We believe everyone benefits when an idea is expressed in a compelling way.

Over the past 10 years, we have coached hundreds of speakers to build their confidence, harness their authentic voice and tell stories that can change the world.

Here are some of the speakers we have worked with:

Dr Julia Shaw | TEDxLondon 2018

With over 1.5 million views, this talk explores how memory science and AI can change how we report workplace harassment and bias.

Dr Eugenia Cheng | TEDxLondon 2018

With over half a million views, this talk explores how applying concepts from abstract mathematics to daily life can lead us to a deeper understanding of privilege.

Juno Mac | TEDxEastEnd 2016

With over 2.5 million views, this ground-breaking talk advocates for the legal models that work best to keep sex workers safe and offer greater self-determination.

Vidhya Ramalingam | Spark Salon 2019

Speaking at the TCS Spark Salon, Vidhya discusses her work to combat violent extremism online using a combination of AI and social work.

Leigh Caldwell | UBS Neo

Speaking as part of a video campaign featuring expert contributors explaining complex subjects in an accessible way for UBS Neo: So much, so simply.

Spark Salon Podcast 2019

Podcast series for TCS produced by X Equals features speakers from Spark Salon events in 2019 exploring democracy, cybersecurity, mass personalisation and technology.

We tailor our workshops and 1:1 coaching for each client. Here are some examples of what we can do for you:

Essentials of Public Speaking

Everyone can become a great speaker with the right guidance and practice. Our essentials workshop is perfect for beginners and those wanting to brush up on their skills. You will learn how to focus your key message and use storytelling techniques and structures, before practising and developing your delivery.

Anatomy of a TED Style Talk

Explore what makes TED talks unique with a curator and speaker coach who has worked on TEDx events for 10 years. Hone your idea worth spreading, find your authentic speaker style, and learn impactful storytelling and public speaking tools.

Communicating Complex Ideas

The world is full of fascinating ideas, but if they are too complex or abstract, audiences will struggle to understand. Give your ideas the chance to change the world and have lasting impact by learning how to communicate difficult-to-access ideas into understandable, exciting and relatable stories.

Preparing for Panels & Interviews

Start refining your key ideas and building a library of storytelling techniques, pitching styles, examples and analogies that will allow you to communicate your core message quickly, effectively and with style. This workshop is ideal for individuals who need to make a lasting impact in a short space of time.

Using Storytelling Effectively

Amazing storytelling breaks down the wall between you and your audience and gets them to care and invest in your message. Bad storytelling can make your audiences switch off and lose interest. Avoid the traps by learning how to use different narrative structures and techniques. Applies to presentations, digital content and your work more widely.

High Impact Pitching & Presentations

Telling the story of your company in a clear and compelling way is essential for businesses to gain traction and investment. Discover how to hone your company’s core message and story, master various pitching styles and see how you can tailor your pitch to deliver a powerful, professional and winning pitch or presentation – every time. Over 400 startups have benefited from this approach.

Testimonials

  • Maryam is an incredible event curator and organiser. Working with her over the last 5 years to deliver large complex events has been a pleasure. She is always on it with a big vision and the ability to make it happen. Her experience enables her to think ahead, manage risks and inspire her team to give their best. I cannot recommend her enough, she has creative flair as well as a very safe pair of hands to take on your project or event and make it amazing.

    Ravinol Chambers
    Founder and Director, Be Inspired Films
  • I have found Maryam to be an open individual who is great to work with, full of ideas and the energy and drive that is essential. She is capable of thinking on her feet, able to relate to colleagues, clients and supporters from all walks of life and committed to delivering the best possible experience for every event she leads.

    Nancy Rowe
    Head of Insight, Razorfish
  • I met Maryam when I was preparing to give my first TEDx talk. I was part of a small group on one of her public-speaking masterclasses. She knew exactly how to get each one of us – with varying degrees of public-speaking experience under our belts – to realise how we could up our game and become more compelling speakers. For her, it wasn’t about your standard pitch or spiel; she was focused on finding that one idea we had tucked inside that would be memorable to strangers – and to do so in your own voice and narrative style. I loved the masterclass so much that I asked her to deliver the same for my entire team. They loved their experience, too!

    Kawika Solidum
    Chief Executive, BeyondMe
  • We engaged Maryam to coach a diverse group of employees who were pitching their ideas to the EDF Energy senior leadership team. It was an absolute pleasure to work with Maryam. She has an incredible talent for understanding what’s going on behind the words, putting people at ease, knowing what to say and how to say it. She spent less than a day with our intrapreneurs yet transformed their confidence and belief in themselves. Maryam is a dream to work with and would recommend her to anyone, whether a novice or an experienced speaker.

    Michael Allen
    CEO, Brilliant Innovation Ltd.
  • I worked with Maryam when she was the event manager for the Open Data Institute’s summit and awards ceremony in 2016. She is an events demon, understanding all the nuances of putting on a successful event – from speaker management to production to motivating the team. She is a joy to work with, full of creativity and energy, and I wouldn’t hesitate to work with her again.

    Laura Davis
    Owner, Maydew Consulting
  • Maryam Pasha is an inspiration! She is an excellent manager of people and projects, knowing how to get the most out of her speakers, coaching them through the process of delivering a presentation and empowering them to reach their full potential on the day. Maryam is a unique blend of creativity, professionalism and drive. Her energy is infectious. She is clearly very highly thought of by her team and this to me speaks volumes.

    Dr Christine Checinska
    Head of Design, Navabi
  • Maryam curated the fabulous TEDx East London 2016 at which I spoke.Of course it was faultlessly organised, brilliantly put together, exciting and fun. And the team of volunteers she recruited and managed were effortlessly helpful, on message and lovely. To be honest none of that surprised me. But seeing Maryam presenting, encouraging, holding the whole thing together was a real pleasure. If you don’t get Maryam to curate and run your event you are missing out big time.

    Sue Lukes
    Migration expert and Chair of Music in Detention
  • Maryam was a pleasure to work with, always positive even in the face of deadlines and pressure she remained calm and focussed. She was also a real asset on site at the live event acting as part artist liaison and part stage manager. It is a pleasure to recommend Maryam as a partner or freelancer. I look forward to working with her again.

    Chris Dawson
    Founder and MD, The Field: a strategic brand agency
  • When I was asked to do a TEDx talk with TEDxEastEnd, I was excited but also incredibly anxious. Maryam was so useful in guiding me in what my key messages were and what my presentational style was going to be. She never judged me or changed me into someone else. Maryam is a woman with her fingers in lots of pies – lots of right on, cutting edge, avant-garde sort of pies!

    Jay Stewart
    Director, Gendered Intelligence
  • Maryam worked with Social Tech Trust and Vodafone to support our Techstarter finalists in getting pitch-ready for investment. We were hugely impressed with Maryam’s insight, enthusiasm and expertise. The ventures she supported all felt more confident and well-equipped to pitch their products and services after her training session. I would highly recommend using Maryam if you need some support in presenting and pitching – her passion and energy is contagious!

    Charlotte Knight
    Social Investment Manager, Social Tech Trust
  • Maryam is a confident and relaxed public speaker, keeping the audience engaged throughout with great storytelling technique. She takes to speaking engagements like the pro she is – with efficiency, attention to detail, and a passion for her subject. Maryam is also a pleasure to work with and I hope our paths cross again in the future!

    Felicity Cator
    Event Project Manager, Head of Brand
  • Maryam was great. I’m a pretty experienced speech writer and speaker and she helped me I improve the content and the delivery of my talk. Highly recommended.

    Andy Ratcliffe
    CEO, Impetus Private Equity Foundation.
  • Maryam was absolutely fantastic to work with. She provided me with help and support from the beginning of my TEDx journey, she was friendly and knowledgeable, and gave great advice on how to frame the narrative and really helped with getting the tone right for a TEDx audience. I am sad that it is over, and I hope that I will get a chance to work with her again soon, as it was such a pleasure!

    Abi Ramanan
    CEO & Co-Founder, ImpactVision