TEDxWandsworth Open Mic night: the countdown begins


With three days to go before the TEDxWandsworth Open Mic night, we find out how some of the pitchers are preparing.


Why do you want to give a talk at TEDxWandsworth?

I believe my vision is worth sharing, with others who are open to exploring new possibilities, and I believe what I have to offer can improve peoples’ lives.

Have you ever done something like this before?

I have done public speaking before but never in this capacity or dynamic.

What are you doing to prepare?

In between working and being a wife and mother, I am practicing my pitch constantly using my stopwatch to time it! I have also been reading the book TED Talks by Chris Anderson that Amman (co-founder of TEDxWandsworth) recommended on how to prepare.  I have also been researching on the Internet.

Can you sum up your idea in one sentence?

Supportive empowerment for survivors of sexual abuse, through peer support and education.



Why do you want to give a talk at TEDxWandsworth?

As a Wandsworth resident I wanted to share my idea locally first before I take it global. I believe it is important to represent our community and there are so many fabulous things going on in Wandsworth – I wanted to contribute to that.

Having a TEDx that represents our borough, and so much more, was too exciting for me to not want to be involved.

Have you ever done something like this before?

I speak and MC at quite a lot of events; I am also a comedy performer so the stage is a comfortable place for me. That said, standing up and sharing my idea with the world is a new experience – exciting and a little scary!

What are you doing to prepare?

I have to prepare my outfit…all will become clear on the day, but it’s not easy being a banana and looking good.

I also have to do a little bit of research – there are a few facts I want to add to my idea. Then it is all about practice, practice, practice.

Can you sum up your idea in one sentence?

It’s time to spread more fun and joy in the world.



Why do you want to give a talk at TEDxWandsworth?

My employees have been begging me to do this for ages and they feel I have something useful to say. My area of research is related to my job, which is in Wandsworth, so it may be something of interest to local people.

Have you ever done something like this before?

Not at all.

What are you doing to prepare?

I met with a friend to go through the talk, I’ve looked at some TED talks and I’m doing a rehearsal.

Can you sum up your idea in one sentence?

Hunger isn’t just a third world issue.



Why do you want to give a talk at TEDxWandsworth?

I believe public speaking is challenging for many people and I’m not an exception, but I love ‘outside-the-box’ experiences. The main reason is to share my idea about recycling in art.

Have you ever done something like this before?

I gave a 10-minute talk about my art career a couple years ago at University College London, and recently did a similar talk to this one at Hackstock Beyond at The Trampery in Old Street.

What are you doing to prepare?

I’ve written and worked on the 3-minute text, rehearsing it over and over again in my free time. I’ve recorded and listened to it and I’m planning to film myself and watch it.

Can you sum up your idea in one sentence?

Helping our planet by changing our view of unwanted daily objects, therefore giving them a second life.


If these ideas have inspired you to pitch your ‘idea worth spreading’, then email at with a few lines about your idea to book your slot. There are now only few slots remaining.


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How to give the perfect 3-minute pitch


Three minutes isn’t long when you’re trying to communicate an important idea – but brevity needn’t mean you have to be boring, or vague. Ahead of the TEDxWandsworth Open Mic night at Sound Lounge in Tooting, these tips will help you craft a perfect 3-minute pitch for an idea worth sharing.

R & R: research and rehearse
Before you begin constructing your pitch, spend time researching your topic. Not all your research will make it into your final three minutes but having wider knowledge will give you confidence and a natural air of authority.

Once you’re happy with the structure of your pitch, practice, practice, practice. Time yourself saying it aloud in front of the mirror and perform it for friends and family – ask them to give you honest feedback and take it on board. It might just make the difference between a good pitch and a winning one.

Pitch for your audience.
Who is a TEDx organiser? What sort of people attend TEDx events? Everything from the language you choose to the idea you share should speak to them.

Grab their attention.
The first 10-20 seconds of your pitch might be the most important of all: this is your chance to engage your audience and draw them into your idea. You want to hold their attention for three minutes, so it’s important to capture their imagination at the start. Think of your opening sentences like a newspaper headline: they should make your audience want to hear more.

Give the trailer, not the movie.
You don’t need to tell your story from start to finish. Instead, pick out the highlights that are the most exciting and relevant and explain them in a clear, logical narrative.

Explain what, but focus on why.
Your pitch should begin with an overview of your idea – how it works, for instance, and what drew you to explore it – then move on to answering ‘why’.

Why is your idea so important? Why is it very special to you? Why is it unique, or particularly radical? Finally, and crucially, why is it an idea worth sharing?

Intrigue your audience with detail.
This is your chance to prove that your idea has enough to sustain a whole TEDx talk. Surprising details, previously uncovered facts and even verified statistics will give your pitch credibility and show that you alone have the experience and expertise to share it.

Be passionate!
If you aren’t excited about your idea, it follows that others will struggle to get excited about it. Communicate with passion and commitment; consider how your body language, expression and tone of voice can contribute towards an expressive, engaging pitch.

Stick to the time limit.
Think of your pitch like a story, with a clear beginning, middle and end. Hone your pitch carefully so that each part receives the right amount of time and finish with a strong conclusion right on the three-minute mark. Remember that TEDx talks are finite too – you’ll prove yourself to be a safe pair of hands when it comes to the big event.

If these ideas have inspired you to pitch your ‘idea worth spreading’, then email at with a few lines about your idea to book your slot. There are now only few slots remaining.

Article by Rosy Edwards

We’re not looking for volunteers. We’re looking for TEDx Actioneers!


Our volunteers are not just ordinary volunteers. They’re actioneers who don’t sit around waiting for things to happen, they’re do-ers who’re at their best making things happen. They’re also open and curious about the world around them, and they’re constantly wondering how they can be part of creating something special right where they live. They have a can-do attitude and are the kind of people who are not just there to help, but can walk-their-talk!

So, if you have the energy, passion and time commitment to help us deliver TEDxWandsworth 2017, then we would love to hear from you. Being based in Wandsworth is a plus, but it’s not a deal breaker as long as you have the skills, expertise, and you love all things TED and feel you can help. Having attended a TEDx event is a bonus as you’ll already be aware of what it takes to bring a TEDx to a local community.

As a TEDxWandsworth Actioneer you’ll get:

  • to attend TEDxWandsworth 2017 and be part of similarly minded TEDxFamily 😊
  • your TED.COM profile will be linked to our event
  • your own official tedxwandsworth email account
  • recognition on our web and printed materials as being part of the organising team
  • and monthly team get-togethers


Speaker Researcher / Curator
Do you want to help us build a great speaker roster for TEDxWandsworth 2017? The role will help find, secure and support this year’s speakers from in and around the Wandsworth borough. You already keep an eye out and read websites, newspapers, magazines and television, finding ways to put a lens on the world. Your oral and written skills are excellent, and you’re at ease to conduct email and telephone research to highlight key speakers to the team. You’ll be reviewing talks and providing feedback to speakers and it’s important that you can manage your workload, be self motivated and keen to help where and when needed. Take a look at our speaker application process here for info on speaker selection.

Graphic Designer Print & Online (Adobe Products)
We are looking for a creative Graphic designer with up-to-date Adobe knowledge to interpret TEDxWandsworth needs and to design solutions with high visual impact that meet TED’s rigorous standards. You will work on a variety of products including event brochure, attendee badge, merchandise and you must be a team player. You’ll bring enthusiasm with proven graphic designing experience, creative flair, versatility, conceptual/visual ability and demonstrable graphic design skills with a strong portfolio is a must.

Web Designer (WordPress)
We are seeking a WordPress Developer responsible for mainly front-end development, including integrating WordPress themes (eg. BeTheme)  and plugins (eg. Mailchimp) on our website. This position requires a combination of programming skills (PHP, HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript) and aesthetics (understanding element arrangements on the screen, the color and font choices, and so on). The candidate should have a strong understanding of industry trends and making the ordinary look amazing. Experience with the responsive and adaptive design is strongly preferred. Also, an understanding of the entire web development process, including design, development, and deployment is preferred.

Audience Interaction Manager
You understand how important our TEDx audience is and the benefits they get by creating positive experiences with one another. We want our audiences to be taken out of their comfort zones to engage with one another in fun and playful ways to stimulate and foster conversations. In this role you will develop, manage and deliver activities to bring audience members together during the breaks. You will have demonstrable experience in this area, and an interest in design and media and/or the arts, and be able to work effectively as part of a team. Strong communication skills and attention to detail are essential. Highly desirable is an individual with psychology / social science background with experience in audience interaction.

Sponsorship Manager
Working closely with the Organiser, the Sponsorship Manager will be responsible for building new relationships with a number of key partners located in Wandsworth and in London. You will research and develop appropriate new sponsorship clients, and schedule meetings with appropriate client contacts in order to discuss sponsorship ideas, pitch proposals, and negotiate sponsorship packages. You’ll possess excellent communication and relationship-building skills, ability to keep to tight deadlines and proven networking abilities to help us reach our sponsorship target for 2017.

Social Media Collaborator
We’ve expanded our social media reach within the last 2 years and we want to put young people at heart of what we do and as a result, we’re creating a Social Media Collaborator, who will with our Social Media Manager to create campaigns and support TEDxWandsworth in telling our stories digitally.

We’re looking for a bright, young, budding social media content creator who can collaborate with us to make this happen!

Skills that you’ll bring:

– Genuine flair for writing and curating ideas
– Creative thinker and doer
– Excellent communication skills
– Strong work ethic and entreprenuerial spirit
– Excellent knowledge of social media platforms (instagram, snapchat, twitter, facebook)
– Bonus – making short exciting videos to create buzz that people will want to watch and share


We are excited to bring this event back to you in November 2017 and if you, or anyone that you know, can help us fill any of these roles then we would love to hear from you by sending an email to with the following info:

– a bio about yourself (and any weblinks) and contact information
– what is your favourite TED talk and TEDxWandsworth2016 / 2015 talk
– why would you like to be part of TEDxWandsworth 2017
– and which previous TED or TEDx events have you attended in the past

Pitch your Wandsworth TEDx talk idea at Open Mic Night at The Sound Lounge in Tooting


Have you always wanted to be a TEDx speaker but not sure about the application process? This year, we are encouraging the Wandsworth community to come to our TEDxWandsworth Open Mic event taking place at The Sound Lounge in Tooting Broadway on Thursday, 29th June from 6 – 9pm.

Would-be speakers will have the opportunity to talk for 3 minutes about their idea on stage. The organiser of TEDxWandsworth and members of the volunteer team will be judging the auditions and the whole event will be filmed so that a final decision can be made in mid-July.

We have space for up to 30 speakers, and welcome any musicians and performers who would like to be considered for one of our allocated performance spots on the day of TEDxWandsworth, taking place in November.

This year, we encourage people from all parts of the borough – scientists, artists, technologists, businesses, not-for-profits, charities, young and old – and all diverse sections of society to pitch their idea to speak at TEDxWandsworth. The event is open to anyone who lives and works in Wandsworth.

If you, your work, or your community project is working on something that encompasses our ethos of ‘ideas worth spreading’ then we want to hear from you.

TEDxWandsworth Open Mic night will take place at the recently opened live music venue The Sound Lounge in the middle of Tooting Broadway. The organisers are great fans of the venue which is fully kitted with sound/light equipment. It will be a fun and relaxing environment where you can enjoy a drink or two after your 3-minute pitch.

How to apply:

  1. All entrants to the Open Mic pitch audition will need to write to us in the first instance. Please email your idea to explaining what your idea is and why you want to present it on the TEDxWandsworth Sound Lounge stage in no more than 500 words. Remember, the pitch is no longer than 3 mins – you will be timed. Please refer to the application guidelines for what we’re looking for here. If you are a musician or performer (ideally solo artists) then send us links to any work you have performed or recorded.
  2. The Open Mic auditions are only available to people who live, work or study in the Wandsworth borough.
  3. We will reply to you and let you know that your email has been received and accepted for the Open Mic auditions. We will inform finalists in mid-July if selected to be one of our speakers.
  4. The event will take place at the Sound Lounge on Thursday 29th June starting at 6pm sharp until 9pm.
  5. For further information contact Kay at