The EBS 60 Second Interview – Ernesto Moreno
Ernesto is an experienced business consultant, people development trainer and entrepreneur. As an Entrepreneur, Ernesto has been involved in setting up a number of successful businesses in franchising and retail and is also involved in the running of a social enterprise. As a business consultant, he has accumulated more than 12 years of consulting experience working for PwC and other consulting companies in the areas of Organisational Development and Culture Change for a broad range of private and public sector clients, including the UN. Now as an independent consultant, he delivers Leadership Development programmes to different client organisations and individuals and can also be seen delivering motivational speeches across a different range of organisations as well as internationally. Ernesto is currently undertaking some research around the emotional journey of immigrants, their adaptation and integration process and their contribution to society and is writing a book on the topic which he aims to publish in 2015. He is also our Vice-President of Education and is an avid traveller with a wide range of interests.
What brought you to EBS?
Public speaking is a critical skill in my professional career. I deliver a lot of training and that means being on stage for long periods of time. From time to time I deliver talks and speeches at conferences and events and this is something I want to do more of. I get a big buzz out of inspiring people and moving them into action. This ability to inspire and motivate people through our words is a key assets for any entrepreneur. Being an entrepreneur, I recognise that the more competent I become as a communicator, the better the results I can get by inspiring the people I work with and bringing them with me on a journey.
Was it everything you expected?
EBS was everything I expected and more. There are a lot of high-calibre speakers in the club who I look up to and learn from by just observing them. We also have a great bunch of professional people with whom I can bounce business ideas and aspirations off and the social aspect of the club brings additional benefits that go beyond EBS being just a public speaking club.
How long have you been a Member?
I have been a member 6 months. It feels shorter than that but it is amazing how much I have learnt in such a small amount of time.
Did you have any expectations before you came?
Not really. I came to be surprised. EBS is the first ever Toastmasters Club I visited, I then went to other 3 clubs and returned to EBS because I felt it was the best club I had seen. I loved the energy of the people in the room and the professionalism.
Were your expectations fulfilled?
My expectations were fulfilled and exceeded, and they continue to be exceeded.
What surprised you most about EBS?
The friendliness of the people, the level of professionalism of everyone and the openness of people to diversity. I feel I can be truly myself without fear of being judged. It is great to be in a place where you know you are valued and loved for who you are.
What has been your greatest learning as a Toastmaster?
I cannot see a speech now without breaking down in my head what the speaker is doing. I now look for a powerful opening, and good structure and the resources the speaker uses in his or her delivery. It has given me great tools to better craft what I want to communicate.
What is special about EBS?
The members, the guests and the energy they all bring to every meeting and every breakfast.
What do you like best about coming to our Club?
I always look forward to the boost of positive energy I get in every meeting and love the fact that every week I am bound to meet someone new; guests bring with them new opportunities and perspectives and the possibilities of new friendship and more learning.
What do your friends and family say about you since you joined?
I don’t know really. I don’t hear much. Many would think I am crazy but certainly they don’t know what they are missing. Others think it is amazing that I do this and they keep asking questions and I end up bringing them to the club as guests.
How has becoming a member of EBS affected you/ your life?
It has transformed the way I think about my speeches and communications. It has opened the door to a great new social circle of like-minded people whom I admire, respect and look up to and it has brought a new source of energy, optimism and motivation to be a better professional and person.
What was your biggest fear before you came?
I am normally an introverted and shy person in social environments and I feared that I would be there standing on my own but the friendliness of the people made me feel very welcome since the very first day I visited.
Is that still your biggest fear?
No, I feel now that I am at home and I look forward to seeing everyone every Thursday.
How does public speaking impact your life?
It opens opportunities, it brings about business and it allows me to positively impact the people around me.
Is there anything else you would rather be doing on a Thursday morning?
Certainly not! I am an Early Bird at heart!