The EBS 60 Second Interview – Tazud Miah
Taz is a Technical Project Manager with a flair for turning executive strategy into productive Software. He has led teams in developing solutions for the Retail, Telecoms, Sports and Education industries. Taz has also moonlighted as a Communications Coach for the London Business School.
Taz is a passionate and committed Early Bird. He is a former President, VPE, Secretary and an active Club Mentor. A compulsive competitor, he has won 3 EBS evaluation contests in a row and has placed in all 4 Club contests. He dreams that one day he will deliver a world changing speech or coach another who does.
What brought you to EBS?
I was sitting at my desk one Wednesday in June 2009 and I was inspired to think back to a conversation two years previously when someone had mentioned Toastmasters. I started searching for a Club and couldn’t find any that appealed to me. I honestly don’t know how I ended up at the Early Bird Speakers website but I guess all I can say is that destiny was calling… three weeks later I did my first table topic, the question? [Tell us why] “It’s more than just a website!”
Was it everything you expected?
I wasn’t too sure what to expect from the first meeting as it was my first ever Toastmasters session.
How long have you been a Member?
5 extraordinary years since July 2009.
Did you have any expectations before you came?
I was expecting effective feedback! The friend who had mentioned Toastmasters back in 2007 mentioned the written feedback people gave to speakers, I still have all of the notes people have kindly written.
Were your expectations fulfilled?
Yes! And then Some!
What surprised you most about EBS?
The professionalism of our Leadership Team, our talented and creative Speakers.
What has been your greatest learning as a Toastmaster?
Others see things [in you] that you may not see – so always be open to critical feedback from all.
What is special about EBS?
Fraternity, Fun and a strong commitment to helping everyone grow at their own pace.
What do you like best about coming to our Club?
The wonderful personalities and stories that are on show
What do your friends and family say about you since you joined?
I’ve improved my listening skills and that I am more particular in the way that I provide feedback.
How has becoming a member of EBS affected you/ your life?
EBS has helped me realise my Leadership potential. I hadn’t considered myself to be Presidential material but two wonderful Members put the idea into my head a couple of months after I joined. 18 months later I became the 4th EBS President, a role that helped me to learn more about myself than all the other TM projects I had done. Thank you HB and FGS!
What was your biggest fear before you came?
People might not want to hear me speak… that they would prefer to listen to others.
Is that still your biggest fear?
No, I’ve grown to accept that we all have interesting thoughts and experiences to share; some will like them, some will love them, others will remain indifferent. It’s nothing personal if people don’t rave about your contribution.
How does public speaking impact your life?
It allows me to be confident in professional and social situations.
Is there anything else you would rather be doing on a Thursday morning?