Newsletter of the JPKU Toastmasters Club, New Delhi
Vol. 2, Issue 6; December 2009
Club No. 858173
Division C, District 82
From The Editors’ Desk
News Digest Relativity Simplified—Article
Read about the fascinations of a geek who
lives and also studies across the road on the Malkiat S. Bindra Aniket Bose
IIT campus… Page5 Chief Editor Assistant Newsletter Editor
Its been six months since we were elected to be
Know Thy Toastmaster To begin with, Happy New Year to all of you. I hope that the new year will bring in
the executive committee of JPKU Toastmasters
Read about this computer science engineer lots of happiness for you. The last month of the year 2009 is over, marking an end of
Club and before… Page2 the amazing 6 months term.
who wants to be asked by the Prime minister
Don’t tell them, show them - Story Telling to run this country on his/her behalf… Page6
In this edition we have the story telling workshop covered. If the words were not
Workshop enough, we have a few images as well.
New Delhi: 5th December 2009. It was the day when Hyde Park
many of the toastmasters from Delhi and NCR re- Read about the ideas which will make the More over we have an interview with a computer engineer who is working for an
gion went roaming… Page3 club meetings even more interesting… Page7 Economic Development firm.
Some action from the Workshop Best of the Month And, we also have the Winners for the month.
Watch all the fun delegates had in the Story Tell- After a fun filled month of December, see
ing workshop conducted by Delhi who all got the members entertained and were Comments, suggestions and contributions are all welcome… Well, you can send
them to Aniket. He is the next VP - Public Relations.
Advanced Toastmasters club... Page4 voted better than others… Page8
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2 President’s Opening Note December’09 Edition
Its been six months since we were elected to be the executive committee of JPKU
Toastmasters Club and before we realized, it is now the time for us to step down and let
the charming and ever so enthusiastic team of leaders to take us forward in the coming
six months. Manoj Kumar as President and his team, Malkiat S. Bindra as VP- Educa-
tion, VP- Membership Nikhil Sheth, VP- Public Relations Aniket Bose, Chandani Ka-
pur - Secretary, Neha Kapoor - treasurer and last but not the least Ritu Arora as Ser-
geant at arms, will all take us forward, with their determination, which we have seen a
glimpse of in the past.
It has been fantastic 6 month term! From Area contest to Division Contest to becoming
one of the first few clubs to grab the Golden Gavel. JPKU truly made its presence felt!
I would like to use this medium as an opportunity to thank my team for having been so
efficient. It was indeed an honor to work with all of them! And a special round of
thanks to our members who elected us and believed in us and were always there with
I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome the newest members - Wilkim
Lee and Ankit Aggarwal to the club.
I hope and pray that there is no looking back for this club and we stay "Always Ahead"
"Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower " - Steve Jobs.
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3 In Our Locality December’09 Edition
Don’t Tell Them, Show Them - Story Telling Workshop
By Malkiat Bindra
New Delhi: 5th December 2009. It was the day when many of the toastmasters from Delhi and The tea break had Brownies, Sandwiches, coffee, etc. which made the tea break much longer than
NCR region went roaming, played cricket, went swimming at our normal venue – Vivekananda just 5 minutes.
When the networking/tea break ended, we had the next speaker, Nitish, ready. He had his
It was a beautiful day and there was Story Telling workshop organized by the Delhi Advanced experience to share from the Teachers day in high school.
Toastmasters Club (DATC). The Workshop was to be conducted by DTM Paul Holmes and eve-
ryone was invited. To our club’s despair, only 2 members of our club, Nikhil Sheth and myself, This was the year when Nitish was in the senior most year of school and he was allowed to wear
and Ritu (President of DATC) attended the workshop. But that didn’t discourage them. Civilian clothes on Teachers Day. So, he had his shirt from Malaysia earmarked for this occasion.
The humorous story goes on with him wearing the shirt and how he faced problems due to it and
The workshop had 2 speakers presenting their stories and then the master story teller, Paul got beaten up by the end of the day. After this incidence, he pledged that he would never wear
Holmes, providing them suggestions on how to improve. And believe me; Paul had a bag full of that shirt again.
methods to improve them. Not just them, but anyone who wants to presents a story.
After Nitish was over with his Humorous speech, Paul came on stage and presented his ideas on
Vinay presented his story – a Real Life Experience. It was about his journey from the place the shirt... No, no no… wait... on the speech.
where he lived to the CA Examination hall and all that he had to go through. From last minute
studies to an accident. From his head banging into the rod of Auto to his friend having a feeling Paul here also had many ideas to improve the speech which came on perfectly.
of going blind. It had everything. When Vinay was done with his touching speech, Paul took Paul demonstrated to all how having cross leg method to improvise on presenting 2 characters
charge. can be easier than giving them space on stage and wasting time on walking across stage.
Paul also demonstrated that how “Showing” the audience, instead of “Saying”, can work won-
Paul had many interesting points to improve Vinay's speech. To begin with, he told how to pre- ders for the Speaker. Hence; the point "Show rather than Tell". Paul at the end told the audience
sent the conversation when you have 2 different characters. This is the way Paul emphasized on that a tag line used wisely can be used to illustrate you message to the audience.
"Don't Tell Them, Show Them!". Paul also had other points to improve the speaker’s story tell- The 2 stories we had in the workshop were of 2 different themes, one was serious and the other
ing abilities. When they were incorporated into the speech by the speaker, Vinay Jain, the story humorous. Both of them were brilliantly handled by Paul.
he had to share felt like happening in front of the audience and was highly appreciated by all.
In the end, on popular demand, Paul also told us a story.”Man had fire, wolf wanted fire, wolf
This was a great example of how Effective story telling can bring vivid imagery into the words. asked dog to steal fire. Dog came to steal fire, man fed dog and dog stayed.” Truly a story worth
Paul surely knows how to make stories work. remembering!
When Paul was over with the Suggestions for Vinay, we had a 5 minutes tea break. Paul At the end of the workshop, everyone was delighted with what DATC had offered.
stressed on the fact that we only had 5 minutes of free time. But that didn’t make the toastmas-
ters present there, shorten their Social Networking time.
“We improve ourselves by victory over ourself. There must be contests and you must Win. ” - Edward Gibbon.
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4 Images from the past December’09 Edition
Moments caught on Camera from Story Telling Workshop
Members Swimming Paul Explaining Vinay presenting his speech
Paul presenting his suggestions
to Vinay Nitish in Action Nitish gets the Feedback
“Achievement is largely the product of steadily raising one's levels of aspiration and expectation. ” - Jack Nicklaus.
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5 Relativity Simplified December’09 Edition
By Tejesh Kinariwala
"God does not play dice", said Einstein and it is obviously the most famous thing he ever Manoj always tells me that I don't use the stage much and stand at
said. Ironically, it is one of the few things he said which are proved wrong. one place. So Suppose, that exactly at 1 o'clock, in both my and
your watch, I start running here and there on this stage , to use it
completely- and very fast for that matter! Then when I have been
Fellow toastmasters, I believe in the power of simple words and today, I am going to tell running for a long time and Manoj has pity on me and exactly at 2
you his other thoughts which were his best. In a more flowery physicist language they are O 'clock in his watch he asks me to stop.
called "The Theory of Relativity". The thoughts are so complex that in Einstein's own
time only 14 people on earth actually understood the whole thought. But using simple Then what will you see. Of course, apart from me being all
Sweaty, Smelly and Silly. If I show you my watch, and this being
words, I hope to put them across. a glorified example, it will magically show only half past 1. This
has nothing to do with "If you sit with a beautiful girl on a bus,
one hour seems like a minute and if you sit on a stove, it seems
To start with Einstein had two firm foundations: two firm feet of belief to stand on. First
one, the left foot was simple. He proposed that if Physics is a good science then if its rules like eternity" That is just relativity for dummies. Not for us. This experience in the flowery physics
are true for this chair, they should also be true for that chair. If they are true in this room language is called "Time Dilation".
they should be true for the room below this. If they are true on this planet, they should be
true on any other planet. Another interesting thing that you will see and which is also beneficial to me. I will actually grow
thin. Physicists scaringly call it "Length contraction".
The second, the right foot is a little tricky one. He reasoned that everything that moves has All this happens for real , why don't we see it? Because we need to see beyond our normal narrow vi-
speed. So even light should have finite speed. So, because of this limit, light from the sun sion to see them. Scientists and saints observe them in stars. They observe them in atoms.
takes some time to reach earth. 8 ½ minutes. Light from some of the stars take years. That
means that the light from the stars that we see today only proves that such and such star So, students, if you already have had enough for today, let’s disperse and meet in the next class.
existed a thousand years ago. So there is no such thing as the real time. There is no need
to keep THE clock which shows the real time. He said that everyone has to buy his own
watch and keep his own time. I know that is expensive, but that is how it is.
Now the things start to get real confusing. Because now Einstein said, that if we are carry-
ing a different watch then probably even the speeds of each of our watches is different. A
second in my watch may be longer than the one in yours.
“The only source of knowledge is experience” - Albert Einstein
6 Lost And Found Images - JPKU
Know Thy Toastmaster You had gone to Leh a while back. Would you like to
share your experience from the trip with other Toast-
“Aneesh Jain” The Leh trip was carved out of my work schedule with
great difficulty. I had made a list of "things to do while I
was away" and circulated them amongst my team, but I
didn't know how the team would fare.
With a lot of fear in my mind I packed my bags and got on
Toastmasters is a forum which allows you to the flight. But as soon as I reached Leh, it was all taken
speak your Heart & Mind out. Do you agree? care of. The place is astoundingly beautiful! But what
really took care of my fears was the
“For a person who doesn't care much about what the world thinks, dismally poor mobile connectivity. I had absolutely no way
it is not very difficult to speak his heart and mind out at any place of getting in touch with my team and getting updates. So,
and at any time. But over time when he notices that people don't if any of you really want to escape from the tensions of
really react to whatever he has to say, he tends to get quieter. This your work life, I would recommend
happens to almost everyone of us. As kids we have grand plans giving Leh a try! :-)
and ideas we want to talk to everyone about, but over time we
tend to lose touch with those. What is it that you look forward to learn in
More than speaking out our heart and mind, I believe Toastmas- Toastmasters?
ters gives us the opportunity to reconnect with our lost love - our
emotions, our ideas and our plans which the world very subtly I find Toastmasters to be a forum of great individuals who
took away from us and in a really supportive group of audience. It What is the Role and significance of Toastmasters in your have all come together with the two pronged purpose of
gives us the opportunity to ensure that we never lose them again!” life? improving themselves and helping others improve. The
scope of learning is limitless. Besides developing the obvi-
“I am a relatively new member of the Toastmasters family. We ous communication and leadership skills, there is so much
You seem to be very passionate about your bike and the con- to be learnt during each Toastmasters meeting. Where else
are still trying to get to know each other. I am trying to figure
cept of biking in general. What is it that you love the most can you get to hear people talk about "the tricks to get rid
out what lies in store for me here, and how can I best contribute
about biking? of irritating tele-marketers" or "the science behind the
to the family. But for sure I love spending the rest of the week,
“As I had mentioned during my second speech “Born to be change of seasons"? It is the diversity in the group which
desperately looking ahead for the next
Wild” , the love of biking is best described by a dog sticking its makes every meeting so informative.
Saturday, thinking over all the topics I can include in my next
head out of the window of a moving car. Some emotions just can- Every individual has different passions
speech or analyzing the feedback I received.
not be explained in words!” and Toastmasters is the perfect
place to experience all of those!
"Humor is by far the most significant activity of the human brain. ” - Edward De Bono.
7 Hyde Park Images - JPKU
The Hyde Park in London is famous for its Speakers’ Corner, which allows anyone and everyone to speak on a Introduce a new supplementary evaluator named "trait
topic for as long as they can unless the police finds it offensive, and the Hyde Park police has had a history of be- watcher". S/he would be responsible for observing a par-
ing offended very very rarely even on sensitive issues. As a salutation to the freedom of expression, we bring ticular trait throughout the meeting, as decided by her/him
Hyde Park from London to our newsletter, and invite everyone to publish their comments on a certain topic, and revealed to the members during the role introduction,
which for this month is: “How would you tweak the Toastmasters meeting structure to make it more interesting?
much like the Ah-counter keeps track of the various ahs,
fillers and pauses during the meeting. Some examples of
Include an idiom, a proverb or a motivational traits could be high points of various speeches, stage us-
quote in every meeting. Over time this will enrich ages, number of times people clapped in a meeting, etc.
the language of all members.
1. Record a speech and play it back during the meeting, to let
the speaker himself/herself evaluate it.
2. Introduce instant evaluations for table topics - As soon as
the TT speaker finishes, get a member to evaluate him/her.
Nikhil sheth This will enable members to give feedback on the go.
3. Play TED talks and other inspiring speeches at regular club
1. Introduce a new role: Fact Master to present the 4. Organize theme meetings where people are encouraged to
news or fact of the week dress up according to the theme of the day.
2. Celebrate the birthday of members who had theirs in
the preceding week
“Speak when you are angry, and you’ll make the best speech you’ll ever regret.” - Dr. Laurence J. Peter
8 Best of the Month Images - JPKU
• Deepak Menon on 5th Dec
• Deepak Menon on 5th Dec
• Ritu Arora on 12th Dec
• Deepak Diwani on 12th Dec
• Ritu Arora on 19th Dec
• Deepak Diwani on 19th Dec
• Nikhil Sheth, Deepak Menon &
Ritu Arora on 26th Dec
• Ritu Arora on 5th Dec
• Aniket Bose on 12th Dec
• Ritu Arora on 19th Dec
"Experience shows that success is due less to ability that to zeal. The winner is he who gives himself to his work, body and soul. ” - Charles Buxton.
9 Classified Images - JPKU
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• Richa Aggarwal: Vice President, Education New Delhi—110016.
• Nikhil Sheth: Vice President, Membership
• Malkiat Bindra: Vice President, Public Relations
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• Manoj Kumar: Secretary
Whom to Contact
• Nihil Malik: Treasurer
firstname.lastname@example.org For all membership and PR queries, please contact:
• Ritu Arora: Sergeant-at-arms Nikhil Sheth (VP, Membership): +91-99114-79900; email@example.com
firstname.lastname@example.org Malkiat Bindra (VP, Public Relations): +91-98110-64605 ; email@example.com
"Speech is power: speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel” - Ralph Waldo Emerson.
I would like to extend my heartiest gratitude to everyone who
contributed to the newsletter, especially for the overwhelming
response to “The Hyde Park”, making the new section a grand
success. Special thanks to Aniket, Assistant Newsletter Editor,
for his unending support.
Images is published on the last day of the month. All contribu-
tors are requested to send in their entries to
firstname.lastname@example.org by the 25th of the month.
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