Being a TEDx organizer can be an extraordinary experience. It’s also a big commitment. Our job is to help you make sure you’re ready to take the TEDx leap.
If you’re thinking about becoming a TEDx organizer, below is a list of responsibilities for you to review.
Create a TED-like experience
Big ideas, rich storytelling and a multidisciplinary program are just a few qualities that make a great TED event. You’ll be expected to capture the spirit of TED in your event by sparking community connections and inspiring ideas that change perspectives.
Unearth local voices
As a TEDx organizer, you’ll have the option to feature live talks at your event, bringing attention to undiscovered voices in your community. If you decide to include individual speakers, choose extraordinary people who have been heard and seen by few, but have a fresh approach in their field, a unique story to tell, or a new perspective to share – which they can convey in a dynamic way.
Excite and delight your audience
It’s no news that making your audience happy is essential for a successful event. But the devil is in the details. From the moment your guests receive invitations, to the minute they walk out of the event, they should feel like they’re experiencing something significant. Think of your audience’s needs every step of the way. (That includes your livestream audience, if you have one.)
Lead your team
A group of organized, impassioned people can make one powerful event – they just need the guidance and support to make it happen. We know managing staff can be tough work, but strong, thoughtful leadership can go a long way. Every person on your team (that includes speakers too!) should feel like they’re part of a caring, trusting and accountable community. Be an advocate for them, and their support will follow.
Follow rules and guidelines
We get it: rules can be a pain. But there’s a reason they’re part of the TEDx program – to make your job easier. The better you know the TEDx rules and guidelines throughout your TEDx journey, the less you’ll have to deal with annoying details to correct later on. We promise.
Produce great content
Whether you’re playing a curated program of TED Talks or combining live talks and video, you’ll be responsible for creating a program that “wows” your guests and viewers. That takes a lot of creativity and work! So be prepared to be both organizer and producer of your gathering.
Celebrate and protect the TEDx vision
By licensing you as a TEDx organizer, we’re vesting in you a little piece of the TED vision. That means it’s your job to make sure the vision and mission of TEDx is protected and boldly celebrated. Use your TEDx event logo often, understand and spread the idea of TEDx (including the difference between TED and TEDx!), and invest yourself in the spirit of the TEDx community.
Put in the work (and passion)
Organizing a TEDx event is a big endeavor, so make sure you have the time and dedication to do the hard work needed to create a great event. Unadulterated joy is also a must! Put in the work and bring a ton of passion to the mix, and it will be an experience you’ll never forget.