The TED Commandments

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.

  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 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.

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