The EBS 60 Second Interview – Julie Gould
Julie Gould is a London-based science communicator, spending time writing, podcasting, talking and making videos about science for various audiences.
Julie is someone who takes opportunities in life as they come along, whether it be entering a half marathon or applying for a dream job. Joining Early Birds Speakers was one of those opportunities, and she’s very glad that she did!
What brought you to EBS?
I had met a few members from EBS whilst I was at the Imperial College Speakers Club ( a Toastmasters club, based at the university). They had tried to get me to come along to an EBS meeting, but I never managed to go. After graduating from Imperial, I decided that I wanted to continue with my public speaking, so I came to EBS a few times. It wasn’t long before I signed up to be on the waiting list to join!
Was it everything you expected?
I didn’t have any expectations about the club at all before joining, but it’s definitely been a great experience. The club feels like a safe learning environment, which makes it much easier to feel comfortable speaking in front of an audience. You’re all there to learn together, so the club is perfect for getting something wrong or experimenting with a speaking style.
How long have you been a Member?
Almost 6 months, I think.
What surprised you most about EBS?
The variety of nationalities that you find in the club! There are hardly any British people there. I think this makes it such an interesting place to be, because you learn about so many different cultures when people talk about them.
What has been your greatest learning as a Toastmaster
To think more about stage management when you’re doing a speech and the emotional effect a good speech can have on an audience. You can sometimes hear pins drop in that room people are so involved.
What is special about EBS?
The safe learning environment it provides for people who are unsure about public speaking.
What do your friends and family say about you since you joined?
Some are curious. Many think I’m nuts for getting up early on a Thursday morning for public speaking.
What do you like best about coming to our Club?
The challenge of preparing for a role when you have one, or being mentally prepared to be picked on to do one when you haven’t.
How has becoming a member of EBS affected you/ your life?
It’s made my Thursday mornings a lot longer than they used to be! But in a good way, of course.
What was your biggest fear before you came?
Is that still your biggest fear?
How does public speaking impact your life?
It’s something I love doing, so I make it part of my life. I speak at conferences as part of my job and I work on freelance projects that let me do public speaking too.
Is there anything else you would rather be doing on a Thursday morning?
Is this a trick question?