Posted by: Brandon | February 23, 2010

ResourceRoom :: “The TED Commandments” of Speaking

Friends…my Resource well has run dry. Even today’s came from someone else (thanks, Tim!). And so, if you have any resources that you would like to share with our community here, please feel free to email them to me and we’ll see if we can’t get them out there.

My email address is mynameisbrandon (at) gmail (dot) com.

Today’s resource has an interesting side story. The “TED Conferences” started 25 some odd years ago as conference dedicated to sharing ideas in Technology, Entertainment, and Design. They invited some of the world’s greatest thinkers and doers to speak. And prior to each conference, apparently the people at TED would send their speakers the “TED Commandments” — guidelines set on a stone tablet that each speaker was to follow.

There is great value to these. And so, here they are:

  1. Thou Shalt Not Simply Trot Out thy Usual Shtick.
  2. Thou Shalt Dream a Great Dream, or Show Forth a Wondrous New Thing, Or Share Something Thou Hast Never Shared Before.
  3. Thou Shalt Reveal thy Curiosity and Thy Passion.
  4. Thou Shalt Tell a Story.
  5. Thou Shalt Freely Comment on the Utterances of Other Speakers for the Skae of Blessed Connection and Exquisite Controversy.
  6. Thou Shalt Not Flaunt thine Ego. Be Thou Vulnerable. Speak of thy Failure as well as thy Success.
  7. Thou Shalt Not Sell from the Stage: Neither thy Company, thy Goods, thy Writings, nor thy Desparate need for Funding; Lest Thou be Cast Aside into Outer Darkness.
  8. Thou Shalt Remember all the while: Laughter is Good.
  9. Thou Shalt Not Read thy Speech.
  10. Thou Shalt Not Steal the Time of Them that Follow Thee.

(HT: Tim Longhurst)

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