I’ve often expressed my admiration for the TED conference keynotes — 20-minute nuggets of insight, humor, provocation, and revelation by really smart and engaging people. A perfect fit for my bus ride home.
So, I’m thrilled that the ground rules behind those great presentations are available on-line. Tim Longhurst (via Garr Reynolds) offers a transcription of the ”TED Commandments’‘ that arrive on a stone tablet to those invited to speak (no, really, a stone tablet). Not to say that the rules make the speakers great, but they certainly help frame a positive space for greatness.
Worth remembering for any public presentation or conference session:
- Thou Shalt Not Simply Trot Out thy Usual Shtick.
- Thou Shalt Dream a Great Dream, or Show Forth a Wondrous New Thing, Or Share Something Thou Hast Never Shared Before.
- Thou Shalt Reveal thy Curiosity and Thy Passion.
- Thou Shalt Tell a Story.
- Thou Shalt Freely Comment on the Utterances of Other Speakers for the Sake of Blessed Connection and Exquisite Controversy.
- Thou Shalt Not Flaunt thine Ego. Be Thou Vulnerable. Speak of thy Failure as well as thy Success.
- Thou Shalt Not Sell from the Stage: Neither thy Company, thy Goods, thy Writings, nor thy Desperate need for Funding; Lest Thou be Cast Aside into Outer Darkness.
- Thou Shalt Remember all the while: Laughter is Good.
- Thou Shalt Not Read thy Speech.
- Thou Shalt Not Steal the Time of Them that Follow Thee.