Speakers, follow the 10 TED Commandments

TED has a list of rules it asks its speakers to follow, and you would benefit from doing the same.

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TED has exploded into mainstream consciousness due to many factors (especially CNN’s TED Talk Tuesdays). TEDx, TEDWomen. With such a widespread organization, it’s important to have rules for presenters. These guidelines come in the form of the 10 TED Commandments.


When giving any presentation, apply the 10 TED Commandments to ensure success.

Here are the commandments, as well as links to articles that can help you improve the skill addressed in each guideline:

1. Thou shalt not simply trot out thy usual shtick.

Read: “5 great ways to open a speech” and “5 signs your speech will bore your audience

2. Thou shalt dream a great dream, or show forth a wondrous new thing, or share something thou hast never shared before.

Read: “‘I Have a Dream’ holds 5 lessons for speechwriters

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