TEDx Speaker Information

What TEDx Speakers Need to Know:

Direct your talk toward an educated and intelligent, yet general audience (you’ll want to avoid industry jargon). Focus your talk on one unique aspect of your story without covering unnecessary details. Do not cast your talk in the form of a sales pitch and avoid corporate plugs. Think big – connect your work and thinking to big topics – the state, the nation, the world, the future….

Our 2018 Call For Speakers has ended.

How it works:

TEDx speakers will sit in the audience until their scheduled session. When it is time for their scheduled session, we will bring them to a back stage preparation area. We expect that all TEDx speakers will commit to stay for the entire event, and to mingle with attendees during breaks and lunch.

All talks must be less than 15 minutes and most speakers will be given 12 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. We require that all TEDx speakers sign the 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. These will help you craft a TEDxUniversityofNevada 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.