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TEDxEustis 2020 Speaker Application (Due 7/31/2019)
The January 17, 2020 TEDxEustis event will feature 9-12 speakers sharing "ideas worth spreading." We are searching for presenters who will inform and inspire, surprise and delight. If you believe your idea belongs on the TEDxEustis stage we want to hear from you!

The all-volunteer group organizing the 2020 TEDxEustis event will provide a speaker coach for each of the presenters chosen. This volunteer coach will work closely with the presenter to craft an engaging performance, regardless of the presenter's public speaking experience or previous lack of it. Great ideas worth spreading shouldn't be sidelined by stage fright! This is not optional. As a TEDxEustis speaker, you must be able to accept and process constructive criticism and work with the curation team to craft the perfect talk for our stage.

While presenters are not paid for their efforts, each talk - which can range from 3 to 18 minutes - will be recorded and uploaded to the TEDx video portal on to be shared with the world.

**Multiple applications for the same person & talk won't influence the speaker selection team in a positive way. We review every application that comes in, and it only takes one. If you have more than one idea, you are welcome to share both in separate applications.**


TEDxEustis is a place to share "ideas worth spreading" that you have either personally experienced, formulated through research, or created yourself. The TEDx stage does not host religious topics (unless the topic relates to a societal context for religion), pseudo-science, or personal conjecture. All talks will be fact-checked.

***To this end, we strongly discourage speakers from the "self-help" or "personal coaching" arena unless the research/methods or personal experience is new and noteworthy.***


Presenting at a TEDx event is a major accomplishment and requires a large time commitment. Speakers are expected to create outlines of their talk and refine the idea until it is ready to fly off the stage and take flight. Working with an assigned coach, speakers are required to give their talk in public to at least six (6) practice groups and to accept feedback from those groups.


Please familiarize yourself with all of the following dates and add them to your calendars. You must let the curator know if you cannot meet a deadline. All submissions for waivers of deadlines are to be made to the curator via email. All deadlines are 5:00 PM. Repeated missed deadlines may result in the speaker being removed from the 2020 lineup.

Wednesday, July 31st
Online applications due

Monday, August 19th (or sooner)
Speaker Line-Up Announced

Monday, September 2nd
Submit outline and title ideas for talk. Feedback will be provided
Submit any requests for props or other on-stage elements for your talk

Monday, September 9th EVENT LAUNCH
Online ticket sales, social media, website and other available promotion.

Thursday, September 19th
First draft of talk is due.
Be sure to include references where applicable and sources/rights for any photos being used

September 23rd & 24th
Initial drafts are reviewed by event team for content and fact checked. Feedback is provided

Friday, October 11th
Second draft outline of your talk is due
Submit duration of talk (accurate to ± 1 minute) - target of 12-14 minutes but no more than 18

October14th - 18th
Drafts are reviewed by event team for content and fact checked. Feedback is provided

Friday, November 8th
Final sign off for talk by curator & coach(es)
Stop editing - start rehearsing, practice, practice, practice

Week of November 11th
Individual run-through of talk with curator & organizers

Thursday, January 16th DRESS REHEARSAL
Schedule will be confirmed closer to the date. All TEDxEustis speakers must attend.

Friday, January 17th EVENT!
Please arrive to the theater by 8:30 a.m.
All speakers are expected to stay for the entire event (9am - 4pm)
Final recognition of speakers on stage
Speaker line-up to be determined

Meeting, emails or phone calls with curator and other provided resources such as speaking coaches and TEDx Talk experts
Meeting, emails or phone calls with the fellow TEDxEustis speakers
Sharing of information {drafts, feedback, resources)

1. Dream big. Create the best talk you have ever given. Reveal something never seen and heard 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, your fears. Be vulnerable. Be authentic. Talk about failure just as much as success.
3. Discuss complex issues in plain talk. Don't try to dazzle people with your intellect or speak in abstractions. Explain everything. Give examples.
4. Tell stories. Be specific but remember to focus on your core idea.
5. Connect with people's emotions. Make us laugh! Make us cry!
6. Don't flaunt your ego. Don't boast. Don't tell us your biography. It's boring and the surest way to switch everyone's attention off.
7. No selling from the stage. Unless we specifically ask you to do so, do not talk about your company or organization. Don't even think about pitching your products or services or asking for funding from stage.
8. Feel free to comment on other speakers' talks, to praise or to criticize. Controversy energizes. Enthusiastic endorsement is powerful!
9. Don't read your talk. Absolutely no notes or outlines on-stage. They're distracting to the audience. That's why we're giving you time just to internalize your entire talk.
10. No slides. Tell your audience the story, don't use photo shortcuts. Slides and photos take their attention away from you. Let your audience use their imagination and the story will soar!
11. End your talk on time. Doing otherwise is to steal time from the speakers who follow you. We won't allow it.
12. Rehearse your talk in front of family and friends for timing, clarity and impact.
13. No political agendas. This talk is not for advocating for a political party, do not belittle political adversaries or use your talk to push inflammatory or extremist positions.
14. No religious proselytizing. Do not attempt to prove or persuade the (in)correctness of (a) religion(s).
15. Use only credible science. The claims you use should be testable experimentally, have been published in a peer review journal, and be backed up by theories and have generated enough data to convince other experts of itslegitimacy.
16. Have fun, you are giving the talk of your life.

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