Nervous About Applying to TEDx Terry Talks? This Post Should Help.

Terry* readers, I’ve just had an epiphany.

Through conversations with wonderful, interesting students who love Terry* and can’t wait till they can experience the magic of TEDxTerryTalks, (and questions I’ve gotten directly), I’ve realized that there are loads of people out there who haven’t applied for TEDxTerryTalks simply because they are nervous about the application process.

Many people are confused about what the video application should contain, how much technical prowess is necessary, how developed their idea should be, and whether they going to look silly doing it, because after all, that application is on the ‘net for ALL TIME afterward.

The ‘giving the talk of your life’ part seems easy in comparison.

And so, dear readers, just to assuage your nerves (that’s how much I love you) I sat down this morning, opened up my macbook, entered Photo Booth, pressed record, and made two sample applications just for you.  I was just quickly experimenting and so my applications aren’t super polished (but that’s perfectly o.k.), but you do get an idea of what a possible video could look like.

Sample TEDx Terry Talks 2009 Application: Challenging Islamophobia One Word at a Time from shagufta pasta on Vimeo.

TEDx Terry Talks 2009 Sample Application: Satire and Challenging Stereotypes from shagufta pasta on Vimeo.

So no fancy editing/technical skills required (in fact the videos skip a bit), and no fancy locations, we just want a sense of what it is you want to share with the campus community, and an idea of your speaking style. And if your proposed talk isn’t totally fleshed out, that’s ok too! My video certainly wasn’t a play by play of an 18 minute talk, but was more a summary, a snapshot (a taster if you will) of the ideas I would examine more deeply.

If you have further questions, please do give us a shout at, or leave a question in the comments here. Who knows, maybe there are lots of people with the same question!

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Shagufta is a UBC Political Science graduate with a passion for interdisciplinary thinking, writing, travel, reading, tea, and interesting conversations. She hopes to combine all of these things in her life work someday. For now though, she studies social policy and planning at the University of Toronto and shares her adventures in and out of the classroom at