Terry Aduh has a varied background as a world citizen having lived in different continents. He currently works in the world of finance as a management consultant, where he helps individuals and corporations execute change using strategies to become more efficient. Terry also mentors sixth form students helping guide their lives and careers.
Terry’s public speaking uses his experiences from the world of work, travelling and working in different countries that he pools together and draws from to inform the stories he weaves into talks and the ways he connects with audiences.
Terry enjoys public speaking because “It gives you the opportunity to share ideas or stories you are passionate about with a big audience, and standing on a platform and connecting with an audience of people is pretty powerful and pretty impressive.”
Terry’s advice is “Never look as nervous as you think you are coming across, try not to get into the audience’s head too much – it will throw you off completely, and when you are just being yourself the authenticity shows and people really do warm to it.”
1.Please describe your job in detail?
I am a management consultant, where I help clients go through large change or transformation initiatives. I focus on the ‘people’ element, which can include things like managing an organisation through a change, using strategies to keep people engaged, looking at how an organisation is structured and designed, and analysing how the workforce could be more efficient and effective.
Most of my clients are in financial services, although I have done work for the NHS, the police and technology firms.
I also do various internal things like graduate recruitment. For instance, I go to universities to speak with students potentially interested in management consulting. I also assess candidates that apply to the graduate scheme and that come through to the assessment centre.
I was on the committee of an internal employee network in a leadership role, and I am currently a Career Mentor to several A-level students through a Corporate Responsibility initiative I am taking part in.
So my role is quite varied!
2.How would you describe yourself?
Independent – maybe some would say a bit too self-sufficient at times. Outward-focussed – it is a little cliché, but I do enjoy meeting new people and having new experiences, otherwise it begins to feel a bit stale for me.
Goal-orientated – I am usually good at figuring out what I want and map out a way of getting it.
3.What attracted you to being part of the judging panel?
It sounded like a great opportunity that was recommended to me, and I thought it would be a good way of watching and listening to really good people do some public speaking.
4.What advice would you give to beginner public speakers?
From personal experience, I would say
1) You never look as nervous as you think you are coming across
2) Try not to get into the audience’s head too much – it will throw you off completely
3) When you are just being yourself, the authenticity shows, and people really do warm to it
5.What’s the biggest lesson you have learnt throughout your career?
The biggest lesson I have learned is it is really down to you to go after the opportunities you want. They won’t necessarily always be handed to you – and that’s not even meant in a harsh way.
I have seen people complain about how they hate X, Y, and Z situations, but when asked what they are doing about it, I either get a blank look in reply or a shrug. Lethargy is a good thing in only certain situations. Sometimes it’s down to the individual to make the changes needed so they can get the opportunities they want. I realise this isn’t always possible. Sometimes, people are in situations that they can’t get out of, no matter how much they try. This lesson really applies to those situations where someone can make a change, but does not have the will to do so.
6.What do you love most about public speaking?
It gives you the opportunity to share ideas or stories you are passionate about with a big audience. One of the top fears all over the world is public speaking. I think being able to successfully conquer that fear by standing on a platform and connecting with an audience of people is pretty powerful and pretty impressive.
7.What are you hoping to see from the contestants?
Being authentic – being themselves completely. Not putting on a certain persona or image that they think the audience will like
Being passionate – being really engaged and interested in the session, and the topics of their speeches
Being relatable – being able to connect with the audience in some way, whether it is through the topic, humour, or at a very personal level
8.Have you had the opportunity to contribute to any magazines or national/local press?
9.What do you feel is your contribution to the world of public speaking?
I would say my contributions are a rich range of experiences from the world of work, travelling and working in different countries that I can pool together and draw from to inform the stories I weave into my talks and the ways I connect with audiences.
10.Are you a member of any specific speaking clubs and/or groups?
Not at the moment.
11.Please list your own website, twitter, LinkedIn details