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TEDx, Ignite, and Pecha Kucha: Creating a Stellar Application

Are you wanting to join the speakers at TEDx, Ignite, or PechaKucha? Take a peek behind the curtain with a seasoned curator, organizer and coach

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You are a speaker with a unique message, idea, or story to share.


So you... you are somebody who has a discovery, a really cool experience, a new idea, or a nerdy passion that you can't wait to share with the world. Or maybe you're already a public speaker and you want to experience more, be on a stage with a bigger audience, or have a video of your talk.

Whatever it is, you're ready to write the talk of your life and you want to know how to apply to these events so you can give it.

By the end of this course, you will...

  • Understand the 3 ways all speakers reach the stage.
  • See what makes a not-so-great, great, and super great application.
  • Understand a the history and culture of three public speaking events and which may be the best match for you.
  • Worksheets to help you find your core idea.
  • See the application process through the eyes of the curating team.
  • Gather public speaking prep tips to help you prepare for a live audition or interview.
  • Learn next steps after your application, whether you are accepted or not

I can't guarantee that you will get a spot on a speaking stage, but if you embody the values that we talk about, if you follow the guidelines and principles that I lay out for you, and if you have a great idea worth spreading, this will give you your best shot at landing a place on a stage!



Margaret’s style was super natural and had zero awkward or forced moments; very welcoming, natural, and easy to watch on screen. She is funny and dynamic without being too over-enthusiastic. The worksheets are full of useful advice/exercises/links. The tools and advice in this series are exactly what I need to get started on my talk. I feel so much more confident in my application process.
-Lisa “Three” Brodsky / Community Organizer and Founder of Bconnected Colorado; Graphic Designer and Founder of Paperfish Designs


"I am short on time but was very interested in this material since I've been wanting to apply to speak at a TEDx event. I was encouraged to find that there is less than an hour entirely a video time. I can do that! Then, there's tons of extra info in the worksheet sections where I can have 10 hours of juicy content when I want to dive in deeper. I really enjoyed getting to know just even a little bit more about the three kinds of public speaking events and how they are related. It was clear and easy for me to go through and not feel overwhelmed. Very positive and empowering!"

- Sarah Beasley, Author of "Kindness for all Creatures" and Educator at Naropa University

Your Instructor


Margaret Watts Romney
Margaret Watts Romney

Margaret Watts Romney owns and operates MasterSpeaker Lab.

Margaret keynotes, coaches speaker-leaders, and gives training workshops all over the U.S. She is well known for coaching TEDx speakers in the U.S. and overseas and has been a leader, curator, coach, or speaker in dozens of public speaking events. Margaret has supported over a thousand performers and performances in her career and loves helping people transform to project strong leadership. She's thrilled in seeing the impact that confidence and new ideas have on audiences.

She was a communication director at the Suzuki Association of the Americas from 2016-2019 where she served the community from Canada to Argentina through producing a podcast (Building Noble Hearts), writing newsletters, and developing communication support to leaders of local chapters internationally, as well as facilitating, presenting, and keynoting at international conferences.

She has supported entrepreneurs preparing investment pitches, individuals creating their signature talk, and over 100 TEDx event speakers. Margaret has been nicknamed “The Benevolent Pusher” for her uncanny ability to be supportive, directive, and entertaining as she leads communication workshops and coaches individual speakers. She says, “Speakership is Leadership” and is passionate about helping people lead with their communications.

Her free time is filled with meditation, podcasts, tea, hiking the paths of Boulder, CO, and reveling in her three grown daughters’ marvelous lives.


Course Curriculum



Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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