Information for Potential TEDxWinnipeg Speakers
What does TEDxWinnipeg expect from its speakers?
First and foremost, as a celebration of ideas, we want to see you bring yours! Remember, TEDx talks aim to be tight, bright, and full of passion. Your TEDx presentation can be an absolute maximum of 18 minutes and preferably much shorter: long enough to say something of significance, but short enough to hold everyone’s attention. While those few minutes may be shorter than you’re used to, TEDx events have proven that a carefully prepared talk of this length can have astonishing impact. (See TED.com for examples.) Once you have the spark of an idea growing, know that the next thing we expect of our speakers is two days of their time. One of those days, of course, is set aside to speak, listen and mingle at the main event. But one day prior to the TEDxWinnipeg event, we invite all of our speakers to attend a rehearsal and a special speakers’ evening event. If you are selected to speak at TEDxWinnipeg, and are coming from outside of Winnipeg, the planning committee will provide for your travel arrangements.
Where else will my TEDxWinnipeg talk be seen?
All TEDxWinnipeg talks will be live-streamed online during the event to an audience of thousands! Even better, after the event is over, your presentation will be posted online at the TEDxWinnipeg.ca website. It could even be featured on TED.com itself, where videos routinely receive hundreds of thousands or even millions of viewers. All talks will be recorded at TV production quality. If you’re still new to the TED experience, here are a few talks worth checking out to see what we mean: tedxwinnipeg.ca/speakers/
Are there any other rules for TEDxWinnipeg talks?
As a TED offshoot, TEDx events will be following the official TED speaker rules. We do not accept talks that are political, religious or commercial in nature — no “selling from the stage,” please — and there is strict enforcement of the clock. If you accept our invitation, we will offer assistance on how to tailor the perfect talk for our audience. TED has never paid speakers to appear, but has always committed to creating an experience that’s tremendously fulfilling and beneficial on all sides, and as a TEDx event we plan to do the same. Even though you may have delivered 10 or 100 or even 1000 presentations, this one is different. TED Talks are not standard presentations — they are performances, stories or experiences. Do not think of TED as a conference; it is much more like theatre.
What Is TEDxWinnipeg Looking For?
Many will apply, but only a few will be selected to speak at TEDxWinnipeg. What makes a great TEDx speaker? It’s a combination of certain characteristics. We seek speakers who inspire others with their “Idea Worth Spreading.” Amazing, Funny, Jaw-Dropping or Beautiful are some of the characteristics we desire. Speakers should be persuasive, ingenious and informative. And should be ready to deliver the most awesome speech they have ever given. The speakers we need are those who have done something incredible or discovered something astonishing — something they can give to each and every member of our audience. Something the audience can carry home and use to change the world in their own way. Remember, your talk should not only be a Story Worth Telling, but must ALSO have an Idea Worth Spreading. A deep passion and dedication to a cause, a concept or a journey is within every TEDx speaker. The ideal speaker changes the world around them and will change you as well.
FAQ for Potential Speakers:
What is the theme for this year's TEDxWinnipeg?
What if I have spoken before at another TEDx event?
I have this great idea, but you've made me nervous!
How long do I have to apply?
So far, so good? Here’s what happens next.
If after review of this information you feel that you would like to be part of TEDxWinnipeg, we ask you to complete our speaker application form. All interested speakers’ information will then be reviewed by the TEDxWinnipeg speaker selection committee.
* Speaker Applications are now closed for TEDxWinnipeg 2017 *
TEDxWinnipeg speaker applications are generally accepted during January of the year in which the event occurs. Know someone who you think would be a great speaker for this event? Share this page with them!