The EBS 60 Second Interview – Paolo Lodi
Paolo lives in Kensington in a very convenient area where you might bump into him in a supermarket or in the nearby Kensington Gardens or Holland Park. Paolo is always listening to music for inspiration. Paolo is an Architect with a great passion for cuisine, Italian cuisine of course. He lived in Japan for 23 long years and arrived in London directly from there in 2012.
What brought you to EBS?
I met George Metcalfe (who used to be a member of Early Birds) at another very early morning meeting close to Marble Arch. We talked a bit and he introduced me to Early Bird Speakers, suggesting that it would be a good way for me to improve my English and enable me to speak in front of other people
Was it everything you expected?
I was expecting what George talked about and… I found it!
How long have you been a Member?
18 months approximately
Did you have any expectations before you came?
Not really, I am really a shy person.
Were your expectations fulfilled?
Yes, but not completely yet. I want to have a better command of English.
What surprised you most about EBS?
The members! All of them are very friendly and helpful. And the Club’s location at Freemason’s Hall is very… “architectural”
What has been your greatest learning as a Toastmaster?
That I could speak English in front of English people and speakers! It is a really great feeling. But I want to improve, more more and more!
What is special about EBS?
Waking up at 5:20am every Thursday. It has become normal practice for me and the atmosphere is always the same and yet different at the same time. I like it very much and I enjoy it,
What do you like best about coming to our Club?
Meeting all of the members, shaking hands, and listening!
What do your friends and family say about you since you joined?
Some friends are interested but all of them concerns about the so early hour.
How has becoming a member of EBS affected you/ your life?
In a very good way. Waking up so early is not a problem for me any more, and talking to people of all nationalities at the club who live in London is really fun and instructive.
What was your biggest fear before you came?
As a foreigner, not being able to speak good enough english
Is that still your biggest fear?
How does public speaking impact your life?
As an architect I have to make public presentations as well as private presentations, so talking to people for me is very important and being part of Early Bird Speakers helps me a lot.
Is there anything else you would rather be doing on a Thursday morning?
Not really, or maybe it’s better to say I cannot configure it out now.