Can two speakers give a TEDx Talk together?


Strategy, TEDx

Two heads are better than one, right? Wellllllll, maybe not on the TED stage. The overwhelming majority of TED & TEDx Talks feature a single person, but two-person talks (duets) do exist. Per TED, “While we don’t have any rules that prohibit two speakers giving a talk together, we generally discourage it.” In this article, […]

The 18-minute myth


Speechwriting, Strategy, TED, TEDx

I love a good myth-busting talk. Telling the audience they’re wrong is a sure-fire way to get them to listen.  It plays off two basic human instincts – 1) Not wanting to be wrong about anything, ever (hello, ego!), and simultaneously / paradoxically, 2) Wanting in on a secret. Don’t know what I’m talking about? […]

Want to give a viral TEDx Talk? Do this before you step on stage.


Marketing, TEDx

Some times you gotta hear the bad news first, so here it is: Just because you give a TEDx Talk doesn’t mean anyone will see or watch it. Just look at YouTube – the overwhelming majority of TEDx Talks have fewer than 5,000 views! Here’s what I know about you – 5,000 views just won’t […]

The Top 7 TEDx Clichés & What To Do Instead

Are you pitching the same idea as everyone else? I’ve reviewed 10,000+ TEDx Speaker Applications. This is your guide to pitching an original talk.