Tips for Speakers

For confirmed speakers, please review these tips for making your presentation at “Imaginate” TEDxYouth@TheWoodlands a success. We will work closely with you individually to help make your presentation highly engaging and inspiring.

Video on tips on making effective presentations at TEDx events:

These 10 tips are the heart of a great TED or TEDx Talk. They have been shared with all TED and TEDx speakers:

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 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. TEDx speakers have only a limited amount of time to deliver their talks, just like in the TED conferences.  Please rehearse to ensure you can finish within the time limit set by your conference organizer.

10 Rehearse your talk in front of a trusted friend … for timing, for clarity, for impact.

TEDx Speaker Slides Guidelines: (These tips come from TED’s Director of Film + Video, Jason Wishnow)

Less is More

A single, strong, graphic image or succinct line of text will tell your story better than a crowded collage or packed paragraph. Remember, people need to process everything you’re saying while simultaneously absorbing your slides. Rather than one complex slide, show several slides, each with one idea, image or data point.

Please eliminate slides that are essentially Headline + Bullet-Points. These can get very tired.

Consider using just a few slides or none at all. See Ric Elias TED talk below for an example of an effective talk with no slides.

Text Size

You rarely need more than six lines of text on a slide. Often, only a line or two will do.

Text Clarity

Please use either Century Gothic or Arial fonts in your slide presentations.


A simple, elegant background behind your text should be used to complement and enhance the readability of your words. If using a dark or black background, you may want to make the text bold.

Graphs, Graphics and Photos

Use high-resolution pictures and graphics. Full-quality photos from a digital camera will look better than images pulled off the web.

Don’t grab images from the web unless they are clearly licensed under Creative Commons for use.  Here are two source of images with such licenses: Wikimedia  , Compfight 

For data graphs or charts, be sure to follow the minimum font size guidelines above for all text, including labels on x– and y-axes and data points.

Example of Effective Slides

An excellent example of a slide presentation that incorporates the guidelines is:


Examples of Effective Presentations

Ric Elias – 3 things I learned while my plane crashed

Bart Weetjens – How I taught rats to detect land mines

Kevin Slavin: How algorithms shape our world

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