How To Do Your Own TED Talk

Everyone knows that  a TED Talk can change your career, and even your entire life.

It has the potential to turn you into a best selling author, a sought after speaker, or a global thought leader overnight.

Did you know that you can create your own TED Talks?

You can even use their brand?

More about that in a moment…

First let’s take a look at the history of TED (from the TED.com website):

TED was born in 1984 out of Richard Saul Wurman’s observation of a powerful convergence among three fields: technology, entertainment and design. The first TED, which he co-founded with Harry Marks, included a demo of the compact disc, the e-book and cutting-edge 3D graphics from Lucasfilm, while mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot demonstrated how to map coastlines using his developing theory of fractal geometry.

But despite a stellar lineup, the event lost money, and it was six years before Wurman and Marks tried again. This time, in 1990, the world was ready. The TED Conference became an annual event in Monterey, California, attracting a growing and influential audience from many different disciplines united by their curiosity and open-mindedness — and also by their shared discovery of an exciting secret. 

Today, TED is one of the world’s most watched conferences.

Tickets cost thousands of dollars.

The top thought leaders from every country attend.

Only the biggest names in their industries get invited to speak.

However, there is a way you can get invited to a TED event, even if you’re not world famous.

Here’s how to do it…

TED allows Universities and other groups to hold a version of the TED conference locally.

This is called TEDx.  TEDx events are done just like TED events, but they are on a smaller, more local and intimate scale. 

They are held in cities across the country and around world. They feature thought leaders from their local regions.

You may think that means these TEDx talks get less attention.

You’re wrong.

Not only are they often featured on the TED website, but they are also some of the most popular TED talks worldwide.

Simon Sinek, the famous author of many best selling business books, got his boost from a TEDx Talk that is now one of the most watched talks ever.

In other words, doing a powerful TEDx Talk can boost your career just as much as speaking on the main TED stage.

Are you ready for your TED Talk?

Here is how to book your own talk:

  • Go to TED.com and find their list of local TEDx talks.
  • Find the TEDx groups nearest to you.
  • Take a look at their schedules and the themes of their upcoming events.
  • You’ll need to apply 3-6 months before the scheduled talk if you want a chance to speak at that event.
  • Send in your application with a well thought out message, and make sure you have a sample of yourself speaking at another event on video.

If you don’t already have video of yourself performing a speech, see below…

In the next email we’ll talk about how to make this the best speech of your life.

Keep enjoying the journey!


Major Warning:


If you’ve never done a major speech in public before, don’t make the rookie mistake of trying to do an important event like TED first.

Get the Vocal Awareness Visceral Language course, plan an awesome speech to practice, annotate every word in Visceral Language, and practice until it is perfect. (for 50% off use the coupon code TED)

Video tape yourself on your cell phone or computer, and watch it back until you fix every stutter and missed word.  (This is what Arthur calls “Game Film”.)

Make sure you are always in stature and speaking infull Vocal Awareness.

It’s always a smart idea to have a personal session with Arthur before you perform your final speech.

If you can’t meet with Arthur, the Visceral Language course is the next best thing to help you prepare your TED Talk and get ready to be in front of millions of potential viewers.

As Arthur says, you never get a second chance to make a first impression.

This is one you need to get right. Vocal Awareness will make sure of it.