You’ve had ideas bubbling up inside you for a long time.

Your ideas could change the world,

improve how business gets done,

move people to action,

showcase your expertise—and

introduce you to new audiences around the world.

Q: Okay, but what can I do about it?

A: Give a TEDx Talk, my friend.

And you don’t have to go it alone. Find a group of smart people taking the same journey to the TEDx stage—and a couple of expert guides who’ve worked on TEDx events from every angle.

What’s been holding you back?

  • You have an idea, but you wonder is it good enough?
  • Or you have too many ideas—which should you pursue?
  • How do you make your idea stand out above the crowd?
  • How do you transform your idea into a speech?
  • How do you stand on that stage, on that iconic red circle, certain that you belong there—that you have something unique to offer the world?

TEDxCellence™ Mastermind— designed for your success

The TEDxCellence™ Mastermind combines group coaching and targeted individual feedback. By the end of the program, you will have written a first draft of your TEDx Talk and also created the materials you will need to pitch your idea to TEDx events.

The group coaching takes place over the course of two weekends, spaced two weeks apart. Each weekend consists of two half-day (4 hour) sessions, which we’ll record for your reference.

Weekend 1:

You’ll workshop your idea(s) and get to see how they resonate with the group. We’ll discuss how to use story to make your talk uniquely yours—and how to use research and data to give a wider context to your “idea that matters,” to use TED’s phrase. Under the guidance of award-winning speechwriter Elaine Bennett, you’ll end the weekend with an outline of your speech in hand.

Solo Work:

In the break between weekends, you’ll have an opportunity to book an hour of private coaching with Elaine as you write the first draft of your TEDx Talk. Bring that draft—or as much of it as you can—to the second weekend of the program. (If you’d like additional coaching time with Elaine, she’s offering it at a reduced rate for Mastermind participants.)

Weekend 2:

On the second weekend we’ll focus on how to get you up on a TEDx stage. Marie Incontrera, who’s seen the TEDx process from every angle—from organizer to booker to speaker—will help you shape your pitch materials and develop a 90-second pitch video articulating your idea that matters in a relaxed, compelling manner. You’ll also have an opportunity to share your drafts with the group and get feedback.


Register for the whole program by [DATE] and Marie will identify and pitch you to [number of] TEDx Events within the first three months after the program ends. Something to keep in mind: as of July 2020, Marie has maintained a 100% success rate at booking her clients on TEDx stages.

What’s it worth to you?

More visibility, more clients—as the credit card ad might say, these things are priceless. So the question is less how much can you afford to invest in your TEDx Talk, but how can you afford not to make that investment?

Consultants charge anywhere from $10,000 to $25,000 to write a TEDx Talk for you—even more for the TED mainstage. And if that’s the route you’d like to go, we’d be happy to take you on as a private client.

But there’s something special about working toward a milestone as part of a group, and that’s why we created the TEDxCellence™ Mastermind.

Register for the entire program for $2,997. This is the option we recommend: You’ve been putting this off for too long. Commit to the whole program and walk away  with a TEDx-worthy speech and pitching materials.

Or register for one weekend at a time for $1,750 each. [link to come]

About Us

Elaine Bennett delivering her TEDx TalkElaine Bennett has been writing speeches for senior leaders of Fortune 100 companies for over 25 years, but it took her until 2019 to give her own TEDx Talk.


Somehow it always slipped to the bottom of the To Do list. She told herself it was because she was busy, not because she was afraid. Then she noticed that new networking contacts stopped asking, “Have you given a TEDx Talk?” and started asking, “What’s your TEDx Talk about?” Oops.

So she took a deep breath, made a pitch video, and became the first speaker at the inaugural TEDxBayRidgeWomen event. Her talk was almost immediately picked up by

“You have a terrific ear and you turn straight thinking into straight writing.”—Warren Buffett

Marie Incontrera speaking at TEDxBeaconStreetMarie Incontrera gave her second TEDx Talk just two weeks after her first—each of them completely different.

This is not something we would normally recommend, but Marie used to be a roller derby skater so she has a different way of calibrating fear than most mortals. Plus, she’d already stood on the stage at Carnegie Hall leading her jazz band. What’s a little black stage with a red circle compared to that?

Besides, she’d been booking her clients on TEDx stages around the world. She thought it was important that she knew firsthand what she was getting them into.

Although she makes no guarantees, in her four years of booking clients (as of July 2020), Marie has landed every single one on a TEDx stage. Some of them have even been accepted for more than one TEDx Talk—but definitely more than two weeks apart.



Have another question?

Fill out Marie’s contact form and we’ll get right back to you.

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The next TEDxCellence™ Mastermind meets on

Weekend 1: [dates]

Weekend 2: [dates, 2 weeks later]

Invest in yourself. Join us.

Register for the entire program for $2,997.

Register for Weekend 1: $1,750. [link to come]



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Most speakers experience challenges getting to the TEDx stage. If you were doing it on your own, would you push through the challenges, or would you fold?




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