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  • What does it take to become a speaker or performer at TEDxToronto? 5 Tips on submitting a strong nomination

    • April 29, 2016
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    At TEDxToronto, we open our talent search to the entire Toronto community, in the hopes of giving a voice to the inspiring change-makers throughout our city. We welcome nominations for speakers and performers of any age, professional background, or personal interest mission – people with ideas worth spreading.

    The TEDxToronto community nominations are open until May 8th (click here to submit), and we expect a list of 1,000 submissions – eventually culled down to 12 chosen speakers and 3-4 performers.

    Never given a talk before? We’ve got it covered. Selected speakers or performers at TEDxToronto are each assigned a professional coach, who will work closely with them to prepare and develop their talk or performance. All the speakers, performers and coaches volunteer their time over the span of five months to ensure a memorable and impactful experience on conference day.

    So, how do we begin choosing individuals for the TEDxToronto stage? Here are the top 5 tips for a strong speaker or performer nomination:

    1. What is the big idea?

    At TEDxToronto, like its parent TED, speakers are selected for their “Ideas Worth Spreading”. If you think your idea is new, make sure it hasn’t already been shared – especially at another TED or TEDx conference. Most importantly, make sure the nominee’s message is one that will make the audience wonder, one that will inspire, and one that will make them continue the conversation.

    2. Connect the T-Dot.

    At TEDxToronto, our mandate is to shine a light on our great city; therefore, we look for speakers or performers with some kind of Toronto-connection. This doesn’t mean every speaker has to call Toronto their home, but there should be some point of contact or intersection with our city. Make sure you bring that connection to life in your nomination.

    3. Think Local, Act Global.

    Yes, we want the speaker to connect to Toronto, but the ideas should have global significance. Although the idea may have been generated locally, the idea should be applicable to the broader global community.

    4. The right fit

    Is your nominee the right person to share this big idea? Think about why you or the person you are nominating should take the stage to convey their message, and whether they are the best ambassador for that topic or idea. 

    5. Sell your idea, not your product.

    We often receive nominations from talented individuals looking to promote or sell their book, business or service. The TEDxToronto stage is not an opportunity for self promotion, but a platform for exceptional ideas and a catalyst for profound change.

    There you have it: 5 Tips to help you make the most of your nomination! We sincerely appreciate the time, effort and thought that goes into each submission – and we look forward to revealing our lineup of speakers later on this summer!

    Stay updated on all our announcements by following us on Twitter (@TEDxToronto), Facebook (TEDxToronto), and Instagram (@TEDxToronto) – or sign up here to receive e-mails from us directly.

    Nick Kindler is the Director of Programming for TEDxToronto, and is one of Canada’s most sought-after speaker coaches. Nick is currently the co-founder of Talk Boutique, specializing in speaker representation and coaching.

  • Announcing the TEDxToronto 2016 Conference Theme // Speaker and Performer Nominations Open

    • April 19, 2016
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    Our world is filled with symbols and signals; some are overt, such as speech, text and gestures – and some are less obvious, such as patterns, icons and social cues – all helping us to communicate and navigate our lives. Symbols drive you to wonder, while signals lead you to wander.

    Introducing TEDxToronto 2016: Symbols + Signals

    Symbols and signals provide information that guides our actions, our feelings and our choices. Often, we are oblivious to these inputs, yet they influence our daily decisions, and help us provide clarity to others. Symbols and signals can be traced back to the very first cave drawings, and have evolved with us over time to become a universal language that we share across the entire human species. Every aspect of life on this planet can be translated to a symbol or a signal, invoking our curiosity and serving as a catalyst for understanding.

    At TEDxToronto, we aim to shine a light on the talent that lies within our communities, and the big ideas that exist among us. We are inviting you to nominate speakers and performers to take the stage at our 2016 conference. Nominations can be submitted here until May 8, 2016, at 11:59pm.

    Stay updated on all our announcements by following us on Twitter (@TEDxToronto), Facebook (TEDxToronto), and Instagram (@TEDxToronto) – or sign up here to receive e-mails from us directly.

  • Introducing the TEDxToronto 2016 Organizing Committee

    • April 18, 2016
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    TEDxToronto is proud to introduce the 2016 Organizing Committee: the team responsible for bringing TEDxToronto to life. Bringing forth skills across design, culture, marketing and entertainment, this group of talented professionals is dedicated to curating a memorable and inspiring conference day at Koerner Hall, Telus Centre for Performance and Learning, on October 27th, 2016.

    Andrea Sampson – Co-Chair

    Lisa Trudeau – Co-Chair

    Emma Truax – Project Manager

    Nick Kindler – Director of Programming

    Dalia Haimen – Director of Marketing

    Kate Clegg – Director of Logistics

    Carly Klinkhoff – Director of Partnerships

    Afshin Mousavian – Board Member

    Negin Sairafi – Board Member

    Allison Hunt – Board Member

    TEDxToronto is a 100% volunteer-based organization and would not be possible without the generosity of invested time and energy from our speakers, committee and incredible volunteers.

    Do you want to be apart of the magic? You can submit a volunteer application here, and all applicants will be contacted late August.

  • Save The Date! TEDxToronto 2016

    • March 30, 2016
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    Now entering our eighth year, we are thrilled to announce that TEDxToronto 2016 will take place on Thursday October 27th, and will be returning to Koerner Hall, Telus Centre for Performance and Learning.

    Stay updated on all our latest news and announcements on TwitterFacebook and Instagram, or simply sign up for our newsletter to receive information from us directly. Catch up on all the talks and performances from TEDxToronto 2015 here.

    We look forward to sharing more details with you soon!