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A TEDx talk is a short talk, given live with no notes and no podium, that has a powerful idea at its core – an ‘idea worth spreading’.

TEDx Talks are given at TEDx events, which are independently organized by local volunteers. They are featured on the TEDx YouTube channel and vetted by TED staff to possibly be featured on TED.com

TEDx Talks are unlike any other talk or presentation or lecture. They require a new approach for preparation. We provide and require coaching for all speakers to ensure that our speakers are adequately prepared to give the talk of their life + to ensure our audience has they high quality experience they expect from our events.

Generally, TEDx talks are 18 minutes or less. Most of our talks are 6-12 minutes, and some (often the best) are only 3 minutes.

TEDx Talks and the ideas worth spreading that they contain may be:

Important to note what a TEDx talk is not. They are not:

TEDx Speakers are selected by local TEDx event organizers. They may have been nominated, recommended or sought out. At our event, speakers are selected by a curatorial team in response to the theme of that particular year’s event.

Our speakers are kids, teachers, entrepreneurs, athletes, artists, scientists, CEO’s. They might not have a title. You may know their name very well, or you may have never heard of them before.

All speakers participate in extensive coaching to discover, refine, and deliver their TEDx talk. In this way, they are humble and open.

We look for speakers throughout the year. We are always listening – to news stories, informal community “buzz,” and to our nomination portal. Each year when we select speakers we generate our own internal list of people, ask people that sit at particular vantage points to help us see people we wouldn’t otherwise see, and review the list of every speaker ever nominated via our form below. We review this giant list of potential speakers in light of the year’s event theme and narrow the list accordingly. We research potential speakers that we are interested in via web searches, conversations with other subject matter experts, and sometimes people close to the speaker.

So, you want to present as a speaker or performer at [email protected] 2019?

Submit your audition materials below. Please submit all audition materials for our first-round auditions by 11:59 PM Thursday, Oct. 15. If you need an extension, email us.

To nominate someone else to speak or perform, use this form.

Email questions to [email protected]. If you can’t see the form, try this link.

Questions? Need to request a deadline extension? Email us at [email protected].


*Adapted from TEDxDirigo.