The EBS 60 Second Interview – Haroun El-Helw
Haroun El-Helw works primarily as Marketing Manager in a family run business that specialises in offering natural slate solutions to the construction industry. He has lived in West London all his life and is of Egyptian-Turkish descent. Passionate about business and the change it can bring, Haroun has been searching for ways to combine what he learns from being a member at EBS with his professional ambitions.
What brought you to EBS?
Google is what brought me to EBS. I’m not sure I was even searching for a speaking club at the time – I had simply been looking for something “different” and when I stumbled across EBS’s website different is what I found – I was intrigued from day one.
Was it everything you expected?
I had no expectations but, even if I had expectations,I am sure they would have been surpassed.
How long have you been a Member?
About 2 years.
Were your expectations fulfilled?
The expectations that came about as I attended regularly were definitely fulfilled.
What surprised you most about EBS?
The authenticity of the club.
What has been your greatest learning as a Toastmaster?
The realisation that stepping out of your comfort zone is a prerequisite to moving on in life.
What is special about EBS?
The fact that everyone is on the same wavelength – and the subsequent individual improvements that (can only) come about from this solidarity.
What do you like best about coming to our Club?
However boring/bad a week you may have had, attending will give you a lift regardless.
What do your friends and family say about you since you joined?
They insist I continue attending because it’s good for me.
How has becoming a member of EBS affected you/ your life?
Speaking publicly has improved my self-esteem
What was your biggest fear before you came?
Speaking in public was definitely one of them.
Is that still your biggest fear?
It’s a more manageable fear but I don’t believe it will ever be something that will come naturally.
How does public speaking impact your life?
By improving my self-esteem, all areas of my life have benefitted. I don’t actually need to speak publicly for work that often
Is there anything else you would rather be doing on a Thursday morning?
I can’t think of anything better (cheesy but true!).