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DTAC_winnersAcronym DTAC stands for District Toastmasters Annual Conference.  And this time District 20 DTAC 2015 is being held in Dubai.  The objective of the conference is two folds

  • Organize contest between the best speakers of the Divisions in the District.
  • Hold elections for the next District Council.

But why should you attend DTAC 2015 is a questions that you must ask yourself?  And am sharing my power tips – why?

  1. EDUCATION: Three days of watching Districts best speakers on stage is equivalent to 365 days of learning from club attendance.  A perfect opportunity to pick up nuggets on speaking, body language and content creation skills.
  2. LEARN FROM CONTESTANTS: Connect and Interview contestants.  How did they Participate, Prepare and Practice for the contest. Learn from their experience.
  3. BE THE JUDGE: Learning happens when you are involved and having fun.  Hence bring Judging sheet along and Judge the contest.   Predict winners.  Its fun.
  4. NETWORK: Great opportunity to network with TM across 7 countries.  Network with 30 New Toastmasters every day of the 3 day event.  Your network is your net-worth
  5. NETWORK OUTSIDE THE TM BOX: Don’t limit your discussions to Toastmasters but probe what others do professionally and is there any common denominator you share professionally with others?  Take your discussions outside the TM domain.
  6. FUN: DTAC 2015 has a Gala dinner on May 29, 2015 – a perfect opportunity to unwind with Toastmasters community across the 7 Countries. 
  7. DISTRICT COUNCIL ELECTIONS Every club President and VP Education participates in the District council elections.  And they must attend to exercise their voting rights on behalf of the club members.  It’s a brilliant opportunity to witness Parliamentary machinery in action. (Valid for TM Carrying Voting Ballots)

Good Luck and Great – Education, Fun and Networking at DTAC 2015.



Idea of this blog post triggered in my mind after I requested a speaking slot  in DTAC 2015 “.  I began wondering what I can give back to Toastmasters in this blog Post.  And it boiled down to  “A Teaser on BRAND building.”

Brand has numerous scientific definitions but in simplistic terms it is what your audience speaks about you.  And what audiences speak about you is a direct reflection of

  •  Your EXTERNAL self-i.e. PHYSICAL; how you dress, behave and interact
  •  Your INTERNAL self – INTELLECT – What you write, share and Express

Once you have covered the above two points; 50% of the battle is won.  The other 50% is PRESENCE & VISIBILITY i.e. being seen, heard and felt among your audience.   Let’s step back and wonder how you can practice BRAND building sitting in the comfort of your home.  Remember we live in a collaborative economy and by 2025 – 75% of the workforce would be millennials who are digital natives consumed by Smartphone 24×7.  Hence subscribe to Facebook and LinkedIn and practice following steps online …..

  • EXTERNAL: 25%: Post a clear head shot and a profile that markets your credentials.
  • INTERNAL: 25%: Share content with insight. Your content could fall into three categories Entertainment, Education and Experience.
  • PRESENCE: 25%: Being where your audience is. Become a member of Facebook page “THE OFFICIAL TOASTMASTERS INTERNATIONAL” with over 11,706 members and other regional Toastmasters Groups on Facebook. Become the member  of LinkedIn Group “THE OFFICIAL TOASTMASTERS INTERNATIONAL GROUP”  with over  42,837 members
  • VISIBILITY: 25%: Post content with insight at least once a day and do it at an appropriate time I.e. early morning before people reach office or late in the evening after dinner time when your audience is most likely to surf the net.

Now is the time to MEASURE your BRAND.  You can subscribe to and link all your Social Media platforms to your Klout account.  And Klout will dynamically measure your brand value ranking.

Good luck and look forward to sharing more on “BUILDING YOUR SOCIAL BRAND IN 90 DAYS” @ DTAC 2015 in Dubai.


energyLast week I participated in Oasis Achievers Toastmasters Club meeting.  The meeting started @ 8:00pm and the hall was full.  President delivered the message and TMOD took over the mantle. But there was something different in the ambience, audience were fired up.  What was happening? 

How come a Toastmasters Club is over flowing with participants whereas the next door Toastmasters club is gasping for the participants?  This question always comes up in participants mind.   So what is the secret ?  I would say there is one word that separates the two clubs and that word is ENERGY.   Energy differentiates the participation between the two clubs. The energy defines the quality of meetings and participation during the meetings. Now your next questions would be, how do you create energy in the club meetings?  I would share my OPINION on the subject. 

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Toastmasters International has changed many lives.  People who swore to have no talent for public speaking are delivering keynote and motivational speeches.  People who thought it was a waste of time have morphed into DTM’s and persuaded hundred of others to join the forum and people who believed in “I, me and mine”, have been mentoring and helping others to succeed.  What can you expect to learn from Toastmasters Program? As an analogy let me share my five point learning. 

Ripple Effect: It’s never too late when it comes to self development.  Every small or big thing you learn has a ripple effect in other areas of your life.

Parkinson’s Law:   It says that “The demand upon a resource tends to expand to match the supply of the resource.”  Hence, plan your activities with a start and end time and stick to it.  Because activities that have no time measure, will expand to occupy your valuable time. 

B+ : You can choose your friends and choosing positive friends is a blessing in disguise.  You are most productive when you are in the company of positive people, you learn better, perform better and your impact increases by many folds.  B+ and maintain a positive company. 

Pay it forward: Zig Ziggler once said that if you want to succeed in life, help others to succeed.   An old saying also says….. “Teaching is twice learning” So go ahead help others succeed and share your learning with others.

Boomerang effect: Never under estimate the power of motivation, words of encouragement and how they can impact the lives of people.  They cost nothing but have the most impact. Sprinkle your communication with words of encouragement and motivation, because what you give always comes back and it’s called the Boomerang effect. 

And in conclusion, I would share words of Past International President Helen Blanchard, If you get out of Toastmasters all that there is to get out of Toastmastersyoull never get out of the Toastmasters”




Area 25 conducted a Toastmasters workshop at Dubai Men’s college on Oct. 21, 2011.  The workshop was attended by around  “50” participants and comprised “5” sessions including Table Topics, International Speech , Evaluation , Humorous speech and Challenges of 21st century a twist by TM Lalit Bhalla.

Congratulations Alok Singh and your team for a job well done

I firmly believe that Happiness is a state of mind. What it translates into is that you can be happy when you want it, where you want it and if you want it. You do not need an external stimuli to be happy, you need an internal stimuli to be happy now and forever.
But on the contrary the external stimuli helps to create happy moments and makes us realize the value of those happy moments and the proof is; we go to theater, we go to parties and visit nice places . We have laughter club, we have comedy clubs and we have humour clubs to stimulate happiness.
Last Tuesday I attended Dunes and Ace Toastmasters Club joint club meeting wherein the icing on the cake was a Tall Tale educational session by CK Chendil and a Tall Tale by VP Menon.. Indeed it was a treat in Happy moments; watch them in action tickle your funny bone..

You may ask what is special about this meeting of Sept. 9, 2011.  My answers would be many among the following

  1.  This is 9 meeting short of 100th meeting.
  2.  TMOD Tirupathi Rao was attempting the role play for the first time and delivering a sparkling performance.
  3.  Meeting from A to Z  was a medley of words starting with President’s address by acting President TM Ramesh
  4.  Table Topics by TM Raman with books as gifts for every speaker.  There were four speakers including one guest.
  5.  Three veterans Table topics speakers including two DTM’s
  6.  A member leaving Dubai to join his family an emotion filled occasion.
  7.  Two cake cutting ceremonies.
  8.  And all compartmentalized into two and half hour session.
  9.  And foremost an Educational Session by the Birthday Lady, a veteran Toastmaster of six years, a gem by heart who has worked towards providing Kanoo Hak conference room available FOC for numerous Toastmasters meetings; watch her deliver an Educational session.  Watch DTM Usha Udayshankar share her wisdom on getting members for the club.

An educational Sessions was conducted by DTM Royston Fernandes on August 27, 2011 at the joint Toastmasters Meeting for TGIS Club and Karama Toastmasters club in Dubai 



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