TEDxRoseTree 2019 Speaker Application
Have a big idea?
Want to share it with others?
Then we want to hear from you!
Thank you for your interest in being a speaker TedxRoseTree... Media, PA's very first TEDx event.
This is an amazing opportunity for you to get up on the stage and share your big idea (or, “Idea Worth Spreading", as TED calls them) with the Media, PA community.
And it doesn’t stop there. Your talk will be recorded and then hosted on the TED.com website, where it will be available to a global audience!
Of course, we also want to be clear from the start… being a TEDx speaker is more than just standing on a stage and talking for 18 minutes. There are responsibilities and commitments all TEDx speakers will have to abide by, so please read the rest of this form before making your decision.
First things first. Where and when?
TEDxRoseTree will be held the afternoon of November 19th, 2019 at The Media Theatre.
There will be a dress rehearsal the day before to run through your talk on stage.
What is the theme of TEDxRoseTree?
As you may or may not know, every TEDx has a theme. TEDxRoseTree’s theme is “Grassroots.”
Grassroots showcases how every idea starts as a small concept, and requires some level of incubation and nurture. While the term grassroots often has a political connotation, it really embraces ALL ideas that grow when they involve their community. Because our community of Media, PA has long supported the tenets of this kind of intense community involvement and activism, it seemed like a perfect choice for TEDxRoseTree.
Are there any specific requirements for my talk?
Yes. TEDx has specific rules all speakers must follow.
* Your talk must be 18 minutes or less.
* Your "Idea Worth Spreading" must be your own.
* Your talk CANNOT address political/religious agendas.
* Your talk CANNOT directly promote a company, business, or product.
* You will be required to sign a release form prepared by TED.
IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED that ALL potential TEDx speakers 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. Clarity on your Throughline will make a difference in how you present your talk, how you convey your idea, and what listeners take away from your talk.
How will I know my "Idea Worth Spreading" is relevant/original/valid?
Before you even start the application process, check out the TEDx content guidelines from the link below. They provide a great outline that will help you better understand what your talk needs to be.
and check out TED and TEDx talks that might have similar ideas to your proposed TEDx talk.
As organizers, we will also speak with your directly about your speech in the months leading up to the event. Be prepared to share with us why your proposed talk is unique and different.
And of course, all applications must be completed by the speaker, and not a third party.
Here is a helpful video to give you an idea of what a talk should be, and how to craft one:
Ready to get started?
That’s pretty much it on our end. But we know you might still have questions, so please don’t hesitate to reach out at
Or, if you think you’re ready, start filling out the application!
UPDATED -- NOTE: Deadline to apply for the 2019 TEDxRoseTree event is ***September 27th***!
Please NOTE: Because the application *cannot* be partially saved, we recommend saving your answers to an offline document (like Word or Notepad) in case of a technology hiccup.
We’re excited for this event, and hope you will be too!
Are you available?
Before going through all of the effort, please check your calendar! TEDxRoseTree will be on November 19th, 2019 with a dress rehearsal on Monday, November 18th. If you cannot make this event but still want to apply, you are welcome to submit an application.
Yes, I am available on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 from 1-6 pm.
Yes, I will be able to attend a dress rehearsal on Monday, November 18, 2019.
I am unable to attend.
All About You
How would you like to be addressed?
(First name, nickname, preferred pronoun, etc.)
Cell phone number
Alternative phone number(s) where you can be reached
Country of Residence
Position, Title & 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.
Have you attended any TED or TEDx events in the past?
Please list any and all live events that you have been to.
How or from whom did you hear about TEDxRoseTree?
Give us a short biography of yourself (150 words or less).
Do you plan on having a speaker coach? If you already have one, what is their name?
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.
2. Your objective is to summarize your idea or message and give us a snapshot of how you come across.
Be as 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.
5. This SHOULD NOT be a reused video from any other previous media appearances.
6. Feel free to film from a computer or smartphone since the video does not need to be fancy.
7. Please upload and submit your video through YouTube.
Please make sure it is NOT set as "Private" and make the video "unlisted".
8. Label your video on YouTube as: "Your Name - TEDxRoseTree", (eg: "Sarah Jones - TEDxRoseTree").
The video you submit will have more weight than any other single factor when the curating committee decides who to extend an invitation to.
We are excited to hear from you!
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 the idea for your talk stands currently.
Are you giving this talk with someone else? If so, please include their name and email.
Each speaker MUST complete a separate application.
What is the title of your TEDx talk?
Think: short, clever, and catchy to grab audiences and viewers. Use words that would be easily searchable on the internet.
What is your desired length of your talk? (Max: 18 minutes)
Note: 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. TED has recently stated publicly that 12 minutes is the optimum length of a TED or TEDx talk in order to receive the most views.
What is your one "Idea Worth Spreading"? What is the precise idea you want to build out for your audience? (50 words or less.)
Think of an overarching message you would want the audience to take away from your talk. 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.
I affirm I have a copy of Chris Anderson's "TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking" and have read *at least* Chapter 4: The Throughline.
Yes, I have.
It's on my to-do list.
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.
You may also attached your resume or CV below.
Optional: your resume or CV
Send it to us at
-- include your name in the subject line!
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? (Please choose one.)
Your talk must fall under one of these topics as they are set forth by TED when uploading the final videos.
Please list one or two of your favorite TED or TEDx talks.
Please list any websites you are affiliated with.
Not including social media like Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram.
Why do you want to give a TEDx talk? What is drawing you to the TEDxRoseTree event?
Your Social Media network
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 and/or link to your profile
LinkedIn Name and/or link to your profile
TEDxRoseTree Disclosure -- please read
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
- 2 Powerpoint Drafts
- At least 1 video draft
- 1-2 blogs about the process ~300 words each (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
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