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Thursday, November 7, 2013
Final prep for TEDx Talk
that you and your ideas
are a part of TEDxBeaconStreet's second annual conference, which will
be held at the Lincoln School in Brookline MA, on
November 16 - 17, 2013 and simulcast worldwide.
We are here to help you give the talk of your life,
but to do that we need the following
things from you!
Review your talk title, description and bio
Please check carefully
and let us know if any revisions. The same info will be posted with
your video on the TEDx YouTube channel after the conference.
Last week for
This is the
last week for speaker rehearsals (next week we will be extremely
busy with final conference preparations). If you have not had
at least one rehearsal, please email us to arrange a rehearsal in-person,
by Google Hangout or by phone. We are here to help you, and many
speakers have found it very valuable to review their outline, their
slides, and/or to practice the presentation itself.
If you plan to
use slides, they are due to us by November 8 so that we can
organize them carefully. Slides should be Powerpoint or
Keynote, and should be formatted for widescreen (16:9 aspect
ratio), high-definition (1920 X 1080 high res). Videos should
be embedded in your presentation (but also send us the video files
separately in case something goes wrong).
Technical, Audio, and Special Requirements
If you have
TECHNICAL, AUDIO, or SPECIAL requirements for your talk beyond you
standing in the circle with slides behind you, contact firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can be sure to
arrange what you need. If you have special requirements you
would like to test before the conference, you can come to the
Lincoln School from 3 - 5 pm on Friday, November 15. This
will not be a dress rehearsal, only time for a quick sound or
How to dress
Be yourself. Too formal clothing is discouraged on the
TEDx stage, and so is an excess of informality. Also, consider
that solid colors (except white) work better than strange patterns
on camera. Speakers should choose jewelry, in particular earrings
and necklaces, in a prudent way: long earrings, for example, may hit
the microphone and create unwanted noise during your talk.
The day of your talk
will be held November 16 and 17 at the Lincoln School in
Brookline. We would love to have you attend as much of
the conference as you can.
Here is the speaker schedule. Please
arrive one hour prior to the start time of your talk.
This will give you the opportunity to communicate any needs you
might have to the TEDxBeaconStreet team and gather your
thoughts before your talk. It will also let us know that you are
here and ready for your talk.
Please go to
the Speaker Registration table when you arrive - they will check
you in and escort you to the Green Room. If you encounter any
difficulties at all on the day of the conference, please call Sue Goldberg at
In the green
room you will be set up with your nice small microphone.
Your time is sacred
The block of time we have reserved for your talk is
yours alone. As you can see from our full speaker schedule, each person has
a time slot that is equally precious to them. We are counting on
you to honor the other speakers, the audience, and the
TEDxBeaconStreet staff by sticking to your allotted time.
As we have stressed in rehearsals, your talk should be 12 minutes
or less. Your talk should NOT fill the entire 15 mins of your slot,
as that time includes introductions and transitions.
You have prepped well for your talk! You are
surrounded by a TEDxBeaconStreet team that believes in you and
supports you. Our audience is in for a great experience. Relax and
Speakers and their guests are warmly invited to our
Escape Velocity Party, which will be held at the Brookline Teen
Center starting at 6:30 Saturday night. The Teen Center is a
short walk from the Lincoln School. You are welcome to bring as
many guests as you like to the conference or party; we ask that
they register so
that we will have name tags for each of them.
We are planning
an exciting, inspiring conference and your talks are at the heart of
our day of ideas, Our audience is filled with fascinating people that
can't wait to hear you give the talk of your life!