We often get asked where we find such fantastic speakers for our local TEDx events and the answer is surprisingly simple. Many of our nominees come from community members like you!

People tell us they come across great nominees in lots of ways:

  • You may work with someone who has always impressed you.
  • Maybe a speaker stood out at the last conference you attended.
  • Perhaps there’s a writer you follow who always has something interesting to say.
  • Maybe a news article grabbed your attention and you’d like to learn more about someone mentioned in the piece.

Like you, we’re looking for someone with something interesting to say, or in the words of TED, we’re looking for “ideas worth spreading.” Our mission is to find people with compelling things to say, a unique perspective, and the ability to deliver a great talk.


If you look at our speakers over the past few years, you’ll find folks with a variety of backgrounds. We’ve hosted authors, professors, performers, researchers, bloggers, athletes, artists, entrepreneurs, community organizers, historians, and students, among others.

Remember, TED talks are unlike any other kind of presentation. There are no boring PowerPoint slide decks and folks aren’t just repeating the same, tired old information. A great TED talk often changes the way you think about the world and you can be sure you’ll be talking about it the next day.

To give you a better idea of what we’re looking for, here’s a list of the kind of the things the TEDxAmoskeagMillyard Speaker Team keeps in mind when choosing the final list of speakers from all the submitted nominees.
Because we’re situated in Southern NH, we do try to keep an eye out for people with local connections or topics of local interest.
We do try to balance our list of speakers so that we don’t wind up with twelve professors or a bunch of people all talking about the same topic. Some of the many things we consider include: age, gender, race, profession, area of interest, probable topic, and well, you get the idea.

  • We look for candidates with something interesting to say.
  • We like people passionate and dedicated to their cause or area of study.
  • We look for people who are well spoken, articulate, and able to write and deliver a compelling talk.
  • We often ask ourselves if we (as stand-ins for the audience) would want to get to know the speaker more. Is this someone who’ll folks will want to hear?
  • We like hearing fresh voices.

Don’t let our search criteria fool you. We seldom find presenters who hit every criterion, but many come very close.

Ultimately, the more nominations we have, the better our final slate of candidates. That’s where you come in. We need your help. Tell us who we should be looking at for our next event.