What Organizing a TEDx Event Taught Me About The Importance Of Employee Training

We all like TED talks, right? Well, I love them. Which is part of the reason I was ecstatic when I had the chance to organize and plan my very own TEDx event.

For those of you wondering, a TEDx event is like a miniature TED event. And much like the two TED events that happen every year, my team was responsible for finding the right speakers, booking their flights, raising money, marketing the event, and ultimately putting all the pieces together to pull off a professional event.

Is it enjoyable? Yes.

Is it challenging? Without a doubt.

When I accepted the role, I knew that the first thing I had to do was meet with my team. I wanted to  make sure we were all on the same page before we implemented any new major strategies or projects. We had a big event to pull off, and ensuring everyone was on the same playing field was important.

So, I scheduled a quick meeting to get everyone into the same room.

And that’s when I was met with my first, and most challenging, obstacle. Confusion.

While everyone in the room was excited to be there and be a part of the team, no one really knew what their role was or how they were supposed to help the rest of the team. I started to ask some questions about what things looked like in the past and quickly realized there was a need for training and development. 

Getting The Ball Rolling

At this point you may be wondering, what is training? For my TEDx team, we looked at training like a miniature course that helped educate our new team members about what TEDx was and what their role would be. Whether training content was delivered in a group meeting with PowerPoints or an informal chat over coffee, the purpose of training was to make sure everyone had the same level of knowledge so that we could be a more efficient and productive team at that moment and in the future.

Talking about implementing training is one thing. Implementing the training is a different story. When I decided that training was necessary, I sat down with a few of the other team members to discuss how to move forward and gather their thoughts.

We ultimately decided that instead of creating a “one size fits all” approach to training, we needed to create unique lesson plans for each of our major teams. Marketing would learn about their specific roles and functions within the organization, just like finance, sponsorships, logistics, and curation would learn about their specific roles as well.

Did this take some time to set up? You bet. But, we rapidly began to see benefits from the training that we implemented. From an increase in efficiency to a more confident team, the training was clearly paying off.

The best part? That year was one of the most successful events that we had, and a lot of that success was due to implementing the right training.

The Big Picture

To this day, I still think about my experience with TEDx when it comes to the importance of training.

Not only did it make my life easier, it made the lives of my team members easier as well. At the end of the day, training really did help us do better work.

See, training is needed for employees because it helps them become better versions of themselves. The truth is, your employees will likely have strengths, but they will also have weaknesses. Implementing the right training will help them turn those weaknesses into strengths, and increase their performance and growth at your company. Training also helps reduce turnover within your organization and helps teams become more consistent, which brings me to the second biggest takeaway: The benefits of training for employers are numerous.

To say I was overwhelmed when I took over managing and planning the event would be an understatement. I knew that there was a lot of work to be done, and I struggled to see how it would all come together.

Once we put together training guidelines for each team, I started to see the bigger picture in why employee training was so significant. Yes, in a lot of ways, employee training is for the employee. But, I quickly realized that training was also important for the employer.

As my teammates began training, things naturally started to fall into place, and I didn’t have to be “on call” all the time to answer questions or give advice. Not only was I becoming more confident in my team, they were becoming more confident in themselves.

What’s Next?

Sadly, my days of organizing TEDx events are over. But, my days of investing in employee training are not.

Organizing a TEDx event helped me see the significance of training to a growing company, and it’s something that I don’t think I’ll go back on anytime soon. If you’re looking for a way to boost your team’s confidence and consistency, and find ways to foster growth, look no further than employee training.


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