contest date. The EC is willing to help. Please communicate your willingness. On February 5, 2011, The Delhi Advanced Toastmasters Club is organizing a special meeting. It will include three special sessions including Magic Moments by Deepak Menon. As guests, you will be charged Rs. 200 for attending the meeting.
MEETING THEMEs OF THE MONTH
8th January was the first meeting of JPKU Toastmasters Club of year 2011. This time of the year is the time of resolutions, time of starting afresh on the journey of life. It is also the time when we can again have a fresh view at everything that we have been doing. Toastmaster gives us opportunity to communicate in a more effective way. It is the platform where we can learn from our peers, from mentors, from our manuals, practice, rectify our mistakes and in the process could be ready for the future ahead. And as we are starting in this New Year, it is our duty to renew our pledge, our commitment to our club, to ourselves as members. First meeting of 2011 has a couple of firsts. New executive committee took charge of their responsibilities and pledged their commitment for the betterment of the club and its members. Area C2 Governor conducted this ceremony. Dr. Ritu also presented a session about leadership manuals and the different roles/modules that must be fulfilled for advanced leadership awards. It was very beneficial for members who want to complete their ALB and ALS in the coming months. Club will conduct its International Speech and Table Topics shortly and to make member aware of the same a special Mock Table Topics Session was conducted. It gave a very clear picture of all the judging criteria and actual proceedings of a table topics contest.
The first time‖; it took me 2 days to come with this theme. Being a very non-creative person, I had no idea what I was going to speak on my first attempt as a toastmaster. I also realised that Sanchit Gupta is the first time Table Topics master. Just then, an idea hit me. Why not talk about the first time? Why don‘t I remind everyone that there is something called first time of everything we ever did or of everything we‘ll ever do? Some may be worth remembering and some will be washed away with time. When we start our lives, everything is special, well at that time whatever we do is special only for our parents because we are too dumb to understand anything. As we start growing old, we also start enjoying small events in our life such as going to school for the first time or making a friend for the first time, but all this is lost when we become adults. Everything becomes planned and we start indulging only in those activities which are in some way ―profitable‖ to us. We don‘t start anything new just because we want to experience something new. Time will not stop; you will never cease to grow old until you are here. Why not make use of this time? Why not learn something only for fun? You can either spend your life by doing stuff which you regularly do or have plans to do, or you can just pack your bags and go on a holiday to the place where you have always wanted to go but were unable to because of ―lack of time‖. Or you can start learning guitar, which you have always wanted to learn in school but now you think that you are too old to learn. Start something, let there be endless first time experiences in your life, and if you think you have done enough just think about this question ―When was the last time I did something for the first time?
MEETING THEMEs OF THE MONTH contd..
The Beginning by Rudyard Kipling
. It was not part of their blood, It came to them very late With long arrears to make good, When the English began to hate. It was not preached to the crowd, It was not taught by the State. No man spoke it aloud, When the English began to hate. They were not easily moved, They were icy-willing to wait Till every count should be proved, Ere the English began to hate. It was not suddenly bred, It will not swiftly abate, Through the chill years ahead, When Time shall count from the date Their voices were even and low, That the English began to hate.
Creativity is the process of bringing something new to life- real or imaginary. It is the art of combining things things to create something that was never thought before. Creativity is also changing your or others perception. Creativity is a skill that can be practiced and is not just an inspiration that strikes the gifted ones. There are opportunities to practice creativity in every aspect of our life and at any time. There are several books that equips us with tools to build creativity. I consider Edward de Bono as a leading authority on creativity and another British author Tony Buzan is also a great writer who offers practical tools and trainings on creativity and innovation. There are of course various other authors who study innovation especially in the context of Business. Companies who adopt an innovation culture are leading in their fields and would continue to do so. The culture of innovation that is required in business also encompasses execution otherwise no value can be derived from it. Google and 3M are well known companies which are built on innovative products and services. We need innovation at Government Policy and institutional level to succeed to add value at every level and reduce our dependence on other countries since cost arbitrage will get evened out soon Surpetition is a new term coined by Edward de Bono which he describes as ―seeking above‖ or creating your own race. It means creating new ―value monopolies.‖
Their eyes were level and straight. There was neither sign nor show, When the English began to hate.
KNOW THY TOASTMASTER
Himanshu Sharma is a pass out from Heritage School , Vasant Kunj. He is currently pursuing Bsc(Hons) at Institute of learning and Management (IILM), Lodhi Road from university of Brad fort UK Let‘s get to know more about him..
Q1: How did you come to know about toastmasters and how has the journey been so far? I came to know about toastmasters club through one of my school friend. The journey has been full of excitement and thrill .The Tabletopics are surely extravagant. Q2:What are the goals you have set for yourself before joining toastmasters? I feel the need for overall personality development, specially in the spheres of public speaking and enhancing my confidence levels which are the essence of being a truely satisfied person. . Q3: What are the things that generate passion out of you? I am very passionate about gymming and just love football. I was in the school team as well. There is not a single Manchester united match which I have missed. Q4: Any suggestions for the Toastmaster meeting in general and for fellow toastmasters? I feel that I'm very lucky to have joined toastmasters as it is a great platform for over all development. It not only
enhances speaking skills but also leadership skills. I feel it should happen at least twice a week.
KNOW THY TOASTMASTER
Vaibhav Vashishtha was born and brought up in Dausa, Rajasthan. He did his schooling from different schools of Dausa, Jaipur and Kota. He graduated in Mechanical Engineering from IET Lucknow and pursued his M.Tech from IIT Bombay in Aerospace Propulsion. I worked as an Assistant Professor of Fluid Mechanics in KIIT University, Bhubaneswar for 8 months and then in Sharda University, Greater Noida for 8 months. Currently I am working as project associate in Mechanical Department of IIT Delhi. Lets get personal with him...
Q1: How did you come to know about toastmasters and how do you react now ?
A friend of mine is a member of Newdelhi ToastMaster club and he suggested me to join Toast Master. I listen to him as a mentor so decided to try it. Now I believe that Toaste master is an ultimate place to improve public speaking skills, leadership skills and especially for me it is a nice platform to come out of my routine life style and interact with some intellectual people.
Q4: Any suggestions for the Toastmaster meeting in general and for fellow toastmasters?
I like the way we conduct our meetings. It is quite formal and disciplined. Especially I like current format of table topics very much. My suggestion is to have less number of speakers (for prepared speech) we should go for multiple rounds of table topic speeches.
Q2:What is Vaibhav passionate about? It is a difficult question for me. I am passionate about solving engineering problems. It doesn‘t mean that I am a studious kind of person, it only implies that I enjoy brain storming. Currently I am solving problems of Computational fluid dynamics. Q3: What are the goals you want to achieve through toastmasters? I want to improve my knowledge of English, want to be a competent speaker, a competent leader and want to have friends from different kind of professions and having varied interests.
THE HYDE PARK- Topic
The Hyde Park in London is famous for its Speakers’ Corner, which allows anyone and everyone to speak on a topic for as long as they can unless the police finds it offensive, and the Hyde Park police has had a history of being offended very rarely even on sensitive issues. As a salutation to the freedom of expression, we bring Hyde Park from London to our newsletter, and invite everyone to publish their comments on a certain topic, which for this month is: “Handling last minute backouts “
Last minutes are the worst thing which can happen before the meeting, Especially if the Toastmaster, or the General Evaluator or Tabletopic Master backs out. This can be avoided by assigning these roles at least a week back and confirming the role players in the middle of the week again.
Ready Back up speakers All role players shall be asked to inform about their absence at least 2 days before.
A new session if there is only one speaker.-----‗Speak up your mind ― Special recognition for these impromptu speakers Each member should be encouraged to aim at one speech in a fortnight.
We should be ready with some alternate plans, such as videos, movie or book review or something to ensure that meeting experience is enriching.
Vikas Kumar Akhil Sood
Backouts are something that can‘t be evaded as there are individual priorities but I feel backouts wont hurt as much if we have good presence at the meetings so that we can assign roles in time.
Here come the results!!!
BEST OF THE MONTH
Here come the results!!!
15th January : Ritu Arora 22th January: : Akhil Sood 29th January: Vaibhav Vashishtha
15th January: Ritu Arora 22th January: Aneesh Jain
15th January: Ritu Arora & Vinay Jain 22th January: Aneesh Jain
CLUB CONTACT DETAILS
Venue of Meetings
Vivekananda Vihar, Opposite J.P., Kapur & Uberai, Chartered Accountants, LGF C-4/5 Safdarjung Development Area, New Delhi—110016.
Vikas Kumar: President firstname.lastname@example.org Akhil Sood: Vice President, Education email@example.com Shraddha Nakra: Vice President, Membership Shraddha.firstname.lastname@example.org Shreeja Kumar: Vice President, Public Relations email@example.com
Our Executive Committee
Time of Meetings
Every Saturday, 12:30 p.m.
Sameep Taneja Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org Vinay Jain: Treasurer email@example.com Sanchit Aggarwal: Sergeant-at-arms firstname.lastname@example.org
Whom to Contact
For all queries, please contact: Vikas Kumar: +91 9560690622 :;email@example.com Shreeja Kumar:+919717675613 ; firstname.lastname@example.org Akhil Sood: +91 9810820409; email@example.com Shraddha Nakra: +91 9899010 702 firstname.lastname@example.org Sanchit Aggarwal +91 9810906089; email@example.com
With this, I come to the end of my first issue of newsletter for the club. It feels great to contribute to JPKU Toastmasters. I will like to thank Malkiat, Anurag Vikas, Sanchit ,Akhil, Himanshu, Vaibhav & Sameep for their in time contributions and making this a success.
Images is published on the last day of the month. All contributors are requested to send in their entries to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 25th of the month.
Club No. 858173 Division C, District 82
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