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Newsletter of the JPKU Toastmasters Club, New Delhi
Vol. 3, Issue 1; January 2010
JANUARY 2010 Club No. 858173
Division C, District 82
The Editor’s Note
A new year, a new Executive Committee, and an all new edition of “Images”!
January marks the beginning of a new term in Toastmasters International. And as we, the new EC take
charge, we show our respect to the outgoing EC by highlighting in this edition their tremendous
To provide a mutually
achievements, making our club one of the fastest to fulfill all “Distinguished Club Programme” goals.
supportive and positive
But basking in the sunshine of one’s predecessor’s glories isn’t what JPKU Toastmasters is about. So in which every individ-
the incumbent officers got trained to perform their duties to the fullest, as Aneesh Jain covers the Offi- ual
cers’ Training Programme. member has the
And to give you a feel of the impact that the increasing population of IITians has had on the club, we to develop oral
have Tejesh explaining Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. He also features in an interview for “Know Thy
and leadership skills,
Toastmaster”. which in turn foster
But that’s not all! Watch out for the all new section in our newsletter- “The Hyde Park”, followed by the
winners of the month. Hope you have a good read.
2 CONTENTS January 2010
Change of Guard Page 3
The outgoing president hands over the charge of
the club to her successor Manoj and his team
—Shraddha Nakra and Manoj Kumar Know Thy Toastmaster Page 7
Let’s get up close and personal with our very own Tejesh
Officers’ Training Programme Page 4 NEW
Fun, food and most importantly knowledge for the new EC as
they don their responsibilities —Aneesh Jain
The Hyde Park Page 8
A glimpse at how our toastmasters select Contest Circular Page 10
topics for their speeches It’s time to suit up, as the club contests approach
—-Nikhil Sheth, Ritu Arora,
Malkiat Bindra and Garima Sharma
Club Success Page 5
Find out the path to JPKU TMC’s success
story, and all those who contributed to it
Club Contact Details Page 11
Best of the Month Page 9
Find out our star performers week by week, and
also our “Winner of the Month”
Acknowledgments Page 12
My experiments with skepticism Page 6
A skeptical IITian realizes the importance of the Toastmasters
— Nishant Ranka
3 CHANGE OF GUARD January 2010
The New Team Takes Over
Hello Everyone, Warm greetings,
A new term has begun, and great new opportunities await us.
Exactly 6 months ago I felt the same nervousness Manoj New Year is an opportunity to reflect upon our pro-
would be feeling today, having been given the responsibility gress so far and charting out plans for the future.
of JPKU Toastmasters Club. To tell you the truth, what And 2010 is not an exception!!
scared me the most was not how I'd do my job, I was scared
of letting people who had shown faith in me down. And Our club has done a fantastic job so far. Having
today, we are a President’s Distinguished Club with a 10 on achieved 10 out of 10 DCP Goals (courtesy our en-
10 (all goals met). Our standards have been maintained, lots thusiastic members and dedicated EC Team), it’s
of new members have come in, however, none of this would now time to raise the bar and strive harder for new
have been possible without the amazing support system our destinations.
All those awards, recognition and reputation that
our club has earned so far, signify the indomitable
I would like to take this opportunity to thank my team will and spirit for excellence, of our club members.
mates , Richa, Nikhil Sheth, Malkiat, Manoj, Nikhil Malik Those, who realized their potential and travelled
and Ritu Arora, for all their efforts and work put in to mak- that extra mile, made our club proud time and
ing this club what it is today. I would also like to thank our again.
mentors.. Deepak Menon, Vinay Jain , Jyoti Narula and Ritu
Arora for having supported us through each step, pushing us, It’s now our responsibility to put in that extra effort
motivating us and guiding us all through, and most of all I to realize our potential. Let’s take this challenge
would like to thank our members, without whom there would and responsibility; let our development and success
be no JPKU TMC. contribute towards the success of our club -
because WE ALL make JPKU Toastmasters :)
I know our new President with his team will take JPKU to
I would also like to take this opportunity to wel-
greater heights. My best wishes are always with JPKU
come our newest members - Riecha Sharma, Poem
TMC... I wish the fantastic new EC lots of luck and growth!
Kabra and Tarun Gautam to the club.
Warm Regards, Happy New Year!!
Shraddha Nakra Manoj Kumar
Outgoing President Incoming President
4 OFFICERS’ TRAINING PROGRAMME January 2010
By Aneesh Jain
On a cold January morning, when a foggy quilt covered the world, seven brave
foot soldiers set out on a mission against time. State boundaries didn't matter, nei-
ther did the traffic on roads, since the former are only lines on a political map, and
the latter only the grunts from engines stuck like cotton seeds in a foggy quilt.
They moved on with their eyes firmly on the road and their hearts in their mouth,
but their tenacity paid off and target was soon in sight. The mission was supposed
to be long and tiring, but the foot soldiers had prepared well - some had woken up
early, others hadn't slept all night.
The Officers' Training Program for Division C of District 82 was held on January
17th, 2010 at Nehru Youth Center, NOIDA. The program was set to start at 10:00
am, but due to the late arrival of a lot of participants blamed unanimously on the
thick fog, started a bit late. After the opening of the ceremony by the Sergeant-At-
Arms, the Master of Ceremony (or should I say Mistress of Ceremony) Akshita
took over. The meeting was based on the 'art of listening' and the audience not only
enjoyed the art, but also learned a lot about it. The first speaker of the day was the
Division C Governor, Mr. Neeraj Gupta, who talked about the achievements of Di-
vision C in the past 6 months. Neeraj's speech was followed by a short speech by After refueling their tanks, the officers were ready to continue their mission,
the District 82 Governor, Mr. Deepak Menon, DTM. Deepak narrated an incident and all that energy they really needed. The program restarted with an intense
from the day's morning when while he was reading the newspaper, his wife was planning session where the club representatives had to set targets for the next
speaking to him, but he wasn't listening and how he was caught. Thankfully there six months and design a road map to achieve those. After all the clubs were
were no grave repercussions of this! This led the audience into the first session of through with this, it was time to face the reality. ALGM, Poonam Jain, DTM,
the day. Dr. Ritu Arora, DTM, presented the Distinguished Club Program to the of- conducted a session on 'Moments of Truth', but unlike the similarly named
ficers. The session was made very interesting and interactive by the use of neatly game show, there were no polygraphs used here. Poonam trained the officers
put together case studies. on the use of this very powerful tool which can be used to evaluate how well
the club is really doing.
The officers then split into two groups. Two parallel sessions for nouveau installed/
elected Presidents, Vice Presidents (Education) & Vice Presidents (Membership) The Officers' Training Program ended with the distribution of certificates and a
and for Vice Presidents (Public Relations), Secretaries, Treasurers and Sergeants- vote of thanks by the Division C Governor. A thoroughly informative program,
At-Arms were conducted. Toastmasters who had successfully taken up these which helped the representatives of various Toastmaster clubs in Division C to
responsibilities in the past took the new officers through their list of duties and also understand their responsibilities better.
gave useful tips about succeeding in their roles. Both the training sessions ended
almost at the same time and the officers and the trainers were well rewarded after
the intense sessions with warm tea and sandwiches during the break.
5 CLUB SUCCESS January 2010
DTM Dr. Ritu Arora told us all about the Distinguished Club Programme in the Officers’ Training Programme. JPKU Toastmasters’ Club
accomplished all 10 goals under this programme on the 17th of this month, thereby becoming one of the first 4 clubs in the Division C to
become “President’s Distinguished Clubs”. Here’s a look at all the goals we achieved, and the people who made it possible for us.
The Members’ Goals The EC’s Goals
Goal 1-> 2 CCs Goal 7-> 4 new members
13 new members
devesh trivedi, nikhil Sheth,
december 2009 Goal 8-> 4 more new
malkiat bindra, aniket bose
Goal 2-> 2 more members
manoj kumar, malkiat bindra,
Goal 3-> 1 ACB, ACS or ACG
Goal 9-> Getting at least
deepak menon (acb) nikhil Sheth, aniket bose,
4 officers trained
ritu arora (acb) Goal 4-> 1 more ACB, ACS chandni kapur, aneesh jain
Goal 10-> Submission of
Goal 5-> 1 CL, ALB, ALS or submitted on time dues renewal invoice and
DTM officers’ list
deepak menon (cl)
shraddha nakra (cl)
Goal 6-> 1 more CL, ALB,
ALS or DTM
6 My experiments with skepticism January 2010
By Nishant Ranka
The sudden insurgence of IITians (read ‘geeks’) from across the street into JPKU TMC has had a very noticeable change in
the environment of the club. But surprisingly not all of them like to only talk about technology and its impact on human
loneliness. This future consultant, despite being the skeptic he claims to be, decided to attend one Toastmasters meeting
and became a member for life. Here’s his story...
I am one of those skeptical guys who do not believe in anything at the first sight. It was Once I got to know about Toastmasters, it felt like everyone I
probably in August of 2009 when Ayush, my hostel-mate, told me about the Toastmasters talked to knew about it. My sister who is living in Singapore
Club and my first reaction went something like “not for me”. At that time I had already called me up to ask if she should join Toastmasters there; my
spoken a few times in front of a large audience during seminars and I felt that it had given friend living in Pune said that his institute has recommended
him to join the Toastmasters and so on. Infact, after I published
me sufficient public speaking experience. A couple of months later, two more friends:
some of my speeches in a blog several people became curious
Aniket and Tejesh joined the club, but I still refused to budge from my opinion about the
about Toastmasters. I am currently heading an organization in my institute and I really felt that Toast-
masters is necessary for people who will lead the organization once I have graduated, and hence I am
The year 2009 was quite hectic due to job placements and the rest, but after I got placed in planning to bring them as guests. Hopefully they too will enjoy the experience and become members.
a consulting firm and the time-crunch reduced, I thought of giving the Toastmasters club a
JPKU Toastmasters club has completely changed the world for me. It has given me a space of my
try. Finally, after much persuasion by Tejesh and Aniket I went to my first Toastmasters
own and further it has given me the opportunity to step outside my comfort zone, my institute and
meeting as a guest. I don’t know whether it was JPKU Toastmasters Club’s charisma in
meet new people and listen to their stories. In its own special way, the JPKU Toastmasters club has
particular or whether it is common across all Toastmasters Club, but my first meeting just
made the world a touch brighter for me.
blew me away. I immediately realized that this was indeed the place for me.
The experience so far has been no less than amazing! If there is something which I like
about the club most, apart from the positive environment it provides, is feedback! Evalua-
tions by an assigned evaluator as well as the little chits which go around in the meetings
are the best way of judging how well did one speak and the aspects one needs to improve
Initially I did not take the specifications given in the module too seriously, but right after
my first two speeches I realized that it was very difficult for me to focus on all parts of
public speaking at once. The CC manual provided me the framework to plan my speech
and as a result I started focusing on one thing at a time, starting from the structure of my
speech to giving examples to using gestures to modulating my voice. Even today when I
focus on modulating my voice my movement on stage becomes random but it has im-
proved since the time when I used to pace up and down the stage 50 times during my
You can read more about Nishant on his blog - www.nishantranka.blogspot.com
7 KNOW THY TOASTMASTER January 2010
Tejesh Rajesh Kinariwala hails from Nagpur, Maharashtra. Besides being a final year student of electrical engineering at IIT
Delhi, he has several non- academic interests such as music, fine arts and the Rubik’s Cube! He has been one of the fastest
growing members of JPKU TMC lately. In fact, that’s enough of his description from me; let’s get to know more about thy
toastmaster from himself.
What is the role of Toastmasters in your life, and what do you look to
From an electrical engineer to a sales and
learn from it?
marketing consultant- what brought about
this drastic shift?
“For me Toastmasters came in at a very appropriate time. I started watching
some good speeches on a website called "TED.com". The speakers there are
“I take life as it comes and so I hardly see it as a
amazing (I recommend TED to all toastmasters) and I wanted to speak like
them one day. After joining Toastmasters, I feel that I am already on the drastic change as compared to what I have seen
right road. till now. From a hardcore business family with
Just after a typical toastmaster meeting on Saturday, while I am going back a well settled business to getting into IIT was a
to my hostel , invariably a thought comes into my head and inevitably I find drastic change in itself. All I can say for this
myself speaking on that topic the very next weekend. So toastmasters re- question is- I like to have the best of the sphere
mains with me throughout the week, while I am thinking about what I am I am in and then leave the sphere when there is
going to speak the coming Saturday.”
nothing more that interests me."
You are one of the most regular members of the club. What is that pulls you here-
In all 5 of your speeches thus far, you have come across as a person the concept, the people, personal improvement or something else?
with a very eccentric choice of topics. What do you have to say to that? “All of the above , I would say . And in the something else field, I would like to put ’a
chance to be freely innovative’ as also ‘a chance to meet different people with different
“To recount the topics of all of my 5 speeches: the first was pretty normal stories’.”
"I's breaker". Then it got interesting with me juggling balls in the speech
"Show, not tell", and telling importance of friendship through my travel de-
scription in "Finding Frozenland". For the fourth speech I tried a very dif- Any observation or suggestion that you might have regarding the club's meetings,
ferent experiment of teaching special theory of relativity in simple language and how we might be able to improve them?
in "thoughts of Einstein". Finally for my fifth speech I think I came up with
an interesting "Reintroduction" of Raja Bhoj , Gangu Teli, Shekhchilli and “Keep up the spirit. It is the best thing to have happened to me lately.”
As to why I chose these topics- everyone has a criterion for rejecting topics.
Non-eccentricity of topic is mine.”
8 THE HYDE PARK January 2010
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 very rarely even on sensitive issues. As a salutation to the freedom of expression, we We live in a society and there are many
things which make us feel happy, sad or
bring Hyde Park from London to our newsletter, and invite everyone to publish their comments on a certain make us wanna kill others or just leave.
topic, which for this month is: “Selecting a topic for your speech” So, for selecting a topic for my project, I
select a topic which is concerning/
bugging/inspiring/making me happy the
There are always way too many topics to choose from for me; and I have diffi- most. Be it Same religion Marriage, Too
culty deciding which topic would best suit the speech purposes. Many times I much love for material things, sister's mar-
have started with one, then got stuck somewhere and then found another topic riage, etc. By doing this, I come as a very
more favourable. For my 8th, 9th and 10th speeches I fortunately had my topics honest speaker because the feelings are
planned out. It's a good idea to go through your Communication Manual - not just right there.
your pending project but all of the projects. Then we can divide our potential top-
ics - we can identify the ones that can better fit a project other than what we're
currently working on and so eliminate them.
For example, make a horizontal list of the topics you'd like to give speech on, and
under each one write what it can have more of - like, "This has the most body lan-
guage so I'll make it my 5th, this has the most facts and statistics so I'll make it MALKIAT BINDRA
my 7th, this can have the best visual aids, so make it 8th" and so on. After one
round, we will have some topics relegated to other projects and hopefully come at
a topic ideal for the next one.
A great speech begins with a great topic. However there is nothing extraordinary
that makes a topic “great”. It only requires some basic thinking. A topic should
be such that it should be thoroughly planned and designed according to the
theme, the time allotted and most importantly the ‘interest’ aspect.
NIKHIL SHETH RITU ARORA That is if I am an Arts student with very little knowledge of Science, I rather not
try my hand on any Science topic. The same holds true for my audience’s inter-
I often derive topics for my speech from other topics. It est. My speech should not include unnecessary jargons difficult for the listeners
happens many a time that I hear someone delivering a to comprehend.
speech on a certain topic, and I feel that I could do Lastly, one should pay emphasis on the principle of “KISS” that is Keep it Short
more justice to that topic, or maybe treat it in an alto- & Simple.
gether different manner. And there- I have the topic for Considering these basic aspects would make any speech a great one provided it is
my next speech. The other source of topics for me is delivered with passion.
the Table Topics session. As soon as I finish speaking
on a table topic and take my seat, I feel there is so
much more I could have said on that topic. I instantly
jot them down on a piece of paper, and more often than
not, I have an entire speech ready.
9 BEST OF THE MONTH January 2010
2nd Jan: Deepak Diwani 2nd Jan: Ritu Arora
9th Jan: Tejesh Kinariwala 9th Jan: Aniket Bose
16th Jan: Aniket Bose 16th Jan: Ritu Arora
23rd Jan: Tejesh and Manoj Kumar 23rd Jan: Deepak Menon
28th Jan: Aniket and Deepak Menon 28th Jan: Deepak Menon
30th Jan: Deepak Menon and Riecha 30th Jan: Aniket Bose
2nd Jan: Ritu Arora Winner of the
9th Jan: Nikhil Sheth Month is..
16th Jan: Ritu Arora
23rd Jan: Aniket Bose
Deepak Menon achieved three
milestones this month. He again
completed the Competent Leader,
Advanced Leader Bronze and
Advanced Communicator Silver
with 5 awards
tasks. Cheers to Deepak!
10 CONTEST CIRCULAR January 2010
As we crown winners week after week, we only pre-
pare them for greater challenges to come– chal-
lenges at the Area, Division, District and Interna-
tional levels. But before that, you must prove your
mettle at the Club level..
It’s contest time…….
And I, the VP– Education need you all to participate.
So gear up for the club contests
Yes, Uncle Malkiat wants YOU !!
The International Speech Contest
(Eligibility criteria: All members in good standing having completed
6 speeches from the Competent Communication Manual)
The Table Topics Contest Malkiat Singh Bindra
(Eligibility criterion: All members in good standing) Vice President, Education
JPKU Toastmasters Club
Date: 13th February 2010 +91-98110-64605
Time: 11:30 am
Venue: At club meeting
Come one, come all !!!
11 CLUB CONTACT DETAILS January 2010
Our Executive Committee Venue of Meetings
• Manoj Kumar: President Vivekananda Vihar, Opposite J.P., Kapur & Uberai, Chartered
email@example.com Accountants, LGF C-4/5 Safdarjung Development Area,
• Malkiat Bindra: Vice President, Education New Delhi—110016.
• Nikhil Sheth: Vice President, Membership
firstname.lastname@example.org Time of Meetings
• Aniket Bose: Vice President, Public Relations
Every Saturday, 12:30 p.m.
• Chandni Kapur: Secretary
email@example.com Whom to Contact
• Neha Kapoor: Treasurer
firstname.lastname@example.org For all membership and PR queries, please contact:
• Aneesh Jain: Sergeant-at-arms Nikhil Sheth (VP, Membership): +91-99114-79900; email@example.com
firstname.lastname@example.org Aniket Bose (VP, Public Relations): +91-99119-16333 ; email@example.com
12 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS January 2010
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 section a grand suc-
cess. Thanks to my predecessor Malkiat for his guidance (both
journalistic and technical) and letting me inherit his stuff. Fi-
nally, I would like to specially mention the names of Shraddha,
Manoj, Aneesh and Tejesh for their prompt contributions.
Images is published on the last day of the month. All contribu-
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firstname.lastname@example.org by the 25th of the month.
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