We’re excited to start our search for our TEDxPortsmouth 2020 speakers!

This questionnaire is for those interested in being invited to auditions. These 20 questions should be filled out by the future speaker. To help us get to know you better—and most importantly, to see if you’re a potential fit for our 2020 line-up—please fill out this survey, even if you've already reached out, and submit by by April 10th. Then our team will review and send invitations for live, yet virtual auditions on April 19th and 20th in Portsmouth. That will be a five minute version of your idea, followed by a chat with a few judges online. (Maybe Zoom, still working on the details.)

Our theme this year is “Hidden in Plain Sight.” Your talk does not have to directly connect to this theme, but if it does, all the better. All talks will be presented in a full-day event before a live audience on Sept 25th at Portsmouth's Historic Music Hall.

IMPORTANT: If you are unfamiliar with the TED format we encourage you to hit pause and learn more at www.ted.com. These talks are focused on sharing a big, new idea with a live audience, inspiring people to see something in a brand new way. Think you've got what it takes? Tell us about yourself below! Thanks!

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* 1. Email address

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* 2. What is your name?

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* 3. Town/City, State

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* 4. In two sentences, what is your big, new idea?

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* 5. What category or categories is the subject? (Choose all that truly apply.)

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* 6. Why are you the right person to give this talk? (What’s your personal or professional connection to your subject matter?)

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* 7. Tell us one interesting fact or tidbit from your talk that you imagine people will be dying to share. For example, in a talk about sleep, this might be, “Did you know 80% of children’s dreams are about animals?”

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* 8. What makes your idea fresh and timely?

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* 9. Tell us about the local and/or universal appeal of your theme. We look for talks that will connect with much of the audience, even if they're addressing topics like parenting, left-handedness, or career-changers).

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* 10. How long have you had this idea? 

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* 11. Do you feel you’ve had enough time to be able to offer a digested perspective about your topic?

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* 12. Have you given versions of this talk before?

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* 13. If Yes, when and in what setting?

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* 14. Preparation: 
How much work do you anticipate preparing for this TEDx Talk will require?

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* 15. We work closely with speakers in the months leading up to the live show. Tell us about any big time constraints you might have this summer--work trips, big projects, vacations, sabbaticals, etc.

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* 16. What kind of experience do you have writing for an audience (other than school), if any?  Please explain.

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* 17. What experience do you have with public speaking, if any? Please explain.

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* 18. Our speaker coaching team works closely with speakers to help get their story ready for the TEDx stage. How interested are you in receiving constructive criticism or feedback?

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* 19. Past TEDx speakers can confirm this journey can be hard. What will be most challenging for you? (1 is easiest, 7 is hardest)

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* 20. Where can we learn more about your and your work? Please share any relevant websites or press coverage links here.

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