2019 program

We’ve selected ten fresh talents to share their stories at Savoy theatre on 12.11.2019.

We’ll publish the video of the Show soon!

2019 program is over. Thanks for everyone! See you again in fall 2020. And in the meanwhile, remember to checkout our other events!

Talk the Talk 2019 finds and coaches the next generation of public speakers and presents them to the world. To apply, all you’ll need is your enthusiasm and a topic you’re passionate about. Fresh talents will be chosen to be trained by today’s top-notch professionals. By participating our program, you will also get a chance to host a stage at Slush 2019.

This year your main coaches are Elina Aalto and Joonas Konstig. Main coaches are supported by mentor coaches, who we have more this year than ever before. Mentor coaches for the fall include Risto Siilasmaa, Nelli Såger, Ernest Lawson, Christoffer Strandberg, Krista Kosonen, Roni Bäck, and a staggering lineup of other stars and professionals from the top of their respective fields. We will be publishing the rest of the mentors one by one.

If you have any hesitations, check out Frequently Asked Questions at the end of the page or contact us at hello@talkthetalk.fi

Mon 19th of August

Create your application

– Choose a topic you are passionate about. Are you a sports fan and want to share it with the world? Maybe the topic of traveling, creative arts, or teaching gets you fired up? Whatever your thing is, we want to hear about it!
– Record 1min video in which you talk to camera about your topic. 1:00 is ok, 1:01 is too long.
– Upload your video as private video to YouTube, Google Drive or Dropbox
– Remember to check that your video link works in incognito mode!
– Submit the application form with the link to your video
– Make sure that you are available to attend the trainings before applying!

Video quality or editing is not important to us: we focus only on the content. Please don’t have any background music on your video.

You can change your application before the application period ends, but not after! Application period is open 19.8.2019 20:00 – 6.9.2019 at 23:59.

Fri 6th of September

Application period ends

Submit your application before 6.9.2019 23:59. We are strict about the deadline to ensure fair treatment!

Wed 11th of September

Talents announced!

We will inform selected talents personally.


Attend training

Preliminary dates for the training. All the training is scheduled to happen from 18 to 20 o’clock. It is required to attend all the training sessions. All of the training is located at Mothership of Work in downtown Helsinki.

– Mon 16.9. – Kickoff Get Together

– Tue 17.9. – Star Mentor session
– Thu 19.9. – FallUp
– Tue 24.9. – Coaching session w/ Elina & Joonas
– Tue 1.10. – Coaching session w/ Elina & Joonas
– Wed 2.10. – Star Mentor session
– Mon 7.10. – Star Mentor session
– Tue 8.10. – Coaching session w/ Elina & Joonas
– Mon 14.10. – Star Mentor session
– Tue 15.10. – Coaching session w/ Elina & Joonas
– Thu 17.10. – Star Mentor session
– Mon 21.10. – Star Mentor session
– Tue 22.10. – Coaching session w/ Elina & Joonas
– Thu 24.10. – Star Mentor session
– Tue 29.10. – Coaching session w/ Elina & Joonas
– Wed 30.10. – Star Mentor session
– Tue 5.11. – Coaching session w/ Elina & Joonas

All dates are subject to change! Confirmed dates will be locked later.

Mon 11th of November

Grand Rehearsal

The most important part of training!

Tue 12th of November

Talk the Talk Final

Your time to shine! This year finals will be held in classy environment of Savoy theatre.

Post final

Share the love

After final, we will have Aftermath Dinner on the same week, to relax in nice atmosphere with great people.

After the final, you can share the love back to community by attending our events and sessions.

Frequently Asked Questions

When I apply to the program with one topic, do I keep the same topic through the whole program or can I change later?
We really hope that everyone selects a topic to keep and develop until the final. However if there is a very serious reason to change the topic in the middle, it is possible.

I don’t think I fit the profile you’re looking for. Should I apply?
Yes, everyone interested in Talk The Talk and public speaking should apply. We don’t have an ideal participant profile and we hope to receive applications from different kind of people!

Can I talk about something controversial/political in my application video?
While Talk The Talk is not a platform for political, promotion, recruiting, or rallying, your topic can relate to societal or political issues if presented in a civil, constructive, and non-offending way.

Why is Talk The Talk in English?
For a few reasons:
1. We want the program to be inclusive, not discriminating against people who live in Finland but don’t speak the language.
2. We want to make Finns (and non-Finns living in Finland) known as the best public speakers in the world. Speaking in English makes this possible.
3. You can reach a much larger audience in lingua franca. The world is your stage!

Are fees for the participants?
No, there are no fees on the program! Program is completely free for all the participants!

What if I’m not very good speaker?
Talk The Talk is for everyone: whether you are already a good public speaker or not. Apply regardless of your skills. We’ll make you rock on stage!

Is there any limits who can apply?
No! Anyone can apply regardless of their age, gender, ability, ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation or socio-economic status.

Where will the trainings be held?
Talk The Talk partner Mothership of Work provides our training facility. MOW is located in Punavuori.

On what dates do I have to be available?
The program begins on September 16th and ends on November 12th. All training and other important dates are listed in the application.

I didn’t get accepted, what now?
Don’t worry, most people don’t get in the main program. You can still apply again next year or join the community and learn about public speaking. Even our main team has two former applicants who didn’t get accepted.

If I apply and don’t get in the program, will my video application and application topic remain confidential?
Yes. During the application period your video will only be used in the selection process. If you are not selected to Talk The Talk 2019, your application video will not be used for any further purposes.