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What you should know

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:

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.

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.