The EBS 60 Second Interview – Lee Wlliams
Lee is currently between roles, having been a director and founder and worked for the same business for 19 years. He is now looking forward to a new venture later on this year. Lee started as an engineer and used to give very boring techie lectures about technology.
One day, it dawned on Lee that it’s not what you say much of the time, it’s how you say it that delivers the results.
In his spare time Lee likes to immerse himself (or get obsessed as his wife would say…) about whatever his latest craze is, currently it’s triathlon, before that it was motorcycling (still is to a degree), scuba diving, music (as so it goes on…. back to his earliest years.).
Lee loves travel, having lived and worked in Asia, USA, Latin America, Australia, to name a few places. When he’s not training, he’s in the pub enjoying a lively social life.
Lee is married to a Japanese lady and has spent 20 years looking for a plausible excuse as to why he STILL can’t speak her language.
What brought you to EBS?
I used to sit through meetings and presentations wishing I could find the right moment to intercede. Actually the moments never came and I became aware that although I was an experienced presenter, I needed to be more confident and assertive in group situations.
Was it everything you expected?
Yes. Roger Harding was the president at the time. He drove a hard and regimented meeting. Nothing was left to chance, standards were high. Much as they are now. Now I feel that the meetings have become more relaxed/creative. It’s been interesting seeing the club’s evaluation under the varying leaders.
How long have you been a Member?
About Four years.
Did you have any expectations before you came?
Not really. Except that I like to challenge myself and leave my comfort zone.
Were your expectations fulfilled?
What surprised you most about EBS?
The passion. How it quickly became addictive. I’ve made some good contacts too.
What has been your greatest learning as a Toastmaster?
That public speaking is something to be enjoyed, relished, not to be scared of.
What is special about EBS?
Just the act of getting up so early to do something that you don’t need to do marks Early Birds as special people.
What do you like best about coming to our Club?
The mix of very professional and determined people.
What do your friends and family say about you since you joined?
Most are bewildered as to why I’d get up so early to do it.
How has becoming a member of EBS affected you/ your life?
People now expect me to lead, not follow.
What was your biggest fear before you came?
Of saying the wrong thing. Badly.
Is that still your biggest fear?
No, now saying nothing is my biggest fear.
How does public speaking impact your life?
Bolder, more assertive. Freer with my humble opinions.
Is there anything else you would rather be doing on a Thursday morning?