good nights sleepTED talks” are widely popular 18-minute talks you can watch on the web. We once listened to a woman’s talk on shyness – and so did ten million other people. Having lost our shyness after this talk, we wondered what if we want to give a TED talk?

TED is an acronym for “Technology, Entertainment and Design,” which were the initial subjects offered. But the range has gone way beyond that now and talks on virtually any subject can now be called up and sometimes the audience is as large as 12 million. How do you become a TED talk speaker? Go to to nominate yourself or someone else. If it’s someone else, you don’t have to give their email address if you don’t know it; just say why you think that person would be great.

A TED speaker speaks at a TED conference, either on the national or global level. It isn’t easy to be chosen: many TED speakers run major companies. Collectively, speakers giving TED talks have won every major prize awarded for excellence, including the Nobel, Pritzker, Oscar, Grammy, Emmy, Tony and MacArthur “genius” grant.

Past speakers have included Bill Gates, Bill Clinton, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, genomics pioneer Craig Venter, Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, Nobel Laureates James Watson and Murray Gell-Man and many more. But most are people you’ve never heard of, such as Jeff Iliff, who talks about “one more reason to get a good night’s sleep.” You can watch a TED talk online at, or download it for later viewing.

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