Speaker Information

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Have you just been selected to be a TEDx speaker or are pondering the idea of this experience? Check out the outlined expectations of our TEDx speakers.

Our goal in curating these talks is to highlight new ideas and bring speakers to the stage who are working on great things within our community that people may not have heard about before — or to bring national experts to the stage to address a topic relevant to our community — and which fits the theme of that year's event.

We look for speakers and performers who can reveal new research, innovative ideas or give our attendees something new to consider or reconsider, across the following areas:

  • Adventure/Exploration 
  • Food/Agriculture 
  • Science/Medicine 
  • Architecture 
  • Law/Human Rights 
  • Social Sciences 
  • Art/Design/Literature 
  • Media/Entertainment 
  • Sports 
  • Business/Economics 
  • Music 
  • Technology 
  • Education 
  • Religion/Spirituality 
  • Environment


1. Read the TEDx Speaker Guide 

If you really want to know what you’re getting yourself into, read the guide to get a better understanding of your expectations.

2. Develop Your Idea

What makes a good idea for a talk?
Like a good magazine article, your idea can be new or surprising, or challenge a belief your audience already has. Or it can be a great basic idea with a compelling new argument behind it. An idea isn’t just a story or a list of facts. A good idea takes evidence or observations and draws a larger conclusion.

Do I need to be an expert on my topic?

You do not need to be the world’s foremost expert on the topic, but you do have to be an expert. Please remember that the audience relies on you to give accurate information, so whatever you say in your talk, please fact-check — especially facts you may take for granted: statistics, historical anecdotes, scientific stats. If you're drawing an example from a discipline that is not your main area of knowledge, use research from widely accepted and peer-reviewed sources, and, if at all possible, consult with experts directly.

Is my idea ready?
Write your idea down in one or two sentences. Ask yourself three questions:

Is my idea new?
Are you telling people something you're pretty sure they have not heard before?

Is it interesting?
Think about how your idea might apply to a room full of varied kinds of people. Who might
be interested in it?

Is it factual and realistic?
If you are presenting new research, make sure your idea is backed by data and peerreviewed.
If you are presenting a call to action, make sure it can be executed by members
of your audience.

If you answered “no” to any of these questions, refine your idea. Ask someone you respect who doesn’t work in your field, and if they answer “no” to any of these questions, refine your idea. If your TEDx event organizing team answers “no” to any of these questions, refine your idea.

3. Know the TEDx Talk Rules

  • No selling from the stage
  • No political agendas 
  • No religious proselytizing (including new age beliefs) 
  • Only good science, backed by research
  • Read more TEDx rules 

4. Apply to Speak at TEDxPiscataquaRiver 

Filling out our nomination form is the best way to get on the radar of our speaker curation team. 

Speaker + Performer Nomination form

5. Audition to Speak at TEDxPiscataquaRiver

UPDATE (6/12/17):

Our second and final TEDx Speaker Audition will take place:

Tuesday, June 27th
73 Court Street ("the purple church")

Facebook Event Page

Audition Process

  1. RSVP to the Facebook event so you'll get breaking updates (you can attend to watch, even if you're not auditioning).
  2. Fill out the TEDxPiscataquaRiver Presenter Nomination Form if you haven't already. 
  3. Sign up for your 5-minute time slot on SignUpGenius (link coming soon). 
  4. Prepare a short (3-5 minute) audition of your TEDx talk.

Audition Guidelines 

Speakers will get 3-5 minutes to give a brief pitch for their talk. Here are some possible formats for your audition:

  1. A 3-5 minute excerpt of the talk as they would present it
  2. A description of the idea, why it is relevant here and now, and what their talk will encompass
  3. A hybrid of #1 and #2

It will be great for our curating team to see at least a partial excerpt of the talk as the speaker plans to deliver it, so we can get a sense of their speaking style. We MAY be taping these auditions for internal use only, to share with our curating team, or possibly streaming on Facebook Live. This event is also open to the public, so there may be a small crowd of folks there to watch auditions. The final talks will be given in front of over 200 people live, and a global audience online. 

Future Auditions 

If you can't make it to the audition, don't worry — not auditioning doesn't mean you're disqualified. It simply means that all our team will have to go on is your online application, so it's a good bonus to see you in person. If you know you're a strong in-person presenter, a live audition will be a good bonus to show our team how you will bring your idea to life. If you'd like to submit a video to our team instead, you can email a link to your video (it can be a private YouTube link; we won't share it outside of our curation team) to: speakers@tedxpiscataquariver.com.

Speaker Due Dates for the 2017 TEDxPiscataquaRiver Event:

Due dates are important because they help keep our speakers on task, but also helps the flow of the rest of the events.

The following milestones and dates are important for you to know to understand our process. They are subject to change and will be updated here if they do. Speakers will be notified and reminded of all deadlines in advance.:

  • February 3rd — 2017 Presenter Applications Officially Open
  • February — Speaker Brainstorming Sessions
  • May & June — Speaker Auditions
  • July — Letters of Inquiry Sent to speakers selected for consideration
  • Once selected — Speaker Release, Headshot and Bio due for confirmation
  • TBD — In-person speaker run-through in Portsmouth / written first drafts due (if unable to attend run-through in person)
  • August 18th — Final title, final slides and full transcripts due (Speaker Submissions Email Address)
  • September 7th — Final in-person run-through on location
  • September 8th— TEDx Event! Speakers to arrive by 8 am, event runs until approximately 5pm

Contact: Speaker Contact Email Address


*More information and details to be added as program develops

Additional Resources:

Watch previous TEDxPiscataquaRiver Talks

Most Popular TED Talks of All Time (TED.com)

Nancy Duarte: The Secret Structure of Great Talks (TED.com)

How to Give a Great TED Talk (Inc.com)

6 TED Talks on How to Tell a Story