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Our vision is to create a brand which represents Coventry, its diversity, its shortcomings, its heritage, its achievements, and much more… We need to change perspectives!

Do you have what it takes to change perspectives! Are you passionate to REVIVE Coventry! Are you ready to give voice to your thoughts! If yes apply to be a Speaker at TEDxCoventry, applications are now open!


If you’re thinking of getting an idea in shape for us, here’s some information that might help:

To help you consider whether you might be right for us, and to understand more about what we’re looking for, please read our guidance below before applying:

It is important to us that everyone featured on the TEDxCoventry stage have that magical combination of a fascinating idea coupled with the ability to share it in an engaging and relatable way. Some of the characteristics we are seeking to include are:

Novelty: we want innovative and original ideas – or ideas presented in a way unique to you and your experience/knowledge – we are not likely to feature motivational speakers, confidence coaches, business advisors or people who have given similar TEDx talks elsewhere in recent years.

Diversity: we actively seek diversity in ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality, age, disability, education and non-traditional experts. We want to champion the voices that are often marginalised or underrepresented in our society.

Creativity: we are looking for speakers who present their ideas in a unique and captivating way, which is personal to their experiences, perspectives and expertises.

Credibility: we are looking for speakers who are committed to their idea and knowledgeable on the topic. You don’t need to have a PhD, published a book, or be a world recognised public figure. But we do ask that you have spent time understanding, developing and validating your ideas – this can be through your work, studies, research and/or lived experience.

Successful speakers come in many guises, from raw talent to vast experience, and we are always seeking the elusive ‘diamond in the rough’! Don’t be discouraged from applying because you feel you don’t conform to the image of the ‘traditional public speaker’.

Every speaker has their own motivation for participating and we hope you will benefit from your TEDxCoventry experience in many ways. As a team, we are committed to:

Mentorship and guidance throughout your TEDxCoventry journey: You will have individualised coaching support from our Curator Lead Donna Preece and Speaker Coach Priya Gondalia, and will have the opportunity to develop your public speaking skills through this process.

Creating a professional platform with great exposure: This is an opportunity to spread your ideas to Coventry and globbally. We will facilitate this through filming and editing your talk to broadcast quality and promoting it to our community, online networks.

Assembling a dynamic, diverse audience and networking opportunities: Our audiences are passionate about ideas and through our curation and communication on the day and in the run up to the event, we will create the best environment for your idea to be heard and spread.

Delivering a professional event to showcase your idea: We have a committed speaker team of dedicated experts ready to help you prepare before the event and ensure that you have an incredible experience on the day. Our wider team of professionals works tirelessly to create an unforgettable experience for speakers and audiences alike, enabling you to present your talk in the best possible light.

As a TEDxCoventry speaker you have an essential role in contributing towards making the event a great success. Commiting to speak is an important undertaking and we have some clear expectations of all our speakers:

Commitment: speaking at a TEDx event is unlike no other. From experienced to first-time public speakers, we ask everyone to engage with our coaching and rehearsal process. You will be working closely with our Curator Lead Donna Preece and Speaker Coach Priya Gondalia,, who will tailor the coaching process to your needs, experience and time.

Time: we ask all our speakers to have three meetings (in person or remotely) before the event with our Curator Lead Donna Preece and Speaker Coach Priya Gondalia,, to develop their talk. We also ask all speakers to attend one informal speaker rehearsal (Saturday 1st of February 2020), the formal dress rehearsal on Friday 28th February 2020 and the event itself on Saturday 29th February 2020. If you want more time for the preparation or rehearsal process, we can definitely make this happen.

Passion: development of your talk takes effort! Your enthusiasm, positivity and willingness to collaborate throughout the process is essential.

Think local – Consider choosing topics that TED can’t address on our global stage. What new ideas are being discussed and created in your community? What critical issues are big thinkers and innovators talking about in your local community?

Think global – Think about how you can reflect your community outward to the world. What could the rest of the world learn from your community? And alternatively, what could your community learn from the world that they don’t know?

We are looking for speakers who can provide:

  • A sense of hope
  • Fresh insights and knowledge
  • Ideas for self-improvement
  • Professional growth
  • A glimpse into the future, Insights about issues that matter
  • A new perspective
  • Inspiration or motivation
  • Smart entertainment

There are lots of great resources to help you develop your idea before applying.

If you have questions about your application, please contact our Curator Lead Donna Preece –