TEDxWilmington Speaker Application
Thank you for your interest in being a speaker at TEDxWilmington!

Before you apply, you MUST read the book "TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking" by Chris Anderson. This book is available on Amazon. Please pay close attention to Chapter 4: The Throughline. You will be required to answer what the throughline of your proposed TEDx talk will be in this application. Being clear on your throughline will make a difference in how you present your talk, how you convey your idea, and what the listeners takeaway from your talk.

The following APPLICATION CANNOT BE PARTIALLY SAVED. You will need to complete the application in its entirety at one time. Please review the entire form and make sure you have enough time to fill it out before you start.

There are a few things to know before starting:

- Always say TEDx; never TED when referring to your talk or TEDxWilmington.

- Your talk must be 12 minutes or less. While a TED or TEDx talk can be up to 18 minutes long, TEDxWilmington has decided to limit most talks to 12 minutes.

- Your "Idea Worth Spreading" must be your own and may not address political/religious agendas or directly promote a company, business, or product.

- You will be required to sign a release form prepared by TED.

- In this application, you will be required to submit a short video (1-2 minutes). Please record and upload this video to YouTube before you start this application.

- TEDxWilmington has a very rigorous process and includes many deadlines along the way. Please read the disclosure at the end of this application which has more details about the materials due.

Before starting your application, you must verify that your idea is within TEDx Content Guidelines. To do this, please review the following link from TED:


- We strongly encourage you to visit www.TED.com and check out TED and TEDx talks that might have similar ideas to your proposed TEDx talk. Be prepared to share with us why your proposed talk is unique and different.

- Last, but not least, all applications must be completed by the speaker, and not a third party.
Email address *
Watch this video before applying!
First Name *
Last Name *
How would you like to be addressed? *
(First name, Nickname, Last Name, etc)
About You
Tell us a little about yourself!
Gender *
Race *
This will not affect the speaker selection, but it must be answered.
Date of Birth *
Cell Phone Number *
Alternative Phone Numbers Where You Can Be Reached
Mailing Street Address *
Mailing City *
Mailing State *
Mailing Zip *
Country of Residence *
Position/Title and Employer *
How would you like to be described on promotional materials? (For Example: Assisant Director of Joe Company, Inc. or Software Developer at TechStartUp, LLC) If student, please write your school & grade, if retired please write "retired.." followed by your previous career. Please DO NOT use "Self-Employed" or "Public/Keynote Speaker"
Have you ever given a TED or TEDx Talk? *
Please include where, when, and the title of your talk(s)
Have you ever attended any TED or TEDx events in the past? *
Please list any and all you have been to, including TEDxWilmington.
Have you ever been to any TEDxWilmington events, specifically? *
Please list their names and dates, if possible.
Do you personally know any of the previous TEDxWilmington speakers?
Please list any below
How did you hear about TEDxWilmington? *
Give us a short biography of yourself in 120 words or less. *
Do you plan on having a speaker coach? If you already have one, what is their name? *
Video Submission (1-2 minutes)
Before you can submit this form, you are required to attach a video link that distills your Idea Worth Spreading for your proposed TEDx talk. Below are the required guidelines:

1. This video should be between 1 and 2 minutes long, but NO LONGER than 2 minutes. DO NOT use more than 2 minutes, or your application will be disqualified.

2. It SHOULD BE filmed for the sole purpose of briefly and concisely summarizing your message to TEDxWilmington and give our "Speaker Curating Committee" a snapshot of how you come across, in person, with your Idea Worth Spreading. Be specific as possible.

3. Make sure you have energy and passion in your tone of voice, body language, and words.

4. This video should complement the written portion of your application and give us more specifications of your idea. Do not repeat what you have already said in the written portion.

5. This SHOULD NOT be a reused video from any other previous media appearances. Feel free to film from a computer or smartphone since the video does not need to be fancy. You will be disqualified immediately if you send a video clip that was not created specifically for this application.

6. While you can use either YouTube or Vimeo for your video, we had less problems when people have submitted via YouTube. Please make sure it is not set as "Private" and make the video "unlisted".

7. Label your video as: "Your Name - TEDxWilm2019", (example: "Sarah Smith - TEDxWilm2019") and paste the link below.

Keep in mind that we receive hundreds of applications so TAKE THE TIME TO PLAN exactly what you are going to say.

The video you submit will have more weight than any other single factor when the curating committee decides who to extend an invitation to.
Please Paste Video Link Below *
About Your Talk
In the following section, you will be answering questions specifically about the TEDx Talk you wish to give. Some of your ideas may change in the future, but please answer relative to how it stands currently.
Are you giving this talk with someone else? If so, include their name and email. Each person much complete a separate application. *
What would you like the title of your talk to be? Something short and catchy to grab audiences and viewers. *
Come up with something short, clever, and catchy to grab audiences and viewers. [Your title must be 100 characters or less TOTAL, including spaces, vertical slashes, and the following format: "Title | Name | TEDxWilmington*event*" for instance "Dating is Dead | Kevin Carr | TEDxWilmingtonSalon" - 49 characters] Usually shorter is better, but make sure to use wording that would be easily searchable on the internet.
What is the desired time length of your TEDx talk? (Maximum: 12 Minutes) *
The shorter talks often get more views. Feel free to write in any other unlisted specific amount of time between 2 and 12 minutes, in the "other" section. Be aware that you may not always get the full time you request. TED has recently stated publicly that 12 minutes is the optimum length of a TED or TEDx talk in order to receive the most viewership.
What is your one "Idea Worth Spreading"? In reference to Chris Anderson's "TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking", the throughline is the connecting theme that ties together each narrative element. What is the precise idea you want to build inside your audience? (in 50 words or less) *
Think of an overarching message you would want the audience to take away from your talk.
I affirm I have purchased Chris Anderson's "TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking" and have read at least Chapter 4: The Throughline. *
Why are you the right person to speak on this topic? Please list any job titles, passions, or credentials that qualify you as an expert. *
What "Call to Action" do you have for your audience? What will they be motivated to do after hearing you speak or how can they take action? (in 50 words or less) *
Under which of the following categories would your TEDx talk be categorized? Your talk must fall under one of these topics as they are set forth by TED when uploading the final videos. (Please choose one) *
At which event would you like to speak? *
Please list 3 of your favorite TED or TEDx talks and why you like them. *
Please list any websites you are affiliated with.
Not including social media websites like Facebook.
Why do you want to give a TEDx talk? *
Please tell us something intriguing, remarkable, unusual, or unexpected about yourself that you have not yet shared shared with us? *
Social Media
Much of our marketing and promotion is done through social media. Please answer the following questions to the extent that they apply to you.
Facebook Name
# of Facebook Friends
Twitter Handle
# of Twitter Followers
LinkedIn Name
# of LinkedIn Connections
Instagram Name
# of Instagram Followers
TEDxWilmington Disclosure
Please carefully read the following before submitting your application.

Please note that there is no compensation paid to any speaker giving a TEDx talk. Travel & Accommodation costs are also the sole responsibility of the speaker.

When invited to speak, you will have to sign an agreement that holds you responsible for the electronic delivery, according to a given timeline, of many materials regarding your talk including, but not limited to:

- A Professional Headshot Photo
- A Biography (and an additional shorter version for program guides)
- An Outline of your talk
- 3 blogs about the process (~300 words each)
- 2 Video drafts
- 2 Powerpoint Drafts (optional)

Please do not apply if you feel that you will not be able to meet given deadlines with these deliverables.

Please direct any questions or concerns about this nomination form to ajitgeorge@tedxwilmington.com
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