What TED Organizers Look for in Speakers?

What TED Organizers Look for in Speakers?

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What Road To TED Is

In this, the 5th episode of The Road To TED podcast, we take a different look at preparing for a TED or TEDx talk.

If you’ve been listening to this podcast – and we hope you have – you know the goal of our show is to explore what it takes to give the most important talk of your life.  Our mission is to become-and help our listeners become-better public speakers.

To accomplish this, each week we interview a TED or TEDx speaker.  We’ve interviewed many who have already given their talks and we will continue this.  But what we love more than anything is to interview people preparing for their talk; catching them as they step their first foot onto their road to TED.

These examinations of what it takes to give a talk of this high standard and immense pressure is telling for anyone who wants to get better at public speaking.  So talking to speakers, whether they gave a talk or are preparing to give it, is the main format of our show.

Different Path; Same Destination

In this episode, we take a little bit of a different path to get to the same destination.  We look at preparing for a TED talk from a different vantage point.

Our guest on this episode is Elizabeth Barry.  But she has never, nor is she in the process of preparing to give, a TED or TEDx talk.

Elizabeth is the curator of a TEDx Hoboken.  If you want to speak at a TEDx event, Elizabeth is the person who you need to go through.

Founder of Elizabeth Barry Associates, a branding, marketing and consulting company, Elizabeth offers a unique perspective on what it takes to be a TEDx speaker.

Connect with Elizabeth on Twitter.

A Must For Speakers

This is truly an informative episode, (if I do say so myself).  Whether you’re giving a TEDx talk, a keynote, speaking to a small group or just asking your boss for a raise, this is a must listen to episode.

Because this is from the perspective of the person running the event you could speak at, the perspective is, in a sense, truer.  These are the rules of the road right here.  Unfiltered and straight from the mouth of a person holding the expectations.

What You’ll Learn

  • How to get selected for a TEDx talk
  • What American Idol and TEDx events have in common
  • The type of a speaker that DOESN’T make it to a TEDx stage
  • What is more important; content or style
  • The surpising amount of TEDx speaking opportunities their really are

Elizabeth’s Favorite TED Talk

Special Note About Our Intro

At the beginning of each episode, you hear the same introduction each week.  We wanted to give a shout out to Chris Curran who is the voice of that intro.  Chris is also the co-host of the Social Media Unscrambled podcast and the owner of Fractal Recording.

Your Turn

What was your big take away from this episode?  At the end of each episode; Dino, Mackenzie and I discuss what we learned.  Tell us in the comments below what you learned.

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Written by Mike Brooks

Mike is the founder of Nuclear Chowder Marketing, LLC and is dedicated to helping small businesses get more customers online. He is also a podcaster who hosts the Nuclear Chowder Online Marketing For Small Business podcast. His goal is to become a well-known public speaker.

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