似夢還真-記2008年春季大會/A Dream Reality: 2008 Spring Convention
As a member of the editing team for Toastmasters Times who is responsible for observing the general performance of the Spring Convention 2008, I am supposed to be objective. However, since I am also a member of the Convention Committee and have been involved too much in the preparation to watch it with detachment. I am afraid there might be more whitewash than truth in my comments. If you happen to be the one who feels this way, accept my apology for loving the convention too much to say anything negative about it.
In the morning of the first day of the two-day convention, a brilliant, handsome, goal-oriented, young entrepreneur and public speaker was invited to hold the first workshop. He is Rory Vaden, 1 runner-up of the 2007 Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking. I didn’t expect to see such a disciplined and healthy young man. I must confess that when he was delivering his speeches, I was not able to concentrate on his contents. His speaking style, a combination of precision and spontaneity, made an old woman like me almost forget my age and fall in love right away. Mr. Vaden gave a set of his products to our District, which I’ll certainly will take a look to make up for what I have missed during the Convention. The other two speeches from Mr. Vaden were just as fascinating and his awesome performances as distracting.
If Rory was the only attraction, I wouldn’t consider the Spring Convention so memorable and lovely. All the contestants, both in Table Topics and Prepared Speech, either senior or junior TMs, showed the best of themselves. Through constant practice, these experienced regular prize-winners delivered their speeches almost with perfection. On the other hand, those who laid their feet on the national stage the first time were not at all daunted in the face of those seasoned speakers. They were as fresh and lovely as newly blossomed trees. Sincerity far outweighed their skills, which made the speeches even more adorable to watch.
Last but not least, in the dinner party, some of the heavy weighted TMs, such as both our Convention Chairs, Dr. Jap and Trini Ding, along with our incoming District Gov. Marian Hsiao, mingled with new and young members, dancing and laughing on stage to entertain all the participants, driving the atmosphere to its highest! We can’t thank them more for their sacrifices and for doing so much to make this Convention “a dreamy reality!”
If you really want me to say anything negative about the Convention, I would like to point out that there are still some mistakes in the Convention Booklet. As the Chief Editor, I would like to apologize to those people whose names have been misspelled and those clubs whose information are wrongly provided. I specially would like to apologize to Taiwan Bilingual Toastmasters Club. Its VPE Keli Yen and Sponsor Bing Bing Lin reminded me to make corrections andeven though I did call and write several times to the printing company, the name
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed the program, the venue, the speakers, the participants and everything in the Convention. And, I feel so proud that I have been a member of the team that made this Convention happen!
如果Rory 先生是此次大會唯一賣點，那我如此自賣自誇，就難免顯得可笑了。 事實當然不然，幾場比賽，不管是英、日、中、台語，不管是背稿或即席，老中輕參賽者皆各具特色。有經驗者，舉手頭足無不見火候；初試啼聲者，青澀中流露真情。兩樣表現卻同具風情，真是賞心悅目，值得回味再三。