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What’s Expected of Speakers

  • Speakers are required to write an outline and/or script and prepare slides (we provide a speaking coach and some graphics assistance)
  • Speakers are required to be contactable before the event.
  • We will have occasional check-ins with you (we’ll email, text or call you).
  • Speakers will rehearse their talk for weeks or months in advance and will attend at least one rehearsal, including dress rehearsal

What makes a good TEDx talk?

A TEDx Talk is a showcase for speakers presenting great, well-formed ideas in under 15 minutes.

A TEDxGreensboro Talk should have a big idea worth spreading. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, so your big idea should relate to one of those broad topics. It should be a unique (not canned) talk and should interest and excite our audience.

Need Ideas?

  • Something that’s new and surprising; an idea or invention that your audience has never heard about.
  • A great basic idea (that your audience has maybe already heard) with a compelling new argument behind it that challenges beliefs and perspectives.
  • In other words, an idea isn’t just a story or a list of facts. A good idea takes certain evidence or observations and draws a larger conclusion.

Types of Talks

THE BIG IDEA The talks that make one or two very strong points that are important.

THE TECH DEMO An onstage look at some clever new invention that the speaker was a part of creating.

THE ARTIST’S STATEMENT In these talks, artists showcase their art and explain the meaning and process behind what they create.

THE “DAZZLE WITH WONDER” These talks focus on the amazement of science and discovery.

THE SMALL IDEA These talks are not about one big, world-changing idea, but instead a very engaging take on an interesting topic.

THE “ISSUE” TALK These talks expose your audience to an issue that they may not otherwise know much about.