Rehersal Day for TEDxBreda – We are not just behind the scene, we are part of the scene!

By Dana Leahu
on 2 November 2016 at 5:35

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Working in a team is always satisfying and often, it can even be fun. TEDxBreda will take place tomorrow and all of us players are working hard in putting together the best event possible. Today we are at the MEZZ, assembling the stage, blowing-up balloons and pep-talking speakers.

TEDxBreda sets the bar high for local events. The volunteer teams have been working hard all day, doing sound checks, testing the video, and practicing the talks so that tomorrow everything goes well. Since early on in the morning the volunteers have already arrived and there is a high level of activity as everyone finds their teams and their duties for the day.

Kimberley Boom gave everyone encouragement about the event and the responsibilities. We are not just behind the scenes, we are are part of the scene. While we discuss the technical issues behind the setting up of the livestreaming, the tech crew is putting the final touches on the video and audio, making sure that everything will be perfect. Everyone is excited and active. People are moving chairs, setting up clouds in the air, preparing drinks, assembling and disassembling screws and bolts. It does give a certain level of satisfaction realising how we are all working towards the great, common goal of making TEDxBreda an absolutely great event.

Speakers are off stage, on stage, discussing the events that led to this day. Menno is preparing the speakers. He’s great with people and this shows in his way of addressing the event with great and definite infections enthusiasm.


The synergy between the crew, the volunteers and the speakers is palpable. Things don’t always go smooth – as I type this, there’s a huge blast of bass coming from the speakers as the tech team is sound testing, cutting through the constant hum of everyone simply doing their job and being helpful. Lights go on and off. Testing, always double testing to make sure that whoever is in charge of one thing, does the best to deliver.

In the room I see the speakers, it’s the first time I see them “live”, prior to introducing them in our communications. Some seem nervous, other chill. Some of whom I’ve actually met in person remind me that we’re all people and they are just more awesome than most. As I am sure you are as well, I am curious about their talks and how they will inspire us today, tomorrow and for years to come. Maybe tomorrow, together we can launch the idea that will revolutionise the world. And that is indeed something to be excited about.

See you tomorrow live from the MEZZ Breda and livestream!

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Dana Leahu

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