Is it your dream to give an inspiring Ted Talk to a live audience?
Recently, I got the opportunity to speak at a TEDx event, and since then, a lot of people have approached me to find out how I did it. The most common question I get is; How can I become a speaker at a TEDx event?
Well, I’m really happy to let you know that it’s a lot easier than you might think!
Below, I reveal the steps it takes to get your own Ted Talk, so you can start sharing your ideas and passion with a live audience.
Who are the TEDx Organizers?
The organizers are the curators of a TEDx event. They’re always on the lookout for great speakers who can add value and entice an audience. They plan and design the event, which involves everything from recruiting a great team to booking the venue.
Most importantly, the organizers decide who the speakers will be for upcoming Ted Talks and these are the people you’ll need to impress.
Demonstrating your Abilities
If you want to stand up on stage and speak at a Ted or TEDx event, there are three things you’ll need to do to increase your chances of landing a TEDx Talk.
Firstly, you need an idea that is worth spreading. The idea is the foundation of any TEDx event and if you’re serious about spreading your concept to the world, you have to show that you have implemented this idea into your everyday life. If you can do this well, you’ll have a much better chance of becoming a TEDx speaker.
Secondly, the organizer of the event will want to know just how well you can express yourself. The audience must understand your message, which means you need to be a confident speaker and an excellent communicator.
Thirdly, you need to think about your credibility and whether or not you have any social proof to back up your idea? Social proof can be in the form of things such as testimonials, newspaper coverage, TV appearances and if you’re a published author.
How I go to do a Tedx Talk
If you’re already famous and strolling down red carpets every other day, this advice isn’t for you! But if you’re not quite there yet and you believe that you deserve a place on stage, keep reading to discover how I managed to land my own Ted Talk.
I went to <https://www.ted.com> and searched for upcoming events in my area. I made a list and began reaching out to the event organizers.
I composed a message and told them three things about myself and my idea:
- I had an established idea that was worth spreading. For me, this was the idea that women can balance their work and life by working from home and I showed “proof” of this in the form of my own home-based business, Happy Self Publishing.
- I demonstrated my skills as a speaker with help from my YouTube videos.
- I told the organizers that I am a published author of a book called Job Escape Plan, which is an international bestseller.
I sent these three points in a short message to each of the organizers. I received many positive replies in return with a 30% conversion rate. Five of the organizers responded to let me know that they already had their speakers planned for the event, but they would consider me for the following year.
Three of the organizers immediately agreed to have me as one of the speakers in their next TEDx event. I was thrilled.
The importance of building your credibility
When you reach out to a Ted Talk organizer, try to put yourself in their shoes and answer the questions that they want to know the answers to. Demonstrate yourself as the perfect candidate by showing you are a talented speaker with a unique and captivating idea that the world needs to hear.
If you aren’t a confident speaker and don’t have much experience, try talking at smaller events first and gain some experience speaking to a live audience.
Writing a book is an excellent way to showcase your idea and build credibility for yourself. Ted Talk organizers are more likely to consider you as their next speaker if you are a published author, so start writing your book today and you could be standing on stage at a TEDx event by the end of the year.
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