How Are Speakers Selected For TEDxToronto?

ThresholdsSPECIAL CONTRIBUTOR: Andrea Sampson, Director of Programming, TEDxToronto 2015

After closing nominations on May 10th, we ended up with nearly 600 submissions – a record number for TEDxToronto! If you happen to be one of those who submitted a nomination for yourself or for someone else, the waiting can be difficult.

With this in mind, here is what our Programming Team has been doing behind the scenes to identify the 12-15 speakers who will take the TEDxToronto stage on October 22nd. Our team, made up of several speaking experts and voice coaches, has developed specific selection guidelines that are unique to this year’s conference theme, Thresholds.

Now that nominations are officially closed, each submission is being reviewed in detail by our programming team. At TEDxToronto, like our parent TED, speakers are selected for their “Ideas Worth Spreading”. We identify whether the idea has ties to the Toronto community, whether it is globally relevant, and whether the nominee is the right speaker to share this idea.

Becoming a TEDxToronto speaker requires a generous time commitment. Each speaker is assigned their own personal speaking coach who will work closely with them over the course of four months to develop their idea into a story – and to prepare them for conference day.

We are in the midst of narrowing down our selections, and blown away by the quality of your nominations this year. We sincerely appreciate the time, effort and thought that went into each submission – and we look forward to revealing our line-up of speakers later on this summer.

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