TED x Bucharest 2012 – The Presenters : Bassam Gemayel & Irina Sarbu
Picture from the TEDx Album on Facebook.
To start with : This is a piece of learning. About leadership and holding the room.
All occasions are moments of learning : If there is a will !
TEDx events always opens up with the Presenters. As this was TEDx BUCHAREST 2012 I expected that the presenters would be great leaders who could brilliantly hold their space, up at stage. I expected them to be outstanding. That’s what we were there for: to be exceptionally inspired.
It takes 2-5 minutes to make impression. During those minutes it is good if the presenter manage to make the audience laugh or connect with them in one way or the other.
Those two presenters didn’t do that.
Instead they brought chaos.
From the very beginning it looked like we were witnessing an unhearsed rehearsal. They were whimsy, babbly and had no capability to ”hold the room”.
When a leader is taking the space 100 % the audience feel no need to help or fill in anything. At TEDx, us, in the audience had the big urge to go up to stage and say : please remove them ! Especially Irina. She was completely marginalizing herself. Making herself smaller than she is. Silly. Ridiculous. I expect a woman on stage, in a forum like TEDx, to be strong and a leadership-type, modeling ”can do” capable attitude. To be a strong role model for other women. Romanian women need that too !
Irina was the opposite.
I believe Bassam, the guy, could have done a much better job without her: or : Irina should have practice more before going on stage ! There were times when the audience could see a glimpse of Bassam’s strengths as a moderator, however, he lost faith in himself and played along with the silly game on stage.
What a shame.
A host couple can be funny and intelligent.
These two were not.
–Take it as a learning TEDx !
Both individuals and organizations can always learn more and develop.
So, this was not a failure. It was a huge learning occasion for the organizers and for the presenters.
Take responsibility and do something about it for next year.