The EBS 60 Second Interview – Laura Dunne
Laura is a London-based Commercial Finance Manager working at a global beauty/consumer goods company. In her spare time she enjoys playing touch rugby, tennis, cycling (although admits to being a fair weather cyclist and is due to get back on the bike any day now!). She moved to London 6 years ago and loves it so much she doesn’t know when she’ll return to her native soil of Ireland.
What brought you to EBS?
My dad was a member of the Toastmasters club in Cork and I went along once when I was 16 but couldn’t pluck up the courage to keep going. I finally decided to join a London club and the early starts suited me as I can’t make as many excuses for not going.
Was it everything you expected?
I didn’t know what to expect but I have been very pleasantly surprised by how welcoming and encouraging everyone is.
How long have you been a Member?
About a year
Did you have any expectations before you came?
I went along with a very open mind.. I definitely didn’t expect the standard to be so high, which at first made it a bit daunting as I didn’t think I would ever reach that level but with all the positive encouragement and feedback anything is possible!
Were your expectations fulfilled?
I didn’t have many but the club surpassed whatever ones I did have!
What surprised you most about EBS?
The fact that there are people from so many different walks of life, it is a really interesting mix of ages, nationalities and personalities.
What has been your greatest learning as a Toastmaster?
Feel the fear and do it anyway!
What is special about EBS?
The people – the variety of speeches is incredible and it really opens your mind to different topics
What do you like best about coming to our Club?
Listening to the carefully crafted speeches
What do your friends and family say about you since you joined?
They think I’m mad to be getting up so early!
How has becoming a member of EBS affected you/ your life?
I am less anxious about having to speak in public or giving presentations at work
What was your biggest fear before you came?
Speaking in front of a room full of people
Is that still your biggest fear?
Not as much
How does public speaking impact your life?
It allows me to get across what’s on my mind
Is there anything else you would rather be doing on a Thursday morning?