The EBS 60 Second Interview – Jennifer Hirsch
Jennifer Hirsch is an American from the great state of Arkansas. She has been living in London for the past 5 years and has been a member of Early Bird Speakers for two and a half years of that time. S he has recently been called to the Bar at Middle Temple and is very interested in international law and human rights.
She loves travel, good food and being with friends and family. Early Birds has been a big part of her community in London and she loves being a part of it!
What brought you to EBS?
I came to EBS on the suggestion of a law school careers adviser. I came to see what it was all about and enjoyed it so much that I joined as soon as I could.
Was it everything you expected?
I think it was more exciting than I was expecting. It has a great format and lovely people to get to know.
How long have you been a Member?
Two and a half years.
Did you have any expectations before you came?
I was hoping that it would be a place where I could learn and be in a safe environment to explore public speaking.
Were your expectations fulfilled?
What surprised you most about EBS?
I think that when you join a Toastmasters club, you expect that there will be a lot of members who are scared of public speaking. What was surprising to me was that a lot of people might be scared of speaking in public, but that doesn’t mean that they are bad public speakers. The point is- there are some amazing speakers who are still scared to speak in public and that is what makes it very exciting!
What has been your greatest learning as a Toastmaster?
To keep challenging yourself and no matter what, you will learn something from it.
What is special about EBS?
Definitely the people and the positive environment that they provide for the Club.
What do you like best about coming to our Club?
The inspiration and the buzz that you get from coming.
What do your friends and family say about you since you joined?
They keep expecting me to give impromptu speeches at any family/friends event… no pressure!
How has becoming a member of EBS affected you/ your life?
In more ways than I could have ever expected. From interviews, to toasts at weddings, etc… it has made me a more confident speaker and given me a greater awareness of audience perception.
How does public speaking impact your life?
Public speaking is a big part of my life in the legal profession and especially when I was training as a Barrister. It is very important to be comfortable speaking in public and not to get overly nervous.
Is there anything else you would rather be doing on a Thursday morning?
Sometimes I would rather be sleeping…. but once I am at the meeting I realise that it was worth it!