What you should know
- TEDxYDL is an independently organized TED event. See our about page for more information on TEDx and TED.
- TEDxYDL talks (and all TED Talks) are unpaid, speakers receive no compensation.
- All talks will be videotaped and made available online. In giving a TEDx talk, you agree to be videotaped and to have your name and likeness shared as part of the project.
Timeline for speakers
Wednesday, Feb. 15: Deadline for speakers to apply
Wednesday, March 1: Speakers announced, registration opens for attendees
Mid-late March: Speaker Coaching. Speakers will be expected to attend 1-2 coaching and feedback sessions with our local chapter of Toastmasters International.
Wednesday, April 12, 6-8pm: mandatory final rehearsal
Thursday, April 13, 7-9pm: The big night!
What is a TEDx Talk?
As you plan your talk, it’s important to know exactly what a TEDx Talk is. Here’s some information adapted from the TED website with insight into different types of talks that will help you form your idea and how to present it. TED’s illustrated guide for speakers is another great resource!
Why a short talk?
The TEDx short talk model works since it only demands the audience’s attention for a short period of time, decreasing the chance of minds wandering or daydreaming about lunch. In fact, some of the greatest TED Talks have been as short as 5 minutes long!
What is a great, well-formed idea?
It can actually be one of two things:
- Something that’s new and surprising; an idea or invention that your audience has never heard about.
- A great basic idea (that your audience has maybe already heard) with a compelling new argument behind it that challenges beliefs and perspectives.
In other words, an idea isn’t just a story or a list of facts. A good idea takes certain evidence or observations and draws a larger conclusion.
Types of talks
When planning your talk, it may help to keep in mind these seven different types of talks and look at these excellent examples for inspiration.
- The big idea: The talks that make one or two very strong points, and it’s important.
Examples:Bryan Stevenson, Onora O’Neill, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- The tech demo: An onstage look at some clever new invention that the speaker was a part of creating.
Examples: Tan Le, Markus Fischer, Raffaello D’Andrea
- The performance: Music, dance, magic, puppetry, or some other performance to captivate your audience.
Examples: Usman Riaz + Preston Reed, Arthur Benjamin, Pilobolus
- The artist’s statement: In these talks, artists showcase their art and explain the meaning and process behind what they create.
Examples: Raghava KK, Liu Bolin, Aparna Rao
- The “dazzle with wonder”: These talks are mainly about the amazement of science and discovery.
Examples:Yoav Medan, Marcus Byrne, Janna Levin
- The small idea: These talks are not about one big, world-changing idea, but instead a very engaging take on an interesting topic.
Examples: Mary Roach, Joe Smith, Charlie Todd
- The “issue” talk: These talks expose your audience to an issue that they may not otherwise know much about.
Examples: Rodrigo Canales, Lawrence Lessig, Rose George
What not to do
TEDx events are a great opportunity to share ideas! They are NOT an opportunity to sell a product or an agenda. These four quick rules are here as a reminder of the types of content that do not belong in a TEDx talk.
- No selling from the stage.
- No political agendas.
- No religious proselytizing (including new age beliefs).
- Only good science.