Terri’s first TEDx talk, Stop Searching for Your Passion” has earned 2.5 million views

Terri’s first TEDx talk, Stop Searching for Your Passion” has earned 2.5 million views

Being tapped to speak at major conferences, including TEDx—changed the way people see me—and how I see myself 

Imagine it:

Hearing your name announced.  

The crescendo of applause as you step out from behind the curtain and into the spotlight.  

The hush that falls over the theater as everyone waits to hear what you’re about to say.  

You take a deep breath, and begin.  

Stepping onto the stage—at any conference or event—is one of the most thrilling moments of your life.  

You get the chance to share your story, your insights, your expertise; to hold a position of powerful authority and esteem.  

You get to put yourself in front of people who could very well become clients, colleagues, and key contacts.  

The impression you make here can open up all kinds of opportunities. 

Here’s what can happen when you kill it on stage:  

...You raise your speaker profile and boost your own credibility ...You generate interest in you, your business, and your brand ...You hear from event organizers who think you’d be perfect for their annual conference ...You’re invited to contribute to a popular blog or podcast ...A new prospect pings you to set up a consult ...A literary agent reaches out to ask if you’ve ever considered doing a book ...More importantly, you get invited to speak—again 

The best way to get bigger, better (paid) speaking gigs? Get tapped to do more speaking. How do you make that happen? You have to be unforgettable. You have to deliver a talk that wakes people up, changes their minds, and makes them say, I need to know this person. The problem is that most speakers think it’s enough to: 

  • Have speaking experience 
  • Know a lot about a topic
  • Be passionate about a topic  

Nope. It’s not. What happens is that instead of being unforgettable, they end up: 

  • Playing it safe 
  • Informing instead of transforming 
  • Missing the opportunity to wow people 

It’s one thing to be passionate. It’s another to be compelling. Just as you could excel at math and not know the best way to teach it, you can know a lot about a topic without knowing how to craft and deliver it in the form of a compelling talk. But when you do learn to? Wow. Things change. In a great way. Great speakers practice. Yes. But how do you get beyond doing what you’ve always done, over and over, and become a standout? There’s a skill to public speaking that is rarely self-taught. Does this sound like you? You would love to do more speaking—and maybe even a TEDx talk!—for a lot of reasons:  

  • You have a story you’re want to share. 
  • You’re incredibly passionate about your topic or idea.
  • You want to reach a bigger audience.
  • You want to be seen as an expert, an innovator.
  • You want to motivate and inspire people. 
  • You want the prestige and exposure.  

Here’s how I landed my first TEDx talk—and 2.5 million views On a beautiful Sunday in the summer of 2015, I bought a book on how to do a TED talk, and read half of it on my Kindle in a beach chair in Central Park. I got excited...and depressed. Of course, I was dying to do a TED talk. But look at these people! Simon Sinek, Brene Brown, Amy Cuddy. They’re superstars! I didn’t have a bestselling book or letters after my name. I didn’t work for a major university or head up research at NASA. How could I ever get a TED talk? Who would listen? Did I have anything special to say? I’m betting you feel the same way.  

My TEDx talk changed everything.  

The opportunity to apply came just a month later, and it came the way, in fact, a lot of other speaking gigs had for me—because someone else dropped out!  

So I applied! I threw my hat in the ring for a highly coveted slot in the largest TEDx event in the country, TEDxKansasCity.  

And trust me, it was not like someone handed me that talk. Plenty of other contenders wanted that spot.  

I was given a few minutes of the TEDx organizer’s time on a Skype call, and he asked me, “The question is, do you have a TED talk in you?”  

I knew I did—I had several!  

I told him that I believed that “follow your passion” was lousy advice—and that we had it all backwards, especially when searching for a fulfilling career.  

That’s the one that got me the gig! The idea, and how I presented it, is ultimately what closed the deal. 

My TEDx talk, “Stop Searching for Your Passion,” has earned 2.5 million views to date. That TEDx talk has led to many speaking opportunities at conferences like How Design Live, BlogHer, as well as corporate events at major corporations like Blackstone, Barron’s, and Workfront. Don’t wait another day, another week to turn YOUR big idea, your personal story, your years of experience into a talk that gets you…  

 

Land Your Idea. Craft Your Talk. Wow the Crowd. 

In this six-week online course, you’ll get all the insights and coaching strategies I use with my private clients so you can: 

  • Nail your signature idea and start pitching it
  • Turn your personal story into a powerful talk
  • Speak with conviction and power
  • Understand what event organizers (including TEDx) are looking for
  • Boost your confidence as a presenter of your own ideas
  • Discover the keys to killing it on stage 


Here’s what you’ll walk away with:

  • A clearer grasp of your key message
  • A signature talk that you can start pitching to event planners
  • Tools for turning your story into a TED-worthy talk
  • A set of templates and guides for shaping your talk
  • An understanding of how event organizers think—and how to pitch them  

Don’t just give a talk. Leave an impression

Includes: 

  • 4 recorded modules
  • Exclusive access to our private Facebook group with ongoing feedback and support
  • Lifetime access to the membership area
  • Worksheets, resources, and guides and slides
  • Bonus audio with industry experts and event organizers
  • Case studies of people just like you working on their talks  

Get your talk out of your head—and into the world. 

As a result of my success, I’ve been tapped to speak over and over again.  

That TEDx talk, as well as the many events I’ve spoken at since, have raised my profile as a speaker and expert—as well as my fee. Not to mention brought me more attention, more cred, and more business.  

I was even tapped to speak at another TEDx talk! A year later, I received an invitation to present at TEDxStLouisWomen. I didn’t even have to apply.  

Plus, I get emails from people all over the world, every day, telling me how I helped them see their lives and choices differently. I gotta tell you, it feels pretty damn great.  

I’ve helped other people land TEDx talks, too.  

As a brand and media consultant, I’ve been working 1:1 with high-profile clients for years, helping them figure out what they’re trying to say and how to say it—on TV, radio, on their websites, and on stage. 

I help them position their brands and land their most powerful messaging, and create, pitch and land talks at major events—including TEDx! Here’s some of the people I helped: 

  • A hotshot Boston architect from a major firm who had no idea what o talk about. He delivered his talk on the future of the office workspace at a TEDx audition show, and won a spot at TEDxFenway. 
  • A noted psychologist and marital therapist whom I helped develop, focus, and pitch a talk on why romantic partners fight—which he successfully gave at TEDxKC.
  • A sex educator who started a grass-roots program to change the dialogue and attitudes about sex on college campuses all over the country. As a result of this course, she applied to and was accepted at TEDxVail. I can help you, too.  

 

"I've taken several courses that cover TEDx style speaking and I never came across any that helped me dig into my idea and structure like Terri's. I've definitely become a better writer for it." 

 —Linda Ugelow, presentation coach

“I've been awed by her Terri’s ability to turn a vague idea inside out in order to find the compelling and unique nugget that is TED worthy.”

 —Laura Tempesta, innovator & founder, Bravolution

If you have an idea, if you want to speak, this course will help to turn your big inspiration into a speaking reality. Terri knows her stuff, delivers with style, and cares about what you have to share with the world. 

 —Sarah Byrden, sex educator & advocate

“Terri is fast on her feet and knows what she's doing. If it were not for Terri, I doubt that I would've done the TEDx talk. In fact I know I wouldn't have.”

 —Stan Tatkin, PsyD, couples therapist and author of Wired for Love

Get all the insights I use with my private clients 

Over the course of the six week course, you will

  • Learn the formula for a powerful talk
  • Nail your signature idea and start pitching
  • Connect, motivate, and change your audience’s minds 
  • Discover the keys to killing it on stage at any event!  

 

Here's what you'll walk away with:

  • A clearer grasp of your key message
  • A signature talk that you can start pitching event planners
  • Tools for turning your story into a TED-worthy talk
  • A set of templates and guides for shaping your talk
  • An understanding of how event organizers think—and how to pitch them  

 

It’s time to up your speaking game in a big way. 

Includes: 

  • 4 recorded modules
  • Exclusive access to our private Facebook group with ongoing feedback and support
  • Lifetime access to the membership area
  • Worksheets, resources, and guides and slides
  • Bonus audio with industry experts and event organizers
  • Case studies of people just like you working on their talks  

Get your talk out of your head—and into the world. 

Why should you join me? I know what you’re thinking. “Yes! I want to do this!” and then “But...can I really do this? For reals?” Short answer: Yes! Here are some answers to the questions I get often. How do I know if this program is right for me? Does the idea of giving a TEDx talk—or any talk—excite you, even if it makes you a little nervous? Great. Then you’re in the right place. Here are some other ways to know if this course is a fit.

  • You feel you have a message to say but aren’t quite sure yet how to say it
  • You want to do more speaking in your industry or communit
  • You may even want to do a TEDx talk (if not now, someday!) 
  • You’re craving support, feedback, and accountability  

What if I don’t know what my idea is yet? That’s ok! In fact, the #1 reason people tell me they haven't pitched a talk is that they’re not sure how to select or narrow down their topic. That’s exactly what this course is designed to help you do: Identify your key idea so that you can deliver a talk that changes minds.  

HERE IS OUR CLASS SCHEDULE! You have access to all the trainings online including recordings from past sessons QA Calls. 

Module 1: Find your idea  

Module 2: Nail the structure  

ACCOUNTABILITY WEEK  

Module 3: Develop your talk  

Module 4: Refine and pitch  

IMPLEMENTATION WEEK  

You'll have lifetme access to the entire course and when the course is run live you'll be invited to participate in QA Calls

What can I learn in the course that I can’t get from just watching TED talks? Actually, there’s a lot to learn beyond what happens on stage! In this course, you’ll discover the process for creating and developing a talk of your own, which isn’t something you can necessarily get by watching someone else’s finished product. Think of it this way: Is watching a movie all you need to do in order to write a screenplay? You could try, but you probably want more guidance. This course breaks down the process and gives you a framework for turning your ideas and stories into a powerful talk. Plus, as part of the course, you’ll get a curated list of some of the most notable TED talks, and insights as to what you can apply to your own talk. Will I start getting booked after I take this course? While no one can guarantee that you will land more speaking gigs, what I can promise you is that as a result of this course, you’ll be in a far better position to pitch a talk that gets attention and have the goods and insights to deliver on it so that you make a big impression. I’ll teach you what event organizers and program directors are looking for, and how to capture the essence of your talk in a few words. I don’t have a book. Does that matter? Not at all! There are plenty of speakers who don’t have books (ahem, like me). Don’t let that stop you! In fact, giving a talk can help you crystallize idea and give you the focus you need to create and pitch a book, too! What if I’m not an authority on anything? Actually, you are! You’re an expert on your experience, your life, your perspective. You don’t need to be an award-winning scientist or bestselling author to create and deliver a powerful TED-worthy talk. Do I need connections to get booked (at TEDx and elsewhere)? Even if you have a warm connection to someone who books speakers, that doesn’t guarantee you a spot—it always comes down to your idea, what you bring to the table, and how you will serve that specific audience. You don’t need to have any special insider connections to pitch and land your idea. I’m not sure I’m ready for the big stage. Is it still worth it for me to take the course? Yes! If you love the idea of creating and delivering your signature talk—at events, conferences, workshops, or other venues, join us! You don’t have to feel ready to take the TED stage tomorrow. What you’ll learn in this course will apply to any talks you give, and help you focus your efforts to escalate your speaking career, no matter where you are in it. You really can do this!  

Includes: 

  • 4 recorded modules
  • Exclusive access to our private Facebook group with ongoing feedback and support
  • Lifetime access to the membership area
  • Worksheets, resources, and guides and slides
  • Bonus audio with industry experts and event organizers
  • Case studies of people just like you working on their talks  

Get your talk out of your head—and into the world.