One of the best ways to learn from the experts is to attend TED conferences/talks. For many TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) talks will be a good learning experience and for some, it could be a life-changing event. But the way how you would like to get this learning experience depends on your budget. If you afford to travel and spend quite some money, then you can attend the TED conference. But if you are bound by your budget then you can opt to attend a TEDx event in your local area.
Option 1: Attending a TED Talk Conference
Get a TED.com account
Firstly, you need to get a TED.com account, to apply for a TED conference. You can do so by visiting https://auth.ted.com/users/new. Account opening process is very simple and requires only your basic info.
Choose the TED conference you wish to attend.
Once you log in your account, you can see a list of upcoming TED conference on its website: https://www.ted.com/attend/conferences/ted-conference. You can check each conferences topic and description and choose the one that interests you.
Note: TED conferences’ attendance list gets filled up very early, mostly several months in advance. So, plan your attendance.
Select your membership plan.
Vanguard, Standard, Donar and Patron – These are the four different types of membership that TED offers. If it is your first time applying for a TED conference, we recommend you to choose the Vanguard option, and of course, it is the most affordable plan, priced at USD 5,000.
The other three plans add up in price, and perks, ranging from $10,000 to USD 250,000.
Option 2: Buying Tickets for a Local TEDx Talk
Lookup for a TEDx Event in your locality.
Many local organizations partner with TED to launch TEDx Events. You can search for upcoming such events by checking https://www.ted.com/tedx/events. And choose and attend an event that suits your interests.
Buy tickets on TED.com.
You can buy the ticket through TED.com for the TEDx events as you don’t have to apply for the ticket as in for TED conferences. The ticket prices range from $75-$100 USD, which comparatively cheaper than the tickets for the TED conferences.
Alternatively buy tickets online through TEDx partners.
If the tickets for your local TEDx event got sold out. Don’t get despaired, you can alternatively try to buy a ticket from the local partner of the event. You can find who is the partner for a particular TEDx event with a simple online search. Many TEDx partners sell tickets on their social media handles too. So watch out!