The process to land a TED Talk is ripe with confusion. Here are the most common misconceptions speakers have about how to land a TED Talk.
TED Talks speakers are famous. They’re eloquent. They have a ton of Twitter followers. They are amazing speakers, writers, coaches, entrepreneurs, story-tellers.
At least that’s what I used to think. If you’re like a lot of my students, you probably agree with this view.
The truth is, there are some amazing TED Talks out there by people like Simon Sinek or Brene Brown. Some that go viral. There are also many by regular people that aren’t famous.
I know what you’re thinking. “I have to have more coaching clients before I’ll be ready for a TED Talk” “I have to have more paid speaking gigs under my belt” “I’m waiting for my book to be published” It’s all bullshit. Stop it.
Want to know exactly how to apply for a TED Talk? This post walks you through the entire application process, from start to finish.
The TED Talks world can be confusing — how to apply? How to get a TED Talk? What’s the step by step process?
As a TEDx event organizer (and therefore, an insider to this world), I realized the process wasn’t clear. Below, you’ll find the step-by-step instructions (with screenshots) to apply for any TED Talks event around the world.
Your 12-month Action Plan to Get a TED Talk
This action plan is an excerpt from my massively long post called Get a TED Talk This Year – The Ultimate Guide. It covers more of the background myths of getting a TED Talk, and is one of my most popular posts.
This part of the article is tactical and walks you through exactly what you should do and when if you want a TED Talk in 12 months time.
A lot of people ask me for feedback on their TED Talk topics, wondering if an audience will love them, if TEDx events will accept them, and so on. This question is often posed as something like “What do you think of [topic]?”
At first, I thought, surely, I can answer this question. After all, as an event organizer, I’ve seen over 80 speaker applications. Someone with that much exposure would be the best person to ask, yes?