Master your future TEDx Talk


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5 Days


Cohort-based Course

Gain the skills to craft, deliver, and pitch the TEDx talk of your life.

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Course overview

You'll Leave with a Transformative Idea Ready to Be Unleashed to the TEDx World

This course is designed for those eager to transform their existing ideas into powerful, TEDx-worthy presentations. Whether your goal is to create a pitch and land a TEDx talk or to develop a TED-style talk to share your ideas with the world, this course offers a deep dive into finding and performing the talk of your life.

This is not a quick hack for getting ideas onto a TEDx stage, but a comprehensive journey to discover, challenge, and share your ideas in the most compelling and impactful way. The techniques and processes used are the same ones employed by your instructor, Arthur Zards, for his past and current speaker coaching clients.

Some areas of this course can be challenging, but the goal is to bring your best idea forward in the most impactful way. Don't worry, you won't be alone – we'll tackle it together in a small intimite cohort.

Key Highlights:

🧠 Expert Instruction: Your instructor is not a teaching assistant or a previous speaker with a few TEDx talks under their belt. Arthur Zards is a TED/TEDx speaker and producer with 15 years of experience in speaking, producing TEDx events, and coaching hundreds of TED/TEDx speakers who have amassed over 42+ million views. He is dedicated to helping you succeed.

🧠 Rigorous Idea Challenge: Your ideas will be rigorously challenged. We will dig deep to uncover the core truth of your idea, helping you identify what truly matters. This process ensures your message stands out, resonates with your audience, and inspires action.

🧠 The Swarm Effect®: Developed by your instructor, this communication model will not only enhance your TEDx-style talk but also improve your overall presentation skills. Whether it's facilitation, public speaking, or corporate presentations, the Swarm Effect® will empower you to communicate with greater impact.

Who is this course for


Established speakers who want to break into the TEDx world of speaking by pitching and landing a TEDx talk.


Anyone who has an idea that they believe is ready to be shared with the world in order to make an impact. No speaking experience necessary.


Business owners and execs who want to level up their presentation skills to be impactful and memorable through the TED style of speaking.

What you’ll get out of this course

How TEDx works

A broad understanding of how the TEDx ecosystem works, how it's evolving, and how you can leverage your expertise to land speaking opportunities and to get more involved with the TEDx movement.

How to pitch Your idea

The skills and insider knowledge needed to successfully pitch your idea for speaking opportunities. Your pitch will stand out from the masses.

Swarm Effect® speaking model.

An easy-to-understand and usable model for achieving maximum impact with your idea. The model is based on decades of communications experience with 15 years of the best techniques/tricks/hacks used by the most successful TED speakers.

A powerful process to challenge your idea

You will get your idea to the Deeper Truth. It's what really matters with your idea.This simple tool and process will be profound and you will to able to use it on future ideas and concepts beyond this course.

How to embrace your own authenticity

You don't need to be a professional speaker to talk like a TED speaker. You will learn how to embrace who you truly are, and how to translate that into a strength for speaking, even if you are shy, never spoken in public or hate public speaking.


Any self-doubt, thinking like your idea isn't good enough or thoughts of imposter syndrome will be squashed. You'll leave with significant confidence and the tools needed to increase it.

A storytelling mindset

You won't ever have to worry about being a professional storyteller. You'll have simple and easy-to-remember tools so you can immediately become a natural storyteller and you won't even know it.

A narrative arc and structure

You may think your idea is a jumbled mess, but simple tools and exercises will guide you to find your own powerful narrative arc and structure.for your idea so that it is story-driven and resonates with your audience.

You'll never look at a PowerPoint deck the same way again.

You'll discover unique and powerful tools outside of the standard slide deck to fully engage with your audience. You'll learn why TED speaker's slide decks don't look like typical slide decks and you'll learn the skils to do the same, without being a graphic artist.

Expert Co-hort live interactive learning.

Intimate small group sessions (no more than 10 people) with an expert live instructor that allows for immediate feedback and collaboration only seen with expensive one-on-one learning. No teacher assistants or junior instructors.

Office Hours

At the end of the co-hort is a session for office hours. Time for any questions, comments, or live feedback will be available.

This course includes

4 interactive live sessions

Lifetime access to course materials

22 in-depth lessons

Direct access to instructor

Projects to apply learnings

Guided feedback & reflection

Private community of peers

Course certificate upon completion

Maven Satisfaction Guarantee

This course is backed by Maven’s guarantee. You can receive a full refund within 14 days after the course ends, provided you meet the completion criteria in our refund policy.

Course syllabus

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  • Week 1

    Jul 15—Jul 20

    Week dates are set to instructor's time zone


    • Jul


      Master your future TEDx talk

      Mon, Jul 15, 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM UTC

    • Jul


      Master your future TEDx talk

      Tue, Jul 16, 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM UTC

    • Jul


      Master your future TEDx talk

      Thu, Jul 18, 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM UTC

    • Jul


      Office Hours - Q/A

      Sat, Jul 20, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM UTC


    • State of TEDx and what Matters

    • Swarm Effect Overview

    • Idea to Actualization Model

    • Deeper Truth - What Really Matters

    • Power of your Authority

    • It's Not About You

    • Finding Contrast

    • The Big Objections

    • Novelty and Differentiation

    • Structure - High Level Beats

    • Story Telling Models

    • Visual Support

    • Believing the Talk

    • Sparking Action

    • Beyond the Stage Plan


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What students are saying

Meet your instructor

Arthur Zards

Arthur Zards

TED/TEDx speaker & producer with 42+ million client speaker views | Founder Swarm Effect® speaking

Arthur has over 15 years of speaker and content experience working directly with the TED organization and mentoring and producing numerous TEDx organizations and speakers.


He is a self-described TED fanatic and is the founder and executive director of TEDxNaperville, the Midwest’s longest-running TEDx event since 2010. His events have challenged the norms in speaker content , delivery, and the attendee/sponsor experience resulting in leading lectures and workshops for numerous organizations including TED and TED Global on speaker content and creating engaging experiences. 

A recent launch is Swarm Effect ™ speaking, a speaker development model that enables anyone without regard to speaking experience to communicate with impact, grab attention, and get swarmed by the audience when finished speaking.

Arthur’s unique approach blends a TED-style of conversational speaking, content curation and experience design to transform speakers’ ideas into massive impact and engagement.

He has worked with a diverse mix of speakers including students, educators, home-makers, organizational leaders, civic leaders, millionaires, billionaires, Olympic athletes, and even a few astronauts.

Speakers working directly with Arthur have over 42 million collective TED/TEDx online views and growing.

Arthur believes everyone has an idea worth sharing and is tired of the current state of corporate communications.

Arthur believes that “Corporate speak” based keynotes, presentations, and sale pitches just have to go.

There is a better way.

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Course schedule

6 + hours per week
  • July 15 - Monday

    5:00pm CST - 6:30 CST

    90 minute class

  • July 16 - Tuesday

    5:00 pm CST - 6:30 pm CST

    90 minute class

  • July 18 - Thursday

    5:00 pm CST - 6:30 pm CST

    90 minute class

  • July 20 - Saturday

    10:00 am CST - 11:30 am CST

    Office Hours and Q/A - 90 minutes+

Learning is better with cohorts

Learning is better with cohorts

Active hands-on learning

This course builds on live workshops and hands-on projects

Interactive and project-based

You’ll be interacting with other learners through breakout rooms and project teams

Learn with a cohort of peers

Join a community of like-minded people who want to learn and grow alongside you

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