The EBS 60 Second Interview – Mame-Yaa Bonsu
Mame-Yaa is a Sales & Business Development Manager at J.P.Morgan covering Frontier Markets. She lives in Surrey. Mame-Yaa is multi-facted and has a passion for horse polo, performing arts and entrepreneurship.
What brought you to EBS?
I was always on the look out for the ‘right-fit’ Toastmaster’s club. I attended my first Early Bird Speakers’ meeting on 22nd November 2013 only because a breakfast meeting appointment in the City was cancelled at short notice. Perhaps this was fate.
Was it everything you expected?
I was shocked by the infectious energy of the Early Birds Speakers group. EBS was more than I expected and I was determined to join.
How long have you been a Member?
Having been on the waiting list for 4 months, I have now been an official member for 1 year.
Did you have any expectations before you came?
Yes, I had been a guest a few times at other clubs so I knew the general format of a meeting.
Were your expectations fulfilled?
EBS exceeded my expectations.
What surprised you most about EBS?
The diversity of the group in terms of profession, age, gender, and cultural background.
What has been your greatest learning as a Toastmaster?
That everyone has an important story; A personal story, carefully structured, can have the power to challenge the way we think and thus change the world…”to make it a better place for me and for you and the entire human race”. I was moved by the speech delivered by EBS member Taz Miah. It inspired me so much that I asked him to mentor me, I aspire to learn how to craft powerful speech on a topical issue.
What is special about EBS?
Energy. Quality, diversity, commitment and the passion of the members.
What do you like best about coming to our Club?
The amazing members who instantly put a smile on my face when I enter Freemasons Hall.
What do your friends and family say about you since you joined?
They are interested in learning about Early Bird Speakers.
How has becoming a member of EBS affected you/ your life
I have learnt the power of story telling.
What was your biggest fear before you came?
I used to be concerned about controlling my nerves when making an important speech.
Is that still your biggest fear?
No as practice makes perfect. My mentor has taught me some techniques for channeling that energy.
How does public speaking impact your life?
Public speaking is a critical skill for self-actualization. What ever you believe your purpose in life to be, public speaking is the tool to realise that dream.
Is there anything else you would rather be doing on a Thursday morning?
Hitting the snooze button and indulging in an additional 2 hours of sleep.