Note: this is something of a repeat. When I checked the Whiteboard this morning, my last few posts seem to have disappeared. I haven’t figured out why, but I decided to recreate them–it seemed a simpler path than trying to travel through time. Please excuse the repetition (and the apparent incompetence).
Browsing through some Mr. Tweet suggestions (recommendations of people to follow on Twitter), I happened across Marianne Lenox, “gadabout library trainer.”
Earlier this month, she posted the TED commandments, advice given to presenters at the TED talks. I’m just going to re-post the image she used (by Rives, transcribed by Tim Longhurst via Garr Reynolds) and the text she added.
- 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 Desparate 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.
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Thank you for mentioning Garr Reynolds in your post. I work for Peachpit Press and thought you and your readers might be interested in knowing that he just released his first online streaming video, Presentation Zen: The Video, where he expands on the ideas presented in his book and blog. More info can be found here: