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3 lessons learned to be selected as a TEDx Speaker.

Updated: Jan 7

Speaking at a TEDx event could literally change the course of your professional life, but first, how do you get selected?

Photo taken at the TEDxPolitecnicodiTorino event on November 30, 2019. Speaker: Cécile Bastien Remy, Speech title: Bounce Forward, Speech Topic: Resilience

1) IDEA - Your Idea should be oozing from your pores

Yes, you read it right…oozing from your pores.

You need to be so passionately convinced that your idea is going to help others and that it is worth sharing.


2) STRATEGY - You have a Strategy to get in touch with the TEDx Events you have shortlisted.

From February 2019 until June 2019, I applied to 9 events, was short listed to three and ultimately selected for one.

When you send your application, make sure the event is at least 6 to 9 months ahead.

You may need to do a little intelligence work to get the following information on the event: Contact information, procedure of the application, theme of the event.


3) PITCH - Your Pitch must be ready in many formats.

I pitched using a message on LinkedIn, via email, video file, video platforms, Google doc…… and every Pitch should be articulated and in sync with the topic of the event.

Once your Pitch is sent, it is important to remember that you may or may not hear back from the event.


If you cannot handle rejection or uncertainty, this process might not be for you.

The amount of speaker applications each TEDx team receives is staggering.

Let’s not forget they are all volunteers (so are you as a Speaker), yet top professional quality is expected in every step of the way.



Next post: "What does it take to be ready to give your TEDx Talk?"




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Cécile is an international presentation skills trainer and keynote speaker. She works with Corporations, Universities, and professionals. She is dedicated to helping her clients become the speaker they want to be and inspire the change they want to see. She also delivers inspirational and educational keynotes at industry conferences and universities.

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