Xpert Spotlight: Bobby Umar
The Xpert Spotlight blog is here to update Zeqrs on the latest and greatest opportunities to engage with leading Xperts from across the world.
This week the spotlight falls on Bobby Umar, a 4x TEDx speaker, coach, author and leadership influencer. Named by Inc Magazine as one of the Top 100 Leadership Speakers in the world, alongside such noteworthy giants as Richard Branson and Brene Brown, Umar is offering Zeqrs invaluable knowledge in the field of career development.
Umar, who has trained thousands of new speakers, is hosting classes advising Zeqrs ‘How to Land the First TEDx Talk’. His exclusive classes will provide comprehensive details, strategies and tactics on how to land a TEDx talk.
Umar commented, “In today’s knowledge economy, we greatly value thought leadership and leaders who are an expert or authority in their field. This is why I use Zeqr, to share my expertise, to enhance my brand and to build awareness around what I can do for my tribe. If I can help people who feel stuck, lost or unclear on their path, I will achieve my purpose and create joy and fulfillment everywhere.”
“There’s no experience like securing, and of course, delivering your first TEDx Talk. It’s something I was incredibly proud of at the time and have continued to relish as I expanded my own TEDx portfolio. I’m looking forward to sharing my experience and expertise with Zeqrs from across the world to inspire their own TEDx journey.”
So What Are The Truths And Misconceptions On Landing TEDx Talks?
Most famous speakers focus on their speaking ability rather than their idea. Although you need to be a good communicator for people to understand your idea, good speaking only helps if you have an idea the organizers are interested in. People don’t read books because the author is great at typing and using grammar correctly – they want the message that the author communicates. Many speakers are inexperienced speakers, but they have great ideas (after all, TED’s tagline is “Ideas Worth Spreading” not “people that are great speakers”).
TED maintains a directory of TEDx events happening in the next year. Keep this page bookmarked so you never miss out on an opportunity to land a TEDx talk.
Those with misconceptions think all TEDx events are run by TED employees (or expect them to all be the exact same thing). The truth is, those events have different organizers, all of which are actually volunteers, not necessarily employed in the company. This means applying to one doesn’t harm (or help) your chances at any other event, and applying on the official website will not allow you to be considered for any TEDx event, meaning you won’t have a good time trying to land a TEDx talk. Furthermore, each of those events will have different videography teams and the quality of the production varies drastically.
Last, but not least, you need to keep in mind that many speakers work hard on getting feedback on their entire talk and making sure it’s amazing. TEDx events can get hundreds of submissions, so the administration is not always able to review everyone’s entire talk (and most speakers don’t even send over their talk).
How Do You Land A TEDx Talk, Then?
Instead, the event organizers will often make a decision whether to move on with a speaker based on a brief concept, so it makes sense to test and refine this so you have a rejection-proof pitch. Long story short, create a brief concept of what you want to talk about and shorten your biography section. The competition is your toughest obstacle.
To learn more about Umar’s background and find out how to land a TEDx talk, visit his class page. If Umar’s class has inspired you to share your own expertise with Zeqr’s global hub of knowledge seekers, read more about how to create and promote online classes that engage students, or simply join Zeqr for FREE!
Follow Bobby on Twitter: @raehanbobb