There were lots of stories and problem-solving strategies in her training. And I remember most clearly the questions she asked us:
“There were two sisters fighting for one apple. Do you know why both of them wanted to have it?"
We started to give various reasons. “They both might be hungry.” “They both might want to make apple pies for the family.” “Maybe only one of them really wanted it. The other one noticed that, and got a desire to have it also.”
For this, Jana said, “You see how important communication and teamwork are. Only if they talk and listen, would they find a satisfactory way to solve the problem. Maybe each of them can have a half, or one can have the whole apple, because the other one really doesn’t want it.”
I learned many effective strategies for building teams, managing conflicts, and establishing communication from the training.
Dear leaders, when your team members are talking, make sure you are all ears. When there is conflict, be sure to handle it in a reasonable way. Team work is the key to success.
I was also impressed by Jana’s touching and inspiring inaugural speech. In her speech, she mentioned a trip by a small airplane some years ago. Unfortunately the plane crashed. She was not killed, but the fear has haunted her since then.
You might not believe that her theme this year is “Toastmasters, the Courage to Conquer.” In order to conquer the fear of taking the airplane, she learned skydiving. In her inaugural speech, she showed a video clip of her jumping from an airplane thousands of meters high, and safely landing on the ground. This helped her regain courage to conquer fear while doing things.
Dear members, do you have difficulties in your life? Are you afraid you might not be able to conquer them? Jana said, “Each time you dare to do something, you have courage in yourself; and the courage will enable you to conquer.”
May you all have courage to conquer difficulties and have desire to build a colorful life.
親愛的會友們，在您的生活中有遭遇到困難嗎?您害怕您可能無法去克服它們嗎? 世界總會長Jana 說：「每一次您敢嚐試去做，您自己內心就會產生勇氣，而您的勇氣將使您克服困難。」