The TED Commandments: 10 rules every speaker needs to know

TED talks are some of the best speeches that I watch.  TED organisers have a set of 10 rules that no speaker is ever allowed to break.  This might be a lesson for all speakers.


  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 Skae 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
This copy here from Tim Longhurst’s blog.   The photo of the actual TED Commandments tablet comes from Rives’ blog (scroll down to his 20 february 2006 post).

A presentation on the presentation secrets of Steve Jobs

I would place Steve Jobs way up there in my list of powerful public speakers. I think Steve is somebody well worth study because his presentations are so powerful because of how much hard work he puts in to making them that great.

Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan and Barrack Obama are great speakers but somehow less useful to us mere mortals to study because such a huge part of their power comes from their intrinsic charisma – and it is extremely difficult for you or me to just become as charismatic as Barrack, Bill or Ronald by following a set of instructions.

I would like to credit Sticky Slides, the blog of Jan Schultink for the link to this presentation.

Those of you viewing via subcription/RSS feeds may need to view the original post here.

And for a bonus, one of the greatest ever speeches (IMHO): here is a link to Ronald Reagan’s speech on the Challenger space shuttle disaster.

What matters most? What is your word for 2010?

Seth Godin asked a group of thought-provoking people to provide a word (and a 200 word essay) on what they’re thinking about as the new year rolls in. He’s turned that into a pdf called What Matters Now. Read more about the project at Seth’s blog.

I have embedded a version of the document hosted at Scribd.com.  Those viewing via subscription may need to click through to original post here.  I like page 32 “Evangelism”, page 50 “Change” and page 59 “Fascination”.  A good read that I found from the book is Tony Hseih “Poker” (Full article: Everything I learned about Business I learnt from Poker)

The PDF is free. You can view it in the embedded Scribd player above or you can download it here. Inside you will find articles by such writers as:

… and many others. Big thoughts and small actions make a difference. What is your big thought and corresponding small action(s) for 2010?  Feel free to write your word and 200 word essay in the comments…

The world’s best presentation

I was reading a post at Andrew Dlugan’s blog “Six Minutes” and came across the World’s best presentation.

SlideShare recently concluded their World’s Best Presentation contest, and the winner was Dan Roam’s American Health Care presentation. [If you are reading this via subscription, you may need to click through to view it below.

This is the world’s best presentation as voted by the users of the slideshare site. I think that it is brilliant and an inpiration for how to make ideas simple and get them across graphically and powerfully. This is not a presentation for public speaking, but something that can be read standalone.

View more documents from Dan Roam.