The First-Ever Rutgers-Camden Student to Become a TEDx Speaker by Priyal Shah

My experience as a TEDx speaker for this year’s conference was nothing short of amazing. The entire process was very well organized, and the team was very flexible with my needs as a speaker, especially with timelines and meeting deadlines. I appreciated the constant communication and feedback from the TEDx team about solidifying my talk while making sure it adhered to the guidelines presented by TED. They were very quick to respond, which helped expedite the process and focus on the memorization and execution aspect of the talk despite it being holiday time. I owe a great deal of gratitude to my speech coach Bareeq for attending all the meetings with me to help with bringing my vision to reality, from creation to execution. She went above and beyond to make sure this talk was perfect to my liking by spending time making the talk conversational, meeting in person to give me delivery techniques, and supporting me overall throughout this entire process. Although I wished the conference could have been live and in-person, I think the quick turnaround and execution of the virtual recordings and conference was a very smooth transition. I was informed of all of the tips to look the part and record virtually, which was very helpful in mentally preparing for the shift. However, I am grateful that the team arranged for me to have the opportunity to record in person, as that helped with the execution of the talk in feeling more authentic and professional. All in all, I am very excited for the conference talks to go live, and I am very grateful for this opportunity to be a part of something bigger than me and share my ideas with the community through TEDxRutgersCamden!

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