The EBS 60 Second Interview – Mindy Jhittay
Mindy is chatty by nature and a solicitor by profession, so public speaking was perhaps always meant to be. A (closet) Brummie by birth, she’s been in London for over 5 years now – bonus points to anyone who can spot a stray Midlands vowel in one of her speeches.
What brought you to EBS?
Not “what” but “who” – my friend Erica, who always seems so calm and self-assured when speaking in public…
Was it everything you expected?
I don’t know what I expected. But I’m not an “early bird” at heart, so perhaps the biggest surprise is that I’m still here despite the weekly struggle with my alarm clock.
How long have you been a Member?
Around two years. How time flies when you’re having such fun…
Did you have any expectations before you came?
I remember being intrigued by the concept of an out of hours meeting at the mysterious Freemason’s Hall… And I was keen to see what had made my friend into such a confident speaker.
Were your expectations fulfilled?
Yes! And more.
What surprised you most about EBS?
It is such an eclectic and diverse community of members and guests – all ages, all races and nationalities, women and men, gay and straight, and from all sorts of different backgrounds and professions.
What has been your greatest learning as a Toastmaster?
That giving a speech is less about speaking and more about connecting with your audience. I’ll never read from a script again.
What is special about EBS?
Its members and guests, who are unfailingly supportive of each other’s efforts. Every time I take the stage, Early Bird Speakers will always tell me what I did well and give specific suggestions for improvement.
What do you like best about coming to our Club?
It is truly inspiring watching my fellow members blossom into confident speakers.
What do your friends and family say about you since you joined?
I’m afraid they find it difficult to get a word in edgeways… (Joke).
How has becoming a member of EBS affected you/ your life?
It’s opened up a whole world of speakers and subjects I’d never have encountered before.
What was your biggest fear before you came?
That I’d be no good at public speaking.
Is that still your biggest fear?
Honestly, yes. I’m painfully aware that confident public speaking is the destination on a journey I’m still starting out on… but I’ve seen so many others progress at EBS and I can see how to get there now.
How does public speaking impact your life?
I’m much more confident and therefore better at trying new things (e.g. singing lessons!) even if I think I’ll be no good (still can’t sing…).
Is there anything else you would rather be doing on a Thursday morning?