…thoughts on and about my PhD journey and beyond…


Thanks Shawn for posting these on your blog.  I’ve enjoyed many a TED presentation over the last few years so I know that these commandments work! 

My favorite TED Talks are Sir Ken Robinson on Creativity and Hans Rosling and his data visualisation material (‘m about to watch his latest GapCast on swine flu).  Also on my ‘to watch’ list is Seth Godin’s recent talk on Tribes.

I’ll keep these commandments in mind as I prepare my humble contributions for the upcoming Thinking Conference (June in Malaysia)

The TED presentation commandments

  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.

If you don’t know what TED is, you don’t know what you are missing. You can see some of my favourite TED videos here.

This list is from Presentation Zen.

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