When selecting speakers, organizers evaluate on a few things: [Read more…] about 3 things TEDx organizers look for when selecting speakers
Anna Kendrick is my dream girl. She’s got a goofy sense of humour, can sing (you may have seen her in Pitch Perfect), and is drop dead gorgeous.
Dating Anna Kendrick would be incredible, but frankly, there are some downsides. I’d have to move to wherever-she-lives, I bet she has lots of people that want to date her, and frankly, there are plenty of women that have similar traits all around me. If I lived my whole life obsessed with her, I’d be missing out on great relationships with women that are all around me and are probably a better fit. What I want is a woman that has the same qualities, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be her.
You may be wondering what my celebrity crush has to do with doing a TED Talk. The TED platform opens doors, is a massive credibility marker, and has the power to inspire and influence thousands of people around the world. But, it’s also extremely difficult to get. There’s a way you can do a TED Talk and reap all the benefits, and it’s a whole lot easier. [Read more…] about 20x your chances of getting a TED Talk
Getting on the TED or TEDx stage seems a bit daunting doesn’t it? The speakers are so accomplished and articulate, and because there are so few of them, it’s really rare to meet someone that’s done a TED Talk.
How does it actually work? How do these speakers make it on stage? [Read more…] about How do you get a TED Talk (Insider knowledge from a TEDx director)
Do you really need to be a famous author, inventor, experienced speaker, or entrepreneur to do a TED talk?
The answer will probably surprise you. No.
That’s not to say these things don’t help. They certainly do. But what they show is your credibility. [Read more…] about I’m not famous. Can I still do a TED talk?
I’m all for appropriate awareness of your own credibility, experience and communication ability, but far too many people look at TED speakers and think it’s almost impossible to get on the stage. Getting your first TED Talk is much more achievable than you think, especially if you use a systematic approach to researching events, testing and tweaking your idea, and making a persuasive pitch. Before we do that though, you need to know about some really common myths surrounding getting your first TED Talk.
Myth: You have to be an author or have a big audience
With so many great ideas being shared on the TED or TEDx stages, how do you really know if YOUR idea is good enough? And how do you find the most compelling version of your idea in the first place?
The way I see it, you’ve got a few options:
- You could sit around and be paralized in fear and never do anything about your dream to do a TED Talk (this is what most people do)
- You could apply to events blindly and probably get rejected, but never know if you could have made ONE little tweak to your idea to make it that much more interesting (this is what stupid people do
- You could test and hone your event using specific strategies, so that when it comes time to apply to speak at an event you KNOW your idea is incredible (this is what we’re going to do)