I lived in the
United States for more than 20 years, and I moved back to Taiwan in
Upon my husband Webster Kiang’s request, he was already a DTM then, I
joined the Toastmasters family in April 1, 2009.
I received my DTM in
July 2, 2012. Many friends asked me how did I do it to get my DTM so
soon. I told them, I am a person who is a lifetime learner and I always
want to try my best.
During those four
years, I have visited more than 30 clubs and delivered 100+ speeches.
The most useful tool I used is the recorder, not only I recorded my own
speeches, I also record other member’s speech and evaluation. This
process makes me a better evaluator and also a better speaker.
I am a MBA with many many year experiences as a controller for some
major firms, then I work as a financial planner after my husband moved
back to Taiwan in 1993. Public speaking is not a new toy to me, I used
to give a seminar to teach people how to manage their financial assets
and also plan their trust paper works.
But, frankly speaking, I never really spent time to study it or to work
toward how to become a better speaker. A couple days ago, I was trying
to organized my Toastmaster Manuals and found my first C1 book (I did 4
CC so far) I can see the differences between Caroline then and Caroline
now. I cannot say I am very good on public speaking now, but I do get
quite a few invitations from associations and universities asking me to
their facilities to give some educational lecture.
I am very grateful to my husband, Webster, who knew this is the subject
I liked and give me a chance to fulfill one of my dreams.
As to the leadership training, I took the role of EVP immediately after
I joined Happy Toastmasters Club, then I moved up to the president of
TTY club. On July 1, 2011, I took over the role as area A4 governor, I
told myself, I will do the best and get the president area designation.
Not until May 2012, I noticed that we are one CC short to be
presidential distinguished, after I called all the president of my area,
they told me: ” Caroline, there is no way we can do a CC in one month.”
With no other choice, I decided to do it my self.
At that time, I have bought
an airline ticket to the US to visit my kids on June 19. I finished 6
speeches in Taipei. I made my mind that I would call 4 clubs in three
states in US (Calif, Iowa, and Illinois) asking them if they could give
me 5-7 minutes time to deliver a speech. Everything was planned so good
but one week before I took the trip, I fell when I played tennis and
twisted my angle and it was swollen.
I was wheeled to the
aircraft. For the next few weeks, I suffered pain and use GPS trying
driving around the city to find the clubs that I have to give speeches.
I finally got the additional CC and received three best speaker awards
from those clubs I visited in USA.
The invisible wings help me to overcome my frustration, my weakness,
there is always a sound by my ear told me: “as long as there is a
slightest chance, do not give up”.
I appreciate the friendship among the Toastmasters family. Especially
for a person like me just moved back from another country to this new
and familiar land.
I especially appreciate
those who support me during my campaign for Lt. Governor-Marketing, they
told me:’Caroline, 加油！
We support you.“
As usual, I will do my best
to serve this lifetime-learning, non-profit, educational, great