The TED commandments for speakers

Ted_logo A core competency I focus on to effectively navigate contemporary change is communication.  One of my all-time favorite websites and an impressive venue for communication is the TED conference held every year in California. 

It is a dream of mine to someday present my ideas there.  What makes the conference unique (and I think effective) is the restraints they place upon the presenters. 

Below is an easy to read list of the TED Commandments – rules every speaker needs to know.

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 Sake 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 Desperate 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.

While I'm at it, I want to invite everyone interested in improving their competency of communication to participate in a free live webinar I am presenting entitled "Greatalk! Simple keys to unlock astonishingly great presentations"  It is hosted by Copper Conferencing.  Further information and registration opportunity can be found here> (or by clicking on the logo below) I hope you join me!!!

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Jeff Vankooten is a speaker and author focusing on the power of resilience to effectively engage the challenges of change. He helps leaders, businesses, and organizations develop the skills necessary to thrive in an increasingly unpredictable business environment.
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