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專訪2006年英語演講冠軍吳紀澤/Spotlight on Frankie Wu

1. In 2006, you represented District 67 to run for the International English Speech Contest in the States. From a district level contest to an international one, what are the differences and what do you consider the most valuable benefits to this international contest journey? What or whom impressed you the most?  

 

Frankie Wu: The most valuable thing is to get to meet so many people. During and after the contest I had many chances to meet and learn from members from different clubs, to receive advises from and to interacted with senior members. This process broadened my views at large. I also learned that a good speech doesn't have to be "big" stories, like advising people how to live their lives or how to overcome difficulties. Small, personal stories about love, family or friendship can be just as good and inspirational. It's just the way how you try to impress the audience. 

 

The biggest difference between the district and inter-district speech contest is the audience, though the district contest had larger audience. When the International President and other Toastmasters bigwigs are your audience, it was difficult to manage the nervousness. But finally when I stood on the stage, I just had to let it go, and the pressure's just gone.  

 

The thing that impressed me the most was meeting the previous world champions of public speaking, like Randy Harvey, Ed Tate, and Lance Miller. They are truly outstanding speakers.  
 

2. In the process of developing your story, did you encounter some difficulties? What would you do to make the content of your speech acceptable by the audience?  
 

Frankie: First of all I would like to share my experience prior to joining the speech contest that inspired me the most. I joined Toastmasters in September 2004 while during the first year I really didn't have any idea about how to create a "good" speech, so my C1 to C5 speeches are pretty much "flat" and descriptive, not inspirational. The turning point about my Toastmasters career started from the Fall Convention in 2005, which I joined.  I witnessed the performance of the contestants in the humorous speech contest.  I realized that delivering a speech is so much about telling a story, within which the messages and ideas were embedded and delivered effectively.  It is more effective than telling people what they should do directly. I think this is the first step forward in my learning process in the Toastmasters.  
 

My speech for the contest was originally my C6 speech.  I was confident in the laughters that worked well in my first attempt, in club, area and division contests. The humor also contained the ideas I would like the audience to understand. My struggle actually started after the division contest, when someone suggested that my speech was not informative enough and I should create something that gives people more meaningful information and suggestions.  I tried to add something and adjusted the speech, which is another learning process. Sometimes I add some words or sentences, then I read with different tones or speed, tried to feel the different effects. I think it's a good way to build up skills and your own delivery style.  
 

3. Do you have any coach to help you when you joined the contest? Who are they? And how did you work together to win? What were your winning strategies?  
 

Frankie: Two members coached and helped me in a great deal. Solomon Chen was the IPP of Wheelers TM club and he was the champion in the 2005 speech contest. William Yang was a former member of Wheelers. He is a very talented member and has been very active in many TM events. 

 

Special thank to them for their suggestions and support. They watched and timed my delivery, suggested ways to improve my time control, speaking tones and speed, hand gesture, body movements, and even facial expressions. They advised me that for a district level speech contest, everything needs to be precise --- speaking fast or slow, up or down, where you stand and where you look at... mind the details.  
 

Other fellow members like Claire Chen , Angela Hsu, Vence Wan, Cory Chen, Jessica and Jane, gave me great support too.  
 

I would also like to thank Hubert Yu, a great speaker and 2007 district champion who represented for inter-district speech contest. He was my competitor in the area level contest, but after that he had been a great supporter and helper of mine. He's truly an amazing Toastmaster, young, energetic and passionate. He deserves the 2007 Championship award.  
 

Finally, my strategy was very simple. First, get a good speech script, then all you need is to practice and practice, realistically or mentally, so you can practice anytime. The most important thing is to remain passionate. Sometimes you'd be so fed up with the speech, coz you've probably done for over 100 times including rehearsals. It is essential to Keep that passion so audience will feel the performance is as fresh as a virgin show.  

 

4. Any advice for those who would like to join a contest?  
 

Frankie: For members who would like to join a speech contest, I have 3 suggestions:

 

 

  • Use the manual effectively: to create a good contest speech, the skills you learn from C1 to C6 are just enough, like body movements, vocal variety and get to the point, but use them more effectively and be flexible. Those skills you use need to be fitting in with your speech, not the other way around.

     

  • Learn from other good speakers: Acquire the DVDs of the past speech contests, especially the international ones. Focus on the way of their delivery, how they organize a speech, laughters and twisters, and the primary messages they want to deliver.

     

  • Practice and learn from the responses from the audience. Practice is the only way to improve, and I would never understate its importance.
    While advices from other people helps you improve and helps you learn what your strengths and weaknesses, but remember, it's still your speech.  You need to be very comfortable with the content.   Sometimes people get confused by too many suggestions and they finally lose their focus. Stayed focused. If you're really confident about something but someone has opinion about that, seek opinion from others.  If everybody says so then you may consider to adjust. But finally you need to be comfortable with the overall content. Don't need to be compromised on every opinions.

     

5. Since you have won the national champion, do you have any goal for your next level learning in Toastmasters?  

 

Frankie: After completing my C10 speech I left Toastmasters for a year now as I have been in a career change. But I'll definitely come back to the Toastmasters family and start all over again in the future. 
 

1.      你代表台灣總會參加2006年在美國舉行的國際英文演講比賽。從參加台灣區的比賽到參加國際性的比賽,兩者有何不同?你認為參加此次國際級比賽最寶貴的收穫為何?何事或何人最令你印象深刻?

答:我覺得最寶貴的事是遇見許多人。在比賽期間及比賽後,我有機見到許多來自世界各地不同分會的會員並向他們學習,同時也收到許多資深會員對我的演講给予寳貴的建議,並與他們互動。這個過程大開了我的眼界。我同時也學習到,一個精彩的演講,其實不必講很「深」的故事,像是勸勉人如何生活,或如何克服困難。其實一些有關於愛、家庭與友情的個人故事同樣的精彩與發人深省!簡單的說,就是如何讓觀眾感動!

兩個比賽最大的不同在於觀眾,雖然台灣區的比賽觀眾比較多。當世界總會會長與其他世界總會的一些要角們成為你的觀眾時,很難控制你的緊張!但最後當我站在講台上時,我只有把一切情緒都放下,緊張的壓力自然都消失了!

我最感動的事是能遇見一些過去的世界演講冠軍如
Randy Harvey, Ed TateLance Millers等人。他們真的演說家!  
 

2.      在你準備演講稿內容的過程中,是否曾遭遇一些困難?你如何使演講的內容讓觀眾接受? 


答:首先我想分享在我參加演講比賽前讓我啟示良多的經驗。在我
2004年九月加入演講協會的第一年中,我完全不知道如何發揮創意而作一次精彩的演講,因此我的C1C5的演講都是相當平淡的敘述,完全沒有啟發性。我演講會生涯的轉折點是由我參加2005年秋季大會開始。在我目睹幽默演講比賽參賽者的優異表現後,我明白作一場演說就像講一個故事,而所要表達的信息與想法就隱含在這故事之中有效的呈現出來。這比直接告訴人們應該怎麼作更有效力!我想這是我在國際演講會學習過程中向前跨出的第一步。

我在台灣區總會演講比賽所講的內容原是我的C6演講。我對這篇演講在分會、區與部的比賽中首次想要製造笑聲時,引發不錯的效果,令我很有信心!而在這幽默中也包含我想要向觀眾傳達的一些想法。我內心的掙扎實際上始於分部的比賽之後,當時有人認為我的演講內容知識性不足,同時我應該創造一些內容能給予觀眾更多有意義的訊息與建議。隨後我嘗試加了些東西並調整演講的內容,這對我而言是另一學習的過程。有時我加了幾個字或句子,然後用不同的聲調或速度朗讀,想要感受不同的效果。我認為這是一個很好增進演講技巧與個人建立演講風格的作法。  
 

3.      當你在參加比賽時有沒有任何教練的協助?他們是誰?你們如何一起合作取得勝利?你們致勝的策略為何?

答:有兩位會友對我輔導與協助良多。他們分別是飛輪演講會的前任會長也是2005年的台灣區英文演講冠軍陳立山。另一位是飛輪演講會的前會友楊孝仲,他是位才揚溢並對許多演講會活動積極參與的會友。

我特別感謝他們兩位因為他們給了我許多寶貴的意見,並一路支持我。他們觀察我的演講並計時,同時對我的時間控制、聲調與速度、手勢、肢體動作甚至面部表情都提出改進的建議。他們也提醒我,對總會層級的演講比賽而言,要精確的注意到每一個細節,諸如演講的快或慢、聲調的高或低、站的位置與看的方向等。  
 

我還要感謝其他會員,包括Claire Chen, Angela Hsu, Vence Wan, Cory Chen, Jessica Jane,他們都大力的支持我。我也要感謝游博程會友。他是一位非常卓越的演講者同時是2007年的台灣區總冠軍,並代表本區參加世界總會的演講比賽。曾是我在分區比賽時的競爭對手的他,在比賽後反成為我最有力的支持者與協助者。他真是位很棒的會友,年青、充滿活力與熱情。他贏得2007年的演講冠軍真是實至名歸!  
 

最後我要說,我的策略實在很簡單。首先要準備一篇好的演講稿,然後你須不斷的演練,無論是實際上或精神上的演練,如此一來你就可以隨時不斷的練習。最重要的是能保有一份對演講的熱情。有時你會對講演感到厭煩,因為你已經反覆演練超過一百次以上了!保有這份熱情極為重要,這樣觀眾會感受到你演講的表現仍然像處女秀一樣的精采!  
 

4.      請問你對想要參加演講比賽的會友們有什麼忠告?

答:對想要參加演講比賽的會友們我有三點建議:  
 

第一,有效的運用演講手冊:要創造出一個好的比賽演講,其實你在演講手冊中C1C6所學到的技巧就夠用了,諸如肢體語言、聲調變化與言之有物等,但要更有效率及彈性的運用它們。你運用的這些演講技巧與演講要作好相互的搭配,而不是用演講來搭配演講技巧!  
 

其次,向其他優秀的講者學習:觀賞過去的演講比賽,特別是國際級演講比賽的DVD。專注在講者的演講技巧、如何組織內容、製造笑料與轉折及如何在演講中傳達主要的訊息。
 

第三,以觀眾的反應作為練習與學習的參考;演練是進步的唯一方法,絕對不要低估演練的重要性。雖然旁人的建議可以幫助你進步,並明白自己的優缺點,但請記住,這仍是你的演講。你須對內容感到自在。有時演講者對許多旁人的建議會感到盲然而不知所從,最終失去該掌握的重點!你必須有所為也有所不為。倘若你真的對你要表達的內容充滿信心,但某人對此內容有些意見,這時你該尋求其他人的看法。如果每個人都認為如此,這時你就應該考慮有所調整。但最終你必須對整體的內容滿有信心,不須要對每個意見妥協。  
 

5.      在得到全國冠軍後,你是否有任何下一個階段在演講會學習的目標?

答:因為工作的轉變,在完成C10演講後,我離開了演講會近一年。但未來我肯定會回到演講會的大家庭,重新開始學習。  

 

 

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