The EBS 60 Second Interview – Andreas Afeldt
Andreas runs a rare coin company and is involved in a few other projects. He came to London back in 2009, to stay over the summer, but ended up staying for good. Once a professional poker player, he is now using his analytical skills in other ways and is setting up an investment fund for passion and heritage assets.
Andreas lives in Islington and when asked what he loves most in life he says “Enjoying the company of my lovely wife on a hot summers day!”
What brought you to EBS?
I was inspired by Mario Ufertinger to come along. I think what made me come was his enthusiasm about the place and how he said it is so good for developing yourself whatever your goals are.
Was it everything you expected?
It was so much better than i expected. I was trying not to expect too much but the first few times I attended had an extremely positive effect on me. I soon started scheduling important tasks on Thursdays as i knew i would deliver over expectation after an EBS meeting.
How long have you been a Member?
Just for a few weeks now
Did you have any expectations before you came?
What surprised you most about EBS?
The quality of speeches, the dedication of the club members and ability to stay on time
What has been your greatest learning as a Toastmaster?
Learning to handle the pressure of delivering a speech. Becoming comfortable in front of people. The learning has only just begun!
What is special about EBS?
The club consists of a group very high achieving and interesting individuals who consistently push themselves out of their comfort zones to progress. Spending time with and around such people is so inspiring.
What do you like best about coming to our Club?
What do your friends and family say about you since you joined?
I think they’re starting to see small changes in me. Becoming more confident perhaps (my opinion! )
What was your biggest fear before you came?
Presenting and delivering a speech in front of a group of people is very stressful and something i felt was necessary for me to start working on in order to be a successful business owner and leader
Is that still your biggest fear?
Perhaps, but a lot less do than before
How does public speaking impact your life?
Is there anything else you would rather be doing on a Thursday morning
Sleeping! But with the choice of the two EBS always wins