Speaker Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a deadline for speaker applications?

Yes. For our next TEDxMissouriS&T, our application deadline is November 07, 2019. Please get your suggestions to us as early as possible, so we can review them carefully and make the best decisions about our speaker roster.

All selected speakers can expect to hear from our speaker selection team by January 1, 2019.

What are you looking for when you select speakers?

TED and TEDx are all about providing a platform for “ideas worth spreading.” We are looking for passionate people who have experiences and stories to share. TEDx is an amazing live event; we are searching for speakers willing stand on our stage in Rolla, Missouri on Thursday, April 23, 2020.

What do you expect of speakers?

Passion and commitment. TEDx speakers are not professional speakers, but everyday people with extraordinary ideas, different ways of looking at the world, and perseverance to see transformation happen.

All speakers will work with a speaker coach. To ensure our event is high quality, the speaker coaches will set deadlines for things like a draft of the talk and any media speakers plan to use.

Do you pay speakers?

No. TEDx does not pay speakers. Speakers receive complimentary tickets for themselves and one guest. Most speakers stay for the whole event, soaking up the talks and connecting with other attendees. Other benefits include pre-conference speaker coaching and training, 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 TEDx is that your presentation may be featured on the TED website, as a part of their beautifully produced, broadcast-quality video series. Not all talks given on the TEDx stage will automatically become online TED Talks, but we hope most do. See videos from our past events.

I want to speak at TEDx, but my usual talk runs 50 minutes. Can I get a long time slot?

No. TEDx is the place to condense your ideas into a brief talk that communicates your best ideas. We strictly enforce the clock for all speakers, absolutely no more than 18 minutes per talk. We've found that short, carefully prepared talks can have an astonishing impact. Some of the most compelling talks are much less than 18 minutes.

Do you have keynotes or panels?

No. At TEDx, everyone hears every presentation; there are no breakout sessions or tracks, no keynotes, and very rarely are there panels.

Can I speak at TEDx by becoming a sponsor?

No. Sponsoring TEDxMissouriS&T has many benefits, but the ability to speak during our event is not one of them. Read more about sponsor benefits.