Sent to presenters at the TEDTalks conferences, it has much to say to all panelists and presenters.
- 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.
Thanks to the pink pixie on twitter for posting this list. Very precient. Oh, and I do note the irony of copying and pasting the commandments. I LOL’d too.
Please be respectful of the collective time your audience is investing by listening to you. Think deeply. Listen and learn from others before you copy-and-paste present.
How do you make money from your presentation? Here is a hint. Speak to people after your session, individually. One on one is where the real opportunity for solving a prospect’s problem really lies. And I suggest that more than 80% of any audience you have are not there to buy you, or your products. They want to learn, or just copy-and-paste your ideas.
Time to board the Presentation Cluetrain. And when I fall off, I fully expect you to help put me back aboard.