For anyone who speaks, presents, or consults for work–be it to a small group or a huge auditorium: “The TED Commandments – rules every speaker needs to know.” (For those of you unfamiliar, TED Talks are a huge collection of video recorded talks from rather influential & well-known folks on their areas of expertise, on just about any subject imaginable. I have the Android App that lets me view TED Talks on my phone quite easily, which I use to better myself when standing in line at the post office or pharmacy counter.)
My favorite has to be #1: “Thou Shalt Not Simply Trot Out thy Usual Shtick.” I am so tired of hearing the same library speakers talk, and give the same presentation they gave 5 years ago, on the same topic with the same slides and the same stupid jokes. New content = king. I never give the same presentation twice. Every time the slides change, the entire outline changes, or the recommended resources change…preferably all three.
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