What is a TEDx Talk?
Before you start the search for speakers for your event, it’s important to know exactly what a TEDx Talk is. It also helps to understand the different types of talks worth spreading. That way, you know what you’re looking for.
A TEDx Talk is a showcase for speakers presenting great, well-formed ideas in under 18 minutes.
Why under 18 minutes?
This short talk model works, since it only demands the audience's attention for a short period of time, decreasing the chance of minds wandering or daydreaming about lunch. In fact, some of our greatest TED Talks have been as short as 5 minutes long!
What is a great, well-formed idea?
It can actually be one of two things:
- Something that’s new and surprising; an idea or invention that your audience has never heard about.
- A great basic idea (that your audience has maybe already heard) with a compelling new argument behind it that challenges beliefs and perspectives.
In other words, an idea isn’t just a story or a list of facts. A good idea takes certain evidence or observations and draws a larger conclusion.
Types of talks
When searching for speakers, you can keep in mind these seven different types of talks — not every speaker’s talk has to be exactly the same.
The big idea
The tech demo
The artist’s statement
The “dazzle with wonder”
The small idea
The “issue” talk
Next: Create a theme
Watch Chris Anderson at TEDGlobal 2013 tell us what makes a great talk, great.
Rules to remember
Our Content Guidelines give you a set of standards to follow when it comes to TEDx Talks, so use this as a guide. This includes:
- No commercial agendas
- No political agendas or inflammatory rhetoric
- No religious agendas
- No bad science
Make sure to know these guidelines well.