How to attend ted talks

If you know someone who belongs on the TED stage, or if you belong there yourself, we want to hear from you! Please use our speaker nomination form.

If you wish to suggest a speaker for a local, independent TEDx event, contact the organizer directly through the TEDx event’s own web page.

About our speakers

At TED, we search year-round for speakers who will inform and inspire, surprise and delight. Our presenters run the world’s most admired companies and design its best-loved products; they invent world-changing devices and create ground-breaking media. TED also seeks out emerging artists, scientists and thinkers, introducing them to the TED community well before they hit the mainstream.

Collectively, TED speakers have won every major prize awarded for excellence, including the Nobel, Pritzker, Fields, Pulitzer, Oscar, Grammy, Emmy, Tony and MacArthur “genius” grant.

Some of these remarkable people have included primatologist Jane Goodall, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, legal expert Bryan Stevenson, roboticist Simone Giertz, Nigerian finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, AI pioneer Kai-Fu Lee, mental health activist Dixon Chabanda, biologist E.O. Wilson, photojournalist James Nachtwey, astronaut Mae Jemison, Nobel laureates including Daniel Kahneman, Murray Gell-Man, Jodie Williams and Leymah Gbowee, designer Phillipe Starck, theorist Zeynep Tufekci, moviemaker JJ Abrams, Segway inventor Dean Kamen, writers including Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Elif Shafak, Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, educator Rita Pierson …Browse all TED Speakers

Suggest a speaker

If you know someone who belongs on our roster, or if you belong there yourself, we want to hear from you! Please use our speaker nomination form, and tell us why this person would be well-matched to the TED stage.

Multiple nominations for the same person won’t influence the speaker selection team in any way. We review every nomination that comes in, and it only takes one.

TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking

For anyone who has ever been inspired by a TED talk… this is an insider’s guide to creating talks that are unforgettable.

How to attend ted talks

Playlist (8 talks)

Before public speaking.

Getting ready to speak at TED or a TEDx event? We recommend these talks to help get you pumped up.
Watch now

FAQ: Speaking at TED

TED isn’t a typical conference. The TED audience has high expectations of the speakers; the TED speaker team works with speakers well in advance of the conference to help shape a presentation that will succeed on the TED stage. TED is the place to give the talk of your life.

How do I suggest a speaker?
Use our speaker nomination form, and fill in as much information as you can. This form goes directly to our speaker selection team.

Can I suggest someone I don’t know personally? You ask for their email address, and I don’t know it.
Please do! Just let us know how you’ve heard about this person, and why you think they should speak at TED.

Can I suggest someone I work for, or a client of mine?

Can I suggest myself as a speaker?

Can I speak at TED by becoming a sponsor?
No. Read more about partnering with TED. Sponsoring TED has many benefits, but a guaranteed speaking slot is not one of them.

Will it help if I submit multiple nominations, or have my friends nominate me several times?
No. It really only takes one suggestion.

Is there a deadline for suggesting a speaker?
We accept nominations all the time. It’s best to get your suggestions to us as early as possible, so we can research them carefully and make the best decision on the speaker roster.

I want to speak at TED, but my usual talk runs 50 minutes. Can I get a longer slot?
We strictly enforce the clock for all speakers. TED is the place to condense your ideas into a compelling 18-minute talk that communicates your best ideas. We’ve found that a carefully prepared presentation of this length can have astonishing impact.

Do you have keynotes or panels?
At TED, everyone hears every presentation; there are no breakout sessions or tracks, no keynotes, and very rarely are there panels (though we have had debates).

What do you pay speakers?
TED does not pay speakers. We do, of course, cover travel costs and provide excellent hotel accommodation — as well as a covetable pass to all five days of TED. Most speakers stay for the whole conference, soaking up the talks and connecting with other attendees. Other benefits include pre-conference coaching and training, special events for networking, the gift bag, and a web archive of the full conference. We are committed to creating an experience that’s tremendously fulfilling and beneficial on all sides.

An additional benefit of speaking at TED is that your presentation may become a TED Talk, part of our beautifully produced, broadcast-quality video series. Not all talks given on the TED stage will automatically become online TED Talks, but we hope most do.

Table of Contents

How much does a TEDx speaker make?

What do you pay speakers? TED does not pay speakers. We do, of course, cover travel costs and provide excellent hotel accommodation — as well as a covetable pass to all five days of TED. Most speakers stay for the whole conference, soaking up the talks and connecting with other attendees.

How much does it cost to do a TEDx talk?

You can charge an attendance fee for a TEDx event. Tickets can be no more than $100 USD and should go towards event and operating costs, unless otherwise noted for your event type.

What is the difference between a TED Talk and a TEDx talk?

The only thing you have to decide is which to watch first, leading many first-time viewers to ask, “What’s the difference between TED and TEDx Talks? Essentially, TED Talks are aimed at a global audience while TEDx talks are designed for smaller, local audiences.

What are good TEDx topics?

Top 10 TED talks that’ll change your life

  • Elizabeth Gilbert – Your Elusive Creative Genius.
  • Amy Cuddy: Body Language.
  • Tom Thum: The Orchestra In My Mouth.
  • Dan Gilbert: The Surprising Science of Happiness.
  • Brene Brown: The Power of Vulnerability.
  • Malcolm Gladwell: Choice, Happiness & Spaghetti Sauce.

Who pays for TED Talks?

Who owns TED? As of July 1, 2019, TED is owned by TED Foundation, a tax exempt not for profit corporation (a 501(c)3 organization under US tax code).

How can I attend a TED Talk for free?

Select the TED Talk you wish to attend. TED releases a list of upcoming talks on their website: Read the description of each TED Talk and choose one that feels relevant to your interests and goals.

What is the purpose of TEDx talks?

A TEDx event is organized by volunteers from the local community, and just like TED events, it lacks any commercial, religious or political agenda. Its goal is to spark conversation, connection and community.

Whats TED stand for?

Technology, Entertainment, and Design
When it was founded, in 1984, TED (which stands for “Technology, Entertainment, and Design”) brought together a few hundred people in a single annual conference in California. Today, TED is not just an organizer of private conferences; it’s a global phenomenon with $45 million in revenues.

How to attend ted talks

How to attend ted talks

Author | Musician | Speaker | Activist | Troublemaker

On May 3, 2014 I drove up to Seattle’s UW Tower to deliver my first TED talk at the third annual TEDxUofW.

TEDx events are independently organized, officially licensed, and designed to spark conversation and connection through local TED-like experiences.

How to be Invited to Share a TED talk

All TED events are managed by a committee, including one that oversees the speaker selection. Often, committee members have some ideas on who they would like to attend and speak at the event. However, all of the events also accept nominations for speakers as well, especially those who fit their specific theme. Obviously, it is much more difficult to get an invitation to the TED global stage, but the nominations are open to the public through their official website.

It’s usually a little easier to get an invitation to the TEDx because there are fewer nominations and committees favor speakers with a local connection and impact. To find upcoming events in your area, visit the TEDx event listing site. If you have “an idea worth sharing” and it fits the theme of a local event, you can reach out to the committee and submit a proposal. The more narrowly you can define the idea (keep it simple, memorable, and leave a profound impact), the better. TED committees care more about your ideas than your resume, so focus on an idea that would be interesting to their audience, that fits their theme.

Creating and Delivering a TED talk

TEDx and TED talks follow the same rules. Some of them include:

1. Every talk must be less than 18 minutes
2. Speakers cannot have a commercial agenda (promoting their own products/books in a commercial fashion)
3. Speakers cannot read their talks
4. Talks need to be factual and realistic
5. No inflammatory political or religious agenda

If you watch several TED talks, you can get a pretty good feel for the general style presented – as well as how speakers can incorporate their own personality into them. In fact, I would recommend finding and watching videos from your specific TED or TEDx conference that you can get a feel for the stage, personality, and history of the event.

When you are accepted to an event, you’ll be given a copy of the TEDx Speaker Guide. You’ll then be asked to submit an outline for your proposal, which the committee may help develop. Often, they’ll ask for a preliminary version of your talk (delivered in person or via video), which might receive further comments or recommendations. The same will be done for your slides, if you plan on using any during your talk.

Once your talk is set, you will need to rehearse it over and over again.

Not only will your committee ask you for the length of your talk, but you will be expected to deliver it within seconds of that promised length. Every speaker is given a countdown clock and they cannot exceed the time (nor fall too short of it). Many events expect speakers to finish with 3-5 seconds on either side of their target time. The only way to deliver this kind of consistency is plenty of practice (I recommend using a countdown clock during your rehearsals).

Also, even if you create your presentation slides in PowerPoint, you will not be able to rely on the “notes” section. Some TED events allow a presenter view, some only offer a mirror image of what is being presented to the audience. If you have the latter, you will need to intimately know the order of your slides and won’t be able to rely on notes or previews to assist with pacing you talk.

When delivering your TED talk, here are some tips:

1. Focus more time and energy on delivering specific points rather than specific words
2. Keep your “idea worth sharing” clear throughout the entire talk, it should come back to one idea that makes the audience reflect, engage, and talk about
3. Spend as much time thinking about your delivery as the content being presented
4. Use emotion to drive your stories: your talk should have a “personality”
5. A little humor goes a long way
6. Have a contingency plan if your plan is moving more quickly or slowly than expected
7. On the morning of the talk, do some vocal warm-ups to keep your voice strong and clear
8. Have fun – don’t worry if you don’t get all of your points in (the audience won’t know if something was left out)

My Experience on the TED stage

The TED event was a lot of fun – not only was I able to work with a group of volunteers who were passionate about making an impact on their community, but I also had the privilege of being able to share the stage with some very inspiring speakers as well. There were many opportunities to connect with the audience, to spend more time elaborating on thoughts in a less formal way, and to hear other perspectives as well.

For me, TED was as much about the preparation as it was the day of the event itself. The process of learning how to condense a speech into a rapid-fire/high impact delivery, crafting a slide presentation that is an aid rather than a crutch, and from hearing about many approaches to the topic provided a wonderful opportunity to grow as a speaker.

I definitely had fun on stage – time moved much more quickly up there than the many rehearsals of my talk. And even though I was speaking about a rather serious and complex topic (racism), I wanted to interject levity into it because that can sometimes dismantle complicated ideas.

It was my first TED event as a speaker, and I certainly hope it won’t be my last.

How to attend ted talks

Are you a teacher? Do you want to attend a TED Conference? TED-Ed is thrilled to announce a limited number of discounted tickets for teachers wanting to attend TEDActive 2015 in Whistler, BC, Canada.

What is TEDActive?

TEDActive is an event held in parallel with the annual TED Conference. The event features a live simulcast of the conference on beautiful HD screens with an emphasis on connection, conversation and creation. TEDActive celebrates the doers of TED’s community — people from around the world who create ripple effects from the ideas shared at TED.

What’s the plan for TEDActive 2015?

Great TED Talks often do one or both of the following:

… They give you a new lens on the world as it is.
… They offer new possibilities for the world as it might be.

For TEDActive 2015, we’re on a quest to magnify both facets. We will seek to challenge and reshape our core beliefs about today’s reality. And at the same time celebrate the thinkers, dreamers and mavericks who offer bold new alternatives.

In the hopes of facilitating conversations between teachers and members of the TED-Ed Community, TED-Ed also plans to provide a dedicated professional development session for our teacher attendees. This session will include discussions on using in the classroom and will provide insights on applying for and facilitating a TED-Ed Club.

How can I get the discount?

Any full-time K-12 teacher can apply for discounted tickets by following this link.

We hope to see you there! >>

Quick guide for TEDx organizers:

TEDx talks are subtitled within the TED Open Translation Project, and anyone can join. Transcribed and translated talks make ideas accessible to different audiences around the world (the Deaf and hard of hearing, and those who don’t speak the language of the talk). Also, videos with transcriptions rank higher in internet searches: Google and YouTube index captions and give priority to videos that have them. Transcribed talks are more likely to get translated into many more languages. Think about creating a sub-team or appointing a volunteer to coordinate the subtitling process on your TEDx team. This guide explains how to approach subtitling your talks.


  • 1 How to get your talks subtitled
  • 2 How to engage volunteer translators
  • 3 General resources
  • 4 Subtitling resources
    • 4.1 TEDx video issues
  • 5 Community resources
  • 6 =TED Translators contact information

How to get your talks subtitled

  1. Upload your TEDx videos using the TED Media Uploader. You will receive all necessary guidelines via post event emails from the TEDx team. It can take up to three (3) business days for your upload to process and the videos to show up on the TEDx Talks YouTube channel. Only talks from the official TEDx Talks YouTube channel can be subtitled through the TED Translators, so do not upload your talks only to your TEDx event’s private channel. Make sure the title and description of the talk match the language the talk was presented in. This will make searching and translating your videos easier.
  2. Your videos will be available for subtitling on our partner platform Amara. Make sure you create an account and register with your TED profile to access the talks. This short video tutorial will help you set it up. Note: if your videos are not available on Amara within 2 weeks from their posting on YouTube, use this form to submit them.
  3. You can transcribe and translate the talks yourself, include a language team into your core TEDx team, or reach out to and collaborate with the volunteers of the TED Open Translation Project – they are passionate members of the TED community and experienced translators. Monolingual speakers can help by creating transcripts, too. Consider inviting your audience to get involved. You can play the short Transcribe video at your event to motivate the community to participate. To learn more, visit this page.
  4. Transcribe your talks – this is the most important first step that needs to be completed before a talk can be translated. Transcripts are same-language subtitles. They provide a starting point for translation, and make the talks available to the Deaf and non-hearing viewers. Watch the transcribing tutorial before starting.
  5. When the transcript is finished, the talk can be translated into any of the 100+ languages available on TED. If you want the talk subtitled into a specific language, contact a Language Coordinator or join a language group and ask translators for help.

How to engage volunteer translators

  1. Think of transcribing as any other volunteer role on your team. Since people don’t need second language ability, you can easily coach a few people and start them working on your previous talks or talks from other events to get experience for when your talks are on Amara. Instead of reaching out to the general TED Translators pool and asking them to transcribe and translate all talks from your event, try with 2-3 of the best talks and explain why it’s important that they get transcribed and translated.
  2. Invite translators from the region to attend your event, talk about them from the stage (show Why I translate TEDTalks video). They will be more likely to help you transcribe and translate the talks they see live and connect to. Contact us if you have reserved seats for translators and want to reach out to the community or offer the tickets to translators in your language group on Facebook.
  3. Consider reaching out to your local translators to organize a transcribing marathon or an TED Translators workshop before the event.

Useful links, tutorials and resources for TEDx organizers and volunteers working on subtitling TEDx talks

It’s been about a decade since TED became big online. Many people have watched the intriguing videos of ideas worth spreading. But not everyone has been to the actual conference itself.

How to attend ted talks

Having been a TEDx staff for Tohoku and Fukuoka in Japan, and also having been a TED Translator creating the subtitles on the talks, I was familiar with TED and their activities. But it was beyond me to imagine what the actual conference was like.

I was very fortunate to attend this year’s TEDWomen which took place in late October. TEDWomen is a conference hosted by TED that celebrates women and raises various issues related to women / introduces powerful female speakers, etc. I received the honor of attending the event as one of the 10 TED Translators invited from around the world.

Attending a TED event can be such a strange feeling, because you’re in the same room as so many other accomplished beings whom you would never meet in usual daily life, and yet you feel as though you totally belong. You don’t feel a distance between the TED speakers, staff, or any of the attendees because everyone is just casually walking around. No one ignores you; you can go up to anyone and talk and they’ll be happy to talk to you.

TED makes sure you have a good time while you’re there, too — and the variety of options differ per TED event. For example, at TEDWomen, there were plenty of refreshments throughout the day (I was stuffed), and they all tended to be very healthy and accommodating various dietary requirements.

How to attend ted talks

During break, we lined up to receive the books authored by the speakers of each session, and got them signed as well (first come first served). There were activities you could sign up for, like the cable car tour and having 1 on 1 “brain dates” with others who have an interesting personal story to share.

In the evenings, there are many performances that you can enjoy watching. AND you get a great gift bag, literally packed with loads of items… since it was a TEDWomen event, I received various beauty products along with other kinds of snacks and utilities.

How to attend ted talks

For the talks, you can watch either at the simulcast lounge (on a monitor) or go in the theater hall. Some people have priority in getting the seats inside, depending on what kind of ticket you’ve got (for example, I was invited to be an attendee as a TED Translator — so I could only access the simulcast lounge). If there are empty seats in the hall, the staff will invite you in.

I must say, being in the audience in the hall is SO much more exhilarating than watching it on simulcast. What made it great was being a part of that audience; you could actually hear their reactions and do those standing ovations yourself. That made every talk seem complete, and the whole atmosphere at TED so real. So, line up early to get into the hall if you have the chance! (Having said that, though, I loved the comfy couches at the simulcast lounge — you can also watch while enjoying snacks and drinks, PLUS you get a head start in lining up for the books you want to receive of the featured speakers during break time!)

How to attend ted talks

So, do you want to attend a TED conference?

Having been an attendee, here is my thought: if you aren’t a speaker nominee or an investor looking for individuals whose activities are worthy of notice, I recommend taking part in a TEDx event as staff or being a TED Translator first before thinking of attending. It gives you a better understanding of how TED works, and by instilling the TED spirit, you will truly feel at home when you do attend.

And lastly, if you do get to attend, feel proud! You’ve done so many exciting things in your life, they are definitely stories worth sharing. As for me, the experience definitely made me regain the self-esteem I needed to feel good about being me. I was just an ordinary Japanese girl that attended, but as I spoke with many other attendees, I realized that the “ordinary life” I have been living was also full of interesting aspects and strong ideas you owned. Every individual there at the event was special and you could tell; you could feel you weren’t a nobody. You were a TEDster and you were there to celebrate all the wonderful ideas that were to be shared. So just go out there and immerse yourself in those ideas worth spreading!

I’ve been fortunate to be invited to speak at two TEDx events in the last 18 months. When people learn I gave a TEDx talk, they inevitably have two questions:

  • “What did you speak about?”
  • “How did you get invited to speak?”
Get an original idea.

TED is all about “Ideas Worth Spreading,” as the tagline says. You don’t have to be Einstein to come up with an idea worth spreading. One of my favorite TED talks is a guy explaining in a fun and simple way that Japan doesn’t have names for most of their streets (Derek Sivers: Weird, or just different?). Derek’s talk is less than 3 minutes long, but has been translated into 56 languages and has well over one million views.

Do something with your idea.

Most ideas need some action to make them interesting or believable and truly worth spreading. My first TEDx talk, titled “100,000,000 new photojournalists,” was half about a photography center and a festival that didn’t yet exist. But that was OK because I had already been teaching photography in Burma for a few years without a center, and the festival at least has a professional-looking website with dates. These visible credentials lent credibility to my ideas.

Let people know about your idea and what you’re doing with it.

The people who organize TED and TEDx are normal people. They do not have ESP, but they do read papers, surf the web, use social media, listen to the radio, and talk to people. So if you want to get their attention, it makes sense to try to get your idea “visible” in as many of these realms as possible.

Practice public speaking.

Ryan Libre at TEDx

TED speakers often make it look easy. The truth is most people practice a lot and are still terrified on the day of their presentation. I was asked for a “public speaking CV” before my first talk. I had already shared my ideas elsewhere and had a few other speaking engagements I could note. This helps the TED organizers trust your public speaking ability. Every year, a few TEDx speakers run offstage in the middle of a talk from nervousness, and none of the organizers wants that to happen at an event they run.

Be prepared.

It’s a small world and there are a lot of people who are either connected officially with TED, or know their unofficial “advisors” (i.e., friends and family). You may have talked with one or several of these people already. You may have have even shared your idea with them, but simple things like having a business card so they can easily contact you and a website or blog makes it easier to read more about your idea and share it as well.

My second TEDx talk was given in Bangkok on December 15. The theme for the talk was “peace and education,” and it was focused on visual literacy: Why people need to know how to read still and moving images in an age when so much of our information comes from images. It also discussed the successes of my photography students in Kachin State, Burma.

Note: Stay tuned to see Ryan’s December 15th talk right here at Matador.

Also know, what is Ted Talk style?

TED style talks are personal, about a topic the speaker is knowledgeable about and feels deeply passionate about. TED style talks are simple and concise. Any superfluous information is taken out of the speech for the sake of time. Every second counts, as the maximum time for a TED style talk is less than 18 minutes.

Also Know, what is the difference between a TED talk and a TEDx talk? The difference between TED and TEDx events are that the former takes more of a global approach while the latter typically focuses on a local community that concentrates on local voices. “Officially, the ‘xin TEDx stands for independently organized TED event – but it’s more of a TED multiplied.

Then, what are the top 10 TED talks?

Top 10 TED talks that’ll change your life

  • Elizabeth Gilbert – Your Elusive Creative Genius.
  • Amy Cuddy: Body Language.
  • Tom Thum: The Orchestra In My Mouth.
  • Dan Gilbert: The Surprising Science of Happiness.
  • Brene Brown: The Power of Vulnerability.
  • Malcolm Gladwell: Choice, Happiness & Spaghetti Sauce.
  • Sam Berns: Philosophy For A Happy Life.

How does Ted Talk make money?

TED makes money through conference attendance fees, sponsorships, foundation support, licensing fees and book sales, and we spend it as soon as we get it — on video editing, web development and hosting for TED Talks and TED-Ed videos (ideas are free, but bandwidth is expensive…); support for community-driven

Will Stephen is a comedian with the Upright Citizens Brigade and a writer who has published with the New Yorker, New York Magazine, and CollegeHumor.

Will Stephen is smart. You can tell because he’s delivering a TED Talk. Only smart people get to deliver TED Talks. And, more importantly, only smart people watch and–if at all possible–attend TED Talks in person.

So if you cannot attend a TED Talk yourself, then make sure that you are seen in public watching a recording of one. Or just link to a TED Talk on social media and tell people how meaningful it was to you.

This particular TED Talk would be a good pick. It will prepare you to deliver your own TED Talk, as Stephen explains in detail how to enunciate, gesticulate, and obfuscate in ways that will make you appear intelligent to people who like to watch TED Talks. You know–smart people like you.

Tags: TED Talk, Will Stephen, Parody

Related Neatorama Posts

  • Comedian Delivers TED Talk About His Adventures In Spammer Trolling
  • DED Talk: A TED Talk For Zombies
  • Onion Talks
  • I Was Internet-Famous

Related NeatoShop Items

Newest 5 Comments

Just to be clear. TEDTalks are given, watched and attended by people who THINK they are smart (on the whole. )

I have seen/heard more nonsensical crap from TEDTalks than I care to think about, not to say that they are all self aggrandizing twits, but a lot.

How to attend ted talks

Which TED Talks do students love? We asked TED-Ed Club Members around the world to share their favorites. Below, check out 9 great talks recommended by and for young people:

1. Cameron Russell: Looks aren’t everything. Believe me, I’m a model
This talk is a great reminder that it’s what’s on the inside that counts. Amelia Browne, a student in San Francisco, writes about why it inspired her: “Her story allowed me to further my understanding of the privilege and opportunity I’ve been given by today’s society. I was able to better comprehend how I use those qualities to create change for the generations to come so that there is not inherent privilege, and instead compassion and acceptance.”

2. Takaharu Tezuka: The best kindergarten you’ve ever seen
This TEDxKyoto talk is a top pick among TED-Ed Club Members. An Ji Soo, a high school student from China, says that it made her “think about the nature of education and have a critical view of it.”

3. Drew Dudley: Everyday leadership
TED-Ed Club Members love this funny talk. San Francisco student Isabella Scal believes in the message Drew Dudley is trying to spread, and says: “Small acts of kindness can change someone’s life, and each person in their own way positively affects the people around them. This talk has made me appreciate my peers and elders so much more because I know that they help(ed) to shape me into the person I was, I am, and I will be. I was so inspired by his talk that I told my friends and family how much I value their presence in my life, and I will continue to cherish their love and support unconditionally.”

4. Angela Lee Duckworth: Grit: the power of passion and perserverence
Several students recommend this talk. Koshi Joshi from Georgia says that this talk had a powerful impact on her, by teaching that “learning comes with effort and hard work, and that working hard is the key to success.” Meanwhile, Juwon Pade from Connecticut agrees with ”the idea that hard work and determination make a huge impact.”

5. Julian Treasure: How to speak so that people want to listen
Julian Treasure’s talk is another top pick by students. High schooler Karol Dobrowolski from Poland says that she took Julian’s advice — and it helped her prepare to give her TED-Ed Club talk.

6. Susan Cain: The power of introverts
Argentinian student Rachel Fan describes how Susan’s talk empowered her to start a TED-Ed Club at her school: “Susan Cain’s talk validated my feelings and experiences and empowered me to embrace my introversion, even if our culture does not. With the understanding of introversion from her TED Talk (and from her book, which I had read before seeing the talk), I gained a new way to understand the people around me, and developed an improved attitude about my own personality. Her eloquent, well-organized and confident presentation further proved her point on the power of introverts, and also reminded me not to use introversion as an excuse for not participating in important discussions and events. Furthermore, a part of why I started a TED-Ed Club at my school was because of my strong positive impression of TED Talks from when I watched Cain’s talk in class.”

7. Casey Neistat: High school stories
Californian high school student Nathan Cao says that Casey Neistat’s TEDx talk influenced his outlook on life: “Casey Neistat’s talk taught me that as I am fortunate to live in the United States and go to a great school, I must seize this opportunity to help someone else who does not receive the same luxuries that I do. This has fueled my love for community service and helping others. I often volunteer at the senior home and the homeless shelter. At the moment, I am starting a club at my school that will help the refugees who are in dire need of our support. There is so much that I can do to improve the lives of people who need it most.”

8. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story
Texan student Alisha Somani explains how Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TED Talk helped her to realize the power of perspective: “One perspective is what shapes people into being closed minded and ignorant of the world around them. This TED Talk inspired me to learn more about current events so that I would not become one of those ignorant people who thinks that everyone is the same as them and everyone has the amenities and opportunities that they do.”

9. Adora Svitak: What adults can learn from kids
This talk is a favorite for teachers and students alike, as Adora Svitak reminds us why it’s so important to listen to youth voices.

To celebrate and amplify youth voices in your community, start a TED-Ed Club.

Author bio: Annie Brodsky is a university student and occasional intern at TED-Ed. We at TED-Ed Blog think she’s fabulous. Art credit: iStock.

What Now … for ingenuity and invention? Notes from Session 5 of TEDWomen 2021

In Session 5, we turn to collective moments of joy. Seven speakers and a performer dove headfirst into creativity, helping us see the silver lining, embrace artistry and boldly chart out the world we want to live in. The event: TEDWomen 2021: Session 5, hosted by TEDWomen curators Helen Walters.

What Now … for planet Earth? Notes from Session 4 of TEDWomen 2021

If we’re going to continue to live, breathe and thrive together on this planet, we’re going to have to answer a couple of very important questions: What now for the Earth? And how do we balance the urgency of the climate crisis while still dreaming of a bright future? With actions and.

What Now … for work (and play)? Notes from Session 3 of TEDWomen 2021

The way we think about work is shifting. Now is the time to rethink, rebuild and even completely reimagine the future of how business gets done — inside and outside the office. The six speakers of Session 3 share the highs and lows of this burgeoning renaissance around work-life and.

How to attend ted talks

Experience TEDWomen from your home with TED Live

Watch six sessions of powerful new talks, complete and uncut! Catch the full conference program on-demand, online.

Three days of ideas and connections

A chance to co-create an unforgettable gathering of minds and souls determined to play our part. The conference will unfold as follows:


Build expertise and make connections during intimate, curated workshops and custom experiences during the day — your opportunity to dive deeper into a topic of interest or learn something completely new. Come together for the opening speaker session in the early evening, then celebrate with new friends at the welcome party.


The second day is overflowing with TED Talks — four speaker sessions will fill the day, along with opportunities to network during breaks and a community lunch. End off with a convivial dinner followed by a late-night hangout.


The last day of TEDWomen is the climax of the speaker program, summing up and celebrating the conference. It’s followed by a farewell picnic to cement your new connections. Everything wraps up in time for you to explore beautiful Palm Springs in the afternoon.

Here’s what people say about TEDWomen

What’s it like to attend TEDWomen in person?

“It was amazing! I think every woman should experience TEDWomen.”

“TEDWomen really made me think and stretch in every way: emotionally, physically, mentally. I am so grateful. You not only gave us a magic moment, you gave us a hundred, if not a thousand of them!”

“It was a life changing experience.”

“I am going to work to find a way to send at least one of my staff to this conference. It’s a great way to experience self-care and develop leadership.”

“The whole experience is a fantastic reality check on what is important in life and helps to refocus priorities!”

How to attend ted talks

Hosts Ashley Kolaya and Bobby Nweke at TED-Ed Weekend. Photo: Ryan Lash

Ashiana Sunderji offers an inside look at what it was like to attend TED-Ed Weekend in February as one of the 120 students invited to come to NYC.

Ashiana attended the event with 4 other student members of the Encounters TED-Ed Club from Vancouver, Canada. Here she describes what it was like to see the students from the TED-Ed Student Talk community come together, listen to ideas from her peers on the TED stage, and participate with other students in activities and workshops:


The first day consisted of four sessions, in which we were taught so many new ideas. I wanted to share the aspects that resonated with me the most in each session to ensure that it sticks within the realm of Ashiana’s Home!

Session #1

In the first session, we got to hear a bunch of student’s talks from the TED Stage. They were given by students of many ages from all over the world. I would have to say that my favorite part of the entire conference was probably the interactions that I got to have with students and facilitators from all over the world. I talked to at least one person from Greece, Mexico, London, Russia, Columbia and so many other places making all of the topics of the talks super diverse.

I have been a part of my club for almost two years now as I joined in September 2018. While most of the groups in attendance at this conference were based out of their schools, our club uses TED as a vehicle to understand the history of our faith and the intersections that it has in secular contexts. It was so incredible to come to the realization that every single talk intersected with our faith curriculum.

A talk in the first session that hit very close to home was given by Suzu Kitamura . She gave a spoken word on perfectionism. I am someone who strives for achievement and sometimes my strides are not fulfilled and this is why it is important to look at life through the lens that no one is perfect. I thought this talk was super relevant and I feel that every person in the room, no matter where they came from took something from this piece.

How to attend ted talks

Suzu Kitamura speaks at TED-Ed Weekend. Photo: Ryan Lash / TED

The second discussion that I wanted to share was the conversation with the youngest editor of Teen Vogue: Vera Papisova. As someone who runs their own blog, I thought it was super cool to hear about the editors experience working in that industry. They touched on many relevant global issues and topics, and how they had been incorporated into Teen Vogue. I love how they emphasized the importance of including these topics in such an on-trend magazine, and that a space such as Teen Vogue should educate their readers.

How to attend ted talks

Vera Papisova speaks at TED-Ed Weekend. Photo: Ryan Lash / TED

Session #2

In the second session, we got to see a whole bunch of cool activations. They all included a means of art, which I found to be very engaging. The activation that really spoke to me amongst all of the ones that I got to participate in, was Movers and Shakers. They made art that can be scanned to reveal a digital 3D like image and story about a person (usually a minority) in history who is not widely recognized for their revolutionary accomplishments. This, to me, is such an important gap in the media, and public eye, that should be filled. The art was amazing, and the cause even stronger.

We also got a workshop on public speaking which I took a lot from. I found the way that the presenter shared her points super relatable, and we were all learning so much through her empowering form of teaching.

How to attend ted talks

Raegan Sealy speaks at TED-Ed Weekend. Photo: Ryan Lash / TED

Session #3

One aspect that I really enjoyed about the conference was the global audience. People were able to tune in from home and watch in live time, their faces appeared on the sides of the theatre. We got to hear from some amazing young people about the changes that they are making in the world in terms of the environment.

Xiye Bastida gave a talk about the indigenous practices of taking care of our Earth. This is very similar to what we learn about in our religious classes, as Muslims it is our role to take care of god’s creation. I think hearing another culture’s perspective really emphasized this practice for me. It was so relevant and informative, that I began reflecting on our purpose in the climate crisis quite a bit after her talk.

How to attend ted talks

Xiye Bastida speaks at TED-Ed Weekend. Photo: Ryan Lash / TED

Session #4

My favorite moment from session #4 was the improv group Freestyle Love Supreme. They are from Broadway and were incredible. They improvised an entire show, which I think reminded the audience of the courage that it takes to get on the stage and share something that is so personal. I believe that attending this conference really helped to inspire my confidence so that I will be able to convey my ideas in a way that resonates with the most people.


This day was more divided in activities as many people had to leave throughout the day to catch flights (including us). These were my two favorite activities:

Chris Anderson’s talk about Climate Crisis

I had no idea we were going to get to hear from Chris Anderson. When I first joined the club, the first talk we had to watch was “How to Make a Talk” by Chris Anderson. His talk was very powerful and really brought forward the change that is being made by TED this year, not just sharing ideas but taking action. We got to help choose graphics for the promotion of the Countdown Event.

How to attend ted talks

Chris Anderson speaks at TED-Ed Weekend. Photo: Ryan Lash / TED.

Discussion about Climate Crisis

We then got to divide into groups and have an in-depth discussion about climate change with students from all over the world. This was such a new experience for me, getting to converse with people who came from completely different parts of the world from me, and their own opinions and personal experiences related to our environment. This was definitely a highlight from the entire weekend for me.

How to attend ted talks

Student discussion at TED Weekend. Photo: Ryan Lash / TED

The conference opened so many new perspectives to me. I am so grateful to have had this opportunity and hope that I get to experience something like this again! Thank you for reading all about my amazing experience with TED-Ed!

Don’t just talk like TED–talk for TED.

How to attend ted talks

“How can I get a chance to talk at TED?”

It’s no wonder that everyone wants to speak on TED’s stage–doing so automatically establishes you as a thought leader in your industry. Because TED wants ideas worth sharing, the chance of your talk going viral makes it the modern equivalent of the printing press.

Social psychologist Amy Cuddy even says in her book Presence that her ability to write a book was a direct result of the popularity of her TED Talk. That’s the influence of TED in action.

How to reach the TED talk stage is the number one question I’m asked daily as a TEDx speaker coach. And while talking at TED is a great goal–it’s the gold standard for public speaking–the road there isn’t one that will happen overnight.

But it is doable.

First and foremost, it’s important to realize TED is looking for “ideas worth spreading.” They aren’t looking for motivational speeches or an elevator pitch about your business. Do you have an astounding and innovative organization or a new way of tackling an old problem? You’ve taken the first step.

Speaking at TED automatically ups your authority and cements you as an expert in your industry. Start taking the journey to TED by reading these three helpful road signs:

1. Be nominated or nominate yourself

The most direct way to approach TED is through a nomination, either by someone else or yourself. When nominating yourself, TED requires a description of your “idea worth spreading” that your talk will focus on and links to videos of your previous speeches or presentations.

But be cautious about nominating yourself: Diane Michlig, executive producer and curator of TEDxSanJoseCA, says, “I generally do not find myself drawn to people who suggest themselves as speakers.”

If being nominated seems like a task within itself, try the TED Fellows Program.

2. Apply to the TED Fellows Program

So, what is the TED Fellows Program exactly?

Well, according to TED, it’s a program that “provides transformational support to a global network of 400 visionaries . to create positive change around the world.”

In short, the program takes deep thinkers and teaches them to talk like TED. Fellows are chosen through an open application program every year. A distinguished candidate is one of the following:

  • someone who made a remarkable achievement.
  • someone with strength of character.
  • someone with an innovative approach to solving world problems.

Have a great idea but don’t know if you have the chops to deliver a speech? TED Fellows was designed for you.

3. Start at a local TEDx

The TED Fellowship Program is difficult to get into, much like securing a nomination.

Your chances of getting into a local TEDx event are much higher. TEDx events are independently organized but TED endorsed showcases run in the same manner as the annual TED conference.

Do your research before choosing a TEDx event. Not all TEDx conferences are created equal. One may have a theme your talk would fit into perfectly. With a little research, you can find the TEDx event fit for you.

Some TEDx events also carry more weight than others. These are called level two events and require a higher level of public speaking experience.

TEDx is like the minor league for TED. To graduate to a fully-fledged TED Talk, you need to play a little ball first–the better your TEDx Talk, the better your chance with TED.

Whichever Path You Choose.

You’re going to need a talk to show the organizers that you can talk like TED. But what goes into a TED Talk besides adhering to the time limit? Writing your talk is everything.

Start with your message. TED is all about ideas. Once you hone in on yours, create an outline to help you explain why the world should care. Then, excite your audience with memorable imagery–a story–to entice them and show your idea in action. Finally, edit, edit, edit. Cut the fat and streamline your speech.

To begin on the path to your very own TED Talk, first craft a TED-worthy talk. Then, start with one of these three stepping stones. With perseverance and presence, you’ll be on your way to earning your invitation to present at TED.

How to attend ted talks

TED 2019 speaker Brittany Packnett.

  • The annual TED conference lasts for five days in Vancouver, Canada.
  • The event features a veritable who’s-who of celebrities, tech moguls, and executives looking for a front-row seat to the next big idea.
  • I attended this year and got an inside look at the conference’s debut technologies, luxury swag, and decadent meals.
  • Visit for more stories.

Over the past 35 years, the TED conference has evolved from an idea-making machine to a global platform for the world’s most sought-after speakers.

Recent alumni include SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, CBS News co-anchor Gayle King, tennis pro Serena Williams, former vice president Al Gore, singer John Legend, and many more.

This year’s lineup is no exception, with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and comedian Hannah Gadsby making an appearance.

As the conference has grown, so too has the grandeur of the event itself. A standard ticket costs $10,000 and grants people access to indulgent meals, workshops, free gift bags, and first-time technological experiences that haven’t been released to the public.

I was fortunate enough this year to attend for all five days in April. From the moment I stepped foot in the conference center in Vancouver, Canada, I was transfixed by the opulence of the venue – which has been no match for the bold ideas that the conference is bringing to life. Here’s what it’s like inside TED 2019.

The TED conference is held at the Vancouver Convention Centre, a mammoth event space that hosts some 1,200 attendees.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Bigger Than Us,” and it’s focused on finding solutions to the world’s greatest challenges.

Each morning at around 8:45 a.m., conference-goers file up the giant staircase.

Most of them head straight to the theater for the first round of talks.

This conference pass gets me anywhere I need to go.

The pass comes with a tracker that’s connected to an app, so you can see where your fellow conference-goers are at all times. It’s more helpful than creepy, since attendees can opt out of wearing it.

Most of the talks are held in the TED Theater, which feels enormous no matter where you’re sitting.

Last year, there was a line outside the door before popular sessions. This year, it wasn’t hard to find a seat (though good ones filled up quickly).

Donors who shell out $25,000 for a ticket get priority seating.

The popular TED Conference is happening in-person again. The required vaccinations and smaller crowds are a bellweather for the future of events

How to attend ted talks

The TED conference is having its first post-pandemic in-person event this Sunday with Wharton professor Adam Grant, Netflix CMO Bozoma Saint John, and other business leaders. I’ll be attending. Businesses doing any group eventsin-person feels risky now, and it’s worth breaking down how the future of TED Talks and other intimate gatherings may be changed forever.

Vaccinations not optional:

Like Shake Shack’s announcement this week, all attendees are required to show proof of Covid-19 vaccinations. TED is a long conference with hundreds of people sitting next to each other in an auditorium – the caution is understandable. It also feels like a growing standard, even within the TED Community: Months ago they announced rapid Covid tests would be given to each person on the day of attendance, but the community just sent a email requiring each in-person attendee to upload a digital picture of their vaccination card. For vaccination requirements, private, intimate events like TED are the canary in the coal mine.

A small TED even smaller:

According to TED, there are only 600 of the usual 1,800 attendees at the event. This is super small, even by its standards. I view this TED like an experiment, with the organization dipping its toe into what the future of in-person events may be. It also will be following the new standard for public speaking: Having a small part of the group in person and often a larger group participating online. It will be fascinating to see how the hybrid model handles chat, feedback, and other details we usually get in-person. How will the virtual audience clap? Will the venue feel sparse? I suspect TED doesn’t have the answers, either.

The challenge of diversity:

A majority of the people who attend TED are not people of color, particularly of African descent. As a long-time attendee and TED speaker, I’ve talked with TED leadership over the years and they recognize the price barriers – tickets are now five-figures a pop – and other factors play into this. But what happens when you cut the in-person attendees down to a third? Saint John, Wonderschool co-founder Chris Bennett, and pop star Lizzo are among a few representing from the stage. How the attendees reflect the diversity, however, is yet to be seen, and will be one of the biggest challenges TED and its ilk will have in bringing many voices back into the post-pandemic fold.

How to attend ted talks

TEDIndia: The Future Beckons

Above: Nandan Nilekani at TED2009. Right: Sir Richard Branson at TED2007.

How to attend ted talks

How to attend ted talks

How to attend ted talks

How to attend ted talks

At a time of economic uncertainty, one thing remains clear. There’s an unmistakable shift of influence to the east. It’s not just about IT outsourcing. Increasingly India, China and the rest of Asia are making their presence felt globally in new technologies, design brilliance, cultural and economic innovation. And so, our conference theme: “The Future Beckons.”
To learn more, watch the TEDIndia preview video or browse TEDTalks in the special Theme “A Taste of TEDIndia.”

TEDIndia: The Future Beckons

Even the site of our conference is a powerful metaphor for the reshaped world of the 21st century. It’s being held at the incredible high-tech campus built by Infosys to train its thousands of engineering graduates, representing the heart of the Asian outsourcing industry. We can think of no more appropriate place to gather to think about tomorrow.

Details of the speaker program will be revealed approximately 2 months prior to the conference (as is always the case with TED events), but it’s already shaping up to be an extraordinary line-up. Speakers will include India’s most promising innovators, from entrepreneurs to artists, storytellers to scientists. And about one third of the program will come from outside India. We’ll hear from celebrated global icons as well as undiscovered talent that’s due broader recognition.

Some of the questions we’re planning to tackle:

  • Which local innovations are destined for global impact?
  • Who are the young thinkers and doers capable of shaping the future?
  • Can there be economic advancement without environmental destruction?
  • Can a pluralistic democracy survive in the face of rising fundamentalism?
  • Can we make money and be good? Really?
  • What should we learn – or fear? — from China’s investment in Africa?
  • Do we have enough water for everyone?
  • How do we keep our youth challenged and our aged healthy?
  • How can anti-poverty solutions be brought to scale?
  • Is there wisdom to be found in traditional medicine??
  • Which other ancient traditions can illuminate modern life?

Wednesday, Nov. 4:
Pre-conference tours; please see email confirmations for times.
Ted University Session 1: 3-3:45pm
Ted University Session 2: 4:15-5pm

Thursday, Nov. 5:
TED University Session 3: 8:45-10am
TEDIndia Session 1, “Fast Forward”: 11am-12.45pm
TEDIndia Session 2, “Not Business as Usual”: 2:15-4pm
TEDIndia Session 3, “Wonder. Wonders.”: 4:45-6:30pm
Welcome Party 7:30-9:30pm
An Evening of Music

Friday, Nov. 6:
TEDIndia Session 4, “Reinventing Development”: 8:30-10:15am
TEDIndia Session 5, “Redesigning Community”: 11am-12:45pm
TEDIndia Session 6, “Green and Blue”: 2:15-4pm
TEDIndia Session 7, “Power of Stories”: 4:45-6:30pm
An Evening at the Palace

Saturday, Nov. 7:
TEDIndia Session 8, “Learning to Learn”: 8:30-10:15am
TEDIndia Session 9, “Within You, Without You”: 11am-12:45pm
Post-Conference Tours; please see email confirmations for times

The TEDIndia experience will include:

  • A fast-paced, highly curated three-day stage program featuring TED’s famous 18-minute talks, plus music, comedy, dance, short talks, video interludes and other surprises
  • TED University, the hugely popular pre-conference session where attendees share their areas of expertise, from “How to negotiate a term sheet” to “How to break a board with your bare hands.”
  • Optional pre-conference activities, including carefully curated TED-exclusive tours of local historical sites and visits with regional NGOs
  • Gorgeous, immersive evening events at historic sites around Mysore
  • Art exhibits, tech demos, and other immersive on-site experiences
  • Intense conversation breaks, where attendees and speakers delve into the ideas introduced on stage
  • Our unique Simulcast room, where you can watch the entire conference in a more informal setting
  • The famous TED Gift Bag, free to all attendees and filled with complimentary goodies
  • Online tools for connecting with other attendees, before and after the conference
  • Browse TEDTalks in the special Theme “A Taste of TEDIndia” >>
  • Watch the TEDIndia preview video >>
  • © TED Conferences, LLC
  • Contact |
  • Help |
  • Terms of Use |
  • Privacy Policy

How do I stop myself from screwing TED talks?

How to quit messing yourself over, according to Mel Robbins Begin by setting your alarm for 30 minutes earlier than normal and refraining from pressing the snooze button during that time. The amount of work required to get out of that cozy bed and into the world is the same amount of effort required to shake up your life and accomplish that illusive transformation.

What is the main message of TED talk?

Our mission is to enlighten and educate worldwide audiences in an easily understandable manner. Scientists, researchers, technologists, business executives, artists, designers, and other global specialists join the TED stage to share “Ideas Worth Spreading,” which are significant new information and breakthrough research in their respective industries that they have discovered.

What do the letters Ted stand for?

Back in 1984, when the organization was started, TED (which stands for “Technology, Entertainment, and Design”) gathered together a few hundred individuals in California for a single yearly conference. As of now, TED is more than simply an organization of private conferences; it is a global phenomenon with annual earnings of $45 million.

How do I stop screwing up my life?

10 easy steps you can do to prevent yourself from ruining your life

  1. Stop paying attention to your feelings so much.
  2. Let go of your worries.
  3. Slow down with the internal life commentary.
  4. Pay no attention to your inner critic. Put an end to your feelings of guilt. Put aside your concerns about what the rest of the world thinks of you. Stop keeping track of the points.

What’s the difference between TED talks and TEDx talks?

The only decision you have to make is which talk to watch first, which leads many first-time viewers to wonder, “What’s the difference between TED and TEDx Talks?” TED Presentations, on the other hand, are intended for a worldwide audience, whilst TEDx talks are intended for smaller, more local audiences.

Which is the most viewed TED talk?

Sir Ken Robinson is not only a brilliant orator, but he is also the most-watched speaker on the website. A whopping 21.5 million people have seen his three speeches, making him the sneezing baby panda of the TED environment.

How do you end a TED talk?

MAKE A SUMMARY OF YOUR MAIN POINTS Make use of your conclusion to reiterate your main points. The conclusion of your speech provides you with an opportunity to refer back to the important points you made during the speech in order to emphasize your remarks. The summarization of your arguments should take no more than two to three minutes at the most.

How do you give a TED talk?

Step-by-Step Instructions for Writing a TED Talk

  1. Choose a topic that you are passionate about. Organize your message around that theme, and make it as clear and succinct as possible. Define the most important takeaway for the audience. Create a narrative outline for your TED presentation. Design visual aids that are appropriate for your target audience, your story, and your brand. Put up the necessary time and effort to succeed.

Why won’t my TED Talks play?

Use to update your internet browser to the most up-to-date version. Then clear your browser cache ( and erase cookies (, then reload If you have the option, try using an alternative internet browser to see if that helps.

Do TED speakers get paid?

TED does not compensate its speakers. In addition to covering travel expenses and providing good hotel accommodations, we also give a valuable pass to attend TED for the whole five days. The majority of presenters attend the whole conference, taking in the presentations and networking with other guests.

How long are TED talks?

Talks may not be more than 18 minutes in length. This is the maximum duration of each discussion, not the aim of each one. TED frequently invites speakers to talk for three, five, or nine minutes, so make sure your speaker is aware of how much time they have available to them.

Are TED Talks Free?

Talks are limited to 18 minutes in length. Rather from being the ultimate aim of every speech, this is the maximum duration allowed.. Remember that TED frequently requests speakers to talk for 3, 5, or 9 minutes, so be sure your speaker is aware of how much time they have available to them.

Considering this, are TED talks scripted?

TED-style talks are delivered without notes, from memory. THEY ARE NOT, as some people think, spontaneous; far from it! They are scripted and carefully rehearsed, often for months (or famously, in Susan Cain’s case, for a year). In contrast, most business presenters use notes to deliver their speeches.

Also Know, why are TED talks so effective? A TED Talk is digestible and focused, and acts as an opportunity for personal development. Todd Liipfert, TEC’s Development Director and frequent public speaker explains that the inherent focus of a TED Talk is a key learning that can be applied when presenting at work.

Also to know, what is the difference between a TED talk and a TEDx talk?

The difference between TED and TEDx events are that the former takes more of a global approach while the latter typically focuses on a local community that concentrates on local voices. “Officially, the ‘xin TEDx stands for independently organized TED event – but it’s more of a TED multiplied.

Do you get paid for TED talks?

None of the speakers — at TED or its little sister TEDx — get paid. This is despite the fact that tickets to a full-scale TED event cost something in the realms of $6,000. TEDx events are much smaller affairs, which are limited to audiences of a hundred (*sometimes: see attached comments).

Hitchhiking around the Globe

You must have listened to TED Talks on YouTube. In 2014, I was lucky enough to be a part of TEDxKL event. And I was left amazed! I have never met a huge congregation of inspirational people under one roof. On 8th February 2018, Multimedia University is organizing TEDxMMU 2018 for the second time. Accomplished speakers and performers from diverse fields have been invited to present. So if you haven’t booked your ticket yet, here are 5 great reasons why you should attend the upcoming TEDxMMU event.


The company you keep defines you. Associate yourself with people of good quality; for it is better to be alone than be in a bad company”. It is very important to choose your friends wisely. When you will come to TEDxMMU 2018, you will get the chance to hang out with people who have come over there for the same purpose as you – to learn. Get to know them, increase your network. You never know how your new companions can have a positive impact on you.

Get encouragement

We are all in need of constant inspiration and motivation. At times, we confront issues in our lives that make us lose hope and surrender the spirit of living. When we listen to the people who have faced bigger problems than us and still did not give up hope, we realize that “…Allah does not burden a soul beyond that it can bear…” (Surah Baqarah).

Get inspired

When do you get the opportunity to meet world’s greatest leaders & artists in one place, under one roof, in Malaysia? The celebrities that you could only dream of seeing are taking time out of their schedule to come for you to attend TEDxMMU 2018. So why not grab this incredible chance? Visit the link to see the complete list of speakers:

TEDxMMU 2018

The ticket is only RM 35. You are not spending; you are investing

Attend TED talks for only RM 35. Including refreshments! Wow! Who wants to miss an opportunity like this? Seriously guys! It is a very reasonable amount for TED talks. to Enjoy a night of fun. Come on! Don’t be stingy. You are not spending; you are investing RM 35!

Entertainment, entertainment, entertainment

Why spend time in your almost cozy room and watch the re-runs of TV shows when you can enjoy the extravagant live performances of artists and speakers? We know you have assignments and tests. But guys, take a break. Relax your mind for a while. After all, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

Be where your competitors are

Ok. I don’t mean that it is a contest where you need to beat to win. This is not a race. But this event is giving you an opportunity to learn from the people who have excelled in their respective fields. Get to know the strengths of the winners and apply them to yourself. Learn from them. If they can win, so can you.

Contact Facebook page to purchase your ticket. Due to the limited number of seats, the tickets will be sold on first come, first serve basis. The map to the venue has been included below.

How to attend ted talks

Most of the people have aim to attend TED seminar as a life changing seminar. If you are one of them who want to meet and interact with high level IQ and thinkers of the world then your first and foremost question is that how to attend a TED talk?

I don’t want to waste your precious time and want to entail two conditions to attend this TED Technology, Entertainment and Design cooperation.

One is that if you have motivation and aim in your life to meet great thinkers. Second and main is that if you have budget of approximately 5000$ then you can proceed to the further process.

But most of the people who are not aware about TED and reached at this page. Just want to show them some postulates about TED and it’s Importance.

Table of Contents

What is a TED Talk?

TED is an abbreviation of Technology, Entertainment, Design while it was a most valuable short session to devote the greatest ideas. This talk is started in 1984 to offer some best and idealistic approach to the people of the world.

How much time take this Session?

If you have understood that what is the TED and it’s basic purpose then next question is how much time we can spend in the TED talk.

The suitable answer is 18 minutes. What? Just 18 minutes!


It is a just 18 minute session because great motivators and thinkers want get the full concentration of the Listeners. These speakers think that this short session can offer full attention of the Listeners while long one can become boring. That’s why according to my perception, this session is also known as short time life changing session.

What is the basic Purpose of Attending this TED talk?

As we have discussed that this is a session of great people and they discuss only real thing. But question is that if they discuss these things then what is the difference between normal motivational cooperation and this session.

I just want to give two basic differences. That you can get and boost yourself to attend this seminar. Moreover these basics purpose will boost you to get knowledge about how to attend a TED talk?

  1. This is a such session in which Speakers discussed something wondering and surprising. Such ideas that good level IQ people also have never heard in their life.
  2. One of the important and second one purpose of this TED seminar is a boost to your ideas to construct these in a idealistic approach. It means that you have some ideas but you don’t have such approach that offer you best in your life. While this seminar helps you to get constructive ideas.

Hopefully, you have gotten the basic idea for this honourable talk. Now it’s time to get the full procedure of attending TED talk.

How to Attend a TED talk in 2022?

If you are eligible for the above two conditions then it’s time to apply for attending TED talk. To attend TED talk first action is to jump at the TED website.

Visit TED Website

I strongly recommend you to visit TED website thoroughly before creating your personal account. Because this visiting journey can help you people in getting answer of many questions. If you visit this website and understand that this is a great platform for you then go to the sign up tab.

Crete Account at TED Talk

After the visit of TED talk, it’s time to make your personal account. To get an approval of your profile, you need to insert four basic details;

  1. First Name
  2. Last Name
  3. Email
  4. Password

These four elements will help you to make an account at TED talk.

When You Want To Attend

The most important step is that in which month, year or at which day you want to attend this session. After creation of account second step is to select the exact date and time of the seminar. You can also called this section as a advance booking.

Select Seminar Level

It means that there are some options at the Ted talk website. These options explain that whether you are attending meeting for the first, second or something else time.

If you are beginner and attending meeting for the first time then you must have to select Vanguard level or membership to attend this meeting or session.

Follow the Answer Question Session

When you have successfully select the membership then it’s to get wait for 2 hours. But this is not a wastage of time while in these two hours you need to answer of the some questions to TED talk for the approval.

What are these questions?

These questions can Different for the different peoples. So, focus on these question and answer these thoroughly and carefully. These questions are mostly related to the followings;

  • Personal Goal
  • Achievements
  • Passion or Related to profession
  • Your role and contribution towards TED talk
  • Something about Bio
  • Hobby or interest detail

Final Step For Submission

If you have answered these questions accordingly then it’s time to click the submit button. When you will hit the submit button, your request will proceed for the further process.

Receive TED Ticket

You can check your session, date time or location at the TEDx events online on the official website of TED talk. If you have got some information the next step is to purchase the TED ticket from their website, as we have discussed the amount for the ticket that is 5 thousands dollars.


If you have extra money then you can also select your favourite place and area according to your own choice.


According to my knowledge and research, I fully explained the important steps for how to attend a TED talk? After looking at these points, you can confidently attend the TED talk and also can told about TED talk to anyone who ask you about this.

Editor’s note: This story was edited to correct Tim Storm’s connection to FatWallet. He is no longer the owner, having sold it in September to a San Francisco firm.

ROCKFORD — Put on your thinking caps and get ready to talk, listen and learn: TEDx Rockford is coming to town.

The Rockford Area Economic Development Council is organizing what officials hope will be an annual, diverse gathering of innovators, thinkers and doers talking about new ideas and how to move Rockford forward.

Building a sustainable community — in environmental, social and economic terms — is the topic du jour for the inaugural discussion Oct. 27 at the Sullivan Center.

Six speakers, which RAEDC officials are still lining up, will expound on this subject to an audience of no more than 100.

The economic development council is accepting applications from those who wish to attend. Officials will handpick applicants to ensure the audience is a diverse representation of the community. If all goes well, future events would be open to larger audiences.

The model for this meeting of the minds is TED, a nonprofit born in California in 1984 whose mission is to stir discussion of “ideas worth spreading.” Initially focused on technology, entertainment and design, the TED brand has become a virtual water cooler, a confluence of conversation, education and idea sharing. Quite often, the ideas shared embrace a spirit of counterintuitive, out-of-the-box thinking.

The TED brand has grown to include the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs, Calif., each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh every summer and the annual TED prize. The TEDx program allows communities to organize their own TED event to stir the local intellectual pot.

“The audience is really a group of best and brightest individuals who have open and inquisitive minds,” said Tim Storm, of, the Beloit, Wis., shopping and consumer information firm.

Storm has attended several TED events in Chicago and in Palm Springs, Calif., and often watches TED presentations online with his teenage children.

“People who attend TED talks are really looking for insight into what’s going to happen next,” he said. “There’s a genuine camaraderie of the attendees. It’s not your typical after-work networking party. The people there are genuinely interested in the world and making it a better place.”

At, there are thousands of short videos featuring the likes of Bill Gates discussing mosquitoes, malaria and education to “Girl with the Pearl Earring” author Tracy Chevelier’s talk: finding the story inside the painting.

Most of the presentations are from people you may have never heard of. Pranav Mistry, for example, is the inventor of SixthSense. In a video, he demonstrates and discusses, in less than nine minutes, a wearable device that enables new interactions between the real world and the world of data.

The idea for TEDx Rockford came from Hinshaw & Culbertson attorney Jim Keeling who took the idea to RAEDC President Janyce Fadden. Keeling said he told Fadden that Rockford can’t be a successful city if we don’t have a TED event.

There’s a side benefit of community engagement to those who organize a local TED event, said RAEDC director of investor relations Mary Cacioppi. TEDx Rockford could serve as a group therapy session of sorts for a town that’s long been unable or unwilling to recognize and celebrate its own success.

Among the TEDx newcomers is Fort Wayne, Ind., a rust belt city similar in many respects to Rockford. The notion of community engagement became clear to John Paff when he attended TEDx Fort Wayne on May 19.

Paff is vice president of university relations at Huntington University, a Christian liberal arts college 25 miles southwest of Fort Wayne. The university was a major sponsor of the TEDx event.

“I learned about the economy of the city, its history and future,” Paff said. “The event also introduced me to some very interesting marketing concepts. There were some very counterintuitive pieces about how to be innovative.”

An adjunct professor from the university gave a talk about “trains, rails and trails” and students from the school’s growing digital media arts program assisted with the filming and technical production, further exposing the university to many of Fort Wayne’s “young leaders and influencers” who were there that day, Paff said.

Cacioppi said the goal of TEDx Rockford is to get people talking and thinking about what’s possible. If people leave inspired or feeling better about themselves, well, that’s a bonus.

“I think the people who like to complain and talk about what’s wrong with the world won’t stop complaining,” Storm said. “The rest of us will continue trying to make things better.”

What is TEDTalks?

TED is a nonprofit devoted to ideas worth spreading. It started in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: technology, entertainment, design. Since then, its scope has become ever broader. Visit to see thousands of TEDTalks videos on topics as varied as science, medicine, education and the arts.

Rockford is joining the list of communities that have adopted their own TEDx event.

How to get involved

Visit to fill out an application if you’d like to be a speaker or attend the Oct. 27 TEDx Rockford event at the Sullivan Center, 118 N. Main St. The theme of the event is “stories that build a sustainable community.” The event will include six live speakers and a viewing of taped TEDTalks presentations.

The Rockford Area Economic Development Council is organizing the event and will announce more details soon.

Updates on by Book in Progress: America’s Biggest Miscalculation

MiddleSchoolMath Conference

The MidSchoolMath Conference where I spoke last month

Last month I spoke for a second year at the MidSchoolMath Conference in Santa Fe. The intent of the conference is to help teachers avoid the drop in scores in math that typically occur once students enter middle school. It’s an admirable effort, which is why I’ve spoken there the last two years. I’m huge supporters of the folks behind these efforts and hope you will too. For more information about the work of the organizers visit the Imagine Education site.

I made a different presentation this year than I did last time, so it required some more preparation, particularly in light of some new research that came into my hands on just how much of our students’ time that might be wasted in the classroom. I’ll write more about that research at a later date.

I had a smaller session than last year, probably because there were more concurrent sessions during my time slot this year, and bad weather stopped a lot of people from attending the conference. As a result, I only had 17 people in my session this time (compared with almost 50 last year). Still, they were an attentive audience, backing up my assertions and answering questions I couldn’t (I don’t teach mid-school math, after all).

A few people filled out the feedback forms and entered comments along the lines of “Keep up the good fight” and some signed up to be on the distribution list for my project’s email list. I really appreciate the feedback and support.

Hopefully, I’ll be invited back again next year. I’m always happy to present to any audience I can get to without costing me large sums of money.


I’m going to TED!

Next weekend I’m flying to Vancouver, BC, Canada to attend TED. (For those of you not familiar with the TED talk format, I strongly encourage you to check out their offerings. Overwhelmed by the sheer number of them? Check out the top 20 most popular talks here.)

If you know what TED is, this is a big deal. Even if you have the funds to go, TED gets to invite who it wants to attend. I had an edge since I organized a corporate TEDx event for my employer last year. (A TEDx talk is a licensed, independently organized TED talk.)

Since I’m going on my own dime (and not on behalf of my employer), I’ll be in a position to promote the pro-metric work I’m engaged in, including the documentary. TED is no run-of-the-mill conference, and with the motto of “Ideas worth spreading,” I can’t think of a more open group of people with whom to share the vision of a fully metric America and all the advantages it confers.

I’ve already identified some of the folks I’m hoping to reach out to from organizations like Target, Google and Cisco, among others. My hope is that large, U.S. companies with a stake in our future workforce will be both keenly interested in what the metric system has to offer as well as receptive to learning how we’ve hampered ourselves through our lack of its adoption.

Speaking of TED, I applied to give a talk related to metric system adoption at the TEDxABQ Women’s salon in May. I should find out later this month if I’ve been selected. I also plan to apply for the big TEDxABQ event scheduled for this fall. If I’m selected for either of these, it would provide me with the opportunity to reach hundreds of people who are looking to change the way we look at the world.

Please keep your fingers crossed for me.

There are more developments on the horizon, so stay tuned and join my mailing list if you want the latest information. Just send an email to [email protected] with the subject “Subscribe.”

Thanks to all of you who care about this important topic.


Rutgers evening to explore ‘Beyond What We Are’

TED is a nonprofit global network that brings together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED).

How to attend ted talks

Rutgers Today: Tell me a bit about the parent organization, TED. What takes place at these conferences and who attends them?

Najmuddin: TED began in 1984 with a conference in Long Beach/Palm Springs, California, which brought together thought leaders to share ideas through presentations, discussions, entertainment. and art. Over the years some of the most inspired thinkers, such as Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Bill Gates, and Jane Goodall, have spoken at TED conferences. TED organizers, who believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes and lives, felt they needed to open up these sessions more broadly, and in 2006, TED started releasing videos from the event on their website, These videos became viral, and people started thinking, “I want this in my community, I want this at Rutgers, I want this in India, I want this in China.” That’s when TED came up with TEDx, designed to give communities, organizations, and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level. This year there are about 750 TEDx events in more than 60 countries. TED today is much more than conferences – it’s a true global community of intellectuals and pioneers.

Rutgers Today: What made you decide to host a Ted conference at Rutgers?

Najmuddin: I became interested in TED while a part of the International Student Association (ISA), a group of undergraduates studying at Rutgers. My vision for TEDx was to give back to the local community from ISA. International students tend to stick together, they’re not as engaged and connected with the rest of Rutgers or central N.J or even the U.S. I wanted ISA students to have a platform to share ideas with people they normally wouldn’t come in contact with. Our theme last year, “Connecting the Unconnected,” aimed to bring all different people from different disciplines together. This year’s theme is “Beyond What We Are.” Now that we’re connected, let’s think about giving back to the community. The rock star team of ISA, led by Jyoti Jain, is what makes TEDxRutgers a successful conference.

Rutgers Today: TEDxRutgers, then, is a smaller version of TED. How are the two alike and different?

Najmuddin: TEDx events are independently organized TED-like events. We run under their license, using their conference format, documentation, and guidelines. We promote their franchise and their mission: to provoke deep conversation and ideas worth spreading. At TEDx, a portion of the event is dedicated to sharing TED talks with the audience. TED talks are videos of speakers from the actual TED conference. Also, because TEDxRutgers organizers don’t include anyone who has attended the actual TED conference, we have to cap our group at 100 people. If we can have one of our organizers to attend TED, we can make this a 500 people conference. We have the resources to do that, so if there are any TEDsters in the area, get involved! The difference between TEDxRutgers and TED is that our conference is smaller and people get to know each other better. We try to make it about the audience, hoping that people will connect. As participants walk in, we give them all high fives to amp up the energy. The back rows of seats are roped off so that everyone has to sit up front and close together. We encourage audience members to talk to one another and to take what they hear home with them to apply to their field.

Rutgers Today: How do people get the chance to attend TEDx and is it only for Rutgers students?

Najmuddin: We promote the event to Rutgers students but anyone can fill out a registration form on our website. Although, we can only accommodate to full capacity, an overwhelming number of people have showed interest in being part of TEDxRutgers. We use a strict criteria in picking attendees, giving priority to those who have registered early and attendees from the prior year. On the forms, applicants have a chance to tell us who they are and to talk about what they’re passionate about and why they want to come to the event. In essence, we want to know what they would bring to the table. We try to be fair and make decisions based on having a diverse group from different disciplines. The audience is about 30 to 40 percent undergraduates, 40 to 50 percent graduate students, and then the rest are professionals from central New Jersey. It’s a good mix. Click here for a list of this year’s speakers.

How to attend ted talksPhoto Credit: Lauren McPhillips

I am a strong believer of Continued Education, whatever field that you’re in. Continued Education doesn’t mean you’re going back to school, but it’s all the ways that you keep learning, growing whether formally or not. As a tech entrepreneur, attending events, meeting people and networking at conferences has been key. For instance, I learned so much about raising money, the difference between an angel investor and a venture capitalist, advances that are currently happening in the tech world, I met some really dope people who are evolving on that scene and finally, I got hella inspired and learned tons — and that, is everything.

Because the nature of my work is worldwide, I’ve participated in conferences all over the world – but you don’t have to do that, you just need to narrow it down to a few that are of interest to you, in line with your personal and professional objectives, in your price range and that you know you can attend for sure.

Conferences are a GREAT networking opportunity, everybody you want to meet is basically there; how can you not go?!

Here are some of the conferences that every entrepreneur should totally attend in 2018:

SXSW – Austin, Texas

I am dying to go to SXSW, it has all the components of what are important to me and to the growth of my business. This festival is a mix of art, tech, innovation, film, music…it has it all. The conference goes on from the 9th of March to the 18th of March, you don’t need to be there for the entirety as many different conferences and festivals go on during that period. There is still time to register, check out their website here for the full schedule and details.

C2 Montréal – Montréal, Québec

Imagine being immersed in creativity, commerce, innovation, knowledge and networking, all in one place. Well, that’s what C2 Montreal is. For 3 days, over 6500 people from 40 different countries come to Montreal to be part of a unique, collaborative environment where you have the opportunity to listen to some of the world’s greatest innovators and thinkers, participate in collaborative installations and network with entrepreneurs from around the world. Sounds like your cup of tea? It certainly is mine, all the details of this year’s conference are available here, see you there!

Vivatech – Paris, France

I’ve said it before on this very blog and I will said it again, there’s a new renaissance going on in Paris and it’s the place to be for entrepreneurs in Europe right now. The president of the 5th Republic, Emmanuel Macron has vowed to position his country as a Startup Nation and it’s beginning to look like it. Vivatech is a huge conference that goes on every year in Paris. This conference, taking place in English, brings speakers and attendees from all over the world and focuses on you guessed it….tech and innovation. From an entrepreneurial point of view, it’s an opportunity to be in the know about the latest advances in technology by the way of startups, an opportunity to meet possible venture capitalists if you’re looking for some seed money, series a, b and more to expand your startup as well as a great opportunity to network. Details of the conference can be found here.

Summit – United States

I heard about this on my friend Sue Kuruvilla’s Instagram when she first attended, and I was so intrigued. Then, I attended the Me Convention in Germany this last september, and one of the co-founder’s of Summit was giving a talk and it was so motivating and seemed like something I would totally be into.

Summit bills itself as a 3-day festival that encompasses an array of talks, wellness classes and performances. If you’re looking for a traditional conference, this isn’t it. Founded by 5 dudes who raised 40 millions to buy Powder Mountains, a ski resort, Summit puts on a series of events such as their 3-day festival which have one really important goal in mind: creating a community of like-minded people who want to connect with other innovators, big thinkers, share knowledge and grow. Past attendees are the who’s who of any field you can think of, as well as-up-and-coming thought leaders and entrepreneurs. Their 3-day festival which is by invitation only, is totally on my radar for 2018, more info here if you’re thinking you’d like to apply to attend.

Ted Talks – Online

I love me a good Ted Talk, and what’s awesome is the ability to be able to listen to all this knowledge in the privacy of your home. You don’t need to leave your house for continued education and the Ted App is a great one that connects us all to an array of knowledge from around the world, field that we wouldn’t necessarily have access to. As an entrepreneur, that type of knowledge is essential. You need to know what others are doing, advances in different fields and you also need to have the right mindset — and Ted Talks are great for that.

Know of any super dope conference that I should add to my list? Let me know in a comment!


TEDxBoulder: Before & After

We just had a cosmic event that shifted our reality and future. Will we cling to before or build a better after? We are back for a live, in person event for fall 2022.


Coming out of your closet

I Was Almost A School Shooter

Failing Upwards: Science Learns by Making Mistakes

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

Announcing TEDxBoulder 2022: Before & After

  • March 28

What is TEDx?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxBoulder, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxBoulder event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

TEDxBoulder is part of the Glider family.

Site Designed by Emerson Stone in Boulder, CO.

Tech law, tech in law, and more

TED Talks feature some of the best presentations—and use of slides—ever given on this planet. The TED blog provides us with 10 good tips to creating better slide decks.

How to attend ted talksMy favorite tip is No. 1: Think about your slides last. This is absolutely critical for any presentation, no matter how short or unimportant. I like to start with an even simpler question: Do I even need slides at all? Believe it or not, most presentations do not need slides. Period.

People attending your presentation are there to see and hear you. They are not there to see your slides. If all they cared about were the slides, they’d wait for them to show up on a web site and just download them.

The other tips on the TED blog post are excellent. Go read and do your part to make deadly PowerPoint extinct.

Share this:

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Email
  • Print
  • Reddit
  • Tumblr
  • Pinterest

Like this:

TED is an annual conference held in California (although the 2014 event will be held in Vancouver). Each year, 1200 or so people gather to hear inspiring, thought-provoking, sometimes controversial ideas—all in the form of 20-minute presentations held over four days. TED presenters range from the famous (Al Gore, Bill Gates, Peter Gabriel) to the not-so-well known. To attend TED, you not only have to be willing to pay the hefty fee (I think it’s up to $6,000, not including your travel costs), but you have to apply and persuade the conference organizers that you have something valuable to contribute to the conversation.

Thankfully, for us mere mortals, TED talks are available online. They are a great source of what I like to call “brain food.” The talks range from particle physics (for the non-scientist) to virtual choirs to using video cameras to capture human rights violations. There’s also a bit of fun along the way, including music.

Yesterday, TED came to the University of Notre Dame. TED has become such a powerful brand that people all around the country began holding their own local TED-style events. To foster these programs, TED licenses its brand and marks, which is how TEDxUND came into being. I was lucky enough to be selected in a lottery process for a seat at the event’s morning session, and it was terrific. Some of the highlights from the day:

  • An anthropologist who explains that humans are not genetically wired for aggression.
  • A computer science professor showing how easily social media can manipulate what shows up on CNN, Fox News, and other mainstream media source.
  • A freshman who revealed that in her fourth week on campus, she was sexually assaulted and photographed during the assault—yet she continues to use photography as a therapeutic tool. (This was probably the most powerful talk of all.)

One talk in particular, given by senior Peter Keon Yoo, took the wraps off of the payday loan industry. Many of us lawyers know the facts: payday loan operations are little more than legalized loan sharks charging interest rates that work out to over 500% per year. The prey upon the working poor who need a few hundred bucks for immediate needs, like a car that has broken down. The industry is so lucrative that there are more payday loan storefronts in the U.S. than the number of Starbucks and McDonalds restaurants combined. And when I say lucrative, I mean lucrative.

Here’s a simple example. A person takes out a loan for $300, to be repaid on his or her next payday, with $45 paid on top as the cost of borrowing the $300. But when payday comes around on Friday, the person finds that she can’t repay the entire loan. But it’s no problem: for another $45 paid then and there, she can extend the repayment date until her next paycheck and pay the $345 then. Of course, by the next pay day, our consumer can’t afford to repay the loan, so she extends it for another $45 payment on that date. This can go on for week after week, each Friday bringing a $45 payment that pays nothing toward the principal amount. By the time our sample person can actually pay the loan off a few months later, she’s paid over $500 in interest on a loan of $300.

Statistics reveal that in my community there are approximately 7,000 people who use the “services” of payday loan shops. On average, these individuals pay $500 a year in interest alone, meaning $3,500,000 are being siphoned out of this community each year—from the working poor. As Peter Keon Yoon remarked, it’s expensive to be poor in this country.

The TEDxUND talk on this topic was not merely a well-deserved attack on predatory lending. Peter Keon Yoon and a good number of his colleagues are doing something to attack the problem: JIFFI, the Jubilee Initiative For Financial Inclusion. JIFFI uses the principle of micro lending to give local residents an alternative to the payday loan industry. JIFFI’s philosophy is that a loan should help people get out of a hole, not be pushed deeper into a hole.

JIFFI is not merely a low-interest lender. People approved for a JIFFI loan are given financial education as well so that they can avoid being in a crisis situation again.

During my career as an attorney, I handled a number of consumer bankruptcies. Some of them involved debtors whose entrepreneurial idea didn’t pan out. Others had huge medical bills that the insurance company decided to reject. But most of them had credit card debt that was staggering. In the late 1990s I began an annual informal experiment with my entertainment law students. I would ask the class how many of them had credit cards, and most hands would go up. I then asked how many carried a balance from month to month. Typically, all but one or two hands would stay up. I then walked students through an example to show them how paying the $40 monthly minimum on a $1,000 credit card balance with 18% interest (APR) would take them six years to pay off and cost them over $500 in interest. Students appeared to be shell shocked by this information.

If Notre Dame students, with their premier high school educations, aren’t getting this kind of financial education, it’s no surprise that thousands of people are being sucked into the payday loan quagmire.

JIFFI is a worthwhile effort by Notre Dame students to solve this problem on a local scale. JIFFI accepts donations, and I’m pleased to support their work. If you can, look for a similar program in your community and give it your support. You’ll be glad you did. (Yes, I recognize the irony of the fact that the donations are by credit card, but such is the way of modern commerce.)

By Megan Hustad

  • March 14, 2015

Send any friend a story

As a subscriber, you have 10 gift articles to give each month. Anyone can read what you share.

How to attend ted talks

CHANCES are you will not attend TED this year. Tickets to the gathering that begins Monday in Vancouver are sold out, this despite or rather because of the fact that gaining entry to the ideas conference entails more than pulling out your credit card. There’s a velvet rope of an application process, and questions to answer: “How would a friend describe your accomplishments?” “What are you passionate about?” Two references have to vouch for you.

But if you don’t make the cut and shell out the $8,500 fee for general attendance, no matter. The real action and measure of TED’s reach is online. In November 2012 TED announced its “billionth video view,” which, assuming an average length of 15 minutes, means that collectively by then we had clicked on roughly 10 million days’ worth of TED talks. At our desks or on our phones, we stare as sympathetic experts tell us we should reform education, admit to personal failings more publicly or invest in the developing world. It sounds great. The ideas, which TED promises are “worth spreading,” do indeed make the rounds. (Or as the Onion put it in TED-inspired mockery: “No mind will be left unchanged.”)

I grew up among Christian evangelicals and I recognize the cadences of missionary zeal when I hear them. TED, with its airy promises, sounds a lot like a secular religion. And while it’s not exactly fair to say that the conference series and web video function like an organized church, understanding the parallel structures is useful for conversations about faith — and how susceptible we humans remain. The TED style, with its promise of progress, is as manipulative as the orthodoxies it is intended to upset.

A great TED talk is reminiscent of a tent revival sermon. There’s the gathering of the curious and the hungry. Then a persistent human problem is introduced, one that, as the speaker gently explains, has deeper roots and wider implications than most listeners are prepared to admit. Once everyone has been confronted with this evidence of entropy, contemplated life’s fragility and the elusiveness of inner peace, a decision is called for: Will you remain complacent, or change? Jesus said to the crowds, “Whoever has ears, let him hear.” A skilled tent revivalist can twist those words to suggest that simply showing up to listen makes you part of the solution.

The process just outlined is rhetorically persuasive, and being party to it can be thrilling. As a small child I thought that my parents, who worked for an international Christian broadcaster, had boosted our family’s social standing through their commitment to spreading the word. We weren’t just believers, we were believing rock stars. I was perpetually antsy during church but also knew that some people attended services only on Christmas and Easter, and I remember thinking, thank goodness we’re not like them, so ignorant and apathetic.

So on a pure emotional level I understand the appeal of sitting in a darkened room as a speaker pulls you into a crescendo of conviction that you can and will improve — and more attractive still, that your individual change for the better will make the whole world better.

In the 1920s the French psychologist Émile Coué popularized the idea that success started with the repetition of a simple mantra. Twenty times a day you were supposed to tell yourself, as one translation put it, poetically, “Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better.” Prescriptions offered by many TED speakers are equally granular. The second most popular talk, measured by views on the TED site, is the one wherein Amy Cuddy of the Harvard Business School says that high-power poses — including standing up straighter, hands on hips — could “significantly change the way your life unfolds.”

It’s strange that this advice should have such a large audience today. (For one, it’s not really news. Studies on the effects of body language are about as old as the VHS.) Ms. Cuddy does make a fascinating case, as did Sheryl Sandberg in her 2010 talk, an early look at the “Lean In” theme, which included not one but three “powerful” pieces of advice.

TED talks routinely present problems of huge scale and scope — we imprison too many people; the rain forest is dying; look at all this garbage; we’re unhappy; we have Big Data and aren’t sure what to do with it — then wrap up tidily and tinily. Do this. Stop doing that. Buy an app that will help you do this other thing.

To imagine that small behavior tweaks are smart responses to big persistent challenges, like the gender gap in wages, is a stretch. These ideas don’t spread because people are rationally calculating the odds that they’ll work.

Perhaps the fact that there’s no intrusive voice from above makes this all more appealing than monotheism. Instead of sola scriptura, TED and its ilk offer more of a buffet-style approach to moral formation. I’ve talked to people who say they’ve happily dispensed with God, and don’t even find the general idea comprehensible. But a few, having announced they’re free of cant, spend many nervous hours assembling authority structures and a sense of righteousness by bricolage and Fitbit, nonfiction book clubs and Facebook likes.

I never imagined that the Baptists I knew in my youth would come to seem mellow, almost slackers by comparison. Of course they promoted Jesus as a once-and-done, plug-and-play solver of problems — another questionable approach.

If I were 19 again, and experimenting with sacrilege for the first but not the last time, I would heed some advice that was given to me then: “If you’re going to be an atheist, you should be having a lot more fun.”

But the truth is, now is a fun time to be a skeptic among true believers, since there are so many types of true believers to choose from. I sometimes wonder whether TED’s top 20 list will eventually morph into a creed, or whether, as in the early church, heretics will be asked to leave the party. I resist the urge to rewatch Ms. Cuddy’s talk, and stop myself from sniping at people slowing me down on New York sidewalks — people sliding forward tentatively, shoulders hunched, not because they’re tourists, but because they’re trying to move forward and look at their phones at the same time.

Ted Cruz drew a crowd of 10,000 to the launch of his presidential campaign because student attendance was mandatory. A candidate who claims to love freedom spoke at a university where his audience was forced to watch him.

Sen. Ted Cruz took the stage to declare his presidential candidacy at Liberty University Monday, surrounded by upwards of 10,000 cheering students. They weren’t all here by choice. Attendance at convocation at Liberty is mandatory, and a group of students clad in “Stand With Rand” shirts sat center stage—directly in view of the cameras—to log their displeasure with having to be here.

“Of course, you want it to appear as if you have a large audience,” said Eli McGowan, who organized the not-so-subtle protest. “We felt like if we didn’t wear shirts showing our true political preference then the media might think we all supported Cruz.”

“They make you come. If you don’t come, you get punished,” said Ana Delgado, a sophomore, who said students face a $10 fine for not showing up at convocation. Delgado wasn’t among those wearing Paul gear. She is undecided about who she’ll support in 2016, but she didn’t like being forced to be part of Cruz’s announcement.

Students at Liberty University were forced to attend Ted Cruz’s launch of his presidential campaign, or they would be punished. That is Republican freedom in action. It will be interested to see what kind of crowd Cruz can draw when he is not forcing people to show up.

Usually, Republicans who can’t draw a crowd pay people to show up, or they fill the crowd with their own staffers. These were both tactics that Mitt Romney used during the 2012 election. Ted Cruz peppered his speech with references to freedom. The irony is that the people who were listening to him didn’t have the freedom to decide whether they wanted to be at his speech.

Sen. Cruz crusades against what he incorrectly views as the theft of liberty by the federal government, but one of the great ironies of all was the lack of freedom his audience had while Ted Cruz spoke a university named Liberty.

How to attend ted talks

Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.

Awards and Professional Memberships

Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and The American Political Science Association

How to attend ted talks

How to attend ted talks

How to attend ted talks

How to attend ted talks

How to attend ted talks

We dare to think this will be the most provocative, invigorating, mind-shifting TED yet.


In our fast-changing world, a reliable grasp on the truth is hard to come by. Take the following widely held beliefs. True or false?

— The news is bad.
— Nature is good.
— Technology is no fun any more.
— Growing inequality is inevitable.
— Privacy matters more than transparency.
— Our kids will be worse off than we are.
— We’ve lost the battle against Big Brother.
— Physics is becoming incomprehensible.
— We’ve left it too late to prevent a climate crisis.
— The political right has run out of decent ideas.
— Robots will destroy more jobs than they create.
— The genomics revolution arrived too late to help me.

In 2015, we’ll be questioning every one of these statements — and many more — in search of deeper truth, richer understanding, better questions. We will find the minds best capable of reframing our most familiar beliefs and concerns . and leave time in the program to challenge them in turn, to test their logic, to dig deeper.

. and Dare

We will also be inviting some of the most exciting creators of the future to share their visions with us. Inventors, Designers, Explorers, and Change Makers of all stripes (provided only that those stripes are colored bold). We’re at a time of significant global challenge. Yet our political and economic systems seem barely capable of responding appropriately. And meanwhile, astounding new technologies may be creating alarming unintended consequences and complexities. Who has the ideas that will create a future we actually want? They’re out there. And we need to hear from them like never before.

The TED2015 experience includes:

Immersive evening and late-night events at Vancouver’s most intriguing spots

Art exhibits, tech demos, and other experiences

Intense conversation breaks, where attendees and speakers delve into the ideas introduced on stage

Thoughtfully designed simulcast spaces where you can watch the conference in an informal setting

  • © TED Conferences, LLC
  • Contact |
  • Help |
  • Terms of Use |
  • Privacy Policy

If you could invite anyone to a dinner party, who would you invite? What would it look like?

That was the premise and that was the question that Richard Saul Wurman asked himself in the mid-’80s. Wurman – a U.S. architect and graphic designer – is more widely known as the person who coined the phrase “information architect.” He also became a very successful publisher of travel books before acting on his impulse to invite some of the people he found fascinating to dinner. In 1990, he turned that dinner party idea into an invitation-only event called TED.

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design and the annual event is open to only 1,000 people that the TED organizers deem worthy (I was very fortunate to attend TED in 2008).

The truth is that TED is much more than just technology, entertainment and design. TED is trying to change the world.

Presenters give “TED Talks” – 18-minute presentations on topics that also include science, arts, politics, culture, business, global issues and more. But, the event is not just about the presentations. It’s about what happens in the hallways during intermission and what takes place while socializing in the evening. The TED conference tagline is “ideas worth spreading” and, over the years that’s exactly what this conference has done.

In 2002, Chris Anderson (one of the people behind the magazine Business 2.0 and the very popular gaming website IGN) took over as curator of the TED conference and gave ownership of the event to his non-profit organization, The Sapling Foundation. The fee for the conference shifted to an annual membership model (around $6,000 U.S.), which includes a pass to the TED event along with club mailings and more. In the interest of spreading the ideas being shared, TED now publishes many of their TED Talks online – free.

They’re available from their website or you can subscribe for free via iTunes in Podcast format (in both audio and video). Anyone can now experience TED when and how they want.

One participant has called the event “gymnastics for the brain.” On any given day, you could watch speakers as diverse as Al Gore presenting his thoughts on the environment to TV and film writer, director and producer J.J. Abrams (Lost and Alias), talk about the power of mystery. The conference is not just about growing your business, it’s about something much bigger than that. It’s about growing your mind.

For years, TEDsters (as they call themselves) converged in Monterey, Calif., but this year’s event – Feb. 3-7 – was moved to Long Beach, Calif. To expand the audience and reach, TED has announced people can watch the event live on the Internet (the cost for this is about $1,000 U.S.).

The economy has definitely made events like this even less accessible to the masses.

The first place most businesses are chopping is their event marketing and participation at conferences. If the price and travel is prohibitive, and you think the $1,000 price tag to watch it online is still a little dicey in these times, there are hundreds of past TED Talks online that are free, but here are four 18-minute ones that will melt your brain:

Sir Ken Robinson.

Creativity expert and education system re-invention evangelist Sir Ken Robinson makes a compelling, funny and brilliant presentation on the power of creativity and how we’re getting it wrong when it comes to educating our children. Essentially, we are killing creativity when we should be focusing on it.

Benjamin Zander.

Benjamin Zander is the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic. He is also one of the best speakers you will ever experience. He is the co-author of the book, The Art of Possibility, and – even if you never cared much for classical music – this will change your mind. Music and passion make people amazingly more successful and if your eyes are not shining after this presentation, it might be time to consider a different career.

Hans Rosling.

Hans Rosling proves that the devil is in the details. This amazing look at third-world myths through new data visualization will not only get you excited about the future of mankind, but might get you thinking differently about how we use data and information in business (and how boring you thought it was). Rosling is a doctor and researcher who, after speaking at TED, took on a position at Google.

Majora Carter.

You can’t have a strong business without a strong community and Majora Carter‘s emotional presentation about her fight for environmental justice in the South Bronx demonstrates the power of the human spirit and how leaders do emerge to make a difference. Watch this one with your co-workers who think that nothing can change and things have to be “the way they have always been.”

The world of new business is not just about the bottom line. It’s about making the bottom line count for something. TED is a celebration of ideas and thinkers. Every day your business is poised with another challenge. Your success in navigating that challenge is going to be measured by how creative, passionate and embracing of change you are. TED celebrates that. You should join in on the celebration – either live on the Internet next week or by watching some of the past TED Talks right now.

What do you think about the TED conference? Which TED talks have moved you?

The above posting is my twice-monthly column for the Montreal Gazette and Vancouver Sun newspapers called, New Business – Six Pixels of Separation. I cross-post it here with all the links and tags for your reading pleasure, but you can check out the original versions online here: