The 161st Meeting of Islamabad Toastmasters Club was held on 1st November, 2011 at 1830hours at ITC, Lok Virsa Islamabad. The theme of the Meeting was FLY HIGH and word of the meeting was ZENITH meaning top, apex, and pinnacle. The meeting turned to be very interesting, funny and humorous when every participant enjoyed the meeting with the using different terms and jargons FLYING, FLIGHTS, AIRLINES and Aiming High in order to reach at zenith of one’s career.
The 161st flight (meeting) of Islamabad Toastmasters Club took off on right on time when Sergeant at Arms announced the opening of meeting. He started the meeting with motto of ITC : For better listening, for better thinking, for better speaking, We learn by doing. Toastmaster Muhmmad Siddique being a Senior Captain of the ITC flight presided over the meeting and welcomed members and guests. He emphasized the importance of flying high and aiming high. (It is worth mentioning that President of Islamabad Toastmasters Club TM Sajjad Ahmad has taken flight to Malaysia last night on business trip and is now above the actual altitude of Islamabad Toastmasters Club). TM Muhammad Siddique introduced the Toastmasters of the evening and invited TM Soomro to take the flight to the speaking destination.
TM Soomro started the session with his inspirational story on EAGLE, CHICKENS AND FLYING HIGH. The opening remarks on the theme set the stage for all the toastmasters to be more energetic, lively and vibrant during the meeting. TME introduced the different segments of the meeting Table Topics speeches, Prepared Speeches and Evaluations. After brief overview on segments, He asked his Cabin Crew: Role players to introduce themselves and how they would be serving the members/guests like passengers on the board. TM Umar Farooq was controlling the words signals and played the role of Grammarian, TM Haleema was Word Master of word Zenith, TM Tariq Mahmood was controlling the traffic of Ahs, Ahms and crunch words as Ah-counter, TM Imran Pervez with different lights was guiding the pilot, captain and all the participants/passengers to manage time, TM Imran-ul-Haq was distributing and collecting the voting slips as Vote Counter to reward best performers.
Further, Vibrant and Dynamic TM of ITC, TM Muhammad Bashir Khan took over the control of the flight as Table Topics Master and amuse/entertain/give challenge of different topics to the toastmasters. He covered 12 TM under the challenge of table topics i.e TM Usman Gulzari, TM Muhammad Siddique, TM Haleema, DTM Akbar Jan Marwat, TM Ms. Saria Pervez, TM Imran ul Haq, TM Waqas Ahmad, TM Shan Muhammad, TM Tariq Muhammad, TM Umar Farooq, Guest Asad and Guest Usman. All the speeches were very enlightening and vivacious specially speech of Guest Usman who spoke on “Godforbidden, If you have one day before you die, who will you prefer to meet first and why”. Maintaining the tradition of networking and light refreshments on the board, TME announced the short break.
TM Soomro resumed the segment like connecting the flight towards destination of Prepared Speeches. There was only one prepared speech by a debut speaker TM Saria Pervez. She broke the ice, in very impressive and wonderful way by grabbing the attention of audience by sharing about herself, her inner power drawn in result of her zodiac sign Gemini. It proved as striking opening of her speaking travel towards the destination of Competent Communication. As there were no more prepared Speakers, TM Javed Iqbal shared some thoughts on importance of Ah-Counter by referring the article in latest Toastmasters Magazine. TM Muhammad Siddique played the role of humorous of the meeting and shared a role on funny travel by an American, French and Pakistani. TM Mian Ramzan was inspiration master and shared the story behind benson & hedges success. He seemed very inspired and loyal to brand also by showing Benson & Hedges packet very dramtically taken out from his pocket of jacket.
Than it was time to pack and conclude the session with very fruitful Evaluation Session. TM Sahban Zafar deserved praise as he shared instructions and importance of Evaluations helping every member to land safely and happy. He evaluated overall meeting in very professional way and took help from TM Javed Iqbal to evaluate the Table Topics Session. It seemed very though for TM Javed Iqbal to evaluate 12 Speakers in 2 minutes but he did it efficiently. One and Only DTM, DTM Akbar Jan Marwat evaluated the speech of TM Saira Pervez very effectively and wished her to fly high on the journey of public speaking. Finally members of cabin crew/all the role players shared their reports along with findings and recommendations.
TM Muhammad Siddique distributed the awards to the best performers with the help of Vote Counter TM Imran-ul-Haq and declared Guest Usman as Best Table Topics Speaker, TM Saira Pervez as Prepared Speaker, DTM Akbar Jan as Best Evaluator and TM Soomro as Big-3. The Guests Asad and Usman shared their overall comments about meeting and Guest Asad took the boarding card for ITC and became the regular member for onwards.
Finally, a voting was done and was decided that the Meeting on 8th November 2011 (Tuesday) would not happen due to Eid Holidays. The meeting ended with advance Eid wishes and vote of thanks to and from the TM Muhammad Siddique, VP Education.