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  2. 2. CONTENTS President’s Address Message from Division Governor Make a Life I am proud to be a Chennai toastmaster Go touch million lives…. Wishes Look the opposite way said some guy? Who?? No clue? Exchange Interest Let go of negative thoughts Golden Words Four aspects of personal communication – (by our “Kural Master” Thiruvalluvar) CTM Speech Tracker Memories Editorial Team 2
  3. 3. PRESIDENT’S ADDRESSA journey of excellence in leadership starts with a single meeting. 4 weeks – 4Sundays and 4 memorable meetings… That is the story of Chennai Toastmastersin the month of May 2012. It didn’t stop there. May also witnessed theoverwhelming participation of Chennai Toastmasters in the Annual DistrictConference – Ovations, 2012 conducted at Colombo, Sri Lanka.Ovations 2012 saw a leading icon of Chennai Toastmasters reach the pinnacleof positions in the District when DTM Nina John was elected to the covetedposition of District Governor for District 82.Ovations 2012 showcased the admirable leadership skills of TM Abhay Gandhi –a fairly recent member of CTM – who rose to the occasion in organizing amemorable stay and tour for the Chennai contingent. Ovations 2012 brought tothe forefront the living example of Servant Leadership in the form of astupendous educational session by our very own TM Saro Velrajan titled “TheInverted Pyramid”.Ovations 2012 saw the kinetic energy of your CTM President – TM KartikSrinivasan - translate into a leadership learning when he got elected to theposition of Division Governor for Division G!. Ovations 2012 was characterizedby the fair and just performance of the CTM veteran – TM Abraham Zachariah inthe role of Chief Judge.Not just leadership lessons, Chennai Toastmasters also excelled in theCommunications track when a CTM baby – TM Arna Chugani articulated 3
  4. 4. adorably at the District Table Topics Contest. TM Sridhar Ranganathan whostarted his Toastmasters journey with Chennai Toastmasters bagged a doubleaward – that of the first runner up in the International Speech contest and thesecond runner up in the Table Topic contest. To quote the second runner up inthe International Speech Contest at Ovations 2012 TM George Vinoj, It was thesupport that he received from Toastmasters of Division G and ChennaiToastmasters in particular that made him rise up, contest and conquer.Fellow Toastmasters! These are just some instances of the benefits andrecognition that you can get as a CTM member. The common thread binding allthe above Toastmasters is passion, commitment and consistency. You are nottoo far from not just reaching the pinnacle of your dream but actuallysurpassing it.KARTIK SRINIVASAN,PRESIDENT - CTM“According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking.Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This meansto the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket thandoing the eulogy.”Jerry Seinfeld (1954-…, American actor and comedian) 4
  5. 5. MESSAGE FROM DIVISION GOVERNORCongratulations Chennai Toastmasters for reaching this incredible milestone!350th meeting is very special not only to Chennai Toastmasters Clubmembers... but to the entire Division G. It shows the success of the movementin Chennai, it shows the endurance of the club, and it shows the never endingpassion towards continuous improvement and self-development.Toastmasters movement in Chennai, is like a huge flywheel. 8 years ago, thisflywheel was set to run by a group of toastmasters. It took lot of commitment,hard work and compassion to set this flywheel to run. Thanks to the foundingmembers, the flywheel picked-up momentum and can now set other flywheelsin motion.When we were small kids, we were told "Study hard up to your 12th grade. Onceyou get into your college, you can start to relax". We completed our 12th grade.But then, folks said "Study well for another 3 or 4 years. Once you complete yourcollege and go to work, you can start to relax".Here we are. We completed our studies and even got into a job. But, we arentallowed to relax yet. We are constantly expected to learn/gain new skills invarious product/technology areas. No matter which industry we are in, the needto continuously update our knowledge doesnt end. This is true even atToastmasters. No matter how much proficient we are, we have something tolearn in Toastmasters. 5
  6. 6. The success of a club is decided by the learning opportunity it provides to itsmembers. Chennai toastmasters club, being the light house club in Tamilnaduhas continuously re-invented itself and stayed ahead of the curve by coming upwith creative ways of helping its members.Alfred Lord Tennyson in his poem "The Brook", wrote "For men may come andmen may go... But I go on forever". These words resound the glory of ChennaiToastmasters Club. I wish Chennai Toastmasters Club to continue to raise thebar and reach greater heights! You show us the way and well follow...SARO VELRAJAN,DIVISION GOVERNORAttended the first Toastmasters Meeting on 14th Dec 2003 at Haddows Club,never look back and going strong. Consistency pays.TM Abraham Zachariah (Chartered Treasurer of Chennai Toastmasters club) 6
  7. 7. Make a LifeWe make a living by what we getWe make a life by what we give!So said Mr S Narayana Moorthy, Mentor and Ex Chairman of Infosys. How true.All of us, right from birth, are involved in our own lives, our upbringing andeducation under our parent’s guidance and then promoting our careers to thebest of our ability. Yes, we are engrossed in making our own lives as successfulas possible, making ourselves as wealthy as possible, getting the best assets,home, holidays to exotic places, giving the best to our children.But pause. Do we, at any time, show concern for all the needy and less fortunateall around us? We see them all right - the slum dwellers, our domestic workers,the aged and infirm, the marginalized, and the sick in dire need of medical care.And yes, we pity them, we are sorry for them, but what can we do to alleviatetheir suffering? How is it possible for us, with our limited resources andlimitations, to change the lives of these people?Our problem my friends are that we look for total solutions which demand a lotof money, a lot of our time, resources etc. In actual fact, we can make a life bysmall acts of giving - a small donation towards our domestic helps childsbooks or uniform, clothes that our kids have outgrown, a little bit of our time bygiving a young person some advice on his career plan or even lending ashoulder to a person in need of sympathy or friendship. Little acts of kindnessthat can make a difference. 7
  8. 8. Earlier, whenever we had a birthday or wedding anniversary in our family, wewould make it a gala occasion, inviting family and friends, spending a lot ofmoney on food and drink etc. However, during the past few years, on mybirthday, we have made it a practice to visit an orphanage near our home andgive the children, who are picked up from the bus and railway stations and fromthe streets, a treat - usually high tea. The sight of the childrens faces when mywife and I serve them, the way they all pray for me and my family and sing"Happy Birthday" makes my birthdays really special and I leave the orphanagewith a warm feeling in my heart. My childrens outgrown clothes, we normallygive to the guy who sells us vegetables and to the guy who irons our clothes fortheir children,I had stopped riding my Kinetic Honda bike for a couple of years and thought ofselling it to my mechanic. However, my son told me of his friend who had losthis job and was finding it difficult to look after his family - wife and three kidsunder ten years of age. The children studied in two different schools and hiswife used to walk every day to each school to drop and pick up the children. So Igave him my bike - which I had got serviced and painted with the idea of sellingit -he thought I was selling it to him. He was speechless when I gave him thekey and told him to drive off. He was so happy and said it would be used mainlyfor the purpose of dropping and picking up his kids from their schools. Thelook of joy on his face made my day.This did not impoverish me - in fact, it has made my life more fulfilling andmeaningful. I tell my children not to hesitate to help a person in need - even if itmeans just giving someone money for bus fare or for a meal, or by just listeningto someone who needs sympathetic ear. Small things that will make adifference. The lives we lead are so hectic; we are working on deadlines,balancing our financial accounts to make ends meet. Let us not look for bigsolutions, start with small acts of kindness. Let us make a life by what we give.TM RAVI BASKARAN 8
  9. 9. I AM PROUD TO BE A CHENNAI TOASTMASTER My Dear CTM friends, ‘May you live in interesting times’ says an old Chineseadage. But in Chennai Toastmasters Club, every meeting is Interesting,Intriguing and Introspective. Which means, we CTM members always live ininteresting times. But just as the icing on the cake, comes few occasions whichtakes the ‘interest’ level to all new heights. These are the milestone meetings.And you are lucky to witness one – the 350th meeting.I vividly remember the 100th meeting of the club. I played the TMOD role andconcluded by wishing CTM the best to reach the 200th meeting. But here we are,having marched through those benchmarks, ready to celebrate our 350thmeeting.This is by no means a small accomplishment, and makes me remember HenryFord’s famous words when Ford produced its 1 millionth car in 1915. He madethe shortest speech ever. He marched to the stage, smiled and said ‘Gentlemen,a million of anything is a great many’. Period. And today in a hot summer of2012 in Chennai, we can proudly say ‘350 meetings of any club is a plentymany’. Plenty many of nostalgia, friends and celebration.I wish I were there to celebrate with all of you. But the spirit of Toastmasters hastaught me that physical presence is irrelevant when your heart and mind, withpassion, beats the name of CTM!With Love,Aditya Maheswaran, DTM 9
  10. 10. Go touch million lives….In the city of celebrations, the land that’s home to dusty environment anddistinct living conditions, assembled a group of women to make a presentationto their founder.Similar to corporate slides, their presentation too was filled with graphs thatwere directed north wards. But the factors in the graph were not about revenues& profits but about the number of beneficiaries who have reaped the benefits ofthat organization.It was all about the number of hungry souls fed, number of orphans adoptedand number of patients treated.At the end of the show, the presenter, Nirmala said “Mother, My heart is filledwith joy. I’m proud of the work we do. We have served thousands of needypeople in this country”Listening to her words carefully, founder said, “I’m very happy for the work wedo. I’m proud to have you all part of this great movement. As you all rejoicetoday, I just have one request, it’s not just enough to serve thousand people, goand touch million lives”.This founder is none other than Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu or whom we fondlyrefer as MOTHER TERESA, Missionaries of Charity.Friends, we at Chennai Toastmasters Club have created great communicators,groomed leaders who have reached impeccable heights and most importantly 10
  11. 11. we have transformed lives. I take this opportunity to wish this club many more milestone meetings ahead. As we rejoice this success remember the words of Mother Teresa..” IT’S NOT JUST ENOUGH TO SERVE FEW PEOPLE, GO AND TOUCH MILLION LIVES BECAUSE THAT IS THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN GIVE BACK.- TM Rajesh Natarajan- “Grasp the subject, the words will follow.” Cato The Elder “Speech is power: speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel. Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American philosopher, lecturer, essayist, and poet) “Public speaking is the art of diluting a two-minute idea with a two-hour vocabulary.” Evan Esar (1899-1995, American humorist) 11
  12. 12. WishesChennai Toastmasters Club is reaching another mile stone 350 in it’s anunstoppable successful journey. Wow… I am so excited, not by the number 350but by the number of members who become a better communicator and leaderin the club. The first club which was started on 2003 in Tamil Nadu with veryfew members and today we have more than 30 clubs and many more in line.CTM has proved that, the beginning does not matter, the end always matters.But without the end CTM is creating a history in helping members to become aconfident person, better communicator and a great leader. The success of theclub is not in the number of meeting but in the number of members who able toachieve their personal and professional goal CTM always on top in that. I believethe core strength of the club is members are accepting and assisting each other.It empowers the members to become a confident person, better communicatorand later they emerged as a great leader, not only in the Club also in Area,Division and District.CTM has power to change a person’s life style and has done it for every one ofthe club. I am one among them. I take immense pleasure in wishing ChennaiToastmasters club and members for many more success and celebration.Regards,Prabakaran RPresidentECC Toastmasters ClubDubai. 12
  13. 13. Look the opposite way said some guy?Who?? No clue?So I decided to try doing that. While everyone is bombarding the market withtechniques to success, improvement, blah blah blah…I decided to dig anddiscover ways to become a pauper…Here are my 5 easy ways to become a pauper…1. Get addicted. Not healthy addictions. Addiction to alcohol and gambling will enable you to reach your goal sooner. But sometimes you may be unlucky – gambling may punish you with more money; so be prepared for that.2. Buy the most expensive extravaganza – say, a home, a car. Rising petrol prices will burn your pockets very soon.3. Lucrative vacations – Travel around the world, stay in the best hotels and have all the fun available there.4. Spending spree – use your credit cards so often that they turn hot and start burning. In the meanwhile, your credit card companies will be knocking your doors.5. Even though this is the 5th point, this is the most important way of becoming bankrupt – never work. Have no career. Only vacations and no vocations.There you go!!.TM Sudha Rajesh 13
  14. 14. Exchange interestInterest rate isInternal factIncrease it toControl the inflationDecrease it toImprove the growthExchange rate isExternal factTrade and gradeDecide the fateTM Nagendra Bharathi“The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightlytimed pause.Mark Twain (1835-1910, American author and humorist) 14
  15. 15. Let go of negative thoughtsI always think our past is a series of lessons that helps us to reach the nextlevels of living and loving.Friends, everything happens for a reason. If someone hurts you,betrays you or breaks your heart, forgive him or her. Think that they havehelped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious to whom youopen your heart. Everything happens to test the limits of your soul.We always complain about the red lights, but never remember tocelebrate the green ones. Appreciate every moment and takefrom it everything that you possibly can, for you may never be able toexperience it again.Our mistakes? Yes! You need it! Try to learn the things to be avoided from yourprevious mistakes, frustrations, failures and painful circumstances. Sometimeslearning from stumbling attempts will help your growth and progress. The onlymistake we can make is mistaking that for the truth. 15
  16. 16. Never forget that each step of the way we go through the experiences that wedo to become who we are today. Each step of the way, we progressed.The definition of “TODAY” is:T: This is anO: Opportunity toD: DoA: A work better thanY: Yesterday!From today, this moment onwards, tell yourself that you are agreat individual, and believe in yourself, for if you don’t believe inyourself, no one else will believe in you.Friends, you can make of your life anything you want. Create your own life, andthen go out and live it.All the very best!!!TM Arumugam M 16
  17. 17. Voice of Wisdom1] Prayer is not a "spare wheel" that you pull out when in trouble, but it is a "steering wheel" that directs the right path throughout2] Friendship is like a BOOK. It takes few seconds to burn, but it takes years to write3] All the things in life are temporary. If going well, enjoy it, they will not last forever. If going wrong, dont worry, they cant last long either.4] Old Friends are Gold! New Friends are Diamond! If you get a Diamond, dont forget the Gold! Because to hold a Diamond, you always need a Base of Gold!5] Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, GOD smiles from above and says, "Relax, sweetheart, its just a bend, not the end!6] When GOD solves your problems, you have faith in HIS abilities; When GOD doesnt solve your problems HE has faith in your abilities.7] A blind person asked Swami Vivekananda: "Can there be anything worse than losing eye sight?" He replied: "Yes, losing your vision!" 17
  18. 18. 8] When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them, andsometimes, when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has prayedfor you.9] WORRYING does not take away tomorrows TROUBLES, It takes away today’s PEACETM Varadarajan"Good to Great, Toastmasters is the Way!"TM Ramesh Daswani“Be sincere; be brief; be seated.”Franklin D. Roosevelt, on speechmaking (1882-1945, 32nd President of theUnited States) 18
  19. 19. Four aspects of personal communication –(by our “Kural Master” Thiruvalluvar)Dear Fellow Toastmasters,As you are aware Saint Thiruvalluvar who lived 2000 years back in India wrote1330 couplets (Kural) in Tamil containing lot of human and managementprinciples. Each Kural has only 7 words with 25 to 35 characters. Thirukkuralhas been translated into many world languages.In his Kural 93, Saint Thiruvalluvar explains four important aspects while talkingwith others.Thiruvalluvar explains four important aspects as follows:1. Facial expression;2. Looking at the other person pleasantly with smile;3. Talking from the bottom of the heart; and4. Using pleasant and good words.If the four aspects are followed, then it is the right way of communication.In the modern day corporate managements and communication, we find onlysynthetic smile (Do you agree?) and false communication. That is why; many ofthe marketing communicators do not command credibility from their customers. 19
  20. 20. Customers look at their words with suspicion, however they are genuine. . WhatThiruvalluvar insists is the natural way of communication from the bottom of theheart. Natural communication will bring more credibility among the stakeholders, than artificial or synthetic communication. YOU MAY USE SYNTHETIC CLOTHES! BUT NOT SYNTHETIC SMILE! COMPILED BY – RAJASEKAR Pc SUB EDITOR“There are always three speeches, for every one you actually gave. The one youpracticed, the one you gave, and the one you wish you gave.”Dale Carnegie (1888-1955, developer of courses in public speaking andinterpersonal skills, and author of How to Win Friends and Influence People) 20
  21. 21. Speech Tracker 21
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  23. 23. TMI President Coverage in “The Hindu” – Initiative by CTM TOASTMASTERS INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT DTM MICHAEL NOTARO’S INTERVIEW WITH THE HINDU May 23, 2012 Making leaders for a new world PRINCE FREDERICK TOASTMASTERS INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT DTM MICHAEL NOTARO Michael Notaro, president of Toastmasters International, is on a South Asia tour to launch more clubs and promote new goals The toastmaster most of us know is dead. He was silver-tongued, equipped with jokes and anecdotes to take on any oratorical platform. The new toastmaster who has risen from the ashes of the old is a suave opinion-maker, whose lines are less practised but more effective in moving people to action. And he continues to inspire and build people even when not holding a mike. The new tagline of Toastmasters International (TI), coined in 2011 — “Where Leaders Are Made” — defines this change. 23
  24. 24. TI president Michael Notaro explains the new emphasis as an outcome of burgeoningindustrial growth and the attendant demand for leaders. The Information Technologyindustry in India best exemplifies this demand, says Notaro, who addressed engineersof a software company in Siruseri during his recent visit to Chennai. Notaro clarifiesthat his organisation is not a new entrant in the field of leadership training. It hasoffered training in communication and leadership for decades, recognising the linkbetween the two — now, its leadership programmes have been sharpened andreshaped to meet the requirements of a globalised economy and a multi-culturalbusiness environment.Its remarkable that TI offers such specialised services while operating as a not-for-profit organisation, says Notaro. Spread across 117 countries, the organisation issustained by the subscription fees of its members — numbering over a quarter of amillion — and by the small income accruing from the sale of its educational productsaimed at developing competence in communication and leadership.Notaro attributes his own growth in law practice and the realty business to 27 years ofunbroken association with TI. “When I was a student at the University of California, Idiscovered TI and joined a local chapter,” says Notaro, now a trial attorney.Over the decades, Notaro has watched TI respond to the changes in social, politicaland economic landscapes. “We live in a world where borders between nations aregetting increasingly blurred and the regional is often sacrificed for the global,” saysNotaro. In this context, TI promotes what is called multi-cultural communication. “Theredesigned logo — where the organisations name is displayed in bold font inside anoblong box that is stretched across an image of a globe — illustrates the multi-culturalnature of Toastmasters International.” Expansion is among the new goals driving theorganisation. Notaros itinerary for South Asia includes a visit to Bangladesh, whichstarted out on the TI path pretty late in the day. Notaro has ambitious plans for thatcountry: “It has only one club, but we are planning to get a TI district started there.”The drive for expansion is rooted in TIs respect and love for diversity — actually,diverse voices speaking English.To find a TI club in your region, log in to toastmasters.org. 24
  25. 25. Members with International President 25
  26. 26. Toastmasters @ Ovation 2012 @ Colombo 26
  27. 27. EDITORIAL TEAM Thanigeaswara.A Rajasekar Pc Chief Editor Sub EditorWe sincerely appreciate & thank one and all for their contributionand support in rolling out May Month’s Newsletter 27
  28. 28. Chennai Toastmasters Club meets everySunday between 4pm and 6pm@Presidency club –Ruby Hall, EthirajSalai, Commanderin Chief Road, Egmore, Chennai –600 024.(Near Spencer Plaza & Oppsosite to Hotel Kanchi)www.chennaitoastmastersclub.comFor more information, please contact:ThanigeaswaraAnbarasu@ +91-9841205333DeepaBharatkumar@ +91-95666076959SakthiPrasanna@ +91-9884277251 28