8 smart strategies TEDx organizers use to find great speakers

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TEDx speakersTalks on science, space and dung beetles. Talks on philosophy, medicine and folding paper towels. Every day, all over the globe, TEDx organizers are tirelessly working to find inventive, ingenious speakers ready to bring talks to life.

We asked 10 TEDx organizers to share the process behind sourcing great speakers and great talks. Below, 8 pieces of advice that came up again and again:

  1. Look for the ideas your community cares about, and then look for the people who can speak on them. What ideas and questions are starting to percolate where you live? Now, do some research on who has unexpected takes on them.
  2. Use your theme as a guide. Let it to lead you to the questions and issues that could be tackled in talks.
  3. Plan (far, far) ahead. Finding speakers takes time. As does communicating with them, navigating their schedules, calling them in for rehearsals and working with them on revisions…

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