TEDxSouthampton appeals for outstanding speakers for city event

TEDxSouthampton is appealing for engaging, innovative and fascinating speakers for its event on Wednesday 11 November, in the heart of Southampton city centre.

It promises to be a superb day with a full programme of 12 diverse talks and performances, plus an opportunity to network with members of the community.

Lee Peck, the License Holder and Co-Curator of TEDxSouthampton, said: “There is a huge appetite for TEDxSouthampton. The local business community as well as individuals are keen to collaborate, drive this event forward and give the city another reason to stand out.”

He added: “More than anything we’re thrilled to be staging this unique event to create some positivity and hope during this current difficult period for the UK. We thoroughly recommend people to get involved and look forward to reviewing speakers’ applications with interest. Auditions will be held at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, on Thursday 9 July.

“Southampton is a great city and deserves to be showcased and the talent put onto an International stage. TEDx is an incredible platform and I feel this would give people an opportunity to make their mark, give back and foster a really positive outcome for themselves, the attendees and the wider audience.”

TEDxSouthampton Co-Curator, Annelies James said: “The theme of the event will be centred around human to human connection in all its forms and include a focus on innovation, connectedness and untapping personal potential. This is an area Lee and I are incredibly passionate about and feel would welcome a diverse range of speakers, as well as offer huge insight and inspiration to the attendees.

“We are committed to putting on a great TEDx that truly reflects the talent of this city and the region. The TEDx guidelines are very clear that speakers must offer a central idea and not present a lecture or just facts. This might seem obvious but actually it can be quite subtle. Likewise, the talk cannot focus on a personal story but must have broad appeal.”

“Your speech must present a solution or inspiration, rather than a problem and above all it must be short and focused and last no more than 18 minutes. It’s important that each speaker is thoroughly rehearsed and has memorised their talk.”

Those wish to take part in the TEDxSouthampton event should contact Annelies on hello@anneliesjames.uk

Here’s a link to a speaker application form for those wishing to participate, it will require a synopsis of the proposed talk and given the current situation a brief video explaining or showcasing the talk content. https://forms.gle/uAfyTddNBfBt38YE6

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, often in the form of short talks delivered by leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED conferences, including our annual gathering in Vancouver, as well as TEDWomen, intimate TED Salons and thousands of independently organized TEDx events around the world. Videos of these talks are made available, free, on TED.com and other platforms. Audio versions of the talks from TED2019 are published to TED’s podcast TED Talks Daily, available on all podcast platforms.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; TEDx, which licenses thousands of individuals and groups to host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities; the Audacious Project, which surfaces and funds critical ideas that have the potential to impact millions of lives;TEDSummit, which gathers the most engaged members of the global TED community for brainstorms, discussions, performances, workshops and an eclectic program of mainstage talks; and the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED also has a growing library of original podcasts, including The TED Interview with Chris Anderson, WorkLife with Adam Grant, TED en Español and Sincerely, X.

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