TEDx is a different ballgame - Brig Sushil Bhasin
As a Master Trainer, Transformational Coach, and Motivational Speaker; I am passionate about achieving and contributing to outcome-focused results.
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TEDx is a different ballgame

TEDx is a different ballgame

Most trainers and speakers aspire to speak on platforms like TEDx / TED. So did I. It took me more than a year to get an opportunity. I have been speaking on the stage, both in English and Hindi, since I was in Class 7. Throughout my Army career, addressing various audiences was a regular practice. Oration came to me naturally. Yet, this TEDx experience was entirely different. The last time I did anything like this was a 20 minutes lecturette in Staff College in 1983.

Let me share some of my experiences with my speaker friends who aspire to speak at TEDx or any similar short time platform like Josh Talks Ink Talks etc.

  1. Format. TEDx format is different. For a 18 minutes talk I need 18 hours of preparation; for a 30 mins talk I need 5-6 hours; for an hour and above, I can talk right now. I read this somewhere and found it so true. This is a tough format and the TIMER dominates the show. For me it was as if a driver who has driven a car for 20 years is asked to drive a truck. The fundamentals are the same but it’s a different skill altogether – a different ball game.
  2. Content. The idea is the point of focus here. It takes priority over speaking skills, I felt. An idea that has a story or a strong message / lesson and can be conveyed effectively in 18 minutes.
  3. Script. I had to write and re-write a script several times, which I have never done for my trainings / speaking assignments. Here it is important. It must be structured, in proper flow in less than 2000 words.
  4. Rehearsals. In a TEDx format, the rehearsals are extremely important. Audio recording my speech and listening to it before sleeping, driving, walking etc helped. Then I switched  to video to correct my body language and gestures. As per advice I carried out two rehearsals on the stage. This is a must, if possible. Getting familiar with the stage conditions helps a lot.
  5. Guidance. Rehearsal in front of a friend or a few friends who are willing to give you honest, constructive FeedForward is another must. I must thank Toastmaster and TEDx speaker Harsimran Singh who was a real support and help. Bijay Gautam also witnessed my final rehearsal in Delhi and that was a great help, too.
  6. Time. It is better to plan and rehearse a script in 15 to maximum 16 minutes. This ensures that you will finish in time. My rehearsed speech was 16 minutes but on the stage I clocked 17 mins 47 secs. Keeping  that allowance is necessary, I feel.
  7. Innovation. Use of props, or something different helps. Use slides only if they add an impact or else do without them. Its better.
  8. Audience. I think keeping the online audience, which will watch the video on You Tube, is more important than the audience present in the hall. That impact is temporary.

TEDx is a unique experience. I loved it and am looking forward to more opportunities. I am willing to help and guide those who wish to speak on this coveted platform. For more interaction connect with me. In the remarks column let me know what you are looking for.

Here is a webinar recording of the subject


  • Suhali Tipre
    Posted at 07:03h, 10 March Reply

    Congratulations for this opportunity.. Thank you for sharing this amazing experience!

    • Brig Sushil Bhasin
      Posted at 17:46h, 10 March Reply

      Thanks Suhali,
      Its kind of you.
      I am happy you found it useful.

      • Satyaprabha
        Posted at 12:49h, 14 March Reply

        Congratulations sir… It was wonderful… And very useful for people like me who are trying to step into this…. We can learn a lot from u sir….

  • Sunita Sawant
    Posted at 08:35h, 10 March Reply

    Wow. That is such a helpful information.

  • Jitendra Gupta
    Posted at 12:39h, 10 March Reply

    Your experience was truly helpful. I am looking to share my message and idea on Tedx. Will definitely need your guidance and support.

    • Brig Sushil Bhasin
      Posted at 17:44h, 10 March Reply

      Thanks Jitendra. You are most welcome. It will be a pleasure to support you in any way

  • Amit Gursale
    Posted at 12:42h, 10 March Reply

    That is handful and valuable information for us to prepare ourself , the minute detail that shared in this article makes a lot of sense and importance even in my today’s speaking assignment.

    • Brig Sushil Bhasin
      Posted at 17:43h, 10 March Reply

      Thanks Amit. I am happy you found it useful. Let me know if you have any questions

  • NS Rana
    Posted at 15:58h, 10 March Reply

    Thanks for the update about your experience on Ted.

  • Benita Bhatia Dua
    Posted at 18:25h, 10 March Reply

    Good one. Usually people only tom-tom about themselves. I loved that your article gave very specific inputs.

    • Brig Sushil Bhasin
      Posted at 21:42h, 11 March Reply

      Hi Benita
      Coming from you, it is certainly a matter of satisfaction.
      Will no more blog posts and articles on these lines.
      My gratitude for being a real good friend and a support

  • Rajasree Dutta Bhadra
    Posted at 18:30h, 10 March Reply

    I have been selected as a TaeD Talks translator but would like to attend TED talks India. However heard that it is a costly affair.

    • Brig Sushil Bhasin
      Posted at 21:40h, 11 March Reply

      Hi Raja
      I am not aware of what is costly
      There is certainly no cost in speaking on a TEDx event
      We can talk more about it

  • Yathiraj Agarwal
    Posted at 19:02h, 10 March Reply

    Awesome and Congratulations! Really appreciate your sharing the difference between other presentations and TedX.

    This will help me prepare for my TedX talk.

    Will reach out to you for your support.

    Love & Regards

  • Aarti Narang
    Posted at 00:53h, 11 March Reply

    Very well put across. Thank you for sharing your learnings and your a Fabulous Value Mulitipler. Lots to learn from you Sir!

    • Brig Sushil Bhasin
      Posted at 21:36h, 11 March Reply

      Thanks Aarti,
      In my S-T-A* journey you have played a major role.
      My sincere gratitude.
      Your comments encourage me todo more.


  • Waibhav Kale
    Posted at 01:19h, 11 March Reply

    Sir indeed its a helpful information for someone preparing for such talks. How is the topic & venue for talk selected ?

    • Brig Sushil Bhasin
      Posted at 21:34h, 11 March Reply

      Dear Waibhav,
      Its so kind of you.
      Now that you are on my Mentoring programme, we will surely do one session on this.
      We will discuss in details.

  • Raina Tandon
    Posted at 02:14h, 11 March Reply

    It’s so inspiring and transparent as I read ur blog ! I jus say ur a genuine giver in life !
    Always been a guiding light and hope to have ur blessings in this journey too !

  • Kapil Chhabra
    Posted at 02:53h, 11 March Reply

    Congratulations. Thank you for insightful sharing. I will connect with you soon to seek your guidance to be able to get on to this coveted platform. Regards

  • Ranjeetsingh Rajput
    Posted at 05:34h, 11 March Reply

    Remarkable way to explain what happens at that level of talks when have to be prepared from each and every nook and corner or the subject of our talk….. Everything explained very effectively….. Wonderful sir

    • Brig Sushil Bhasin
      Posted at 21:31h, 11 March Reply

      Thanks Ranjeet. Infact, I am now looking forward to talking more on such platforms.
      Its a challenge and I loved it.

  • Navanee
    Posted at 05:52h, 11 March Reply

    Very nicely condensed thoughts Brigadier. The first point itself is riveting. Thanks for sharing.

  • Kavita Patil
    Posted at 07:15h, 11 March Reply

    Hello Sir, It’s really difficult to convey all your thoughts and ideas on a topic in such a short time. You perfectly presented your preparation of TEDx speech in such fewer words.
    I would like to know more about the selection of topics and their depth.

    • Brig Sushil Bhasin
      Posted at 21:29h, 11 March Reply

      Dear Kavita,
      Thanks a lot. TEDx taught me how to express in limited time (and words.) I loved the experience.
      With many requests that have come from aspiring speakers, I am planning to conduct a webinar soon to explain it in details, as also answer questions.

  • Gurleen Khokhar
    Posted at 21:00h, 12 March Reply

    Wonderful to have your precious time and consideration towards betterment of people. Letting such an important information be there to help people. It’s a sign of true educational upliftment and making efforts of yours count.

    • Brig Sushil Bhasin
      Posted at 05:26h, 13 March Reply

      Thanks Gurleen.
      So kind of you
      I know you are doing the same.
      We have enjoyed life because of other people’s inventions, ideas and contributions.
      The question I often ask myself is, “Did I come to the planet to only RECEIVE? We all owe to the world to leave behind what we learned.
      In my small way I like to SHARE my experiences and knowledge saving people’s time and effort and prevent them re-inventing the wheel.
      In my book, “Million $ Second” I am talking of TIME as a National Resource. Can we save it by collective consciousness??
      Lets all work on it.

  • Sunil Pathak
    Posted at 15:14h, 16 March Reply


    You proved it one more time that everything is possible.

    You are inspiration to many. Thank you for sharing your insights on Tedx and your experience. Keep it up.

    • Sushil Bhasin
      Posted at 11:21h, 02 October Reply

      Hi Sunil
      Thanks a lot
      So kind of you


  • Coach CK Arora
    Posted at 17:36h, 24 March Reply

    Wow Brig Bhasin

    Your blog article is Commendable. You have provided answers to a lot of questions that I had in my mind, but never asked anyone. You are indeed a true leader because you volunteered to help all the aspiring Ted as well as TedX speakers.
    Thanks a lot
    Best Regards
    Coach CK Arora

    • Sushil Bhasin
      Posted at 11:21h, 02 October Reply

      Dear CK
      Thanks a lot
      Your encouragement is my source of inspiration
      I strongly believe in the JOY OF GIVING

      Let’s keep sharing
      Jot se jot jalate chalo, prem ki Ganga bahate chalo

      Best wishes

  • Sherry
    Posted at 17:55h, 24 March Reply

    Brilliant. Very effective and valuable read.

    Thanks for sharing your insights.

    Author Sherry.

    • Sushil Bhasin
      Posted at 11:18h, 02 October Reply

      Thanks a lot, Sherry
      You have been so encouraging

  • Dr Anita Tendulkar
    Posted at 06:59h, 26 June Reply

    Very good concise information shared by you here. You are a great speaker. I wish you success always..

    • Sushil Bhasin
      Posted at 11:16h, 02 October Reply

      Thanks a lot, Anita
      I love your encouragements

  • Suresh
    Posted at 11:05h, 12 July Reply

    Sir l would like to add
    1. Clarity and logical sequencing of quality content is the key.
    2. Adding a flavour of humor at requied slots is another important aspect.
    3. The opening must stimulate the interest of viewers with a flavour of surprise.
    All to be carefully designed in the script and naturally delivered on stage.

    • Sushil Bhasin
      Posted at 11:15h, 02 October Reply

      I agree.
      I have not covered ALL aspects of public speaking in this short post focussed on how TEDx is different.
      But your points are pertinent


  • C Rami Reddy
    Posted at 00:35h, 26 August Reply

    Sir I have been following your videos. Excellent , fantabulous and awesome.. I have been using your advice in my motivational talks at schools and colleges.
    Keep sharing . Wishing I all the best in your noble endeavour.

  • Santosh Soni
    Posted at 07:40h, 25 September Reply

    Really, I was look for such knowledge, bcz I too dream of becoming a Ted x speaker and this will help me alot, I have couple questions if you could answer in next blog
    1, how people are selected for speaking on Ted x?
    2, what are the requirements/eligibility to become a Ted x speaker
    And the most important
    3 what are the first 3 basic steps to start right now to become a Ted x speaker

    Thank you

    • Sushil Bhasin
      Posted at 11:12h, 02 October Reply

      Dear Santosh,
      Your questions can be better discussed offline.
      Please call Shubha on 9833450235/509987082135 and book a slot. for discussion

  • Sushil Bhasin
    Posted at 11:13h, 02 October Reply

    Dear Rami Reddy
    Thanks a lot
    Let me know how I can help you further

    Best of Time

  • Sushil Bhasin
    Posted at 13:10h, 21 December Reply

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