TEDxCharlotte Speaker Audition Application

This is an application to audition our 2022 TEDxCharlotte event. The deadline to apply is midnight on August 30, 2021.

TWO REALLY HELPFUL TIPS:
1) Please read the Auditions page before filling out your application. It will help. If after you read that page, you have any questions, please ask us at events@tedxcharlotte.com.

2) SAVE YOUR APPLICATION. Sometimes computers mess up and your application doesn’t go through. To avoid doing all that work twice. Please save your answers. If you want to verify that your application has been received, reach out to Jill at events@tedxcharlotte.com


Please keep in mind!

We are focused on creating a locally organized and sourced event. All of our volunteer organizers are part of the Charlotte community and we use only local vendors. On that note, we are ONLY looking for local Charlotte-area speakers. We want to elevate the voices of our local community to inspire each other.

Additionally, logistically, our speaker coaching is 8 weeks long and your attendance is *required* in order to make it to the final audition two weeks before the event.

Contact Info

Full Name

Email Address


Once again! We only accept speaker applications if you are in the Charlotte-area.

TEDxCharlotte is committed to being a local event. We want to elevate the ideas of our local community. For that reason, we don’t bring in speakers and are looking for local ideas for our stage. While we know that some TEDx events like to bring speakers in from outside their community, we are committed to sourcing our speakers from the Charlotte-area.

**** IF YOU DO NOT LIVE OR WORK IN THE CHARLOTTE METRO AREA, WE WILL NOT CONSIDER YOUR APPLICATION. OUR PROCESS AND TIME COMMITMENT DOES NOT WORK FOR OUT OF TOWN SPEAKERS. *****

Do you live or work in the Charlotte-metro area?


Let’s talk about your idea…

What is your idea worth sharing? Keep in mind TED Talks are not an opportunity to promote your work but an IDEA that is worth sharing.

Now that you’ve written a paragraph on your idea, take it and condense it into one sentence.

Why are you the best messenger for this idea?


Some background info…

Why are you credible to share this idea?

Linkedin Profile (if you have one)

Are there any videos of previous talks you’ve given online? If so, please give us some links.


We’d love to get to know you better.

VERY IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS: POST YOUR VIDEO ONLINE. DO NOT SEND US THE VIDEO FILE. IT WILL NOT BE ATTACHED TO YOU APPLICATION OR REVIEWED. WE RECOMMEND YOUTUBE OR VIMEO. IF YOU LOAD IT ANYWHERE ELSE, MAKE SURE THE PRIVACY SETTINGS ARE OPEN. THERE WILL BE MULTIPLE PEOPLE VIEWING IT.

If you don’t have one ready now, you can email the LINK to events@tedxcharlotte.com. BONUS POINTS FROM JILL IF YOU HAVE IT READY AND DON’T NEED TO EMAIL HER. 🙂

One last note: Check your link. If it doesn’t work, we don’t have the capacity to reach out and get a correct link, ask you to open up the sharing or any of the other reasons they don’t work.