I should start this summary with the word ENJOY, this word defines WHAT is AIESEC for ME!
I still remember that moment when I was elected as Vice President of Finance and I got all financially responsibility on my shoulders. I was not scared, it was more as challenge to make the best of AIESEC in Stockholm during past year.
I will never forget this first invoice I have created and this feeling that I am taking over this position, being responsible to decide where all the money will be spend and people simply will trust you. They knew that all advices were in order to make the best of AIESEC in Stockholm.
Everything has started during Engage Conference, elected EB attending it with a lot of excitement. Going without really knowing who are going be the one leading the organisation, coaching us, who will be other people, representing the same positions like you during upcoming year in other cities. Conference was great, we were looking into planning, different strategies, ways how we would or should use our resources and capacity.
We got amazing network, bunch of people willing to help us and learn, put in practice everything that we knew and of course, improve results from previous year.
After the conference, we got really inspired and here we were, coming back and putting all our knowledge in order to make things happen!
I still remember that moment, after all weekend learning, after enjoying the conference asking myself loudly “Why don’t we organise the next conference?” So it was Katerina and me saying, let’s make it happen! Without looking at any numbers we said, we are going make it happen. Then Asel said, yes guys, we are AMAZING we going make it happen. So here we were, before leaving the conference, we knew that we had 4 months to make the next conference happen!
We have spent intensive months working, but I really ENJOYED IT, I think all of us we have ENJOYED IT. We were there three 4 of us, making recruitment and with MC help WE MADE IT. I just want to recommend to everyone, you just need do things that really scare you. “If something doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you”, so if you are scared, that will develop you, so you need accept those challenges.
Organising conference was one of the best experiences of the year, I was feeling part of MC, bringing sponsor by using my own network.
After conference has ended here it was AIESEC in Stockholm, waiting for us, another big challenge. Things were going really well with high motivation, with a lot of members working at different projects, there were always challenges during the time but things were going forwards, but I was missing something… I wanted more responsibly, more projects to work at AIESEC in Sweden. So I have decided that I would like to lead the national board next year!
I have started looking into application process, talking with MCP, MCVPs and the new applicant for MCP. She was encouraging me to apply, but she advised me to take in mind that is high competition this year, so a had to be ready for it, but I was happy to have competition, I love competing!
I have spent long time re-doing my application, really excited about it. I have learnt a lot about the position meanwhile I was applying for it, because I took some time to think about it, what I would like to change, improve and implement! Was amazing! I had hard times also, I was worried a lot about my public speaking skills and my English skills. I had moments thinking perhaps I won’t make it, perhaps I shouldn’t do that… It was challenging, I was scared, but I got one of the best advise form Tomas Lindqvist MCP from AIESEC in Sweden. It was like all things, simple advise which made me think a lot. He said “You know Tau, you just need to hope the best for the organisation, then people will elect you“
So I did my best and here it was me going to the conference without having a speech, ready to do my best, willing to share WHAT I WAS FEELING inside, WHAT I want to DO, WHAT I BELIEVE IN, very emotional and ready to show LOVE to AIESEC in Sweden!
I knew that I am going be the last one in presenting my speech in front of AIESEC in Sweden so before leaving, I was going on the way and thinking what shall I do in order to reach them inside they hearts. I came up like usual, with SIMPLE IDEA, perhaps that made me be different from others candidate, I will come back to that later.
So during all conference I was thinking about my speech. I still remember sitting me in the room saving some “special strategy” for being the last one in presenting and here we had those 14 applicants from all across the world applying for MCVP positions. We had EVERYTHING there: creativity, real professionals, amazing strategies, amazing speeches and I was ready to try making it even better!
And then… it was my turn and I had 20 min do MY BEST! I knew that I need to impress with something everyone, they were sitting for hours listening others! People started applauding me and I was coming with one chair in my hands above my head. So I sit in front of everyone and time started to run! Just 20 min! So I said guys, I need your attention, I need you with me! Please stand up! All people followed me then I said let’s jump, stretch yourself and sit down. All people were following me. Was amazing! And then I had my “special strategy” as I have them already with me.
It was time to inspire them, get them with me during my speech. I was shining with my energy and my positivism was 200%, then I said:
– I have an amazing IDEA, which could make double budget for AIESEC in Sweden during next year. Small investment, small risk, but with not that high probability. Imagine how many amazing things we could make with double budget! That IDEA was inside one envelop, which I told them that I would show them at the end.
Then I put it on the table. All people were following that envelop with their eyes. BUT, then I said, that idea is just idea, but there is a STRATEGY behind which I shared very energetic, by interacting with other people during my speech, very inspiring and feeling very proud of what I wanted to do during the next year.
It was totally different speech from others and I just enjoyed it, here it is some short part of it if you want to discover it. It will stay always inside me this presentation, but this AMAZING idea at the envelop was “Lottery ticket” for AIESEC in Sweden which could bring this double budget, it is just something that motivates us, inspire us to achieve BEST results with our strategies.
The process was still going, interviews, study case in 48 hours, extra study cases and there was a question that I will never forget it in my life “What is the word that define AIESEC for you?“. When I wanted to say it, I started crying at the same time because of happiness, and it was ENJOY.
After all the processes MCPe invited me to come to the office to talk and I came quite confidence and then she told me “I would like you to join AIESEC in Sweden board”, but the first thing that I said “I have a QUESTION”, “Can I ask you in which position do you want me to be?” and then she said Finances and Global Partner Manager, so I said YES. I had no external emotions at that moment, happiness was inside me but I couldn’t believe that it was happening.
Finally I was part of MC for 2014-2015 ❤
Things were going really nice, we have achieved amazing results, so far we had one of the best outgoing exchange results from AIESEC in Sweden. It was really exciting for everyone as we put so much effort into sending those people abroad!
I had opportunity to attending amazing international conference in Poland, called EuroXpro. It was one of the best experiences of my life… I wrote the blog entrance for it so I won’t comment anything on it here, but here you can see few pictures from it.
During the year at AIESEC in Stockholm, I was the first one in introducing this blue man in my LC, was amazing experience and we really could spread awareness about AIESEC. I had a lot of fun doing that, it was some marketing campaign walking around university campus, giving out business cards and all people were talking about us!
And now, the year is going to the end… We are giving responsibilities to others and we keep going forwards, we are starting with transitions and we are leaving our best experiences of our life, with the best moments and now we are inspiring others to keep joining this amazing journey.
I was so happy when I got the best award in my life, Most Inspiring AIESECer at AIESEC in Stockholm! It is a pleasure to receive it, because I really love AIESEC and I strongly believe that if we love something, we can transmit it better to other people ❤