The EBS 60 Second Interview – Erica Crump
Erica Crump is a charity and social enterprise lawyer working at BWB – she has an interest in organisations and people that have more than making profit as their aim. She is of Anglo-Japanese heritage. She has lived in Hackney (East London) for the past 8 years – and is someone who loves music, writing, mountains and bicycles. She is very proud to be wife to Robert and mother to baby John.
What brought you to EBS?
Fear of and excitement about public speaking.
Was it everything you expected?
Not really! I didn’t expect the grandeur of the setting, the slickness of the meeting, the standard of the speakers and – most importantly – the warmth of the people there.
How long have you been a Member?
About 4 years
Did you have any expectations before you came?
I had heard that EBS was a very special club. That ain’t a lie.
Were your expectations fulfilled?
More than! You wouldn’t believe the inspiration and joy I have got from the club. It’s a life changer.
What surprised you most about EBS?
The range of emotions felt in that room, the vulnerability, the courage and the laughter …oh so much laughter.
What has been your greatest learning as a Toastmaster?
We all have a voice – something to be heard.
Work at it.
What is special about EBS?
There is an incredibly high standard at EBS – but it’s also very welcoming and vibrant. The range of backgrounds is beautifully varied. It’s run like one slick operation. And it isn’t a lie to say people make friends for life here.
What do you like best about coming to our Club?
Listening to the speakers – and doing a bit of speaking myself (if I’m happy with it)!
What do your friends and family say about you since you joined?
My friends are curious, interested and impressed – some of them think it sounds a bit bonkers! There’s a ring of truth to that!
I gave a 15 minute eulogy speech at my mother’s funeral with no script and just a small card of notes. That was a great honour, and was hugely enjoyable and rewarding (as well as sad) to do. I think my friends and family who know about EBS realise I might not have been able to do that without the club.
How has becoming a member of EBS affected you/ your life?
It has made my life richer.
What was your biggest fear before you came?
That I wouldn’t be able to do it.
Is that still your biggest fear?
No – but it is still a fear! It depends on the day!
How does public speaking impact your life?
I would say that, as for many people, it can be a joy and a trial. That’s the beauty of it!
Is there anything else you would rather be doing on a Thursday morning?
No. Sleep can wait.