Here at The Wisdom Factory, we often get involved with stuff that really matters! But it was with trepidation that I accepted an invitation to speak for one hour to a Marie Curie Cancer Support Group in Solihull. I expected about a dozen in the audience, but around 70 people, all of whom were either waiting for treatment for cancer, receiving it, or recovering, turned up to hear me speak about my experience of a brain tumour. I told them straight off that I'd never spoken to an audience about it before, and I never would again - this was for one night only, period! For a start, how do you approach the subject? Do you include humour for instance, and hope for the best? Do you keep it serious and end up stood on top of a tall building along with everyone else? Sounds like a fun night, huh?
Well, just occasionally you feel that as a speaker you shouldn't hold anything back, and if it's an emotional roller coaster for you, then just take the audience along as well. So we rode it together and yes, there were laughter, tears, and everything in between. It wasn't a massive audience, but for those of us in the room, it was a massive night. Put simply, they were the most important audience I've ever addressed!
Afterwards, they used words like "Brilliant", Inspirational", "Overwhelming" - all words you can find in any dictionary. But I don't think words that adequately describe how I feel about them have been invented yet.
Sometimes you get lucky enough to do something that's a one-off, and just worth doing in itself. It was that sort of night....
John Kemp, Head of Training