Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Audition your expert for a TED Talk

Reporter Lee Hotz spoke at a TED event in Oxford.
Here's a novel way to feature an expert or leader in your organization who's a smashing presenter or speaker: Enter her in TED's first-ever public auditions, which could lead to the chance to give a real TED talk.

The TED (short for technology-education-design) conference and  its spin-off events feature short speeches of 5 to 18 minutes that push unusual ideas. For this audition, TED also is seeking creative formats, from presenting in front of a custom film, a "slide blizzard," or intense campfire-style storytelling. A straight TED-style talk is fine, too.

Better yet, TED's not afraid of the technical topic. You should by all means help your expert by sharing the "ten commandments of TED" with them--they're the rules that make TED talks so successful.

Here's the process: You make a one-minute video to show how you speak and any creative format you choose, and upload it to YouTube or Vimeo. Then send a link to your video along with an application. Speakers chosen from the video auditions will get to give their TED talks in front of a live audience of TED staffers and their invitees. Your one-minute video is due April 25, 2011 by 11:59 pm Eastern time. Check out the blog post for the full schedule.

And if you enter, keep us posted! You'll find useful tips on video for speakers below.

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