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Record year for TEDxUniversityofNevada speaker proposals 


A record number of proposals was received this year from individuals across the globe who applied to give talks at TEDxUniversityofNevada Feb. 23, 2020. With the highest number and most diverse set of proposals ever received in TEDxUniversityofNevada history, speaker proposals flowed into Reno this summer from a total of 35 states and 6 different countries. From science and technology to healthcare and education, a full spectrum of big ideas was represented across a variety of multi-faceted topics, making speaker selection extra difficult. However, a consensus was reached among the speaker selection team, who diligently worked to review and analyze nearly 250 incoming proposals complete with detailed outlines, personalized videos, additional links to information and more.  

A preview of the 2020 event’s speakers  

Among those in the group of speakers who were ultimately selected and thus far announced for 2020 include multiple best-selling authors from across the country; the highest-ranking member of the Nevada Guard; an investigative journalist and Rhodes scholar; the #1 ranked thought leader in coaching by Thinkers50; a notable local attorney and expert on the topic of divorce; a successful stand up comedian and actor; a STEM proponent and aviation enthusiast; as well as various non-profit leaders, university professors, technology advocates, and food experts. To learn more about each of the speakers who have been selected to give talks in 2020, visit the 2020 event page.

With another dynamic and impactful set of talks selected for its next event, 2020 is guaranteed to bring a new set of engaging and dynamic ideas to the community. Get ready for another inspiring year sure to spark plenty of deep thought and discussion. 

The secret ingredient for sharing a big idea worth spreading? 

According to Chris Anderson—who became the curator of the TED conference in 2002 and has since developed it as a platform for identifying and disseminating ideas worth spreading—ideas come in all shapes and sizes, from the complex and analytical, to the simple and aesthetic. Ideas are the number one force shaping human culture. While there is no single formula for a great talk, there is a secret ingredient that all of the best ones have in common. In this video, Anderson, the “father of TED” shares this secret.

In addition to Anderson’s video, there is also a book recommended to anyone looking to share their big idea worth spreading, whether that be on the TED stage or at a company meeting. For more great tips on how to give an impactful TED-style talk, be sure to check out Anderson’s bookTED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking.