Your talk should be directed at a smart general audience (avoid industry jargon). It should focus on one unique aspect of your story (don’t cover too much). It should not be a sales pitch (absolutely no corporate plugs). Think big – connect your work and thinking to big topics – the state, the nation, the world, the future…

Speakers will sit in the audience until their scheduled session. When it is time for a speaker’s scheduled session, he/she will be brought to a back stage preparation area. Speakers must commit to stay for the entire event, and to mingle with attendees during breaks and lunch. All talks must be less than 18 minutes and most speakers will be given 14 minutes or less to speak. All talks will be video recorded and posted to the TEDx website after the event. Any talk that runs long will potentially be edited before being posted to the TEDx website. All speakers will be required to sign the TEDx speaker waiver affirming that they are the sole author of their presentation, that they own the rights to the content in their presentation, that they will inform us about any third-party material in their presentation, and that they use of the presentation won’t violate the rights of any third party. TED has never paid a speaker to appear, and as a TEDx licensee we must follow the same policy. We will book air travel and two nights lodging for our out-of-town speakers.

TED Commandments

These 10 tips are given to all TED Conference speakers as they prepare their TEDTalks. They will help you craft a TEDx South Lake Tahoe talk that will have a profound impact on your audience. Please keep them in mind while developing your proposal.

1.  Dream big. Strive to create the best talk you have ever given. Reveal something never seen before. Do something the audience will remember forever. Share an idea that could change the world.

2.  Show us the real you. Share your passions, your dreams … and also your fears. Be vulnerable. Speak of failure as well as success.

3.  Make the complex plain. Don’t try to dazzle intellectually. Don’t speak in abstractions. Explain! Give examples. Tell stories. Be specific.

4.  Connect with people’s emotions. Make us laugh! Make us cry!

5.  Don’t flaunt your ego. Don’t boast. It’s the surest way to switch everyone off.

6.  No selling from the stage! Unless we have specifically asked you to, do not talk about your company or organization. And don’t even think about pitching your products or services or asking for funding from stage.

7.  Feel free to comment on other speakers’ talks, to praise or to criticize. Controversy energizes! Enthusiastic endorsement is powerful!

8.  Don’t read your talk. Notes are fine. But if the choice is between reading or rambling, then read!

9.  End your talk on time. Doing otherwise is to steal time from the people that follow you. We won’t allow it.

10.Rehearse your talk in front of a trusted friend (lots!) … for timing, for clarity, for impact.

Speaker Application Form

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Have you talked at a previous TED or TEDx event? *
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If selected to speak at TEDx SouthLakeTahoe on Friday, September 29th 2017: *
Can you commit to participate in the entire evening of TEDxSouthLakeTahoe on Friday, September 29th 2017? Speakers must arrive no later than 3:00 pm and must stay until approximately 9:30 pm. *
If you are from the Tahoe area, will you commit to attending three separate speaker preparation meetings with our Team? *
If you are not from the Tahoe area, will you commit to scheduling three speaker preparation meetings with our Team via Skype, FaceTime, or a Google Hangout? *