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Medical science says that human body produces 4 types of happy hormones/neurotransmitters.  And when our body is under producing or not producing those hormones; medical practitioners prescribe external drugs to supplements those happy hormones.  They are 

  1. ENDORPHINS: These are strain, pain and fear masking hormones or neuro-transmitters.  When a marathon runner is competing Endorphins masks the pain creating a high to complete the run.  That’s why runners feel the pain next day or after some hours of completing the run.
  2. DOPAMINE: Dopamine controls the brain’s reward and pleasure centers. Dopamine enables us not only to see rewards, but to take action to move towards them.  Such as when we complete the marathon.  
  3. SEROTONIN:  You feel the surge of Serotonin when you receive applause for your achievements.   The good thing is that the receiver and provider both feel the surge of Serotonin when applause takes place.  Serotonin is a mood enhancing neurotransmitter/hormone.
  4. OXYTOCIN: This hormone/neurotransmitter is responsible for creating bond between friends, family and loved ones.   You feel surge of Oxytocin when you are among the loved one.

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gureilaThis week I was attending a Toastmasters club meeting.  And guess what?  Holidays, Ramdhan and host of other reasons; the participation was down to 6 Toastmasters.  What should we do? Chat, exchange pleasantries and quit.   Somehow decision was taken to attempt Table Topics and format would be as such

  1. Every members will attempt Table Topic for  5 minutes
  2. Speaker would be evaluated by every member between 1 – 2 minutes
  3. Finally,  speaker will share his learning from the feedback.
  4. Speaker will remain on the stage/lectern till he has delivered his learning.

The participants agreed and the game began and ended, I reiterate ended because time flew by.   Sooner it was time to recharge the 2 hours parking time.

My feedback is,  in those two hours I received the maximum sticky learning and am certain others participants share the same feeling.  Let me share my learning from the Table topics exercise

  1. Deliver Guerrilla opening and if possible a Guerilla closing ( An act or statement that will surprise the audience)
  2. Deliver your talk with energy and passion
  3. Attack the topic and don’t waiver if it’s a closed ended topic.  Else you will miss the point.
  4. 5 minutes is a short time, so don’t beat around the bush to complement the time.  Get to the point and then weave your story. 

Every cloud has a silver lining and behind every cloud is the bright sun shine.  I am sharing this incidence so other clubs can take a cue and if not Table Topic they can run a ditto with project evaluation.



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