Apply To Speak
Applications for TEDxKingstonUponThames ‘Out of Order’ event on 20th January at Rose Theatre Kingston are now CLOSED.
Thank you to the hundred people who applied to speak. The selection process was long and complex, and we had to make some very tough decisions. However, we have put together a superlative line-up for the event.
There will be other opportunities to speak at future TEDxKingstonUponThames events; please keep an eye on our social media for details.
In the meantime, check out our chairman’s blog post on selecting TEDx speakers.
Deadline and Interview Dates
Speaker applications are now CLOSED.
Need some advice from TED?
The TED Commandments
These 10 tips are given to all TED Conference speakers as they prepare their TEDTalks. They will help your TEDx speakers craft talks that will have a profound impact on your audience.
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 … for timing, for clarity, for impact.