Will you define Talk the Talk 2021?

Join the organizing team of 2021, by filling out the application below.

Talk the Talk makes the most ambitious public speaking program in Finland.

The program is free for anyone. To apply you must describe the topic of a speech that you feel passionate to tell in a one-minute long video. The application link will be provided on this page when the applications open. Out of all the applicants 10 will be chosen as talents into the program.

The talents chosen into the program will receive an all-encompassing public speaking training facilitated by celebrity star mentors and our main coaches. The two-month long program culminates into a final at the Savoy theatre where the Talents will perform their speeches.

Previously with us as star mentors include: Jari Sarasvuo, Krista Kosonen, Roni Bäck, Risto Siilasmaa, Saimi Hoyer, Saara Aalto, Elastinen and a wide array of other equally legendary performers.

This years star mentors are: Jyrki Katainen, Vappu Pimiä, Jarno Laasala, Hannu Pekka Parviainen, Kamilla Sultanoova, Esa Saarinen, Sara Salmani, Saku Tuominen and Anna Perho. As our beloved main coaches, we have Elina Aalto and Joonas Konstig who already last year collaborated in creating the 7-session long core of the speaking program.

If you have any questions, check out Frequently Asked Questions at the end of the page or contact us at hello@talkthetalk.fi The most recent updates can be found from our Facebook page:

Program 2020 Timeline

August 18, 2020

Kick-off BBQ Event

Come meet us to the legendary Kick-off BBQ @Startupsauna on the 18.08.2020 18:00. Join us to talk about the program, meet the community and enjoy the countdown for the applications opening. More information on the Facebook event

August 18, 2020

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 Dred up? Whatever your thing is, we want to hear about it!
– Record a 1 minute video in which you talk to the camera about your topic. 1:00 is ok, 1.01 is too long.
– Upload your video as a private video to Youtube, Google Drive or Dropbox. Remember to check that your video link works in incognito mode!
– Submit application form with the link to your video (form will be available here from August 18September 9)
– Make sure that you are able to attend all of the sessions 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 at 19:00 August 18 – and close at 13.00 September 9.
– Need inspiration from last years speeches? Check them out from YouTube

September 9, 2020

Application period ends

Submit your application before 9.9.2020 13:00. We are strict about the deadline to ensure fair treatment!

September 14, 2020

Announcement of talents chosen for the program!

We will be in contact with the talents chosen for the program. Remember to check that you are available on all the dates mentioned below so that you can benefit from all of the coaching sessions. The program is designed to be an all encompassing public speaking school and missing even one coaching session is not recommended.

September 15, 2020

Program starts!

Before applying please check that you are able to attend all of the trainings!
– Mon 14.09, First meet-up with fellow talents.
– Tue 15.09, Program begins and first star mentor meeting is held.
– Thu 17.09, Training with a star mentor.
– Tue 22.09, First training with main coaches.
– Wed 23.09, Training with a star mentor.
– Tue 29.09, Training with main coaches.
– Thu 01.10, Training with a star mentor.
– Tue 06.10, Training with main coaches.
– Wed 07.10, Training with a star mentor.
– Thu 08.10, Training with a star mentor.
– Tue 13.10, Training with main coaches.
– Thu 15.10, Training with a star mentor.
– Tue 20.10, Training with main coaches.
– Wed 21.10, Training with star mentor.
– Thu 22.10, Training with star mentor.
– Tue 27.10, Training with main coaches.
– Wed 28.10, Training with star mentor.
– Tue 03.11, Training with main coaches.
– Wed 04.11, Training with a star mentor.
All of the sessions noted prior will be held in the center of Helsinki City and will start at 18:00 unless otherwise stated. All dates are subject to change.

November 9, 2020

The Final will be held at Savoy


Teaser videos for the program of 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

How will Talk the Talk happen in 2020 considering the Covid-19 situation?

The coaching at Talk the Talk will take place in small groups, where only 10-20 individuals are present. These coaching sessions will be held as long as stricter quarantines are not imposed. Regarding the final event at Savoy, we are prepared to hold a more exclusive final event with limited seats available for the audience to ensure that possible safety measures can be met. We are continually up to date on government regulations and in contact with Helsinki city in decisions regarding the Final event.

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 15th and ends on November 9th. 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.