“What’s your TEDx Talk about?”
That question left me stammering, and I’m not usually at a loss for words. But the truth was, I hadn’t given a TEDx Talk yet—hadn’t even tried to pitch an idea to a TEDx organizer.
It’s simple: I was scared.
And I’m an award-winning speechwriter.
I realized that if the idea of a TEDx Talk scares me—someone who’s been writing speeches for more than 25 years and even given some of my own—there must be lots of other people out there just as frightened as I was. Or more.
What is your TEDx fear costing you?
Is your fear of standing on that TEDx stage keeping you from growing as a professional and as a human being?
Raise your profile with a TEDx Talk and you could attract new clients, better opportunities, the recognition you deserve.
And consider this: Someone out there needs to hear your idea. You’ll help them know they’re not alone, spark their own new ideas, show them what courage looks like.
Say YES to yourself—and to TEDx
The first step is often the hardest. That’s why my colleague Marie Incontrera and I created a program to ease you into it.
The TEDx Happy Hour: four weeks to hone your TEDx-worthy idea, discover the keys of great storytelling, learn how to pitch your idea to TEDx organizers. You’ll walk away with an outline of your TEDx Talk—just add your own words, mix well, and deliver.
Leverage our expertise to step into your expertise
Elaine Bennett is an award-winning speechwriter (that’s me on the left); Marie Incontrera is an expert at content development and positioning. Between the two of us, we’ve written TEDx talks, organized TEDx events, and spoken on TEDx stages.
If you’ve got an idea for a talk you want to give once the world opens up again, now is the time to start developing it. Live events may be at a standstill, but most organizers are planning TEDx events for the future. In fact, there’s never been a been a better time to be working on your TEDx idea.
How the TEDx Happy Hour works
The TEDx Happy Hour is in fact four 90-minute live, in-person sessions (yes, on Zoom). Marie will lead the first, showing you how to narrow your ideas to a TEDx–appropriate focus.
I’ll lead the second session, demonstrating how my Story Safari™ technique can help you find the stories that only you can tell.
During the third session, you’ll share the ideas you’re working on and Marie and I will workshop as many of them as time allows—helping you to find the key nuggets you’ll want to put into your “elevator pitch" to TEDx bookers.
For the final session, you’ll put it all together. Every TEDx booker will want to see a 90-second (max) video of you articulating your idea—the equivalent of an elevator pitch. Share yours with your fellow participants (live or on video, your choice) and get feedback.
In between our weekly meetings, you can access our private Facebook group to brainstorm your ideas and get additional support and feedback.
Does it work?
One participant in our inaugural TEDx Happy Hour booked a virtual TEDx Talk almost as soon as the program ended. (Marie wants me to point out that this a slight exaggeration. But it did happen amazingly fast. And, of course, Your Mileage May Vary.) And the video of her talk got elevated to the TED.com platform almost immediately. (Okay, Marie: Very quickly.)
[Cindy Young testimonial]
Look at all you’ll accomplish!
- discover how to move forward, even if you’re afraid
- begin to articulate your TEDx idea
- become more adept at finding ideas
- discover how to tell stories that set you apart
- hone and get feedback on your idea
- develop an “elevator pitch" for TEDx bookers
- exercise your mind in new ways
Working with both of us on these skills would normally start at $2500. Your investment for the TEDx Happy Hour is a fraction of that: just $497.