On your mark...

So, you want to give a talk at TEDxBoise? Here are a few things to keep in mind as you prepare your application:

What you’ll need to provide:

  • Your personal information.
  • A concise summary of your idea. Show us you can distill it into a bite-sized morsel.
  • A few sentences on why the idea is worth spreading. Is it new? Is it a new take on an existing idea?
  • A few sentences on why you’re the right person to share it. You don’t have to be a great speaker—TED-style talks are about ideas, not speaking ability. But you should be connected to your idea in a meaningful way.

Mark your calendars:

  • Application link opens: August 24 (the same night as our launch party!)
  • Application link closes: September 7 at midnight
  • Selected applicants receive invites to pitch their ideas: September 27
  • Applicant pitch sessions: October 3 and 4 (evening)
  • Speakers notified of selection: October 18
  • Speaker workshop: November 11 (daytime)

What’s expected:

  • Speakers will be required to attend the speaker workshop on November 11 and approximately five individual coaching sessions with one of the TEDxBoise speaker coaches, Nancy and Kirsten. Our team wants you to own that red dot like a boss; these sessions help you prepare your content and delivery.
  • Practice. A lot of it. Most of our speakers spent an average of 1-2 hours per week preparing for their talk over the course of five months. Are you ready to take on that challenge?
  • Flexibility and endurance. Bring your long game; this effort takes time and a willingness to adapt to changes. You’ll need to be coachable and communicative with our team.
  • Community. By being a TEDxBoise speaker, you’re joining a special group of people. Our tribe of speakers and volunteers enjoys each other, works hard, and sticks together. You’ll be a champion for our event in person and on social media before, during, and after the event.

For bonus points, we recommend reading up on all things TED- and TEDx-related. Review the links below to round out your understanding. We hope to see you next week at our launch party! 

What is a TEDx talk?
Content guidelines
The makings of a great talk