I know what you’re thinking. You think you need more qualifications.
“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 a lie, frankly. You’re good enough for a TED Talk just the way you are. You might want to wait because of a personal preference, but there’s no hard and fast rule about how many Twitter followers you need first.
Want to know all about the TEDx speaker application process? This post walks you through the entire process from start to finish:
- how to find local events (and predict “secret” unannounced events long before they happen)
- how to use LinkedIn to find TEDx organizers and speakers in your network
- when to apply (not too early, not too late)
- what to include in the application (whether you’re able to find an application form or not)
- how the selection process works
- what happens after you submit the application form
Note: this is a very tactical to-do-oriented post. For a strategic look on how to become a TEDx speaker (including selecting a topic that YOU are proud of, that audiences love, and make sure you get results from your talk, I recommend my free masterclass, which you can register for here)
For more background, check out my massively long post — Get a TED Talk This Year – The Ultimate Guide.
TEDx application deadlines are often 6+ months before the event (and any given event happens once a year), so you’ll select and develop your talk then and plan out which events to apply to before the deadline. You won’t be working full-time for a year on your TEDx Talk, you’ll just need to spread out some tasks.
A lot of people ask for feedback on their TED Talk topic, wondering if an audience will love it and if TEDx events will accept them.
If you’re like most people, asking for “feedback” is a normal thing and best practice for making anything. After all, it’s what everyone does. It seems like an effective method – ask people what they think, and they’ll tell you honestly. And yet, there’s something missing from “feedback” that can keep your TED Talk from reaching its full potential.
It seems like an effective method – ask people what they think, and they’ll tell you honestly. And yet, there’s something missing from “feedback” that can keep your TED Talk from reaching its full potential and can keep you from getting selected.
Asking for feedback on your TED Talks topic is holding you back for a number of reasons
What are the real requirements to do a TED Talk? What do TEDx event organizers look for in speakers? Check out the video for more.
When selecting speakers, organizers check for 3 requirements:
Today, let’s talk about something totally normal, like my celebrity crushes (and why you should apply for TEDx if you want a TED Talk).
You see…Anna Kendrick is my dream girl. She’s got a goofy sense of humor, 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 50x your chances of getting a TED Talk