The EBS 60 Second Interview – Roger Harding
Roger Harding led Early Bird Speakers as President for the best part of two years and served as VP-M a few times. Roger found skills at Toastmasters that have enhanced his career considerably and at the end of 2009 he sold his business practice and retired from full time work. Now Roger lectures in private schools all over the UK about business and entrepreneurship and other PSHE subjects. Roger also delivers keynote speeches to business conferences and finds himself in minor roles on TV, feature movies, and sometimes on modelling assignments for commercials and brochures. He tells me that none of this would have happened without Early Birds!
What brought you to EBS?
Terror of public speaking.
Was it everything you expected?
I was open-minded and had no initial expectations.
How long have you been a Member?
What surprised you most about EBS?
The supportive, non-critical approach to learning and evaluation.
What has been your greatest learning as a Toastmaster?
My transformation from terror to confident speaker.
What is special about EBS?
The discipline; the involvement and contribution of the members.
What do you like best about coming to our Club?
What do your friends and family say about you since you joined?
I think they’ve increased their respect for me.
How has becoming a member of EBS affected you/ your life?
Transformation – now a professional speaker.
What was your biggest fear before you came?
Addressing an audience. Before I came, I didn’t know about ‘table topics’.
Is that still your biggest fear?
How does public speaking impact your life?
It provides some handsome pocket money.
Is there anything else you would rather be doing on a Thursday morning?
Now that’s a question too far…