專訪2007英語指定演講冠軍游博程/Spotlight on Hubert Yuo
1. You have won several national contests in the past few years. What is your winning strategy?
I will love to categorize it into 3 parts.
1. Find extraordinary from the ordinary. (Content) What I did is to find out what's close to our life and try to redefine it and either give old thing a new meaning or a new thing a familiar explanation As I study lots of world champions, they all have this quality and I found it very useful when I am preparing a speech.
2. Internalize your message. (Delivery) Solomon said it the best: "The most important thing for the international prepared speech contest is to prepare." From the words of the speech to the emotions, every single detail of the delivery has to be programmed into the speaker and become part of him/her. It's more than a speech; it's all about you, delivering what you truly believe in. That's what I call "Internalization."
3. Differeciate your performance. (Contest strategy) "If there are 10 points in the judging criteria," Darren, the 2001 world champ of public speaking said, "you get to find out the 11th point." Yes, when you have an extraordinary message and you internalize it, all you need to do is to maximize your incredible potential and make yourself different. A champion speaker is easily distinguished from the very beginning when he stands on the stage. What makes you think he/she is going to win? That's the thing we are going to find out. Be true to your heart and be different to your speaking art.
2. Since you are the champion in the national contest, have you ever been invited to be coach? Did you encounter any difficulty in the process of coaching? And how did you overcome them?
As a coach, the first thing I want to find out from the trainee is his/her willingness to develop his/her incredible potential and whether they are ready to step out of their comfort zone. To win is never an easy thing and yet it's not so difficult either. There is a saying "it's not because it's difficult that you are afraid to start. It's because you are afraid to start that makes it difficult." Once you make up your mind, there is nothing that can stop your power and willingness to achieve your goals. As a matter of fact, during the coaching process, what we are doing is to maximize our strength and minimize our shortcomings.
Remember, as David brooks said, "never be out-prepared".
There are lots of things that could happen during the process of coaching and I found that the most difficult aspect is when the coach and the trainee have different ideas. Whose opinion should be followed? I say digest what the coach offered and do it YOUR way. It's your message and it’s your speech. A coach is the one who has been there and done that so he will have the insight that you haven't had yet. Listen to the coach for the advice and yet, present it your own way after you digest the suggestions. It's the best combination I could think of. Respect is the only language between a coach and a trainee. As I have always shared, "Success takes time and it's the only thing it takes!!!" Willingness is the key.
3. How did you leverage your winning experience into coaching the contestant?
My strength is stage manner and my body language. I believe I am the inspirational type of speaker. I am good at motivating people but when it comes to emotions, I am not the king. I believe I could offer the part that I am good at and then combine with other speakers' strength. Well, that's the way we learn, isn't it? Byron said, "We, all human beings are all lack of knowledge...... just in different parts." Toastmasters said it the best and that's the beauty of this organization.
4. from a contestant to a coach, which role do you enjoy playing the most, and why?
To be honest, when I am not competing, I would love to be a coach; when I am competing, I would love to have a coach. I enjoy play counter parts in turns. I just don't feel like leaving the world of competing. It's so much fun to be part of the contest and prepare and compete along the way. That's simply the fastest way we can develop our skills in Toastmasters and I do and did benefit greatly from this process. Gradually, I would find out something different about myself. Little by little, I started to enjoy helping other speakers to maximize their potential and make their dreams a reality. It's so nice to lend a helping hand and stretch their skills by coaching and sharing my experiences. There is always a voice inside me, "I think I can, I think I can." I think I can keep developing my own skills to higher levels as a speaker and I think I can keep helping people to fulfill what they think they can do in their Toastmasters training.
5. If any contestant would like to invite you to be his/her coach, will you accept her/his invitation?
I would love to help anyone who is willing to improve their speaking skills. But the question is: what is your ultimate goal in this contest? Lincoln said it the best, “I spent hundreds of nights before I had this over-night success." It's not going to be easy to win a title or trophy in District 67 or at the higher levels. It requires time, energy, and effort devoted to this process. I think the willingness to achieve, whole hearted dedication, and an understanding of sacrifice, might be the biggest challenges for anyone who wants to compete.
6. How to prepare a speech?
As my own philosophy of making speeches, I combine them into 3 letters LAS.
L stands for Letter. Before you do anything, you have to have a passion for it. It’s the same for speech making. What's your life force to support your message? What's the burning desire inside that you are so eager to tell the whole world? All messages need to come from your heart to make it worthwhile for sharing and that's the most important part in delivering a great speech.
A stands for Address. You have a life force. You have your extraordinary message. Internalize your delivery and ask yourself, where do you want to go? What do you want to achieve? To become a district champion? To be an Inter-district champion, or even the International champion? If this is your goal, what would you do afterwards when you win the world championship? What's the ultimate goal in your speaking life? For me, I would love to set a goal that would give me the opportunity to further improve my own skills in public speaking and in helping others willing to learn and to advance themselves. No title, no trophy needed. The only reason I compete is to prove to myself that I can go beyond my own potential. My personal goal is to get a place in the Inter-district contest one day because I always hear that voice in my mind, "I think I can, I think I can..."
S stands for Stamp. Sir Winston Churchill said, "Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts." I have follow this canon in my life. As I mentioned in my championship speech, stick to your goal until you get there! I found it most valuable when people could persevere to the last minute. Many people have talent and they have the vision but seldom do people have this courage to continue and stick to their goal. I would love to wrap up my sharing by offering a quote, Jerry Chen, a distinguished Toastmaster in Taichung once said, "Being a champion would only last a year or so, but remaining a champion will carry you a life time.” And that's truly admirable!
2.表達: 內化你所要傳達的內容。陳立山說得好：準備國際演講比賽最重要的事就是：準備。由演講內容的遣詞用語到情緒的掌握，每個演講的細節，都必須深植演講者內心，直到它內化為演講者的一部份。到最後，這將不只是在台上發表一篇演講而已，而是身為講者的你，與聽眾分享你所真心相信的事。這才是我所謂的 ”內化”。
3. 致勝策略: 創造差異性。2001年世界冠軍曾說：如果在評審的評分標準有10項，你要去找出那第11項。當你有絕妙的內容，而且你也將其吸收內化了，接著你要發揮你的潛力，創造你自己的差異性。一個演講冠軍從一站上講台，就會與眾不同。我們得用心想想，是什麼讓他們與眾不同。發自內心，創造你的巧妙不同。
記得 David Brooks 曾說：不要毫無準備通常指導演講的過程中會有很多的問題，我發現最困難的是當彼此有不同的想法時，到底該聽誰的。我會建議消化吸收教練提供的想法後，以你自己的方式表達。畢竟這是你的比賽及演講。教練通常是較有經驗的，他會提供你無法從自身經驗產生的洞見。聽從教練的意見，內化之後，以自己的方式去表達，是我能提供最佳建議。尊重應該是教練及受訓者之間的唯一語言及共識。就如同我所分享的：成功需要時間，也只需要時間。成功的意願就是關鍵!
S代表Stamp。邱吉爾曾說：成功不是最終章，失敗並不置人於死，最重要的是繼續下去的勇氣。我一直將其謹記在心。在我奪冠的演講中我曾提到，堅持你的目標直到你達成它! 最重要的是能堅持到最後一刻!很多人有潛力，也有目標，但是很少人有勇氣堅持到最後。我將以一句話總結我的經驗，這句話是台中分會DTM Jerry Chen所說：一個年度冠軍的頭銜，你只能擁有一年，但是你要花一輩子的時間，不辱冠軍的頭銜。這才是值得我們敬佩的精神!