I love these ten TED speaker commandments. If you’ve not seen them before, make them part of your conference speaker packet!
The TED Speaker Commandments
- 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.
Here are the TED Speaker Commandments in today’s vernacular.
Hitting A Raw Nerve
For me, TED commandment number five hits a nerve. TED welcomes and encourages comments and controversy. What, they encourage controversy?
I think we could all use a good dose of communication skills. We need to learn how to stop pointing fingers and blame and have adult conversations about issues of disagreement. Open discussion is a good thing. Calling people names and trying to shut down opposing views is childish. Just sayin…
Behold, I Give You New Speaker Commandments
I’d like to add speaker commandments number 11 and 12.
11. Thou shalt put thine audience before thy message. Thou shalt remember that thy message is for thy audience. Thou shalt make the audience thy hero. Thou shalt be the guide on the side, not the sage on the stage.
12. Thou shalt not only listen to thine own voice. Thou shalt also include time for thine audience to talk with each other about thine topic. Thou shalt make them participants with thine content and thine presentations.
Which TED commandment resonates with you? What new speaker commandments would you add to this list?