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.
Warning: this is a LONG post, full of screenshots and examples. It’s a full HOW-TO, not a vague description. If a TED Talk is a “someday” thing but not a “very soon or now” thing for you, this may not be a great article to read today. If you still want to stay in the loop, you can subscribe to my email list.
A lot of people ask me for feedback on their TED Talk topics, wondering if they’re good enough to get accepted. 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?