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What is TEDx?

A TEDx Talk is a showcase for speakers presenting great, well-formed ideas in under 18 minutes.

According to TEDx, this short talk model works well as it only demands the audience’s attention for a short period of time. In fact, some of the greatest TED Talks have been as short as 5 minutes!

What sort of talk suits a TEDx?

A TEDx that’s based on a great idea is firstly something that’s new and surprising; or might be a compelling new argument behind an existing great idea that challenges beliefs and perspectives.

In other words, an idea isn’t just a story or a list of facts. A good idea takes certain evidence or observations and draws a larger conclusion. There are a few categories that these types of talks tend to fit into, including:

  • The Big Idea
  • The Tech Demo
  • The Performance
  • The Artist’s Statement
  • The ‘Dazzle with Wonder’
  • The Small Idea
  • The Issue Talk

Ok, so what’s the bad news?

Well, it’s not bad news, but it is a proviso. TEDx talks wouldn’t be as great as they are if there wasn’t some form of quality control.
TEDx Talks are subject to a strict set of content guidelines, namely:

  • No commercial agendas
  • No political agendas or inflammatory rhetoric
  • No religious agendas
  • No bad science

Still interested?

Alternatively, you can hear from Chris Anderson at TEDGlobal 2013 as he explains what makes a great talk, great.