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Communication and Composition: Marriott Hotels and TED Expand Partnership with New Content Designed for the Future of Work and an Exclusive Experience for Marriott Bonvoy Members

One of the new custom videos focuses on memorization vs. impromptu speaking, available at participating Marriott Hotels worldwide

While the concept of remote working has been around for years, the last year and a half has fast-tracked the dynamics of the traditional work setting with the blend of work from anywhere and in-person office structures. In its fifth year of collaboration, Marriott Hotels, the signature flag of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 extraordinary brands, expands its partnership with idea engine, TED, featuring new custom content reflective of the current environment. Designed to continue inspiring innovative thinkers who always seek ways to drive their success, the new content ranges from the art of speaking – whether in a meeting room or in a virtual room – to design tips on how to transform one’s personal space into a creative hub. As part of the collaboration, Marriott Bonvoy members will also have the chance to access an exclusive experience with TED’s Director of Speaker Coaching through the Marriott Bonvoy Moments platform.

“At Marriott Hotels, we have always sought to be a place of inspiration for global travelers who blend work and play, and a frontrunner in providing them the tools they need to be at their best,” said Manny Rappenecker, Vice President, Marriott Hotels. “We’re excited to present the latest iteration of our long-running collaboration with TED featuring new custom content to further the professional development and creative inspiration of our guests at a time where the work landscape has shifted. Whether recharging in their own creative hub or retreating to one of our hotels around the world as travel opens back up, we look forward to inspiring new perspectives and sparking imagination.”

The Art of Speaking

Whether on a large stage or in a small square, effective communications skills are a key component of any professional’s repertoire – no matter if in person or virtual. The new content series includes four videos led by TED’s Director of Speaker Coaching, Briar Goldberg, a strategic communications expert who helps TED speakers prepare for their talks and has coached CEOs and Grammy and Nobel Prize winners. Available now on and at participating Marriott Hotels worldwide, Goldberg’s videos focus on memorizing vs. impromptu speaking, overcoming public speaking fears, giving a speech on the road, and virtual presentation best practices.

Wow the Crowd with Exclusive Interactive Session

In addition to the four videos, several lucky Marriott Bonvoy members will have the opportunity to receive live virtual guidance from Briar, thanks to Marriott Bonvoy Moments, the recently re-launched platform that offers members the chance to use their points to bid for VIP access to a wide variety of world-class experiences. The 15 members who bid the highest number of points on the ‘TED Virtual Training: The Art of Public Speaking’ event will receive direct coaching on the art of communication as business travel begins to return and the hybrid work landscape becomes the new norm. Following many months of isolation, Goldberg will teach public speaking through engaging exercises that help members identify their audience, keep them engaged and inspired, and convey their message confidently. Drawing on the same rigorous regimen that has prepared speakers for the TED main stage, and inspired by the TED Talk, this 90-minute interactive session – with bidding starting at 15,000 points – will take place via TED’s Zoom platform, offering attendees the chance to put their virtual presentation skills to the test right away. Bidding is available now until September 1 and available for members 21 years of age or older.

Designing to Spark Inspiration

According to a survey from Enterprise Technology Research, the number of employees globally who will be permanently remote is set to double in 2021 to 34.4%. Led by interior design expert Brigette Romanek, a new custom content video – launching in October and available on and – will feature tips on how to transform one’s personal space into a creative hub, highlighting practices used by Marriott Hotels’ design team in Marriott Hotels around the world to spark inspiration and stimulate new ideas. Passionate about designing spaces that bring people’s creativity to life, Romanek draws on many genres of design, but her end goal is creating a space that evokes positive sentiments and emotions.

“At TED, we have been challenged to rethink the way we create and share content over the past year,” said Laura Beyer, Director of Brand Partnerships at TED. “This continuation of our partnership with Marriott Hotels is an exciting next step in exploring ideas and engaging audiences with unique and relevant content and experiences around the future of work, travel, and creativity. As we all adjust to the new ways of working and traveling, we hope that this partnership continues to inspire and unlock new ways of thinking.”

Marriott and TED began their relationship in 2016 by distributing TED Talks and TED Fellows Salons, blogs, and original quotes to hotel guests worldwide, and have continued to inspire creative thinking every year with new elements of the partnership. Travelers staying at Marriott Hotels have access to thought-provoking and inspirational content to help jumpstart their own original, inventive thinking. The custom content is expertly curated by TED, according to selected themes that are topical and relevant to guests, including curiosity, innovation, travel, and entrepreneurship.

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About Marriott Hotels
With over 580 hotels and resorts in over 60 countries and territories around the world, Marriott Hotels is evolving travel through every aspect of the guest’s stay, helping to relax, clear minds, stimulate new ideas and anticipate travelers’ needs, leaving them inspired to reach their full potential. Boldly transforming itself for mobile and global travelers who blend work and play, Marriott leads the industry with innovations, including the Greatroom lobby and Mobile Guest Services that elevate style & design and technology. To learn more, visit Stay connected to Marriott Hotels on Facebook, @marriott on Twitter and @marriotthotels on Instagram. Marriott Hotels is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy™, the global travel program from Marriott International. The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, exclusive experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including free nights and Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit

About Marriott Bonvoy
Marriott Bonvoy encompasses Marriott International’s extraordinary portfolio of 30 hotel brands – including the largest collection of luxury properties, award-winning loyalty program, Homes & Villas by Marriott International, online retail shop with 13 branded boutiques, and endless experiences. For more information about Marriott Bonvoy or to enroll in the loyalty program for free and receive member benefits, visit and to download the Marriott Bonvoy Mobile app, visit Travelers can also connect with Marriott Bonvoy on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, often in the form of short talks delivered by leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED conferences, intimate TED Salons and thousands of independently organized TEDx events around the world. Videos of these talks are made available, free, on and other platforms. Audio versions of TED Talks are published to TED Talks Daily, available on all podcast platforms.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; TEDx, which licenses thousands of individuals and groups to host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities; The Audacious Project, which surfaces and funds critical ideas that have the potential to impact millions of lives; TED Translators, which crowdsources the subtitling of TED Talks so that big ideas can spread across languages and borders; and the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED also offers TED@Work, a program that reimagines TED Talks for workplace learning. TED also has a growing library of original podcasts, including The TED Interview with Chris Anderson, WorkLife with Adam Grant, Far Flung with Saleem Reshamwala and How to Be a Better Human.

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James Bardwell
Global PR Marriott International

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