Fellow Toastmasters! We are happy to announce the date for the annual Moscow International Spring Conference that will take place on April 21-22. The Head of the Conference Anna Kondrateva has already started the preparation and has been forming the perfect team to organize the great event.

If you want to practice leadership skills, get experience in event management, have fun while working with a team of talented and enthusiastic toastmasters, and of course get your points for Competent Leadership Manual 😉, join the team by dropping a line in the comments below or writing directly to Anna Kondrateva

Here are results of FUNKY TALKS contest!


1st place: Dilara Imaeva (Selena Gomez)
2nd place: Rahim Saatov (Adriano Celentano)
3rd place: Dmitry Trapeznikov (Moby)

We are especially proud of Dilara’s victory! Let her victory in improvisation talks contest prove or just remind you that fear doesn’t define neither your mastery, nor your abilities, nor your destiny. Do things which make you scare and you’ll open new horizons, new possibilities and new talents! Give the World that valuable contribution that you could give, if you did not go on about the fear!

Fellow Toastmasters, future members and dear guests,

May us present you FUNKY TALKS!

Those of you who witnessed Jazz & Talks Night in 2017 know that the evening will be musical, entertaining and super fun for all the people – both the participants and the audience)

For those of you who didn’t, here comes a short hint:

1) There will be plenty of music by Jazz Idea Band led by Mikhail Pokutny, CC, Toastmaster and President of Moscow Toastbusters club). WOW!

2) There will be plenty of public speaking: the best speakers from Moscow Toastmasters Community will compete for the best brief (up to 3 min) interview challenge, where they assume an identity of a well-known star in the music industry.

3) The event will be run in English – one more reason to come and practice your skills! 

Welcome the splendid team: the Chief Judge of the Toastmasters’ section – Irina Suvorova and the Toastmaster of the evening – Kristina Sharykina!

Learn more at the event page! And do not forget to register. THE AMOUNT OF CONTESTANTS IS LIMITED! hurry up! 

At New Year party the biggest achievements were recognized and we are happy to announce winners 2017!
Best Toastmaster – Anna Kondrateva, CC
Best Table Topics Master – Alice Ivanova
Best Speaker – Dilara Imaeva
Best Personal Evaluator – Margarita Ryndina, ACG, ALB
Best General Evaluator – Ksenia Raznosilina
Best Ice Breaker – Dilara Imaeva
Congratulations and keep going!

Moscow Area Winter Conference is an annual event when the members and guests of all Toastmasters clubs in Moscow come together to share experience, express themselves, communicate, and get to know each other better. By doing so, they build bridges between people.


The THEME of the conference this time is BRIDGES.
Suggested by Anna Kondrateva, CC from the Moscow Free Speakers club.
“Each person is like an island. As we learn how to communicate more effectively, how to better express our thoughts, and how to listen more attentively, we build bridges between islands. Bridges can be different: firm and sound, makeshift and light, simple and ornate. Some bridges are really solid and durable. They take time and effort to build, but they are worth it!
By making speeches we build bridges.
What kind of bridge will you build?”

Best speakers, who have qualified in their own clubs, competed to become best of the best in the whole Moscow Area. Congratulations to all the winners!

3rd place – Charles Paris, CC, Златоуст Мастерс
2nd place – Denis Shevchuk, ACB, ALB, Toastbusters Moscow
1st place – Sergey Saprykin, CC, WorldSurfers

3rd place – Charles Paris, CC, Autour du Mot
2nd place – Sergey Saprykin, CC, WorldSurfers
1st place – Michail Pokutny, CC, Toastbusters Moscow

3rd place – Yury Shchelkanov, Toastmasters International Saint-Petersburg
2nd place – Irina Suvorova, Златоуст Мастерс
1st place – Sergey Shepilov, ACG, Redefluss Moskau

We have also had two workshops where everyone was able to participate:

“The French Way” by Olga Bazhenova and Charles Paris

“УФХЦЧ Продвинутого Оратора” by Sergey Shchepilov.

The members of our club actively participated, and some of them (Sergey Balmashov) helped with organization of the Toastmasters Winter Conference together with the other 5 TM clubs of Moscow and the Moscow Area committee (Zlatoust Masters, WorldSurfers etc.)! Well done everyone! 

Dear fellow Toastmasters and Guests!

Let’s congratulate the winners of Humorous Speech (26.10.2017) and Table Topics (09.11.2017) Contests!

Here are their names:

Humorous Speech Contest:
1st place: Margarita Ryndina, ACG, ALB
2nd place: Natalia Lapitskaya, ACS
3rd place: Ilya Sharov

Table Topics Contest:
1st place: Natalia Lapitskaya, ACS
2nd place: Dilara Imaeva
3rd place: Yuta Muto

Round of applause!!

All the participants – well done!

Dear friends, if you have never participated in a contest – we encourage you to try it next time and realize how fun it is!

Margarita Ryndina, winner of Humorous Speech Contest:

Natalia Lapitskaya, winner of Table Topics Speech Contest:

We are happy to announce that now we have got the official Theme and Logo of the conference!

theme: BRIDGES
motto: make a speech, build a bridge

Anna Kondrateva, Moscow Free Speakers, has suggested the best theme and sketch for the logo, on the basis of which the original logo and motto were made. Many thanks and congratulations to her!

Here is the theme in the initially suggested form.

Each person is like an island. As we learn how to communicate more effectively, how to better express our thoughts, and how to listen more attentively, we build bridges between islands. Bridges can be different: firm and sound, makeshift and light, simple and ornate. Some bridges are really solid and durable. They take time and effort to build, but they are worth it!
By making speeches we build bridges.
What kind of bridge will you build?

by Anna Kondrateva

On 11 October our meeting very special event took place!

We held our meeting in unusual place, at Native Speakers Cafe!

Our speakers got new and challenging experience of speaking with microphone in the environment to which they were not used to! And they were very successful in it!

Atmosphere in the cafe was very special and cosy, so the meeting was followed by unformal chatting at afterparty.

Thanks to everyone for coming!

On the 22nd of June 2017 our club had a guest, an experienced toastmaster from Dubai, DTM Dharmajan Patteri. We had a quick conversation with him after the meeting

[Dilara]: Hello Dharmajan! First of all – we are very happy you’re here, how did you like the meeting?

[Dharmajan]: I saw a lot of creativity. For example, a small piece of paper from a cartoon on every desk to show the importance of the Word of The Day – it will remain in my mind for a long period of time! Even the Timer has presented her report very well with a graph!
So there is a lot of creativity in the club, and I’m seeing those kind of things for the first time in the last 9 years. I’m very impressed and happy to learn this.

[Dilara]: Please tell us about your experience in Toastmasters: what roles have you taken, and what are your responsibilities in Toastmasters now?

[Dharmajan]: I joined Toastmasters in 2009, and since then I have taken all roles in the club Executive Committee in multiple clubs. I was an Area Governor in District 20, which was the largest district in the world with 75 areas across 7 countries. During the year of 2014-2015, I was awarded the best Area Governor of the district.

[Dilara]: What was your motivation to join the club, and how did you hear about it?

[Dharmajan]: A college friend told me about it. After 2 years I’ve visited the club and found it very interesting. I saw the improved speaking skills of my friend, and I joined the club at the same meeting and since then I’ve never looked back.

[Dilara]: What are the brightest moments of your long journey with Toastmasters?

[Dharmajan]: For me there are many such moments. Even when your mentee comes and says “thank you”, you feel you can make a difference in someone’s life!
Last year, at the 2016 International Convention held in Washington DC, I was holding the UAE flag, standing among the toastmasters who were representing 100 plus countries! So it gave me a platform to be united with the world.

[Dilara]: What wouldn’t have happened in your life if you haven’t joined Toastmasters?

[Dharmajan]: Not meeting you!
Toastmasters has helped me to travel the world. I’ve attended the 3 last international conventions, in Kuala Lumpur, Las Vegas, and in Washington DC. It also has helped me to see the world in a bigger and a better picture. Today I speak in front of 1000+ audience without hesitation and have got friends around the globe which wouldn’t have happened if not for Toastmasters.

[Dilara]: What differences and similarities have you noticed among the people learning public speaking in different countries?

[Dharmajan]: Toastmasters clubs have the same learning program everywhere, however each club, even in the same country, has a different dynamics. The last meeting I’ve attended outside Dubai, was in my home town in India where a few of my college alumnus had started a new club. And I am also a member of an online Toastmasters Club, Firebirds Collective, which has more than 15 nationalities. So everyone comes up with different stories and different way of doing the things, and gives different learning experience.

[Dilara]: What are your other hobbies? Are they in any way similar or connected to Toastmasters?

[Dharmajan]: I’m an adventure sport enthusiast! That means doing something extra beyond normal. For example, scuba diving, or running a marathon, or skydiving – I need to go beyond my limits!
Basically one of the biggest fears people have is going to the stage and speaking. Unless you attempt to do it, it remains a fear. Toastmasters gives a platform to stretch your capabilities – going beyond the boundaries.

[Dilara]: Is it your first time in Russia/Moscow? What is your impression?

[Dharmajan]: Today is my first day in Russia, I’ve just landed at 1 o’clock in the afternoon, and I still have to see a lot. But even before landing, your passionate club-members – the Secretary and the VP PR have made good impression about it. You are the ambassadors of your club and your country, and at Toastmasters here I feel like home.
During my school days I used to read, “Misha” – a Russian publication for kids. I have a lot to see in this country, and I’m thoroughly impressed with lush green this country has, even in the city!

[Dilara]: What advice could you give to the fellow toastmasters?

[Dharmajan]: Toastmasters always gives an opportunity to RISE, rise to your core values. Toastmasters international’s core values are Respect, Integrity, Service and Excellence.
For a new Toastmaster – how much effort you put will decide how much you can get from this organization! Since it’s a self-paced learning experience, I will advise you to do your projects as quick as possible.
In my own story I was very systematic in the first 3 years: 1 project every year!
In 2012 my mentor told me: “This way you are not going to get anywhere!”. Then I have finished the next 7 projects within 12 months. That gave me momentum to take up new roles, so it’s important that you get all the benefits from Toastmasters as early as possible to be a better leader in your life.
Toastmasters always brings out successful stories of your club members, and their personal experience will inspire you! Be that inspiration to others!

[Dilara]: Thank you, Dharmajan!

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