I get asked to host an array of events, from awards dinners to charity fundraisers, city events to food festivals, and a whole lot more. When Lesley Taylor (BCU Graduate+ Programme Lead) at Birmingham City University asked me to host Birmingham’s second ever TEDx, I was delighted to get involved. I was even more excited to mentor a co-host from BCU, Caprice Bound, who was about to present live, her second and largest event to date!
Guest speakers from all areas of the city included: Anthony Daulphin (Leap of Faith), Victoria Masso (Curiosity, for Tech’s Sake!), Linda Jones (Burn Out to Brilliance), Professor Adam Crizzle (Help Me! I’m Only Human), Sophie Milliken (The Truth Behind the Showreel), Raj Holness, DR Karl George MBE and West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street.
We were also indulged by amazing entertainment from Birmingham’s own, and now legendary, Aston Performing Arts Academy as well as the wonderful Lyriqe, and the superb, Electric, who all performed with such passion and energy.
The team front of house, and back stage in tech, did an extraordinary job in ensuring professionalism, smoothness and a competent delivery in ensuring an inspiring TEDx transpired and will subsequently be seen by millions around the world, once it goes up on the popular TEDx platform.
I enjoyed working with all of the teams in all departments, and also helping to calm the nerves and support the energies of great inspiring speakers who had to deliver to an audience, and cameras, for approximately 15 minutes each. Congratulations to all.
Finally, special recognition goes to Caprice, who pulled off a great co-host presenting roll and to Lesley Taylor, and her team, for making sure the event happened with amazing people on board.