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  • Dates for REX Conclive 2015-16: 25/Nov/2016-27/Nov/2016
  • For details contact Akriti Anshu at akriti@icongo.in or Jeroninio Almeida at jeroninio@icongo.in
  • Contribute to GIFFFT
  • Venue for 2015-16: DPS, Sector 45 Gurgaon
  • Leadership program will be conducted on 28/Nov/2016
  • Leadership program will be conducted by: Jeroninio, Akriti & Col. Dutta

Tell your story! Inspire Imagination and Innovation for Change!


At REX all chosen Rockstar Orators are given 9 minutes to narrate their stories and ideas for action. At Rex our criteria to choose speakers is not just your prowess and style as an orator but the compelling character of your content , the impact of your idea and the power of your story to connect with the audience and leave behind a life-long inspirational REXperience for the delegation. Your story should inspire the audience to emulate your action and passion to be the change and make a difference.
Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today ~ Robert McKee

Our ethos is NOT JUST TALKS! IDEAS FOR ACTION! To sustain this spirit and sanctity of our forum, we do not just choose speakers who do the razzmatazz but bring in Rockstar Orators who have created sustainable and replicable impact with their ideas for action. Unlike what happens in other forums, our speakers cannot resort to any kind of gimmickry or staged dramatics and purely hold the delegation with their PLAIN SPEAK, command of their oratory and the power of their story.
People like to relate, emote and connect with stories, not just be bored with facts and figures~ Jeroninio Almeida

Over many centuries it has been researched and understood that the best speeches are the ones which are short, succinct and are stories well told. Credible true stories which connect with the people and inspire them. Hence to make the cut as our Rockstar Orator you need to be a good storyteller and understand how to speak. You must be prolific at PAINTING PICTURES in the delegations mind and heart with your meaningful, mindful thought provoking words. So what does story telling mean? Does it mean you have to tell a fable like we read in the Jataka, Panchantantra or Aesop’s fables? Or do we have to go into the old fashioned” Once upon a time” syndrome?

NO! NO! NO!

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel ~ Maya Angelou
Well actually you could do that too! But good Storytelling simply means to bring your ORATORY TO LIFE by narrating pithy anecdotes, humourous incidents, interesting happenings, witty one- liners, compelling metaphors, provocative analogies, alliterations, inspiring proverbs, motivational quotes, rhyming poems and any other element which the delegation would remember forever and ever.
We like listening to true stories in order to have hope and be inspired. ~ Jeroninio Almeida
Example 1. Severn Suzuki in her 1992 speech tells World Leaders at UN “If you cannot FIX IT, do not break it”
Example 2: Martin Luther King in his “I have a dream” tells the audience about what’s in it for you when there is no racism “Our children will be judged by the content of their character and not the color of our skin”
Example 3: In 2013 when the REX tender was floated, Jerry the REX founder was approached by Percept to manage and market the event. Jerry was told by the folks at Percept that all things for the event would be taken care of and sponsored by Sahara. Jerry was also told that the event would become BIGGER, get scaled up and be organised in a 5 star hotel with huge blitzkrieg. Jerry explained to Percept that at REX we follow very high moral standards and would not work with Sahara as they are very unethical. Jerry also told them that for us it’s not about BIG but about BEING CREDIBLE, not about opulence and ostentatious expenditure but about BEING simple and austere since we also have several simple people from rural villages and it would not be right to abuse their sense, sensibility and sensitivity with mindless expenditure. To this the Percept folks told Jerry that “REX would always remain the poor man’s TED”. Jerry loved that line as he thanked the percept people for the insightful positioning, that YES, we are a poor man’s TED where a poor man can also speak his mind and speak the truth without censorship since unlike TED we do not accept funding from any and every business house. This story has become folklore and is often told by us while raising funds and reinforces that at REX we stand for something.
Example 4: Another story Jerry often uses in his learning or speaking programs with HR people, who ask him to take their employees out for white water rafting or adventure sports and change their behaviour to be passionate about work and become cohesive teams. Here Jerry simply uses a simple metaphor and tells them to close their eyes and picture “A Monkey in a L’oreal Salon”. The very thought brings a smile on people’s faces because they can all now imagine a monkey in a salon, a L’oreal Salon and then Jerry who has worked with L’oreal before jokes that L’oreal products can even make him beautiful and surely make the monkey look like a movie star like Aishwarya Rai or John Abraham. However this is only cosmetic change and if we want a well behaved monkey, we need to work on the monkey’s thinking. Same works with people you can help them to change their behaviours without improving the quality of their thinking to have a mind shift. The HR folks understand the need to go beyond working on behaviours with this simple narrative.
Example 5: Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead who struggled here have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.” ~ Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address
Example 6: Power will go to the hands of rascals, rogues, freebooters; all Indian leaders will be of low calibre & men of straw. They will have sweet tongues and silly hearts. They will fight amongst themselves for power and India will be lost in political squabbles. A day would come when even air and water would be taxed in India. ~ Powerful words of foresight attributed to Winston Churchill in his midnight speech of India’s Independence 1947
Example 7: We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors we borrow it from our children- Native American Proverb… a quote Jeroninio Almeida often uses when he is speaking on environmental issues.
Example 8: Someone will say: Yes, Socrates, but cannot you hold your tongue, and then you may go into a foreign city, and no one will interfere with you? Now I have great difficulty in making you understand my answer to this. For if I tell you that to do as you say would be a disobedience to the God, and therefore that I cannot hold my tongue, you will not believe that I am serious; and if I say again that daily to discourse about virtue, and of those other things about which you hear me examining myself and others, is the greatest good of man, and that the unexamined life is not worth living, you are still less likely to believe me. ~ Socrates
Example 9: I believe that in the history of the world, there has not been a more genuinely democratic struggle for freedom than ours. I read Carlyle’s French Resolution while I was in prison, and Pandit Jawaharlal has told me something about the Russian revolution. But it is my conviction that inasmuch as these struggles were fought with the weapon of violence they failed to realize the democratic ideal. In the democracy which I have envisaged, a democracy established by non-violence, there will be equal freedom for all. Everybody will be his own master. It is to join a struggle for such democracy that I invite you today. Once you realize this you will forget the differences between the Hindus and Muslims, and think of yourselves as Indians only, engaged in the common struggle for independence. ~ Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
Remember Stories help us to fuse statistics, facts and figures with emotions and feelings. Stories help us to inspire and inform in a proactive, effective manner ~ Jeroninio Almeida
In conclusion to make the cut you need to send u the abstract of your ORATORY in not more than 1000 words. Your Oratory should have a 1.5 minute opening and summary (Preamble), 6 minutes on the subject (Plot) and 1.5 minutes of summation and closing (Potential for change). It is also an imperative at REX that you should also be prepared for all questions that the delegation would pose to you. Simply speaking you should know your story and idea for action in-depth and inside-out.
A successful leader is the one who most keenly senses the wishes of a potential audience. There has to be a relationship between the stories leaders tell and the traits they embody ~ Howard Gardner

If you make the cut, you shall receive a Speak2Inspire&Win eBook which has public speaking and presentation skills by our founder and bestselling author Jeroninio Almeida, who has coached several Politicians, Bureaucrats, CEOs and leaders from other sectors for their public speaking and presentation skills.
Like your life make your oratory a movie that the audience would love to watch from the edge of their seat… never a dull moment ~ Jeroninio Almeida