Words from the President
The Pandemic - a necessary evil..
We have zoomed online every week since the lockdown was announced. We have virtually elected the new ExCo ! Some members have had the opportunity to surpass themselves with opportunities worldwide as speakers, evaluators and role players ! On the whole, the pandemic was a necessary evil for us all to reflect on how much we came to gain out of Toastmasters online!
The last quarter of this current mandate restricted our movements at a Toastmasters Club and even our capability to innovate further but our themes online got more creative, with funny hats, colourful clothes, but most importantly, the delightful presence of our members online at all the sessions ! ! WE HAVE CROSSED THE MIN. of 8 GOALS on Toastmasters Club Success Plan and we're, for the 10th year in a row, President's Distinguished Award and a Gold Award as per TI new standards.
Thank you for propounding the Club to what it is today. #weareplateau!
Five Basic Points - Successful Club Series 'Evaluate to Motivate' - Effective Evaluation
- The process of evaluation starts before the speech - know the objective/purpose of the project and the evaluation criteria.
- Your interest in the speech as an evaluator must be visible - adopt good practices to show that you are interested in the speech and the speaker's ability to grow. For example do not off your video on zoom session when the speaker is speaking.
- Personalise your language - it is YOUR opinion which is being shared not that of the audience. The famous mantra is very helpful here : ''What I saw.. What I heard.. What i Felt..''
- The speech is being evaluated, NOT the person - the main objective is to encourage the speaker, evaluate what he does in the speech, not who he is..
- Promote Self-Esteem - be nurturing, encourage and inspire the speaker with honest praise, laying positive emphasis when improvement happens and always ending with a high and positive note..
TM Subhiraj's First Day at a Toasmasters meeting (final part)
.... DTM and TM - I noted that all members were being called 'TM', i.e. Toastmasters. A lady was nevertheless called DTM, prompting me to think that may be she was a 'Deputy Toastmaster' and that she was replacing some other TM. I thought she was of a lower hierarchy compared to the other TMs, which is why she was only being referred to as 'DTM'. I could not understand why she was being praised so much despite being a 'Deputy'.
That evening, I was further addressed as 'Distinguished Guest' and was invited to register myself to become a full-fledged Toastmaster. I was very happy and proud because I got the impression that, despite being new to the Club, I was to become a Toastmaster while that lady would remain Deputy Toastmaster. Unfortunately, I came to know, at a later stage, the real meaning of DTM and realised the various paths I would have to embark myself upon to take me from a Distinguished Guest status to that of a Distinguished Toastmaster!
Table Topic Questions - At a given point in time, someone tagged as the Table Topic Master came proudly in front of the lectern and started shooting questions at those not looking at him. I too got a question despite staring at him. I recall the question being “For Valentine Night, would you prefer to dine with your wife or with friends watching football?''
As a novice, I simply replied saying that such question seemed to be a “bed topic question” rather than table topic question and that football is like a wife sometimes she makes you happy when you score goals but sometime you miss the goal. I also added I would prefer to watch football with the wives of my friends.
Full stop at Red lights – While speaking, my time was controlled by the Timer with Green, Amber and Red lights. But once the red light was on, I stopped talking immediately as I thought the traffic lights in the meeting were similar to those on roads and that I had to stop immediately once the RED was on. Later I got to know that 30 seconds are allowed after the Red lights …….just like on roads, when you get the red signal yet you keep driving but a bit faster to be able to go through at the brink of time! However, in the meeting, if your exceeded the 30 seconds, the Timer would ring his temple-like bell, while on the road they use horns and those beautiful words!!..
“Break ke baad” – After the Break -Soon came the most awaited moment - the refreshment time. It was the only occasion that I was not disappointed, I could enjoy to my full as all snacks and drinks were offered for free!!
I was fasting that day and could only have veg foods but in front of such delicious non-veg foods, how could I resist..? I simply made a quick prayer asking for God’s merciful forgiveness and quickly reached for the non-veg food. I even hid some in my small carry bag to take home and I had already decided to bring a bigger bag next time..
I also recalled what the Toastmaster of the day said to me during the introductory session, ‘Dear Guest Subhiraj, welcome to the Toastmasters club. If you want to enjoy yourself this is the right place to be” and I felt that he could not have been more right.
Time for Serious Business Matters - On reaching the Business Session, I was disappointed when the President announced that to become member I would have to pay for the membership fee within 1 week and in the blink of an eye, all my hopes for free snacks and drinks got shattered.
At the end of the meeting, I went back home fully disappointed while thinking of finding some alternate full time activities for the Sundays.
Perseverance - Nevertheless, two weeks later I found myself eager to go back to the meeting and this lead to repeated meetings after meetings. Finally, I was happy to realise that my initial disappointments were completely frivolous. I also realised that coming to a Toastmasters club-meeting opened the doors to many opportunities including delivering speeches, being role players, and participate in club contests.
Today I am still disappointed for joining Toastmasters quite late and to note that the word “Public” means some twenty persons whose faces you see almost every two weeks and who are no more like the general public but are like familiar family members. Consequently, you don’t feel the fear of talking in front of them. This is a bit discouraging because you want to overcome the fear of speaking in public but the fear itself does not come anymore.
Nevertheless, thanks to Toastmasters:- 1. I can now speak confidently in front of such a big audience. 2. I am able to bring originality & humour in my speeches. 3. And most importantly, not impotently, I am now a SPEAKER, a LEADER, a MENTOR, but not a MINISTER!
Motivation & Inspiration - Henry Ward Beecher once said that “One’s best success comes after their greatest disappointments”. That is why, as a Toastmaster, when you fall down with disappointments: Never Give Up, Stand Up, And Keep It Up. Only Then, Success will follow you, Everywhere, Up to here.
This is how, leaders are made, this is where leaders are made!
Awards during April - June 2020
- Vyankoj S. Mulloo, DL3 (Dynamic Leadership) - April 2020
- Krishn Ramchurn, Leadership Excellence - May 2020
- Farhan Mungralee - Advanced Leadership Bronze - June 2020
- - Krishn Ramchurn - Advanced Communicator Gold - June 2020
Triple Crown as at 30 June 2020 - members achieving three education awards in a single program year
- Krishn Ramchurn - 9 awards
- Ridwaan Jaulim - 4 awards
- Abdool Sariff Mungralee - 4 awards
- Vyankoj Mulloo - 3 awards
- Souvendra Papiah - 3 awards
- Roshan Nothoo - 3 awards
- Azra Muslun - 3 awards
Are you ready to be the next one on this list? Contact the VPE and grab your speaking roles ...
Mother Nature is Healing - 07 April 2020
TME TM Divya rocked the session with a theme which could not be more appropriate than that..
"Zonked", which means exhausted, was the Word of the Day.
Laughter is the best medicine - 14 April 2020
14 April 2020 was the International Moment of Laughter day and the Club session was crafted accordingly under the TME-ship of TM Azra.
''Euphoria'', meaning a state of intense happiness and self-confidence, was chosen as the Word of the Day.
'I am euphoric that you chose euphoria as the word and I can feel your euphoria of sharing it well in advance so that euphoric members can euphorically include it and use it in their speeches for an euphoric online evening meeting' (TM Subhiraj to the Grammarian)
Election Day - 21 April 2020
An important day for Plateau - the Election Day for Mandate 2020/21, TMEd to the point by TM Uma.
''Hubris'', which means excessive pride or self confidence, arrogance, was the Word of the Day.
TM Subhiraj: Thanks to our grammarian for not being hubris in sharing the word 'hubris' well in advance. Indeed, the Best Gift in today's world is to show modesty and not hubris..
Wonderland - 28 April 2020
A 'Wonderful' theme by our 'Wonderful' TME TM Pooja who came up with the mesmerising dress up idea, loved by all our members...
''Effulgent'' was the Word of the Day. Its meaning is glowing; shining forth brilliantly; radiant.
'Such unfamiliar word 'Effulgent' must be effulgently shinning in the effulgently-working mind of the Grammarian while it is unbrilliantly absent in mine ...but now updated & upgraded😀. Hopefully, effulgent will be effulgently present and brightly shinning in our meeting where our Wonderful Wonder-Woman & TME, effulgently dressed in her sparkling gown, will be landing in our wonderland online-Bhawan'(TM Subhiraj)
Parents Day - 02 June 2020
''Parents are the ones who show unconditional love. They play the biggest role in our development and help us in every step of our life''..TME TM Divya
TM Shivani rightly said 'quick-witted TM Subhiraj has a PRODIGIOUS talent in the manipulation of words and always uses the Word of the Day PRODIGIOUSLY.
Let us hope that our prodigious (extraordinary) members would grasp prodigious (enormous) opportunities to use the word to prove how prodigious (phenomenal) they are in a prodigious (wonderful) meeting of a prodigious (marvellous) club.. (TM Subhiraj)