Saturday, December 29, 2012

Let Us Talk: A Marvelously Motivating Toastmaster, DTM Mohammed Murad

Interviewed by: Saleh Abdullah Alkhamyasi

The Letters “M” in DTM Mohammed Murad name stands for Marvelous Motivator. His own success story gives you an inspiration that Toastmasters is certainly the hub where leaders are not only made but reborn and reshaped. Between 1996 and now there is a journey through which he sailed from Dubai to the hem of Toastmasters International to be the First Vice President of Toastmasters International.

Read the full interview at 'Let Us Talk'.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas !!!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Early Bird Discount !!! TWO DAYS LEFT !!!

Announcement from DTM Clita

Dear all 
 DTM Clita Veena Crasta
I regret to inform, due to unavoidable circumstances Our Year end Get together which is scheduled for 27th Dec.  is Postponed to 3rd Jan 2013 the venue is same  The AlFalaj  Pool deck 
An Evening with Camp Fire, Entertainment from all 5 areas for Hr. Games, dance and Music then for a lovely dinner.
Having it in Jan, we wish to have more people who are gone on vacation then come back and we will have more participation from all the areas.
The highest no of participants from an area registered before the 29th Dec (paid and confirmed) to the President Or Area Governor and names given to me Or TM Nantha kumar by above mentioned People will be given a spl. Prize to the club and to the Area Governor.
I hope you will support me and Participate whole heartily. I still require your support in getting the sponsorship and I hope you will help me.
Join as One Big family Toastmasters, Div D.
Wishing you all a blessed Christmas and a very Happy New year 
Clita Veena Crasta, DTM
VP Membership - DSTM Club
I. P. Area Governor - Area 67, Division: D, District: 20 
Chartered Member of Distinguished Speakers Toastmaster Club (DSTM)
Founder President of DSTM Club
Club: 1426419, Area: 64, Division: D, District: 20
Chartered Member, ABC Toastmasters Club
Club: 1353103, Area: 67, Division: D, District: 20
(GSM) +968 96254753

Ray Toastmasters Club: Great Going !!!

It is great to see a club chartered on the 30th of September 2012 have 5 speakers doing their project 2 for the next session. It is only because of the great dedication & motivation of the Mentors, TM Harwin and TM Jyothivas who have trained the members of Ray Toastmasters Club so well. TM Ahsan Jalal, the President and Sponsor of the Club is also a great leader for the club.
Keep up the good work !!!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Let Us Talk: Embracing Life with a Deft Touch of Humor

Let us Talk, approached the multitalented DTM Harish to share a moment of reflection on his long years of being a dedicated toastmaster. He welcomed the idea and the dialogue with him was transparent, focused and enriching. Our conversation with him touched upon so many issues and delved to different directions that are weaved with a common thread that is toastmasters.

DTM Harish Bilgi
Click here to visit Let us Talk

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Congratulating Omantel Competent Communicators

Congratulating Omantel Competent Communicators
TM Sheikha  Alhajri  the VPPR at Omantel Toastmasters Club has informed the  division PRO team  that this month two of Omantel Toastmasters members have reached the finish line of their competent communicator journey they are:
·         VP education TM Sabah Alismaili
·         Sergeant AT Arms TM Hala Al-Balushi
Their dedication, commitment and persevering spirit made them pull on and carry their mission forward. 
Our heartfelt congratulation for both of these dedicated toastmasters. We wish them continued progress and eve lasting success.  Enjoy the fruitful results of being a Toastmaster, where leaders are made.


Saturday, December 15, 2012

Areas Contests. The Gate to OTAC 2013

After the sensational second round of the club officers training and the accommodating OTAC  2013 presentation which made the door wide open for everyone who wishes to exhibit his or her talents in organizing an event of such magnitude, AG Education & Training DTM G.S. Punn revealed that the dates for the areas contests have been already set as highlighted below:

Area 67                      22 February, 2013
Area 6                        1st March, 2013

Area 64                       7th March, 2013
Area 4                         15th March, 2013
Area   65                      22 March, 2013

DTM Punn reiterated that Judges training will take place on the 11th of January 2013 and the rest of the preparation is in full swing. He stated that OTAC 2013 will certainly be an accommodating extravaganza where all those who want to be part of this annual procession are welcome and we will accommodate their expertise in the right committee to make their strengths shine and reflect their true capabilities. 

The aim is to showcase that together we can make a huge difference. Our Division has a diverse panorama of talents and if the members give themselves a chance such an opportunity will certainly enrich their experience. In the process all of us will focus on touch to transform and make toastmasters a feasible educational vehicle to empower people to own their personal development & growth.

DTM Punn highlighted that with the areas contests dates set aside, such stations will empower the winners to travel to  OTAC  and the gate will awaits the champions and celebrate their arrival to the finish line with flying colours.  OTAC will provide those champions a chance to orchestrate another epic of success. 

DTM concluded as the year is coming to an end I want to thank all those who made the first half a fruitful and rewarding experience. He wished the members and their family members a happy new year.


Click here to view all pictures from the event.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Ram’s Affinity to NTI Advanced Toastmasters

TM Ram Narayanan has sent us his feedback on an experience he enjoyed at NTI Advanced Toastmasters. No wonder the impact was so positive for TM Ram, this club is credited of having many DTMs and scores of seasoned toastmasters who are consistently raising the par and make sure that the club was born to last. They are positioning the club as a hub where you can see the change you want to be.  It is worth mentioning that this club meets every 2nd & 4th Monday of the month at NTI Building Alkhuwair from 7:30- 9:00 PM. In a telephone conversation with the club VP membership TM Girish Kumar revealed that this club welcomes all those who have finished CC and eager to take their experience to greater heights. All members are focused on creating that mutually supportive and positive learning environment. The formula at NTI advanced Toastmasters is a blend of thought provoking, innovation and humorous atmosphere. The club is initiating its New Year agenda with a session that will slip you off your feet and make you longing to join the wagon of such stars. It is scheduled on 14th of January 2013. Below is the attestation of TM Ram:

TM Ramu Narayan

Dear Fellow Toastmasters,

three things happened yesterday evening:

1. I decided to buy an Amazone kindle (am sure many of you are already converts) and so much inspired to accept this form of e reading. The benefits are many: it is easy to carry,    you can store numerous titles of your interest, you can immediately check the meaning of a word, get synonyms and related words for them. Download instantly, no waiting period. Pay much less for knowledge, information and content. Easy to carry. No risk of loan-request from visitors.

2. I learned some communication techniques in handling a crisis by way of facing an hostile audience. Some disarming techniques.

3. An interesting analysis of how accidents happen, cost involved and what can effectively be done to minimize them or to contribute personally to educate the motorist community)

The point I am trying to make is: I had a pleasant experience of attending NTI toastmasters Advance club meeting and had the opportunity of listening to TM Gurbinder (KINDLE propagator ),  TM Girish (pacifier of hostile audience)  and TM Yasser (analyst, strategist for road safety)

Many years' learning of effective communication was at display by these experienced toastmasters.

 The two hours I spent was a good investment of time and a great learning opportunity as a Toastmaster, so as to be awed by effective evaluators and powerful table topics speakers.

I hope meetings of this genre happens often.



Monday, December 10, 2012

DTAC 2013 - Time for action

Dear Presidents & Vice President Education (Division D),
Good morning. Less than 15 days to go for the Early Bird Discount.
Request you not to miss the opportunity – wonderful Dubai, great DTAC 2013 and an the gift of networking with your fellow Toastmasters – all this with a payment of just AED 550/- for registration.
To make things easier, we wish that you go and register online but if you cannot, just send the funds either through cash or through Western Union addressed in my name with my phone number – all we need from you is a mail with telephone number and email address with the scanned version of the Western Union receipt. If you wish to coordinate for bulk registrations within your club, please do so and send me one remittance with list of people so that we can do the registration formalities for  you.
Remember this is a great opportunity at such a low price – Do not miss it. Last date is 25th December 2012 and shall not be extended further.
Dear Area Governors / Division Governor,
Appreciate if you could spread this message and also help the clubs with their individual / bulk registrations. Not to forget your own personal registrations too.
DTM Nagabhushan Balaji
Chairman – DTAC 2013

Sunday, December 9, 2012

OTAC 2013 Opportunities

Dear Toastmaster Club Presidents & VP Education,

Welcome to the Contest Season 2013.

The objective of this mail to set up the framework for our Annual Event Oman Toastmasters Annual Convention also known as Division Contest or OTAC.

I had made a presentation at the Club Officers Training on 7th Dec, on OTAC 2013. The same is attached herewith for sharing with your club members. 

We request you also to photocopy and circulate the attached Nomination form for leadership roles at OTAC 2013. 

Very soon we will contact you to collect the names and details of your members, who would like to support the event as Organising Committee Chairman or members. 

Friends OTAC 2013 is our oppurtunity to practice leadership and excellence. 

I will be speaking to you in the next few days and look forward to your support.

Best Regards,

Gurbinder S Punn, DTM ADG E&T

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

1+1 Membership Drive

December 3, 2012
Dear Fellow Toastmasters,
It is with much enthusiasm that I share with you an idea to grow and strengthen our globally inspired organization. I've been a Toastmaster for more than 22 years, and throughout that time, I have introduced Toastmasters' programs to my family, colleagues and countless friends. In fact, many of the people that I referred have experienced tremendous growth in their professional and personal lives, due in part to the skills they gained as a Toastmaster. I believe that every individual can enrich their lives through Toastmasters, and Toastmasters can be enriched by having more members and diverse perspectives.
DTM John Lau
International President
For this reason, we have created the 1+1 campaign. When a member invites a friend and encourages them to join, the member grows, the friend grows and Toastmasters International grows.
I invite you to watch this video, to help you better understand the program and how you can participate and benefit.
Today, Toastmasters International is more than a quarter of a million members strong, but together we can grow and cultivate the next generation of great leaders and communicators.
To learn more about the 1+1 campaign and how members, clubs and districts can participate and be rewarded, please visit I am confident that you will make a positive difference in the lives of those that you've encouraged to join Toastmasters.
John Lau, DTM
International President

Monday, December 3, 2012

Division D Club Officers Training

Division D is pleased to announce that it will be conducting the Club Officers Training on Friday, December 7, 2012. These training events have always been a forum where ideas are exhanged and the officers initiated into the various roles they perform within their club framework. Division D boasts of a vibrant and experienced Toastmaster community where the exchange of knowledge and ideas is the staple diet.

Please note the following:

There will be 7 training sessions, one for each Officer Role.
The sessions will be of 90 minutes each.
The sessions will commence from 3 PM at NTI, Al Khuwair
The training will be in English, conducted by senior Toastmasters.
All current club officers should attend the training. (A minimum of 4 officers per club must attend to qualify for DCP point).
The officer should attend the training for the position that he is currently holding in the club. eg: President attends President's training and VP Education attends VP Education training.
The training is not open to Non Current Club Officers.
There will be a token contribution of 1 Rials.

For any clarifications please feel free to contact ADG Ed and Trg, DTM Punn at email id :, or call # 9933 5418

Area 65 Debate Competition

Saturday, December 1, 2012

We Salute our Achieving Area Governors

The mesmerizing breeze of Muscat did not energize our soul to initiate a more productive Saturday but it has also brought us the news of triumph. Yes our Area Governors nailed their targets to bring home the glory. Our champions positioned the division where it belongs. Their hard work, consistent follow up and active encouragement has certainly empowered Division D to join the wagon of the elite group. Their frequent visits to their respective clubs made it possible to achieve 100% compliance in logging the Area Governor's club visit reports.

Division D Area Governors

Kudos to our leaders par excellence. We are really proud of you and pledge to put more efforts to stretch ourselves to showcase the real talents of Division D the home of the Dynamic Doers.

With her usual motivational touch the LG Marketing Subha Anupindi  congratulated the Division Governor and all the Area Governors for their Marvelous achievements and commendable go getter spirits. She stated that “Just before the clock struck 12:00 p.m. at WHQ in San Deigo, Division D joined the elite group. To cherish this memorable moment I want to say Alf  Mabrouk to Division Governor and all Area Governors &  in Division D for their Magic Touch.”
LG Marketing Subha Anupindi
Friends, Wow what a show! Let us narrate to the rest of the Divisions and districts that the best is yet to come. We at Division D can dream it, belief it and do it with a standing ovation.

Let Us Talk: Leading with Human Touch

The charming aspects of talking with ACB – ALB DR.K.GURU RAJA RAO is that you enjoy a pleasant and thought provoking conversation sprinkled with a deft touch of humor. His natural smile makes the prevailing situation conducive and set for a positive and supportive learning atmosphere. He has a unique style of connecting with people. Those who had the pleasure of his acquaintance know that he is humble, simple and fun to be around. However, his humbleness did not deprive him the joy of nurturing a dream and aspires in a slow but steady manner to make it a tangible reality. Recently he has added a new feather by being awarded a PhD in Business Administration.


Division PRO TM Saleh al Khamyasi engages Dr. Guru Raja Rao in an insightful interview which features in the weekly 'Let Us Talk' section of the blog.

Click here to visit 'Let us Talk'

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Heartfelt Condolences

On behalf of the Division D team and the entire Toastmaster community, we give our heartfelt condolences to TM Nasser Al Gheilani, New Tracks Toastmasters, on the passing of his cousin. We pray to the Almighty to rest his soul in his Heavenly Kingdom, and give strength and patience to Nasser and his Family

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Let Us Talk: Rejoicing the Gift of Toastmasters Together

Alex & Clita Crasta are husband and wife toastmasters. Seeing them together serving with conviction and zeal makes you feel the harmony toastmasters as a catalyst of personal growth introduces in one’s life. Both of these love birds flit like a butterfly all over the clubs with their servant leadership spirits. 

Visit Let us Talk as Division PRO TM Saleh al Khamyasi quizzes the couple on their experience as Toastmasters.

Visit Let us Talk to read the interview

Monday, November 19, 2012

Heartfelt Condolences

On behalf of the Division D team and the entire Toastmaster community, we give our heartfelt condolences to TM Mohammed Ashfaq, President, VP Membership SBAG Toastmasters, on the passing of his step-mother. We pray to the Almighty to rest her soul in his Heavenly Kingdom, and give strength and patience to Mohammed and his Family.

Heartfelt Condolences

On behalf of the Division D team and the entire Toastmaster community, we give our heartfelt condolences to TM Nahil Hilal, President, MB Petroleum Toastmasters, on the passing of three of his relatives. We pray to the Almighty to rest their souls in his Heavenly Kingdom, and give strength and patience to Nahil and his Family.

Khimji Toastmasters Newsletter: KTMusings Vol.1 Issue.2

The Taste of Achievements

Dear Proactive Leaders,
Please join me in congratulating DTM Abdullah Ali Almahdi of Al Qurain Club No 5344 Area 29, Division G for earning his DTM title November 14, 2012 for the third time!!!  =D> applause=D> applause=D> applause
On another note, the following are LGET Awards which require completion  by December 31, 2012:
The "Club DRP Award" The Club should earn 6/10 DCP points -Recipients:  Club and members
The "Club Fast Tracked Communicator Award" The Club would have uploaded 4 CCs with TMI by December 31, 2012 -Recipients: CC title Holders
I can't wait to know who are the clubs and the CC title holders who will receive the above LGET Awards!!!
Leaders, please pass this on to the Club Excom.
Best regards,
Maria Victoria Ferrer, DTM, MDC
Lt Governor for Education and Training
District 20

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