Timeline Click to download pdf.

August 14, 2017           Applications Due

August 20-27              Speaker Committee meets:  Finalists Chosen

Applicants will receive an email from the TEDxTarrytown coordinator about their status as a speaker.  If chosen as a finalist, we will set up an in-person, phone or skype interview to learn more about your idea and how you will present it, as well as to answer any questions you may have.


August 28, 2017           Speakers Chosen and Notified

If you are chosen, we will send you an event contract to confirm your participation and give you the name of your speaker coach.

Speaker Coach meetings can be in person, on phone or via Skype 

September 4, 2017       Headshot, Bio, and First Draft of Talk - Meet with Speaker Coach

September 11, 2017     Second Draft of Talk Due - Meet with Speaker Coach

September 18, 2017     Meet with Speaker Coach

September 25, 2017     Meet with Speaker Coach

October 2, 2017            Meet with Speaker Coach

October 9, 2017            Meet with Speaker Coach

October 16, 2017          Meet with Speaker Coach


October 22, 2017        TEDxTarrytown
The event will run from 4:00-7:00 pm with a dress rehearsal possibly prior to and the day of the event.  Speakers are required to stay for the whole event and make yourself available to the audience members after the talks.  Talks will be filmed live, edited and posted online within a month of the even

TED talks:  The Official TED Guide to Public Speakingby Chris Anderson

*This link will bring you to the Westchester Library system.  Scroll down the page to find the book.

TED  COMMANDMENTS:
TEDx has put together a “TED Commandments” for speakers. 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. Tell 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 the stage.
  7. Feel free to comment on other speakers, to praise or to criticize. Controversy energizes! Enthusiastic endorsement is powerful!
  8. If possible, don't read your talk. Notes are fine. But if the choice is between reading or rambling, then read!
  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.
  10. Rehearse your talk in front of a trusted friend ... for timing, for clarity, for impact.


-THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST-

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