Speaker Workshops: An immersive journey

It’s two weeks to event day, and some people are still pitching ideas, hoping to be part of the speaker line-up on the 23rd of August. What many don’t realize is the absolutely mesmerizing creative process that our speakers immerse themselves into while preparing for their talks… This doesn’t happen overnight.

Our process isn’t that demanding, or so we hope ;)…

1. Pitch your idea
2. Audition
3. Give yourself over to this experience as we take you on a one-month ride! And it’s quite a roller-coaster!

To me, this is akin to being placed in the slicer. Your speech slowly dissected and then put back together. One of our 2013 speakers likened this to having your babies taken from you…that’s how emotional this process can be, with every sentence you’ve written being so dear to your heart!

Jasmina Najjar

But the emotional roller-coaster that accompanies these workshops is worth it!

Yesterday, our speakers and organizers cried (lots of crying I tell you!), clapped, engaged in ‘healthy’ debate, and cheered on as they watched one another rehearse… getting feedback from every single person in the room! Our speakers become one another’s cheerleaders… supporting each other all the way. Speakers at TED and TEDx events aren’t paid; this is common knowledge. What is more interesting, though, is that over a period of a couple of weeks, our speakers become full-fledged volunteers in their own right! Need some extra articulation lessons? One of our speakers might volunteer! Need help with the lights on stage? Why not, a speaker can share their expertise! Need some dance tips that can help you look confident? One of our speakers rushes to the task!

Our speaker coach, Rabih el Khodr, shared this hilarious – and quite accurate – video yesterday… a must watch for anyone contemplating public speaking. It’s TED: the Musical

Thank you for being our uncle in this crazy journey of ours…!

And to everyone reading this… the more I get to know these speakers, the more I know that I won’t be letting go of TEDx anytime soon 😉

Join our event and be part of the TEDx movement in Lebanon!


And of course… nothing can be accomplished without food! right?
Thank you CreamdelaCreme for ensuring we remained sane over the past couple of weeks!



About Reine Azzi

An instructor who teaches so many different courses at university! Best way to remain passionately challenged! I'm also the licensee, curator, and host of TEDxLAU which adds so much excitement to my life!
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One Response to Speaker Workshops: An immersive journey

  1. Rabih says:

    Lovely read Reine! Being the uncle of the TEDxLAU family has been (and continues to be) one of the most rewarding experiences of my public speaking training career. Keep it up!

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