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  傑出會員回顧 - 張可芸  
 

有志者事竟成
There is a will, there is a way.

我在美國住了二十多年,200812月我搬回台灣。

在我先生江偉平的介紹下,2009年四月我加入了演講會的大家庭。在當時他已經拿到了他的傑出會員獎牌。

2012年七月二日我接獲了傑出會員的證書。很多朋友問我如何能在如此短的時間內拿到傑出會員證書?除了在我家裡有位很棒的老師外,因為我樂於學習而且我永遠在追求卓越。


Caroline Kiang
張可芸
2012.07.02.


在過去的三年多的日子裡,我拜訪了三十多個分會,也發表了上百篇的演說。在這段學習的過程中,我發現把自己和別人的演講錄音下來是最快的學習方法,這個方法使我不但在演講技巧上有長足的進步也使我的講評職務更能稱職。

我的學位是企管碩士,做了十八年財務長,在我先生先決定回國服務後,我轉業到財務規劃的工作,以便能常回台灣探親。演講對我來說並不是一個新的挑戰,以前我也常開班教授財務規劃以及信託的方法及理論。

但是坦白地說我真的沒花過時間研究如何可以把演講變得更精彩。前幾天我將我的第一講初試啼聲拿出來一看,我真的進步很多,目前我已經完成四次中階演講手冊。也因為我的演講我才有機會被邀請至文化大學和世新大學講課。

我真的很感謝我的先生,我從小就喜歡畫畫和演講,他讓我美夢成真。

至於領導部分,我一直深信做中學,有奉獻才有收獲,我從教育副會長,會長,區總監一直到部總監,我都盡心盡力把我的工作做好,在我擔任區總監時,我發現我們的區只差一個CC 就可以拿到總會長獎的區,區內的每個分會都告訴我只剩一個月不可能再完成了,我決定事情沒到最後關頭絕不輕言放棄,在台灣完成了六講,我已經訂好了機票去美國看兒子,女兒,也和美國的四個分會講好,我到他們的會裡完成另外四講。很不幸的在出發前一個星期,我在打網球時跳起來殺球而摔倒了,右腳腫起一處,不能行走,當時我腦中想的是完了,CC 飛了。

但是在我耳邊響起:事情沒到最後關頭絕不輕言放棄,用輪椅推進了華航的機艙。我租的車裡掛著GPS, 忍著腳痛,四場演講我得到了三個最佳演講員。當時我的第十講的題目就是:有志者事竟成。我們區成功了,是台灣當年唯一拿到總會長獎的區。

在我擔任 A 部總監時,我們部有二十個分會其中有十九個分會拿到傑出分會,我想在 D67 的歷史上也算是一個記錄吧!

參加演講會這麼多年來,我感謝所有的會員給我熱情的友誼,尤其是對一個剛從國外搬回台彎,有點寂莫而沒有太多朋友的新會員。在此,我願意承諾用我的餘生來幫助和推廣演講會,這是一個值得每位有志終生學習的人最好的社團。


I lived in the United States for more than 20 years, and I moved back to Taiwan in December 2008.

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 organization.