Speaker applications for TEDxGreensboro 2016 are over.

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The deadline to submit a proposal was November 20, 2015.

Proposal Process

Step 1: Submit a written proposal using the form below. The committee will review all proposals and select a number of finalists for further consideration.

Step 2: If you are chosen as a finalist, you will be required to submit a 2-minute self-made video discussing your proposed topic. (Instructions will be sent to finalists.) Speakers will be selected from the finalists in addition to any speakers that are directly invited to be on the program.

Thank you for applying to be a TEDxGreensboro 2016 speaker!

If you have any questions, please contact us at TEDxGreensboro@gmail.com

Speaker Commitment

Being a TEDxGreensboro speaker is a time commitment on your part. Be sure you can make that time commitment before you apply.


  1. Provide publicity materials including a high-resolution photo (‘headshot’) that is at least 600x600px.
  2. Attend one required session with our volunteer speaker coach.
  3. More sessions are available to speakers from our volunteer speaker coach and many speakers benefit from this opportunity.
  4. Two rehearsals at the venue close to the date of the event.
  5. Build slides for your presentation with the assistance of our volunteer graphics artist, work with revisions and finalize them a week prior to the event.
  6. Provide a short bio for the program and other marketing materials.
  7. Plan to stay at the TEDxGreensboro event all day (not just for your talk slot).
  8. Various phone calls and email correspondence in the weeks prior to the event.
  9. If you are selected to be a speaker, you are required to sign a release giving TEDxGreensboro the rights to the video and to post your talk online.
  10. Have a GREAT time!

Guide to TEDxGreensboro Talks

  1. Make sure your talk fits the theme.
  2. Show us the real you. Share your passions, dreams and fears.
  3. Make complex concepts plain and easy to understand. Don’t try to dazzle or speak in abstractions. Give examples, tell stories and be specific.
  4. Connect with the audience. Make us laugh. Make us cry. Invite us to think creatively or view something in a new way.
  5. Speakers are not allowed to sell from the stage. Not your company, products, books or need for funding.
  6. TEDx Talks are not “after dinner” talks, instructional talks, seminars, or presentations that have been given elsewhere. Packaged speeches are rarely selected.
  7. Share a dream, show a new wondrous thing or share something that has never been shared before.
  8. Check your ego. It’s great to talk about failures as well as successes.
  9. Memorize your talk. TEDxGreensboro speakers do not read talks.
  10. You need to end on time so rehearse, rehearse, rehearse!

Want to give a “killer” presentation? Read Chris Anderson’s Lesson from TED.

10 Tips for TEDx Slidedecks (from the TED blog)