Dear fellow Toastmasters and Guests!

Here is a report from our last two meetings!

Our meeting #667 took place on 27th April. It was devoted to the Evaluation Contest, meeting #668, 11th May, was devoted to the Speech Contest!

Meeting #667, 27th April

Evaluation contest

Here are our newcomers:

Contest chairman was Pavel Kaptel

Our target speaker Gaya Oganesyan delivering her project #8.

Third place goes to Margarita Ryndina. Congratulations!

Second place goes to Alla Oganova. Congratulations!

Max Kostyuk won the First and Audience’s choice prizes. Congratulations!

The Table Topics Session was led by Pavel Kaptel  and we are especially happy that the winner was our newcomer Anastasiys Slabodkina!

Meeting #668, 11th May

Speech contest

Here are our newcomers and guests from other clubs:

Contest chairman was Sergey Balmashov

Contestant #1 Anna Kondrateva delivers her speech about how to run 10 kilometers

Contestant #2 Margarita Ryndina delivers her speech about her misadventures

Contestant #3 Valery Ershkov delivers his speech about his language exchange experience

Contestant #4 Nick Sapozhnikov delivers his speech

Contestant #5 Max Kostyuk delivers his speech

Third prize goes to Valery Ershkov. Congratulations!

Second place goes to Anna Kondrateva. Congratulations!

Margarita Ryndina won the First and Audience’s choice prizes. Congratulations!

Table Topic winner was Nikolay. Congratulations!

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All speeches you can find on our youtube channel:

Target speaker on evaluation contest:

Project #8: Gaya Oganesyan

Speech contest participants:

Anna Kondrateva

Max Kostyuk

Valeriy Ershkov

Nick Sapozhnikov

 

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MFSC team

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It is three days to go before the Qualification Evaluation Contest!
The preparation is in full swing: the Chairman is making sure that all the participants are kept up to date, the Judges are sharpening their pencils (rather violently), Ballot Counter is polishing her abacus, the Timers are fixing and lubricating their timing device, the Target Speaker is rehearsing their speech daily (and most probably nightly), the Contestants are crossing their fingers (possibly checking their horoscopes), and the Sergeant At Arms is training his arms (no pun intended).
So, do not be shy, do not hesitate! Pay a visit to our meeting and behold a ones in a year event! It is gonna be exiting for the audience and dreadful for the Contestants. By the way, you may experience the dread yourself if come and decide to take part in the Table Topics Session!
See you in the Thursday’s night!

A Symbolic Date
13 April, 2017

Just right one year ago when I was making my first steps at Toastmasters, I asked Ilya Nefedov, the president of MFSC at that time, – “I wander how the meeting number 666 will go?”. Finally, that day has come. Not only was the meeting’s number symbolic, but also the date itself – April 13th. Looking back to time passed, I can clearly see the impact that my involvement at Toastmasters has had on my life, and changes in my character that followed. Yes, this gonna be that retrospective thing which people usually put in a diary.

So, who was I at the time when I asked Ilya that question? Just standing up in the middle of a room full of people was a huge struggle. Then, it cost me a lot of effort to get up on stage every time when I had to describe my role or deliver a short speech. However, much more often I would just sit for the whole meeting glued to the chair, unable to put up my hand in an attempt to make an impromptu speech during a table topic session. Gradually, those cautious attempts, that I was making, have paid off resulting in me having hosted meetings, having been a projects’ evaluator, general evaluator, and even having the opportunity to be a chair of the Table Topics Contest at the Area Winter Conference in December 2016.

I could not say, though, that I feel absolutely free on stage now, but it has become much more easier for me to quash my fears and get myself into the right mood to speak publicly. Having said that, I certainly have a lot of room for improvement.

Now, what is next? The meeting number triple six passed, there are no any other symbolic numbers in the foreseeable future. But does it really matter? If you have recently joined Toastmasters or have been a member for some time, you already have your own symbolic date when you first stepped over the threshold of any Toastmasters club for whatever reason. I bet that looking back to your personal symbolic date you can clearly see how you developed ip until now with every role taken and every project made.

So, the meeting number 666 had been over, but I wonder, whether anyone attended had noticed tiny little horns protruding from the Toastmasters globe?.. ^_~

Author: Sergey Balmashov

Dear fellow Toastmasters and Guests!

Here is a report from our last meeting!

As our meeting #666 took place on 13, the main topic was superstitions and we even had horns on our agenda!

Here are our newcomers:

Ermek Toktogulov was the host of the meeting

Our first speaker Olesya Timerbulatova delivered her project #2 and told us about the difficult thing of saying “no”.

Anna Kondrateva delivered her project #6 about the city of the future.

Valeriy Ershkov delivered his project #6 where he demonstrated wide vocal variety ahd his multiple talents!

Olga Makarova delivered her project #9 and persuaded us that sport is life.

The TT was led by Alice Ivanova  and the winner is Ilya Nefedov!

All speeches you can find on our youtube channel:

Project #2: Olesya Timerbulatova

Project #6: Anna Kondrateva

Project #6: Valeriy Ershkov

Project #9: Olga Makarova

 

And finally the points of the meeting:

Invocation

Anton Pelepelin

4.9

Joke Master

Galina Nenachova

3.9

Speaker 1

Olesya Timerbulatova

4.3

Speaker 2

Anna Kondrateva

4.1

Speaker 3

Valery Ershkov

4.8

Speaker 4

Olga Makarova

4.3

Toastmaster

Ermek Toktogulov

4.2

Table Topics Master

Alice Ivanova

4.8

Evaluator 1

Ksenia Titorenko

4.0

Evaluator 2

Max Kostyuk

4.1

Evaluator 3

Sergey Balmashov

4.4

Evaluator 4

Ilya Nefedov

4.9

Word of the day + Grammarian

Maria Galkina

4.6

Ah-Counter

Ksenia Titorenko

4.4

Timer

Margarita Grigoryan

4.8

General Evaluator

Natalya Sherstneva

4.4

Meeting as a whole

 

4.3

Best regards,

MFSC team

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A Different Perspective
7th April, 2017

Oddly enough, by the end of my term, I have decided to start keeping the secretary’s diary. If it goes well, I hope to continue it with the diary of VP PR.

I joined the Moscow Free Speakers Club in spring 2016, and soon became a Secretary of the club in the following summer. I have witnessed the growth of my club and some changes that happened since then, some of which occurred with my personal involvement. Being enrolled with such a social enterprise takes effort and self indulgence. Not only does it teach me communication and leadership skills, but also gives the opportunity to learn how to work in a team and take criticism.

However, focussing solely on the club that I am part of narrows down my outlook and makes critical thinking difficult. To be more specific, when I was a General Evaluator last time, I found it problematic to see what people could improve in their performances. Having reflected upon that, I realized, there were two basic issues in my judgement. First, unconscious bias in favor of my club in general and of the meeting attendees in particular. The cause of the bias, I believe, lies partially in my personal involvement with the club, and also in my responsibility for managing minor roles. The second issue is the lack of basis for judgement, as it were. To my view, that basis can be developed by constantly looking at good and not so good examples of roles performing and speeches delivering necessarily followed by comprehensive evaluating. Hopefully, there are other clubs out there, besides MFSC, with experienced speakers and even more experienced evaluators that can help increase the number of examples to follow. Breaking the bias might be a more complex problem. However, I think that with developing critical thinking its effect will diminish and eventually the bias will be taken under control.

That is why, for such a long time, I decided to pay a visit to the Toastbusters club’s meeting last Wednesday. Another reason for that, apart from those mentioned earlier, to take a look at how Toastmasters practices might be done differently.

So, was it worth it? It surely was. First of all, listening to the speakers and, more importantly, their personal evaluators’ approach to giving feedback on the projects may and will result in better understanding how I should and should not develop my own approach to future projects and evaluations. It was also great fun to feel like a newcomer again, when I went up on stage among other newcomers and told the audience about myself, my goals and objectives.

It was also interesting to realize that visiting other clubs may help see my own club from a different perspective, discovering, by the way, that my club is not perfect at all, but at the same time, others are not that perfect either! ^_~

In conclusion, I would like to encourage everyone who is reading these words, especially the new members of Moscow Free Speakers: plan you visit to the other clubs to see how people perform there. Not only will it help you grow personally in terms of public speaking and leadership skills, but also it will increase your involvement in the great Toastmasters community!

So there are plenty to offer besides Moscow Free Speakers / moscowfreespeakers.ru

The English speaking clubs:

If you speak other languages:

And the cherry on the cake is the newly registered Russian speaking club Zlatoust Masters

So what am I going to do next? Keeping on visiting the other clubs more often!

Author: Sergey Balmashov

Meeting #647 on 7th of July

Dear fellow Toastmasters and Guests!
We are glad to remind you our last meeting – the first meeting in the Toastmasters Year with the new EC!


The first speaker
Ekaterina Mikhaylova told us about her experience teaching English to Vietnamese children and that things could be different in reality and in the internet with her inspiring Project #7 entitled "Some Data":

The second speaker, Anastasia Prisyazhnaya  with her Project #7 entitled "Where the Grass Is Really Greener" compared the quality of life in US and Canada:  

The Table Topic session has an unusual format. It gave all the participants a great chance to switch on imagination and asked each other any questions that came to their mind. The TT winner was Sergey Balmashov.

All speeches you can find on our  youtube channel:
Ekaterina Mikhaylova
Anastasia Prisyazhnaya
 

And finally the points of the meeting:
 

Invocation Olga Bazhenova 4.5
Joke Master Margarita Ryndina, ACS, ALB 4.6
Speaker 1 Ekaterina Mikhaylova 4.2
Speaker 2 Anastasia Prisyazhnaya 4.4
Toastmaster Ilya Nefedov, CC 5.0
Table Topics Master Ksenia Titorenko 4.4
Evaluator 1 Anna Lvovskaya 4.6
Evaluator 2 Ksenia Raznosilina 4.3
Word of the day + Grammarian Alex Davidyuk 4.5
Ah-Counter Bukhalkina Anna 4.2
Timer Aleksey Malakhov 4.6
General Evaluator Ermek Toktogulov 3.7
Meeting as a whole   4.6

Best regards,
MFSC team

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"Programming" meeting #625 on 20th August

Dear fellows toastmasters and guests!
We are glad to remind you our last meeting.
This time we welcomed an unprecedented number of newcomers.
Try to count them all!

The prepared part of our meeting we can call ‘Tree beauties’.
The first beauty was Daria Elistratova with her ice-breaker
"Everything you wanted to know about me but were afraid to ask".
Our congratulations!

The second beaty was Ekaterina Mikhailova.
Her project #5 "GUESs where the light comes from" shed a bright light
on us.

And the third beauty was Olga Kovtyukh with a history of difficult life
of lefties.
How cruel the world of right-handers!

Also we remember the brave table topic winner living on the north pole
and one of the sexiest ah-counter in the world!

All speeches you can find on our  youtube channel:
Daria Elistratova
Ekaterina Mikhailova
Olga Kovtyukh

And finally the points of the meeting:

Toastmaster Sergey Saprykin 4.6
Speaker 1 Daria Elistratova 4.5
Speaker 2 Ekaterina Mikhailova 4
Speaker 3 Olga Kovtyukh 4.8
Word of the Day Ilya Nefedov 4.8
Joke Master Victoriya Klyueva 4.4
General Evaluator Rahim Saatov 4.3
Evaluator 1 Andrey Kosilov, CC 4.8
Evaluator 2 Taisia Filippova 4.6
Evaluator 3 Olga Dubovitskaya, CC 4.6
Table Topic Yana Litvinova, CL 4.6
Meeting as a whole 4.6

Best regards,
MFSC team

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“Traveling” meeting #624 on 6th August

Dear participants of our recent meeting!
Let us remind you how it was.
We welcomed two cute newcomers: Anastasiya and Evgeniya.
.

The first speaker was Mikhail Pokutny with his forth project "Simply
South-African Stories". We all remember bubbles in the throat!

The second speech was delivered by Sergey Saprykin.
His project #9 "On the Nature of the Unnatural" was very profound.


And the third speaker Olga Makarova immersed us in the world of ballet.
Her fifth project 'Development of the Image of a Swan in Ballet' was
full of beauty.


We congratulated table topic winner Thomas Hulbert and Olga Makarova
who reached the equator in CC manual track.

 

And finally the points of the meeting:

Toastmaster Anna Ponomarena 4
Speaker 1 Mikhail Pokutny 4.8
Speaker 2 Olga Makarova 4.5
Speaker 3 Sergey Saprykin 4.8
Invocation Max Kostyuk 4.4
Word of the Day Daria Elistratova 4.1
Joke Master Jane Kakzanova 5
General Evaluator Olga Kovtyukh 4.9
Evaluator 1 Denis Shevchuk, ACB, ALB 4.6
Evaluator 2 Margarita Ryndina 4.8
Evaluator 3 Thomas Hulbert 4.8
Table Topic Ilya Nefedov 4.5
Meeting as a whole   4.2

Best regards,
MFSC team

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Meeting #623 on 30th July

Hello, everybody!
Here is a short glance on our last meeting.
We welcomed five newcomers: Max, Misha, Olga, Daria and Egor
.

Our Toastmaster was very creative. We were glad to see
Ekaterina Mikhailova in this role.

The first speaker was Irina Chernyaga. She finished her track with Advanced
Communicator Manual and gained ACB award by delivering speech
“One of the greatest woman”. Congratulations!

The second speech was delivered by Margarita Ryndina.
It was her first project from Advanced Communicator Manal – ‘Interpersonal Communication’. The name of the project was “GAME is ON”.

And the third speaker was Larisa Zorina with the inspirng project “The Power of Saying Yes”.

Also we congratulated our two new club members – Albert Khorev and
Ruslan Kior.

And finally the points of the meeting:

Toastmaster Ekaterina Mikhailova 5
Speaker 1 Irina Chernyaga, CC 3.1
Speaker 2 Margarita Ryndina, ACS, ALB 4.9
Speaker 3 Larisa Zorina, DTM 4.7
Invocation Jane Kakzanova 4.3
Word of the Day Olga Kovtyukh 4.8
Joke Master Ekaterina Zhuravleva 4
General Evaluator Mikhail Pokutny 4.5
Evaluator 1 Alla Oganova, ACB 4.4
Evaluator 2 Ilya Nefedov, CC 4.5
Evaluator 3 Max Silin, CC, CL 4.6
Table Topic Anna Ponomarena 4.1
Meeting as a whole   4.9

Best regards,
MFSC team

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Meeting #621 on 2th July

Hello, everybody!
Here is a short glance on our last meeting.
We welcomed five newcomers: Ilya, Ekaterina, Nika, Karl-Ernst, Leo
.

The first speaker was Albert Khorev with his first project "Nothing is
Impossible". Congratulations!


You can see his speech on our youtube channel.

The second speech was delivered by Thomas Hulbert.
The project #6 "Three people who inspired me". Thomas has demonstrated
an explicit usage of vocal variety!


His speech you can find also on our channel.

And in conclusion of prepared speeches Andrey Kosilov delivered to us a
story about the power of attitude.


You can feel this power on our channel.

Besides our icebreaker we have another two persons with their debuts
in their roles – Alex Konoplin as Toastmaster and YuriyKochetkov as
Table topic master.

And finally the points of the meeting:

Toastmaster Alex Konoplin 3.8
Speaker 1 Albert Khorev 4.1
Speaker 2 Thomas Hulbert 4.7
Speaker 3 Andrey Kosilov, CC 4.8
Invocation Margarita Ryndina 4.3
Word of the Day Anna Paskannaya 4.3
Joke Master Ruslan Koiv 4.5
General Evaluator Alla Oganova 4.2
Evaluator 1 Ekaterina Mikhaylova 4.2
Evaluator 2 Denis Shevchuk, ACB, ALB 4.2
Evaluator 3 Larisa Zorina, DTM 4.3
Table Topic Yuriy Kochetkov 3.7
Meeting as a whole   4.3