Speakers Info

Speaker FAQs

What is TEDxLSSC looking for in a TED talk?

We’re looking for data-driven, research-based talks delivered by engaging, dynamic speakers who can change our perspectives and/or teach us something we didn’t know before. While TED talks can be up to 18 minutes long, we would prefer for our talks to run between 10-15 minutes.

Is there anything I should avoid in my TED talk?

Yes. TED has strict guidelines for its TED and TEDx talks. Specifically, TED prohibits religious proselytizing, political agendas, bad science, and using your talk to try and sell the audience something.

Any tips for creating a good TED talk?

Absolutely! When you start thinking about your talk, we encourage you to think big. After all, TEDx is a big, exciting platform, so don’t be afraid to bring us a big, exciting idea! Once you have your idea, make sure you’re explaining it in a way that is clear and easy to understand. Research and data are important, but they’re useless if your audience can’t understand them. Lastly, be authentic. Connect with us. Tell us stories. Make us feel something. It’s that connection that makes your research, and your idea, relatable; without it, it’s a lecture, not a TED talk. You may also want to consider watching Nancy Duarte’s TED talk, “The Secret Structure of Great Talks.”

What is the selection process like?

Our application window closes on Thursday, September 6th, at which point all applications will be forwarded to, and reviewed by, members of the selection committee. From there, finalists will be selected and asked to come in for a speaker tryout. At the tryout, which will take place on Friday, September 21st, each speaker will deliver 3-5 minutes of his or her proposed talk. Following the speaker tryouts, the selection committee will meet to determine which speakers have been selected. Finalists will be notified of the decision by Monday, September 24th.

If I’m selected to speak, what will I be expected to do?

As a selected speaker, you will work with your own personal speech coach to develop your TED talk. A draft of that full TED talk must be sent to your coach no later than November 2nd. You and your coach will work together to refine both the talk and its delivery, and a final draft of your talk must be sent to your coach by January 18th, at which point it will be reviewed by our team of fact-checkers. If you want to use a PowerPoint, all slides must be submitted by January 18th as well.

Once your talk is ready, we’d like to provide you with the opportunity to practice presenting it in front of a live audience. As such, as a TEDxLSSC speaker, you will be required to come in and present your talk to at least 1 class at LSSC to help you prepare. You will also be required to attend a rehearsal at LSSC the week of the event, which will be followed by a pre-event dinner/reception for speakers and sponsors. You must also be present for the entire conference, which will take place on February 15th, 2019.