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January 08, 2014

The TEDx Speaker Guide: An Illustrated Version
Category: Community

Illustrated Speaker Guide by Doug Neill

The first time we meet with a confirmed speaker for our upcoming TEDxConcordiaUPortland (now known as TEDxMtHood) event, we have a number of goals. First and foremost, we want to get to know the speaker a bit, and give him or her a chance to get to know us. We also want to give them a sense of what’s to come, a sneak peek of what they have committed themselves to over the next few months. So we give them a schedule—a timeline of the events leading up to the big day, the day that they will give their talk to an audience of 700 people (for our event here in Portland, that day is May 3rd, so go mark your calendars and get your tickets on January 30th). During that first meeting we also chat about the potential topics that the speaker could address in their talk, and share some materials to guide them through the prep process.

In our ongoing search for useful prep materials, we found a guide put out by TED, a guide specifically designed for TEDx speakers. This text based guide can be found here. We like the ideas in that guide, and decided to infuse it with our own personality. Before joining the planning team for the TEDxConcordiaUPortland (now known as TEDxMtHood) event, I didn’t realize that each TEDx could have it’s own personality. But it does. And now that I’m one of the many volunteers helping to put on this particular TEDx event in Portland, I am one of the folks contributing to that personality. My passion is illustrating ideas, so we thought it might be fun to create an illustrated version of the TEDx speaker guide that we could give to our speakers in the first meeting with them. Here’s page one of what we came up with:

Illustrated Speaker Guide

Click on image to view a PDF version of the full illustrated guide.

Most of the text in this illustrated version came from the original guide. All of the drawings and illustrations are new.

We’re sharing this illustrated guide with the hope that it might help other TEDx organizers and TEDx speakers put on memorable events that lead to real change in local communities. That, after all, is what TEDx is all about. TED is about sharing ideas that can change the world. TEDx is about sharing ideas that can transform a community. So here’s to many more transformative TEDx events in 2014 and beyond.

Doug Neill

Doug Neill is an illustrator, writer, and teacher who became involved with TEDxConcordiaUPortland because of a tweet. After a last-minute contribution to the 2013 event, he decided to join the planning team for 2014. He draws things, writes stories, and helps prep speakers to give a memorable performance on event day