Toastmasters is an international organisation and Eldergate has long enjoyed a cosmopolitan membership. Emmanuel Bolade, the latest Eldergate member to achieve the ‘Competent Communicator’ award, hails from Nigeria, moving to England in 2007.
Emmanuel completed his early speech projects as a member of the Manchester Orators club. He has made a big impact since moving to Eldergate earlier this year, winning the club table topics contest, followed by a very creditable second place in the area contest, and finishing as runner-up in the club humorous speech contest.
When and why did you join Toastmasters?
At my first meeting, in September 2012. I joined to improve my presentation skills to boost my career progress.
How has being a Toastmaster benefited your career?
Tremendously, it has transported me from having wet palms before major presentations to actively seeking out opportunities to present!
What has been the biggest unexpected benefit for you of joining Toastmasters?
The leadership track has been beneficial in helping me manage team members and developing quality leadership traits in me.
What do you like most about the Eldergate club?
3 things – the quality is very high, the number of advanced speakers, and the fun is very addictive.
If you could give one piece of advice to a new member, what would it be?
The more you participate, the better you will become.
What book do you find inspiring?
I adore Napoleon Hill’s book “Laws of Success”.
As well as Toastmasters, what do like to do in your spare time?
Jazz piano is my pet passion, unfortunately some people say I am very not good at it.
Who is your favourite actor/ actress and why?
Nicole Kidman because of her acting skills, green eyes and beauty … not necessarily in that order.
Who is your favourite musician and why?
Michael Buble who has converted his awkwardness to a polished and classy style.
Describe your approach to life in 3 words?
Church, Relationships and Life