The application period for our January 2022 event was June 1 to July 31, 2021. We do not accept late applications. You will benefit greatly by watching the videos and any other training we offer you before you submit your application during any year. We want you to have a successful application. We received 116 for the 2022 event!
If speaking at a TEDx event is NOT on YOUR bucket list, don't apply. Also do not have your assistant or your publicist apply for you. We have very specific criteria you must meet when you apply, so it is in your best interest to wait until you have seen our videos on How to Apply.
Tip: It will not help your chances to speak if you contact us in advance. If we happen to know you, that will not help your chances, either.
HUGE TIP: Follow ALL directions. Even the most simple one, that is ignored far too often. Your location, including the state! If you will not follow those simple instructions, then...
Don't rush to get your application in on day one. We don't even look at them until they all come in and you want this to be the very best application you have ever completed. No application has priority over another.
Tip: We do not decide on our Theme for our event until after applications have been received.
Tip: Before you hit the send button, re-read our instructions and your answers. We frequently get applications that do not follow the rules or answer the questions properly.
A week or so after the deadline passes, the applications are provided to our team of readers, approximately 8 people. They read and score them based on our criteria and without your name and other identifying details on the applications.
Tip: Every talk we select is fact-checked by a total geek! You won't even get sci-fi past previous TEDxEustis Speaker, Sabrina Sterling!
Our previous fact-checker was Ann Ivey, the Eustis Memorial Library Director. We thank her for the time she put into the chosen applications over the years.
If we call and offer you the opportunity to speak, you need to know the following:
- We cannot pay speakers or your expenses.
- You will be assigned a coach, and deadlines are critical.
- You will need to be in Eustis, Florida, for 2 days, rehearsal day and the event.
Tip: This is not like any other talk you have ever given.
Communication between all parties is critical. You must read and reply to many emails from the team, you must stay in contact with and work with your coach, and you must let us know when there is an issue that impacts deadlines.
Tip: We know life happens, but if you communicate with us regularly, we can work with issues that arise.
1) Dream big. Strive to create the best talk you have ever given. Reveal something never seen before. Do something the audience will remember forever. Share an idea that could change the world.
2) Show us the real you. Share your passions, your dreams ... and also your fears. Be vulnerable. Speak of failure as well as success.
3) Make the complex plain. Don't try to dazzle intellectually. Don't speak in abstractions. Explain! Give examples. Tell stories. Be specific.
4) Connect with people's emotions. Make us laugh! Make us cry!
5) Don't flaunt your ego. Don't boast. It's the surest way to switch everyone off.
6) No selling from the stage! Unless we have specifically asked you to, do not talk about your company or organization. And don't even think about pitching your products or services or asking for funding from stage.
7) Feel free to comment on other speakers, to praise or to criticize. Controversy energizes! Enthusiastic endorsement is powerful!
8) If possible, don't read your talk. Notes are fine. But if the choice is between reading or rambling, then read!
9) You must end your talk on time. Doing otherwise is to steal time from the people that follow you. We won't allow it.
10) Rehearse your talk in front of a trusted friend ... for timing, for clarity, for impact.
Copyright © 2021 TEDxEustis, Inc. - All Rights Reserved.
632 S. Bay St., Eustis, Florida 32726, USA
This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED.
TEDxEustis, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity.