Are you ready to take that next step that leads to the TED stage?

You’ve hit a point in your business or your professional career where you have your message, people ask you to share more, and you practice what you preach. You’re starting to get ahead, you’ve figured some things out.

But something’s missing. You’re not there yet.

You’re missing that elusive next step that would really help you make your mark.

You might see it as a goal you’re heading towards. Or it might be just a faint dream somewhere in the distance. Either way...

You know that speaking at TED or TEDx can help you build your platform, be seen as an expert, and make a difference in people’s lives...

But you’re stuck. You might be thinking:

  • Who am I to be giving a TED talk? There are so many others who are more qualified. I’m not an expert!
  • Is my idea TED worthy? Someone else has already said what I know.
  • Oh, I could never do it. I’m not talented ­- I wasn’t born a speaker.
  • Am I ready to do this? I don’t have the guts to speak on stage.
  • I’d like to speak on a TED stage, but I don’t even know what I’d talk about!
  • Do I even have a TED­worthy idea in me?
  • And even if I did... how do I get there? I don't even know where to start!

Whatever your doubts are right now, I ask that you put them aside for just two minutes, and let me ask you another question.

Imagine, just for a moment, that six months from now, you’re standing in the middle of the red circle, and you’ve just finished your first TED talk. There’s a moment of silence, and then… thunderous applause. And you just stand there, taking it all in, knowing in your body, heart and soul that this is it - you’ve done it!

And as you come off that TED stage, the applause slowly fading, there’s the people lining up, waiting for you. Wanting to exchange business cards. Asking for your advice. Wanting to just shake your hand. Or thanking you with a big smile and tears rolling down their cheek - thanking you for changing their lives.

Now I want you to stay with that for a moment. How does that feel? The rush, the adrenaline, the knowing that you were able to connect, engage, to move your audience to action, to make change in minds and hearts.

And after you get home, the rush is gone, and you slowly get back to your normal life. First it feels like nothing’s changed… but then the email notifications start popping up on your laptop. You’re getting invited to speak at the big events, the ones with the audiences you know will embrace your ideas. It was true what they said - a TED talk really is a stepping stone. Soon, you’re fully booked with clients and appointments, you’re actually getting paid for your work (finally!), but most importantly - you can finally feel you are making a difference in the world.

Does that sound too good to be true? It’s not. Like many people I know, I’ve gone through this exact same journey.