I borrowed the heading for this post from the 5th Chapter, entitled Do I need you?, of David Eagleman’s book “the Brain – The Story of you”, and I’m using it because we had such a fun meeting this week at Tunbridge Wells Speakers Club. The energy in the room vibrated as we welcomed 9 guests, some new and some who had visited us before. They got involved in the warm-up, where the Toastmaster for the evening helps relax people by creating an opportunity for people to say a few words based on a random suggestion. This week, the suggestion was to provide 3 uses for a paperclip other than what it was designed for. And then later in the evening, after the main speeches, they all volunteered to take part in the Table Topics session, which was beautifully facilitated by Richard Green who provided some challenging and interesting topics for us to attempt to speak about for up to 2 minutes.
Was it a stretch for some of us? The answer has to be a yes, and that’s the point, isn’t it, to find a comfortable and safe place you can learn, a place to develop a new skill and to increase your confidence? In his book, David Eagleman asks the question,
“What does your brain need to function normally? Beyond the nutrients from the food you eat, beyond the oxygen you breathe, beyond the water you drink, there’s something else, something equally as important: It needs other people. Normal brain function depends on the social web around us. Our neurons require other people’s neurons to thrive and survive.”
It’s exciting to see us growing as a club. Each new visitor brings along new benefits and new opportunities to share stories, to interact, to learn from one another and grow as individuals.
We hope to see you soon.