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Chris Anderson Explains TED

Chris Anderson talks to Charlie Rose about TED. If you haven't been to the TED site yet, go there. Don't even bother searching for a speaker or subject you may know or be interested in. Just randomly click on  anyone or any subject. They are all outstanding.

One of the things I love about these talks is that they transcend all the rules of presenting. You can't possibly deliver enough information -- especially technical information -- in only 18 minutes. Wrong. You need slides. Wrong. Those slides are too busy. Wrong. You shouldn't read. Wrong. You shouldn't stand behind a podium. Wrong. You shouldn't move around too much. Wrong. You shouldn't turn your back to the audience. Wrong. You should hold your hands this way or that way. Wrong. You need voice lessons. Wrong. Don't say, "Ah." Wrong. Don't talk too fast. Wrong.

It's all wrong. All of it. There should be one rule to presenting. BE YOURSELF. Period. That's the only way you have a shot in hell of connecting with another human being. Until that happens, there can be no transmission of information, and so there is no reason to ever stand up in front of a room full of people and talk. Connect first. Be yourself. Go to ted.com.

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Jim, thank you! TED is an amazing website.

I was going to say that the one rule for presenting that I got from the website is, make sure you talk about things that you really care about. But the rule you state might be more realistic because sometimes you have to present on things that you don't care about. Anyway, thanks again.

Posted by Stuart King on April 07, 2008 at 09:51 AM JST #

Totally agree, Stuart. Passion.

Posted by Jim Grisanzio on April 07, 2008 at 10:21 AM JST #

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