TEDx Talks


Helping people give the talk of their lives


past clients have:

been promoted on the TED homepage

gone on to raise millions in funding for their research and/or idea

reinvented their careers as a result of that one core presentation

served on White House committees based on the reach and resonance of their idea

 

 

The background

In June 2006, TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) revolutionized the way ideas are shared with the launch of TED.com — an online vault where short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less) are shared freely with the world.

Then, the TEDx program was launched to help communities, organizations, and individuals spark conversation and connection through local, volunteer-driven events. The goal: unleash fresh ideas from local communities and give a voice

Close to 100,000 talks have been given at 10,000 events since the program launched in 2009. 

 

The problem

A TEDx event is not a platform for professional speakers, motivational speakers, or professional life coaches. Its purpose is to give a platform to those who don’t often have one. These speakers spend anywhere from 2 to 6 months preparing the talk of their life. And it takes an incredible amount of support to share one idea in a way that will captivate and transform an audience.

 

How we help

For over 5 years we’ve been coaching speakers through a TEDx talk development process — delivering a talk that is 18 minutes or less and leaves the audience with a powerful understanding of one core idea. We pull out interesting and resonsant content, edit and arrange that content for optimal emotional  flow, and (if necessary) design visually stunning presentations that augment the audience’s sensory experience.


Video + Slide highlights 

In her talk, Ali Carr-Chellman pinpoints three reasons boys are tuning out of school in droves, and lays out her bold plan to re-engage them: bringing their culture into the classroom, with new rules that let boys be boys, and video games that teach as well as entertain. [TEDxPSU, 2010]
 

 

Selected slides from Francisco Leon — The Great Chameleon: A cure for celiac disease [TEDxJNJ, 2014]

 

Rick Schuhmann has been a faculty member at Penn State University since 1998 and is currently the Walter L. Robb Director of Engineering Leadership Development in the College of Engineering. [TEDxPSU, 2011]

 

Since Frances Kinloch started her career, she has worked with fund managers around the world. In her talk, she will explore what it takes to be an independent female fund manager and entrepreneur. Frances will compare men and women's attitude to risk, and explain why we need more women managing our money. [TEDxCanaryWharf, 2015]
 

 

Mia Bloom is an Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and International Studies at the Pennsylvania State University. Her focus is on terrorism through her fellowship at the International Center for the Study of Terrorism and her work specializes in Middle Eastern conflicts as well as rape in war. [TEDxPSU, 2011]

 

Can two countries at war dare to empathize with one another? Step by methodical step, sociologist Sam Richards gives his audience an extraordinary challenge: to allow a group of (mainly) Americans to understand — not approve of, but understand — the motivations of an Iraqi insurgent. A powerful talk. [TEDxPSU, 2010]

 

Selected slides from Patrick Ryan — Making big data meaningful [TEDxJNJ, 2014]
 

 

Professor Bong Wie’s plan to save Earth from a future impact might work — if he can convince Washington to get behind it. [TEDxDesMoines, 2013]
 

 

Joseph Keogh gave this talk, which has garnered 1.3 million views, as a nineteen-year-old freshman at Penn State Behrend. He is from Stafford, Virginia where he graduated in 2016 from Mountain View High School. For his talk, Joseph tells the story of how he witnessed the shotgun suicide of one his classmates. This experience was traumatic and life altering. [TEDxPSUBehrend, 2017]

 

Jeff Bloodworth is an associate professor of history and chair of the department of history & archaeology at Gannon University). He holds a Ph.D. in modern United States history from Ohio University’s Contemporary History Institute and a certificate in contemporary history from the University of Copenhagen. [TEDxErie, 2016]