The EBS 60 Second Interview – Miguel Ramos
Miguel has more than 15 years’ experience in mobile technologies, quality assurance and technology strategy and implementation. Miguel leads Confirmit’s Mobile practice in the EMEA and Asia Pacific regions, developing mobile solutions for both Voice of the Customer (VoC) and Market Research.
Miguel has been a Londoner for four years and feels right at home in London. He has a passion for technology, swimming, classical music and healthy food
What brought you to EBS?
I have to do presentations as part of my job and I was looking to improve my public speaking skills. I started visiting a few Toastmaster clubs and one day Ernesto Moreno told my about Early Bird Speakers. He convinced me to come to a morning meeting. I thought that it was too early for me but I was prepared to see what it was like. To be honest, I was only planning to come once.
Was it everything you expected?
I am not a morning person but the energy and buzz in the room hooked me from day one and I knew that I had found the right club. The level of speakers is amazing.
How long have you been a Member?
I starting coming in September 2014 and I joined a few months later.
Did you have any expectations before you came?
I knew about Toastmasters as I was a member in Spain a few years ago. I knew about the structure of the meetings. I was impressed with how smoothly the meetings run every week. It feels very professional. I was very impressed with the fact that everyone has his or her own style.
Were your expectations fulfilled?
Yes. Early Bird Speakers has exceeded my expectations. I realised that it helps each of us to find our style of public speaking.
What surprised you most about EBS?
The members are very helpful and supportive of each other. I love the diversity of the group and the topics of the speeches. Each meeting is very interesting and I feel that I am always able to learn interesting insights about the members.
What has been your greatest learning as a Toastmaster?
I have learned that public speaking is a slow learning process. The secret revolves around practising, practising and practising.
The club helps us to step out of our comfort zone. The meetings are a great place to try things out and see if they work. Everyone is very supportive and the feedback is very constructive. I have learned that the best way to improve is by practising and listening to the feedback.
What is special about EBS?
The meeting room is fantastic and the members are very supportive. It really feels like a family.
What do you like best about coming to our Club?
Thursday morning has become a routine. I love the variety of the speeches and also seeing how the members grow.
What do your friends and family say about you since you joined?
I have to give presentations at work and my colleagues have mentioned that they have seen an improvement. I normally get very nervous when I have to speak in public. The fact that I have to practice every week has helped considerably. My father is very funny. He is retired and I normally call him every Thursday after the meeting while I am on the bus back to the office. He describes Toastmasters as “the school”. He always says: “how was school this week?. When are you going to stop learning?”.
How has becoming a member of EBS affected you/ your life?
I have to give out presentations at work and my colleagues and I now try to do more presentations in the office. I see them as great practice.
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?
Yes, but I have learned to control my internal voice. I have realised that I am my own worst enemy. I take myself less seriously now.
How does public speaking impact your life?
I now have a mentor who is pushing me to take my public speaking to the next level.
Is there anything else you would rather be doing on a Thursday morning?
I would love to spend two extra hours in bed but the energy in the room motivates me to get up and make it to the meeting.