How to be Remembered by Dana Denis-Smith

How To Be Remembered | Dana Denis-Smith

To the question, 'Who are you?', you might be able to answer it in a few words. However, what about your children or perfect strangers in the future? How will they remember you? Help them remember the person you are by building your own biography proactively, now. If you want to be remembered, make sure to leave behind a box of memories to help history make sense of your life.

Founder of the First 100 Years Project, a ground-breaking history project that is putting women back in their place, by charting the journey of the women working in law since 1919. Celebrating these women and the progress of women in law is only possible with facts, such as names, dates, and cases; otherwise, she explains, history is simply analysis and opinion. Dana shows how looking at the past is both enriching and grounding, as well as a great place to learn how to shape the future.

Getting Legless by Lance Corporal Cassidy Little

Getting Legless | Lance Corporal Cassidy Little

Cassidy Little, former Royal Marine Commando, talks about his journey up to the present, in 3 chapters. Ballet, War and recovery. All this to discover his 5 key themes to guide anyone through life.

A veteran and winner of The People's Strictly Come Dancing. Cassidy will be talking about resilience and cheerfulness in the face of undeniable adversity. “Pride. Determination. Aggression. Resilience. Cheerful in the face of adversity.” @Bears_eat_oats

Life Discovery by Dame Kelly Holmes

Life Discovery | Dame Kelly Holmes

Dame Kelly admits to being obsessed and driven by success and is motivated in providing inspiration to others to achieve their own goals in life.

Dame Kelly Holmes won two Gold Medals at Athens Olympics in 2004 for the 800m and 1500m cementing her place in history as the first women ever in Great Britain to win two gold medals at the same games. Having served in the military she was awarded an MBE for her services to the British Army in 1998 and was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 2005 for her services to sport.

In 2008 Kelly founded and is now President of The Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, which helps disadvantaged young people in the UK. Kelly opened a her own coffeehouse in her hometown of Hildenborough in December 2014 which is named Café 1809,(pronounced one eight oh nine) after the Olympic race number worn in Athens.

The Importance of a Hug by Polly Taylor BEM

The Importance Of A Hug | Polly Taylor BEM

Cancer certainly helped me discover how valuable life and time are and also taught me the importance of giving time to others. Giving time with love and hugs is very rewarding and healing to one's own wellbeing.

Founder and force behind the Pickering Cancer Centre. Polly calls herself old-fashioned and believes that time is the most important gift that you can give a person. When that time pairs with a smile and laughter, all the better. When that person has cancer, or is supporting someone who has cancer, time and a smile have the power to change a lifetime of memories. Polly shares her vision and her reasons for creating a place for cancer patients to talk.

Using Family to Facilitate Discovery by Louis King-Cox & Adrian King-Cox

Using Family To Facilitate Discovery | Louis King-Cox & Adrian King-Cox

Father and son Adrian and Louis King-Cox tell a story of discovery and friendship made possible through a strong familial bond. Exploring how this relationship forms and the benefits of such a dynamic.

Father and son, son and father. They are growing up together, expanding their music and artistic tastes and learning about each other along the way.

Father and son, son and father. They are growing up together, expanding their music and artistic tastes and learning about each other along the way.

Queen of Dialysis: What Happened Next by Maddy Warren

Queen Of Dialysis: What Happened Next | Maddy Warren

Maddy Warren has kept herself alive every night on home dialysis since 1997. In her second visit to TEDx RTW she talks more about how relying on life support has made her steadfastly positive and a firm believer that anything is possible; driving her to champion change in the world of dialysis and kidney care.

The return of Maddy Warren, Queen of Dialysis. Maddy our well-loved previous speaker will be coming back to share a bit about what has happened to her since the last time she was on stage with us.

The Other Side of Syria by Lara Khalaf

The Other Side Of Syria | Lara Khalaf

Why is some people's assumption of Syria so ingrained? should we be thinking more about Syrians? in this talk we celebrate the Syrian’s contribution to the world in the face of adversity. This intimate account by Lara Khalaf tells her story of arriving in the UK without speaking the language, through to becoming a Leadership Coach and Customer Experience Expert. 

Lara Khalaf, a Syrian woman and resident of the UK for over 13 years who now finds herself in a fascinating socio-cultural juxtaposition with the refugee men of Syria that are now reaching out to her for help.

The Fall and Rise of a Gambling Addict by Justyn Rees Larcombe

The Fall And Rise Of A Gambling Addict | Justyn Rees Larcombe

This is a shocking story of how a free £5 bet led to a full blown addiction to online gambling. How someone who had it all could loose everything, including his job, his family and his home and then find hope and restoration.

Justyn Rees Larcombe had everything. Highly successful fast-track career. Beautiful wife and three sons. Having lost it all through a relentless addiction to online gambling, he is now campaigning for education and a change in laws, and shares his wisdom for those who may be struggling with secret habits, compulsions and additions of all types.

This Talk Isn’t Very Good. Dancing With My Inner Critic by Steve Chapman

This Talk Isn’t Very Good. Dancing With My Inner Critic | Steve Chapman

Steve Chapman shines a light on his inner critic - that whisper in his ear that constantly tells him he isn’t good enough and that he should never try anything new or risk making a fool of himself.

Steve tells the story of how a personal experience of failure led him to begin an MI5 style investigation into his inner critic and how he has used a variety of experimental and creative means to learn to dance with it, rather than do battle with it. 

Explores the deeper recesses of personality, and talks about his relationship with his own ‘inner critic’ and self-doubt. Using creative practices, gestalt principles and mask work, he shows us that our identity and sense of self isn’t as fixed as we may believe. By learning to dance with his inner critic, rather than fight it, he has been able to notice and understand things he wasn't aware of, and in doing so, liberate more of his own creative ambitions.

Interior Design is About More Than Wallpaper and Bean Bags by Phoebe Oldrey

Interior Design is About More Than Wallpaper and Bean Bags | Phoebe Oldrey

All too often Interior Design is feed to us as a frivolous art of cushions and seasonal trends but could there be a hidden power to make our lives better Physically, Emotionally and Visually? Interior Designer Phoebe Oldrey shares the power of Interior spaces to shape our emotions and her passion for designing for the people who use those spaces.

Phoebe Oldrey an interior designer who wants to remind us to think less about the beanbags and the pretty things, and discover more about the layout of spaces and the impact that has on productivity and wellbeing.

Angel of the Dump - a Story of Courageous Love by Jane Walker MBE

Angel of the Dump - a Story of Courageous Love | Jane Walker MBE

Jane Walker MBE describes her incredible journey from a homeless teenager to a successful social entrepreneur. Jane founded PCF (, providing life changing services for child workers and innovative livelihood projects that upskill the community and recycle waste into handmade products. 

In 2002, Jane Walker started two charities, one in the UK to raise funds for a charity she started in the Philippines. Jane has developed highly successful poverty reduction programs for disenfranchised communities in some of the worst slums in Manila. Following her fantastic work, she was awarded an MBE in 2009 and won the Woman of the Year UK award in 2010. When the charity established local financial support, Jane handed over the day to day management of the Philippine charity in 2015 to the local board of trustees and CEO. Jane and her team turned their attention to the UK, where Jane is the CEO for the Purple Community Fund, a charity that provides social enterprise projects for socially vulnerable people living in the UK and internationally. She continues to support and work with PCF Philippines and has expanded the international arm of the charity to work in Pakistan and Tanzania.

What Happens When You Take Someone at Face Value? by Henry Rose Lee

What Happens When You Take Someone at Face Value? | Henry Rose Lee

Henry Rose Lee is an expert in being Faceblind. This has meant that her inability to recognise faces has given her powerful techniques to compensate, that non-faceblind people can develop too.

To really get to the heart of someone’s communication, even when they’re trying to hide the truth, Henry Rose Lee shares what you can do.

A true headliner in her life of everyday discovery. Ten years ago, Henry learned she was “face blind”, and cannot recognise people she knows by their facial features...not even her husband. It has taught her a lot about how to see people in other ways, and getting to the heart of what really matters for them.

Have You Ever Wondered What Butterflies Wings Sound Like? by Paul Cheese

Have You Ever Wondered What Butterflies Wings Sound Like? | Paul Cheese

From the tops of mountains to deep under ground, discovering sounds and inspiration in unusual and unexpected locations to create music and audio photographs.

Local sampler of sounds and maker of music. Following a childhood where he wasn’t allowed to leave the drive, he now makes a habit and a career of exploration on two wheels. The results of his discoveries come through in songwriting and composing and more.

Starting to Improvise by Graham Mann

Starting To Improvise | Graham Mann

Beginning with just one note and thinking of music as language, here's a way of learning how to improvise and converse with your fellow musicians. Mistakes are allowed and even encouraged! 

Graham Mann, Musical Director of Kent Youth Jazz Orchestra talks about rhythm and improvisation and shares some big tunes that will raise the roof.

Discovering the Joy of Travelling for Business by Joaquim Bretcha

Discovering the Joy of Travelling for Business | Joaquim Bretcha

Business meetings can turn into a cultural interchange. Why you shouldn't stay in your hotel after a business trip in another town. The importance of language to reach the heart of your interlocutor. Joaquim, a professional from Barcelona that travels the world for business purposes, shares his tips on how to get the most out of travelling.

On the face of it, your standard business traveller from Barcelona. But Joaquim has his own take on how to discover the city you find yourself in. Come and hear what he finds out when he starts discovering Royal Tunbridge Wells.

What do You Think You’re Looking at? by Philip Clemo

What do You Think You’re Looking at? | Philip Clemo 

How would it feel if you no longer recognised your world? Could you learn to look in the way you listen to a piece of music?

Philip Clemo challenges familiarity through the use of cutting-edge technology to explore the hidden mysteries of the world all around us: even our own bodies can become alien landscapes when viewed through Clemo’s lens. In this TEDx he talks about his ground-breaking Breath Project

Hopes to give us an opportunity to explore the world as a two-year old might; the way a pre-verbal child might experience something for the first time. He invites us to go deeply into the experience of listening; pushing the creative boundaries of technology. Philip’s Breath Project is only the beginning; exploring non-verbal and pre-verbal communication for those hungry to experience the world around us without words.

Stepping Out from the Fickle Finger of Fate by Natasha Courtenay-Smith

Stepping Out from the Fickle Finger of Fate | Natasha Courtenay-Smith 

So many of us have so many talents, and can do and be so much. But we live in a world in which so many of us wait for opportunities to be gifted to us and keep our talents to ourselves. We pin our future on the next round of promotions, and when it doesn’t happen, we buckle down for another year. Natasha Courtenay-Smith will be talking about how to stop waiting to be chosen and how to empower yourself to reach your own goals.

Here's why she'll give a terrific TEDx talk: Natasha is an entrepreneur, digital strategist and author of the Million Dollar Blog. She works with clients including celebrities, business owners, private health care clinics and charities to help them improve their visibility and reach new audiences both online and through mainstream media. Natasha is a former national newspaper journalist who founded one of the UK’s first online press agencies, which was acquired by the SWNS media group in 2014. She brings to bear both her experience in mainstream and online media for her clients.

We all have a favourite TED talk. Here's Natasha's: Amy Cuddy: Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are

Natasha wants you to walk away from her talk thinking: That we all have it within ourselves to achieve our goals. That we can all empower ourselves to get to where we want to go.

Learn more about Natasha by checking her out on: Her websiteTwitter and Instagram.

Get Back to Nature for Good Mental Health by Caroline Arnold

Get Back to Nature for Good Mental Health | Caroline Arnold 

Caroline Arnold is a Tunbridge Wells local who runs a charity on a 500 acre Organic Dairy Farm at Bore Place, near Chiddingstone. She’s passionate about the environment, the countryside and the great outdoors and actively works with young people to educate them about the environment, sustainability, and how getting out in nature can help manage mental health issues. While most of us are tapping on our phones, she's tapping into the productivity of the land and teaching others to live a more sustainable and natural life. Now doesn't that sound like a breath of fresh air? 

Here's why she'll give a terrific TEDx talk: Caroline will share her thoughts and experiences on why it is time to get back to some good old fashioned basics and how this can deliver great educational, vocational, self-esteem and confidence outcomes in the young people we work with. By the end of her talk, we’ll all be itching to get out of One Warwick Park and into the countryside!

Here's what Caroline wants you to take away from her talk: That working with others is important. Whether it's with people in different fields, or people or individuals in areas with common interests, working together will allow you to create important connections, build your networks and spark ideas for future collaborations.

Learn more about Caroline by visiting her on: Her websiteFacebook, and Twitter.

Make Failure Your Friend if You Want to Succeed by Elise Pacquette

Make Failure Your Friend if You Want to Succeed | Elise Pacquette

Elise Pacquette has done a great deal in her life. After growing up in Tunbridge Wells, she moved to London and has been living there for the past 19 years. In those years, she has been an artist/illustrator, stage manager, prop maker, art teacher, degree lecturer, communication support worker, and a qualified sign language interpreter. But her true work doesn't feature on her CV– she's a social entrepreneur who is passionate about making sure pre-teens safely and confidently become independent in adulthood. And part of making healthy and happy adults involves thinking about how we grow and fail in a whole new way. 

A little bit about her and why she'll give a terrific TEDx talk: Elise is the founder of Funpactand the creator of The Bridging The Gap course which offers a unique opportunity for parents/carers and their pre-teens to explore the journey towards independence together. An idea Elise had in the middle of the night three years ago has now developed into an award winning social enterprise hosted by schools and youth and health centres in West London. In her talk at TEDxRoyalTunbridgeWellsWomen, she will challenge us teach our children to become fearless in the face of failure so they can live more successful lives. 

Elise's favourite TED talks: Ric Elias: 3 Things I Learned While My Plane CrashedBrène Brown: The Power of Vulnerability, and Jill Bolte Taylor: My Stroke of Insight.

Here's what Elise wants you to take away from her talk: To go away feeling differently about not achieving something you set your heart on because you have gained an insight regarding the power of time to change something in your past which was labelled as a ‘failure’ into something more successful than the original aim would have achieved. By re-mapping and re-labelling that previous failure, you can help re-evaluate current circumstances and indeed the future. This can lead you to being braver with your risks, letting go of past regret, and being more positive about your future knowing that whatever happens is part of your journey.

You can learn more about Elise over on: Twitter and her website.

Why I Want Men to Stand Up For the F Word by Jordan Jones

Why I Want Men To Stand Up For The F Word | Jordan Jones

There are three things that TEDxRoyalTunbridgeWellsWomen speaker Jordan Jones wants you to know about him:
1. He was born at a time when there was still a green Power Ranger. (#80’sBaby!)
2. He has an unhealthy relationship to chocolate. (Which he's working on...)
3. 353 days a year, he is a Black Feminist. (He takes 12 days a year to recover)

But this isn't all you should know about Jordan...

Here's why he'll give a terrific TEDx talk: In some ways, Jordan feels like he behaves like a stereotypical man and has learned to accept his love of contact sports and crude Will Ferrell films without self-flagellation. But on his journey to obliterating the social disease that is patriarchy, he's constantly acknowledging his privilege as a man whilst navigating through the impact of how his race is perceived by others.

Growing up in a predominately female household, Jordan never knew where his place as a man was in the fight to end patriarchy, or if by being a man he was, by definition, part of the problem. With many (needed) women-only spaces, he craved a place where he could have his voice be heard as an ally. This search led him to become a volunteer facilitator with @GreatMenUK, which delivers workshops to young boys in secondary schools across England to discuss gender, equality, violence, masculinity and identity. Jordan feels truly fortunate to be able to positively contribute to the next generation of young men in such a profound way.

Jordan says, "A woman once told me, ‘I am my politics and I can't switch it off, once I do that, I die’. This has always stayed with me, I do the day-to-day, ordinary things I love, but I never stop challenging the inequalities that have become part of society's fabric." He goes on to say, "Whilst I try not to stand on my soap box too often, I truly believe it is every single human being's responsibility to make this world a better place, not just for ourselves, but to honour those who came before us and to support those who will come after us. In the words of Dylan Kwabena Mills, 'Fix Up Look Sharp'."

We all have a favourite TED talk. Here are some of Jordan's: Will Stephen: How To Sound Smart in Your TEDx TalkDan Slepian: Voices From Within, and Sam Berns: My Philosophy for a Happy Life

Here's what Jordan wants you to take away from his talk: Words are only as good as the impact it has on the recipient. With this in mind, he wants the audience to feel invigorated. He wants them to feel challenged & motivated to take an action in the world, an action which makes a difference with someone or something in the fight for equality.

There is an integral need to hold all men and boys to account for the role they play in equality. Jordan doesn't want people to listen to his talk, clap, smile and then forget about it. He wants people to feel what he feels, he wants them to make a stand for what it is they believe in. The past has shown that change can only occur when the status quo is challenged. What will you challenge? 

You can learn more about Jordan on: Twitter