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.
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.