Episode 164: All About TED + TEDx Talks, with Ryan Hildebrandt - the Creative Empire podcast

Today, Reina and Christina are chatting with Ryan Hildebrandt, the face behind getyourfirsttedtalk.com. He founded a TED Talks event (TEDxLeamingtonSpa) in 2015, so he knows the ins and outs of what event decision makers want, how they choose speakers and the mistakes people make most often. The first thing Ryan dives into is how he became a TEDx organizer and the differeces of TED versus TEDx. He shares about the application process and shares helpful tips if you are thinking to apply to be a speaker. Lastly, he share why you should choose to be a speaker at a TED or TEDx event.

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Main Takeaways:

  • How Ryan got started as a TEDx organizer [0:02:21]
  • What the difference is between TED vs. TEDx [0:04:35]
  • What the application process looks like for TED + TEDx [0:08:19]
  • Why women should apply to be a TED +TEDWomen speaker [0:10:42]
  • What is a good or bad topic to pitch [0:18:15]
  • What the four things are to have a good talk [0:28:00]
  • What are some pro-tips for a TED application [0:33:47]
  • Why you should do a TED talk [0:42:46]
You owe it to yourself to at least investigate how you can make [a TED talk] a reality.
— Ryan Hildebrandt
When pitching anything, make it focus on the value for the audience not your own kind of selfish motivation.
— Ryan Hildebrandt

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Bio:

If you’ve dreamed of doing a TED Talk one day but aren’t quite sure how to get there, Ryan’s your guy. He founded a TED Talks event (TEDxLeamingtonSpa) in 2015, so he knows the ins and outs of what event decision makers want, how they choose speakers and the mistakes people make most often. Now, he shares these insider tips on how to get invited to do a TED Talk on a site calledGetYourFirstTEDTalk.com. Fun fact: Ryan can be manipulated into doing almost anything if you give him peanut butter, Argentinian Malbec, or carrot cake.

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