I just read the 10 Commandments of speaking at the TED Conferences…I thought they were not only timely but also applicable to many of my pals who are communicators. If you know nothing about TED, you should. New ideas, new perspectives, new spins on old subjects, challenging talks given by many of today's brilliant thinkers and innovators. They put all the talks online so there is no excuse for not checking them out. The issue with TED is this – it is not so much the content that interests me but the issue of presentation. We in the Kingdom journey have LOTS to learn about how to present information, vision and truth. TED communicators are those who lead the charge of how to make presentations effective and life transformational.
Here are the 10 Commandments for TED communicators:
10 commandments of speaking at TED:
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.
Good commandments for Kingdom communicators to consider, huh?