Deadline for Speaker Submissions is June 1, 2018

Thank you for your interest in giving a talk at TEDxLosGatos 2018. We are now open for speaker submissions and will be accepting proposals for speaking until June 1, 2018, Midnight. If this is the first time you have done a TED or TEDx Talk or even if you are an experienced speaker in any venue please consider these tips to help your submission be a success.

Our theme for our 2018 event is Dare. Your presentation, or “TED Talk”, should be anywhere from 10-18 minutes in length: long enough to say something of significance, but short enough to hold everyone’s attention and to be easily watched as a recorded video. The TED format has proven a carefully prepared talk of this length can have astonishing impact.

TEDxLosGatos will be following the TED speaker rules. For example, speakers are banned from “selling from the stage,” and there is strict enforcement of the clock.



These 10 tips are the heart of a great TED talk. Please keep them in mind while developing your proposal.

  1. Dream big. Strive to create the best talk you have ever given. Reveal something never seen before. Do something the audience will remember forever. Share an idea that could change the world.
  2. Show us the real you. Share your passions, your dreams and also your fears. Be vulnerable. Speak of failure as well as success.
  3. Make the complex plain. Don’t try to dazzle intellectually. Don’t speak in abstractions. Explain! Give examples and stories. Be specific.
  4. Connect with people’s emotions. Make us laugh! Make us cry!
  5. Don’t flaunt your ego. Don’t boast. It’s the surest way to switch everyone off.
  6. No selling from the stage! Unless we have specifically asked you to, do not talk about your company or organization. And don’t even think about pitching your products or services or asking for funding from stage. Sponsors and their employees are not eligible to speak.
  7. Feel free to comment on other speakers, to praise or to criticize. Controversy energizes! Enthusiastic endorsement is powerful!
  8. Don’t read your talk.
  9. You must end your talk on time. Doing otherwise is to steal time from the people that follow you. We won’t allow it, and your talk may not go up on the website.
  10. Rehearse your talk – with the speaker coaches and in front of trusted friends … for timing, for clarity, for impact.

If you are selected to speak at TEDxLosGatos your talk will be made available online following the conference at the TEDxLosGatos website, and the TEDx YouTube Channel which recently reached over 1 billion views worldwide, a reach that has transformed the careers of many TED presenters and performers.

TED has never paid speakers to appear, but has always committed to creating an experience that’s tremendously fullfilling and beneficial from everyone participating, and as a TEDx licensee we plan to do the same.

If you are unfamiliar with TED or the format of a TED Talk, we invite you to view some past TED and TEDx Talks at TED.


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