The BYU-Idaho Voice Society is hosting I-Talk June 4 at 7 p.m. in the MC Little Theater.
Sam Lloyd, the president of the BYU-I Voice Society, said I-Talk is BYU-I’s version of TED talks.
“TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks,” according to the TED Web page.
Lloyd, a junior studying communication, said the student speakers participating in the event will be introduced, give their speeches and have a question-answer session after.
Lloyd said the event will have three speakers and that each speech will last 10-15 minutes.
Emily Reese, a junior studying exercise physiology, said one speech will be about video games and how they are not a bad thing; another will be about social innovations and the need to be more outgoing, especially when having a mental illness; and the other will be on how to be happy.
Lloyd said students will have the opportunity to meet the speakers and share their ideas with them.
Reese said the main goal of I-Talk is to share insights and ideas to students.
“It is a very effective way for students to learn about each other and narrow that gap between different majors,” Reese said.
Lloyd said there is a large process that goes into finding speakers.
“I take the potential speakers and I interview them to see what their talk is about, review their application and give them a vision of what we are doing, and then decide if what they’re wanting to speak about is appropriate,” Lloyd said.
He said he does not tell them their ideas are right or wrong, but ensures the topic is appropriate for campus.
He said there is a three-part process that a speaker is required to complete.
“There is an application, a mentorship and then a refinement process,” Lloyd said.
He said his goal in the process is to allow students to explore who they are.
“Giving them a process, they can take their ideas and actually know how to explore them, rather than just have this random thought process in their brain,” Lloyd said. “That is where the mentorship comes in.”
He said his goal is to help them come to their own conclusion through the process.
“It is very important to me for them to make a conclusion,” Lloyd said. “I don’t want them to just keep thinking about it,” Lloyd said. “I want there to be a conclusion.”
Lloyd said he also hopes the students can make connections with others through the I-Talk process.
He said students can get closer to achieving their goals while making connections through the event.
“An overarching goal of the society is this idea of language barrier breaking,” Lloyd said.
Lloyd said the language barrier does not involve foreign language, but the jargon of different fields.
Lloyd said his goal is to learn a subject in such a way that he could easily teach that subject to anyone.
He said he wants people to learn as much as they can to teach others.
“It’s about bringing the students together, and it’s letting them use their voice to teach each other,” said Katie Alley, a junior studying communication. “It’s about using the Learning Model outside of class.”
Alley said students involved in Voice Society will discover their voice and will be able to use it.