In the age of "anything can be found on the net", perhaps two of the most important skills are 1. mind your own business and 2. ask the right questions. Today, not minding my own business, I got fascinated with yet another TED talk. And then I got fascinated with WHY www.ted.com always deliver such good talks. So I googled "why are TED talks so good?" and from Tim Longhurst's blog I got the answer. All speakers who are invited to do a TED talk get a STONE TABLET delivered, telling them how to behave.
I'll burn these commandments into my brain for my next school visit:
- 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