Speaker Rehearsal Day

Speaker Rehearsal Day

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Last Saturday was the final group rehearsal day for TEDxEindhoven speakers. With one month to go until the main event, this year’s speakers have been polishing their presentations and putting in the rehearsal hours to make sure their talks are the best they can be.

Thanks to the support of our external presentation coaches, Annelies Robinson-Weijman from Feedback Training & Consulting and Serge van Rooij from Bex* Communication, as well as the TEDxEindhoven program team, the TEDxEindhoven 2017 speakers are almost ready. They spent the rehearsal day practicing in front of a live audience (the extended TEDxEindhoven team), ironing out technical glitches and implementing constructive feedback. Because we believe that each idea worth spreading deserves uniquely tailored preparation and coaching. One of the objectives for each speaker during this group rehearsal day was to find the right balance between the three E’s of presenting:

  • Education
  • Entertainment
  • Empowerment

This is a framework that our own TEDxEindhoven program team member, Mark Robinson from Mark Robinson Training, uses in his presentation skills training courses. Of course, this is just one of the frameworks commonly used in presentation techniques. But it’s not the only one, and it certainly doesn’t overwrite the uniqueness of each speaker and each topic.

To sum up the group rehearsal day according to the three E’s… The collective intelligence across this year’s speaker lineup is truly extraordinary so they have no problem with the first E; Education. Even the most technical topics will be brought to life in a way anyone can understand. But that means our speakers have to make sure their Entertainment and Empowerment are just as strong. Fortunately, Entertainment flows quite freely from passion. And our speakers are definitely passionate about their topics, ranging from abolishing intellectual property to the science of walking plastic to learning about love from robots.

So that leaves Empowerment, which is where you, our audience, comes into it. We promised to illuminate, energize and enlighten you with this year’s theme, Lightbulb Moments. As our speakers share interpretations of their Lightbulb Moments, they will give something to you, something that challenges you, inspires you or compels you to act. This is Empowerment – the power of ideas worth spreading.
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