Birmingham Speaks


Working with the next generation of great communicators, helping them master the single skill that will set them apart now and for the rest of their lives - that is my greatest joy and my greatest passion. 

Birmingham Speaks Youth Programs


Do you love listening to TED talks? Have you ever wanted to give one of your own? If so, we invite you to join us for one of our programs designed JUST for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors.


Choose from our Week-Long Summer Workshop (below) that includes participating in a live community event AND a professional recording of your talk or our Spring Weekend Intensive (click here) that helps you master the foundations of all great TED Talks. Either way you will walk away with exceptional communication and leadership skills that will help you stand out and be heard in high school, college and beyond.




Dynamic TED-Style Speaking - an immersive, experiential, TED-style speaking program designed JUST for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. 

TED Talks are the gold standard for public speaking. Learn a step-by-step method to inspire and motivate your audience. Master the art of storytelling, learn to paint strong visual imagery and understand how to get your audience behind your ideas, no matter how audacious or complex they seem. A fun, challenging and immersive workshop for those who need to wow and captivate.


You will learn how to deliver a powerful talk that builds communication, leadership and influence skills, and that can give you an edge in your college entrance interviews. We’ll break down the skills of the world’s most compelling speakers, and learn each of them in a way that even the newest of speakers can master.
















Drawing on many years of experience and a rich background in the fields of professional speaking, theatre, movement and dance, vocal performance, mindfulness, leadership development, and emotional intelligence, Birmingham Speaks has tailored this immersive learning experience so that you discover, develop and perform your powerful message in your unique delivery style.


And here’s the best part: at the conclusion of the course, students will share their five – ten minute talk in a live, community performance held in a Birmingham theatre venue (think professional lighting and sound) very similar to those you see in TED videos.


Each participant will be filmed at this event and provided a professionally edited, downloadable video of their performance, perfect for including with college applications and sharing on social media (this video production alone is worth more than $1200).

Some of the topics covered in this program include:  

Discovering Your Idea Worth Spreading – Find the intersection of your passion, your knowledge, and something the world cares about.

Building Your Mindfulness Mindset – Get grounded, connect with your message and your audience, and calm your nerves.

Creating a “through-line” – Determine the one thing you want your audience to remember about your talk.

Structuring Your Talk - Draw your audience into your talk and keep them with you until the very end.    

Landing Your Open and Sticking Your Close – Make your talk memorable.

Storytelling Skills that Move Hearts and Minds – Create the stories your audience wants to hear.

Owning the Stage – Use your voice and body to connect with and move your audience.

Mastering Presentation Prep – Learn content and delivery preparation skills that will help you in high school, college and beyond.


Throughout the entire course, you will have the unwavering support and guidance of the instructors and your fellow classmates. Instructor led one-on-one and small group time as well as peer community building, coaching and feedback sessions are built into the workshop.




Course dates: June 1 – June 6, 9 am – 4 pm.

Location: Homewood Public Library


Performance date: June 8, 2020

Location: TBA

TUITION: $1225

Payment options include a 25% discount for full payment at registration or a payment plan that divides full tuition into multiple payments (full payment must be completed by May 15).


We want every student in this program to have an amazing experience. To ensure this program is a perfect fit, we'd like to get to know you through a brief phone call.  You'll also have the opportunity to ask as many questions as you'd like.  If we decide we're a great fit, you can choose the payment option that is best for you, and we'll send you a link to reserve your spot.

Click on the "Let's Get Started" button below!

Spring Weekend Intensive










Not sure the Summer Workshop Experience is for you? Our Weekend Intensive for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors is just the thing to give you a strong foundation in TED-style public speaking and develop leadership and communication skills you will use in high school. college and beyond.

These are just some of things we will work on over the weekend:


  • Uncovering your ‘idea worth spreading,’ that will sit at the center of your talk

  • Structuring a powerful talk or presentation

  • Crafting stories that draw your audience in

  • Developing talk content that drives your idea home.

  • Using voice and movement to strengthen your relationship with your audience.

  • Finding your natural delivery style and using it as an advantage

  • Understanding the importance of the rehearsal process

  • Learning to express yourself by standing out and impacting your audience.

  • Combating nerves, speaking up, and getting your ideas heard

  • Sunday afternoon on-stage rehearsal/run-through in front of entire group.

Like our Summer Workshop, the Weekend Intensive is a mix of presentations, group discussions, small group exercises, individual work, masterclasses and rehearsal time. Because we keep the class size small (no more than 15 participants), there's plenty of time for individual coaching and feedback from the instructor and from each other.


Weekend Intensive Schedule:

(PLEASE NOTE: We start and end promptly. Please be on time.)



5:45 pm - 6:00 pm - Check-In

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Uncovering your "idea worth spreading" & introduction to talk structure


9:00 am  - Noon - Structure and compelling content development

1:00 pm - 4:30 pm - Voice, movement, delivery and introduction to rehearsal



2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Rehearsal and Run Through

>>Class size is limited to 15 Students<<

Course dates: April 24, 25 & 26

Location: Homewood Public Library

EARLY BIRD TUITION (Register by March 20): $300

REGULAR TUITION (After March 20): $350

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