The EBS 60 Second Interview – Stuart Clark
Stuart Clark runs his own coaching and culture change company. He works privately and as an associate with other Clean Language organisations and uses Clean Language to inspire capability in groups and individuals and to train others to be able to do this too. Stuart specialises in Neuro-Diversity working with all aspects of Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, memory loss, brain injuries and Multiple Sclerosis.
Clean Language helps people to explore their own thinking in their own way, to uncover patterns that keep them stuck and to find their own creative solutions. Stuart started studying Clean Language 3 years ago and it has enabled him to change his life and to remain curious about the world rather than being contemptuous of that which he does not understand.
In his previous life Stuart studied Hotel and Catering Management with Business Studies at Strathclyde University. He then spent 20 years working in many of the most prestigious venues around London including The Tower of London, The National Gallery, Hampton Court Palace and London Zoo.
Stuart’s home is in London and a part of his heart still belongs to Scotland. If he could have one wish it would be to walk a mountain in Scotland every weekend and to move London town closer to the hills. (Proper hills).”
What brought you to EBS?
I was invited by Richard Stacey who I had been trained by and had trained with in the past. We bumped into one another at a coaching evening and he told me about how much fun it is. I have a wee ambition to speak in front of 100s of people through the work I do so I just had to say yes.
Was it everything you expected?
More. I have never been made to feel more welcome and embraced before in my life. I was welcomed from the first moment and at every meeting since then. There is such a support network and useful and supportive feedback in everything we do is such a high value of mine.
How long have you been a Member?
Gosh! Time flies. Two and a half years.
Did you have any expectations before you came?
Yes and no. I had to have an open mind. The system by which non members are welcomed as guests as many times as they like worked really well for me as it removed the pressure to commit which of course makes us all relax and then want to commit more. I thought there must be a little madness in a club that meets every week, so early to do scary stuff.
Were your expectations fulfilled?
More then. There is great communication without pressure. All opinions are welcome. All people are welcome. All ideas are listened to. The club is professional and always in pursuit of the members needs. Everyone is involved and considered.
What surprised you most about EBS?
There are lots of successful people at the club from all different walks of life and they are all utterly marvellous. I have not come across any conflict that has not been dealt with through honesty, useful feedback and a drive for learning and resolution.
What has been your greatest learning as a Toastmaster?
That I must believe in people. When given the correct environment, anything is possible. Also that I can do it. Preparation is an absolute must. You must also be crazy about wanting those around you to get what they want from it.
What is special about EBS?
The people. The massive amount of effort that goes into organising it all. And it works.
What do you like best about coming to our Club?
Pushing myself to do things that scare me and the feeling brilliant about it afterwards.
What do your friends and family say about you since you joined?
They say blimey you are so brave. You have changed and you are always looking to be curious and not contemptuous about everything.
How has becoming a member of EBS affected you/ your life?
I push myself harder now and believe in myself more I am now doing what I wanted to be doing. I believe doing what you want with those who you want to be doing it with is possible. It is.
What was your biggest fear before you came?
Is that still your biggest fear?
No. Failure is not possible. We do not fail we just succeed at learning what does not work well.
How does public speaking impact your life?
I run training courses and workshops now for a living and I have found out that I am really good at it. The best thing in life is to be able to affect others in a positive way.
Is there anything else you would rather be doing on a Thursday morning?
No but on other days I would like to be climbing hills in Scotland.