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.
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.