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PERSONAL DEVELopment

REVOLUTIONISE YOUR Public Speaking

Do you shit your pants when you have to give presentations at work? Are you worried that you sound boring and everyone hates you? They probably do. But don't worry, Rebel Lectures is here to help.

This talk will look at what the great revolutionary speakers in history can teach us about the art of public speaking. How did the leaders of social change inspire people to rise up and fight for something?

We'll offer tips to help you become a master orator and have thousands of people hanging on your every word (or at least be less boring). The lecture will be delivered by Freddie Sorensen; experienced public speaker, TV Producer, podcast addict, emotional wreck, and leader of the most aggressive revolution in the history of bingo. 

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Mental Health

Depression for BEGINNERS

Depression wipes people out. It's scary and weird. Most people aren't ready for it. I wasn't. I didn't know what was happening, where to go with it or what to do with it.  I was freaking out. My friends and family didn't know what to do with it either. We were all a bit lost and it wasn't getting better. 

In this lecture I talk about the onset of depression and what it felt like. Based on what I've learned since, I'll try to explain a bit about what it is, and some of the things you can do, as a sufferer or friend, to start to deal with it. Depression is something to be grappled with. You can learn how to cope with it. But when you're just starting out it can feel very hopeless. This lecture is designed for those who are just getting to grips with their demons, want to helping someone who is, or just want to know a bit more from someone who's been there.

About the lecturer: Freddie Sorensen is a live event and television producer of shows like Britain's Got Talent, The Royal Variety Performance and Rebel Bingo. He has a masters degree in psychology from the University of Nottingham and is a highly experienced depressive.

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Mental Health

Depression for WINNERS

Depression doesn't have a great rep. It's got a really depressing name. But depression isn't all bad. I mean it's bad. But you can find your true power way down deep in the darkness. It's where the dragons are. And they've got all the gold.

In this lecture I talk about the good bits of depression and why I'm now grateful for it. I'll share some very useful things I learned along the way and some of the ticks I use to try to stay out of the depths of hell. You can't control the waves, but you can learn to surf.

About the lecturer: Freddie Sorensen is a live event and television producer of shows like Britain's Got Talent, The Royal Variety Performance and Rebel Bingo. He has a masters degree in psychology from the University of Nottingham and is a highly experienced depressive.

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Parenting

How to fuck your kids Up the least

Most people want "what's best" for their kids. But no one knows what that means. Do we, as a society, even understand what we're supposed to be doing? What we value? What's important?

You will fuck up your kids. You'll never know exactly how or why, but you will. This lecture looks at some of the things that scientific research and popular commentators have to say about how we should be parenting, as well as things we can do in order to not pass on all of our ridiculousness to our children.

Non-parents will get a lot from this lecture. Especially the ones who haven't grown up yet. We could all do with making sure we know how to parent ourselves before we become parents. 

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SOCIETY

THE PROBLEM WITH ATHEISM

In 1882 Nietzsche famously declared that “God is dead". Science and rationality swept away religion as the guiding force in society. Europe no longer needed God as the source for all morality and order in the universe; philosophy and science could now do that for us. Atheists rejoiced. Religious practices crumbled.

The century that followed the scientific revolution was the bloodiest century in the history of the world. Two world wars, the Russian Revolution, Moa’s China and countless social and political uprisings led to the death of millions.

Today depression and mental illness are more prevalent than ever before. People are struggling to find meaning in their lives. Shopping, fitness classes and successful careers don’t seem to be enough for people. Could it be that in doing away with religion we threw the baby out with the bath water? Are there aspects of religion that we are now sorely missing. This talk is about what we can learn from the idea of God, how to find purpose in your life, and what that can mean for society, for communities, and for your own sanity.