Everyone’s talking about TED.
Once you’ve developed your presentation skills why not knock something else off your bucket list by doing a TED talk?
You’ll increase your profile and get to share an original idea with a worldwide audience.
You can nominate yourself!
A huge fallacy surrounding TED is that you can’t apply, that you have to be “discovered”.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
You can self-nominate right here:
But before you do that, let me explain how you can multiply your chances of scoring your own talk…
Start with TEDx
TEDx are regional, independently organized TED events.
There’s probably one or more running this year in your very city.
Right now, there’s nothing stopping you. You can get involved and potentially become a speaker.
Here’s a quick and dirty run down of what you need to do.
1. Research events
The first step is to find out what TEDx events are happening in your area.
You can find all the events right here:
Keep in mind that an event happening next month will likely already have speakers lined up.
In order to become a speaker you probably have the best chance with events happening 4 months or more in the future.
2. Secure an audition
When you check out the individual events on the page above, most will have a link to a website or Facebook page.
Go to the website or Facebook page and you should be able to locate a link or a button to apply to become a speaker.
I recommend not sending extra messages and potentially pestering organizers. Just apply, then sit back and relax.
While you’re waiting you can start planning your talk.
3. Identify the theme
Most TEDx events have a theme.
When you applied, the website or Facebook page probably gave you an idea of the theme of the event.
The theme is really important. It gives you an idea of the kind of talks the organizers may be looking for.
Often organizers will consider talks not related to the theme, but if you can build your talk around it, that’ll probably score you some much-needed brownie points at audition time.
4. Pick your idea
You’ve applied and you know the theme…
Now it’s time to pick your idea.
Every TED talk focuses on sharing one core idea.
The first TEDx event I ever auditioned at had a theme of “relationship”.
The talk I delivered was “How Relationship is the Most Important Element in Any Presentation”.
5. Prepare and practice your talk
Now comes the real work!
Take the theme, take your idea, and start preparing your talk.
For business presentations I tend not to recommend writing out a script and practicing until you are word perfect….
However, TEDx talks are more performance presentations than those in business.
Knowing exactly what you are going to do and say is vital.
Prepare. Practice. Video-record your performance. Practice again.
You can do it!
The most important step above?
Without the auditions your talk will never see the light of day.
Best of luck!