Frequently Asked Questions

You can apply to work with us on this page, and we’ll get in touch with you within one week to schedule a formal 30 minute consultation with our client manager and/or creative director, if we determine that we’re a possible fit to work together. During the consultation, Ashley will want to learn more about your brand (…and it’s okay if you haven’t built a big personal brand!), your focus, and what you’d love to see happen if you take the leap and book your talk. If it feels aligned, we will send you our paperwork to onboard you, and as soon as that comes in, we’ll send you a welcome email with all the details you’ll need– your intake form, a calendar link to book your first brainstorm zoom call with the speechwriting team, and info on your start date…

Usually we’re running about 6 weeks out, and we have clients whose start dates are delayed due to our capacity/waitlist.

*“TED” and “TEDx” are trademarks of TED Conferences LLC. Wise Whisper LLC is independent and not affiliated with, sponsored by, or endorsed by TED Conferences LLC or its affiliates.

We don’t take on much more than 5 new clients per month given the capacity of our speechwriting team– we hate to be digital market-y and claim that we have scarcity on our offer or “limited spots,” but we honestly just can’t take on more volume right now. The kind of talent our speechwriting team has on deck is really hard talent for us to find.

After your consultation, you’ll set a start date that’s usually 4-8 weeks out from the date of your consult. We’ll need to get your intake form back from you (it can take an hour or so to fill out) at least 7 days before your first zoom call with the team. The four speechwriting zoom calls then take place over a two month time span.

After your talk is written during those two months, your speech will be passed over to the booking team. We’ll confirm what dates you’re unavailable for talk (for example, if you have a wedding in the coming year, or any other important event that prevents you from speaking on the TEDx stage for a specific date… We’ll also confirm your location availability, given that events happen all around the world.

The fastest we’ve ever booked a TEDx and gotten a “yes” from a TEDx event curator is within 6 weeks of the date we finished a speech draft. The slowest it’s ever been is 14 months! And even when you get a “yes,” to be booked on the TEDx stage, the events tend to run about 2-5 months out from when you get accepted as a speaker.

The fastest we could imagine you standing on stage is probably within 5 months– meaning from the date of your consultation to the date you’re standing on the big red dot. The slowest would be 18 months.

After you get onto the TEDx stage, the TEDx event curator submits your video footage to TEDx, and it can be anywhere from 1-4 months before you see it live on YouTube.

*“TED” and “TEDx” are trademarks of TED Conferences LLC. Wise Whisper LLC is independent and not affiliated with, sponsored by, or endorsed by TED Conferences LLC or its affiliates.

As you can see above, TEDx works at its own pace. Clients see it as an investment in their brand without it being time bound. In fact, our founder Ashley Stahl’s second TEDx in 2019 didn’t go viral for 6 months after its release on YouTube. There was no reason or rhyme for this, no one in particular that we know of shared the talk– it simply went viral when it wanted to! For this reason, we advise clients against choosing topics that are tied to anything timely or trendy. If you have a book coming out or you’re eventually hoping to land a book deal, having a TEDx is appealing to your publisher! It not only will translate in your credibility, but they know these TEDx talks can translate into consistent book sales.

*“TED” and “TEDx” are trademarks of TED Conferences LLC. Wise Whisper LLC is independent and not affiliated with, sponsored by, or endorsed by TED Conferences LLC or its affiliates.

We pretty much don’t stop pitching you to get onto the stage until we get a “yes.” 

There has been one client that we could not book in the past 18 months, and the issue we had was that her English wasn’t easy for the curators to understand. This makes us really sad because we really want to support diversity over here at Wise Whisper, but we do understand that a lot of the events we book are based on communication skills– and we only book for English-speaking events… We’re working now to develop our booking team in new languages so we can secure events for clients in different languages!

All of this said, our booking team has placed more than 100 clients for TEDx, and we think our success is tied to our filtering, and making sure we’re taking on clients that we see as “bookable.”

We’re working on it! We have had some amazing clients come in that are hoping to speak at non-English speaking events, and we really want to make it happen. Right now, though, we’re not the right agency for you if this is what you’re seeking.

Clients have gotten consistent product sales, book sales, podcast listeners and more from their TEDx talk! We’re most excited to help them write their story and message out in a way that leaves a legacy and impacts millions, but we know that there is an insane amount of opportunity on the table for them! Clients have landed book deals, TV shows, speaking agents, increased keynote speaking fees, keynote opportunities, spokesperson deals, brand deals and more, often tied directly to their TEDx.

Our founder Ashley Stahl secured more than $1M in revenue for her private coaching practice that was directly related to lead generated from her TEDxBerkeley in 2014– and she’s created twice the revenue from opportunities tied to her 2019 talk at TEDxLeidenUniversity.

Nope– they often don’t even cover travel. They know their brand is strong, and clients are often willing to fly to all sorts of locations to secure their spot on the TEDx stage.

TED is the main brand, and while you can pitch yourself to speak on stage at TED, it’s largely invite only.

TEDx is a license that TED has granted to different event curators and there are way more TEDx events than TED events… However, we don’t believe that consumers see any real brand credibility difference in either TED or TEDx.

We only pitch for TEDx events, and not for TED, though we have had plenty of TED speakers ask us to write their talks that they’ve already gotten booked.

Not at all! We’re an agency run by a top 100 ranked TEDx speaker and an author– Ashley Stahl–  who identifies as a writer more than anything else. With writing being her passion, and two TEDx talks under her belt, she’s simply motivated to help other entrepreneurs experience the impact, opportunities and brand authority she received from TEDx. We are in no way affiliated with TED or TEDx… But we do have incredible relationships with TEDx curators that love to book our clients on their stages!

Yes, and no. We don’t book clients on stage for TEDx talks that are operating for their first time, meaning that the event just got a license from the TED brand to host a TEDx. We worry about first time events because they don’t have their ducks in a row and we don’t want our clients having bad audio or production. That said, Ashley Stahl’s super viral top 100 ranked TEDx in 2019 had spotty audio and mediocre video production, and it still got the job done for her brand and more.

We pitch you for events that have been run before, and we make sure their backdrop is respectable because obviously, for our clients, the TEDx experience is mostly about the YouTube link and not the day of the event. To book our client on the TEDx stage, we look for an event track record, solid audio, and a nice backdrop within fair geographical reach of our client.

We don’t pitch you for dates that you cannot attend– we ask for those details from you in our paperwork!

We ask you what countries and locations you’re willing to fly to in our paperwork! We can get you booked within reach of your home, but we cannot guarantee it if you live in the boonies!

We allocate 3 hours of time for the speechwriter to absorb the client’s materials, be it books they’ve written, podcasts they’ve been on, and more… And we recommend that clients don’t send these materials until after zoom call #1 for speechwriting, because the tone of the speech gets set in that first call, and that’s when the client can be very focused in choosing what specific content the speechwriting team should absorb.

We don’t offer any services to the open market outside of our TEDx experience, but we do have additional services available only to our clients who have already written and booked a TEDx with us.

These include: website design and development, keynote speech writing, webinar script writing, social media management, podcast management, brand photoshoots, book proposal writing, speaking coaching, speaking reel creation, online course creation and more.

Clients tend to come back for these.

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