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PowerPoint 10-20-30 & The TED Commandments

In a recent Trainers Warehouse customer poll, I found that 97% of the trainers and teachers surveyed use PowerPoint Wow!

Here are some of my favorite tips relating to the use of PowerPoint:

Tim Longhurst explains the TED commandments.

TED Talks are some of the best speeches I watch. The speakers are innovators and leaders, dreamers and doers. The talks are recorded at the annual TED Conference and many of them are available to download free from

Recently, I discovered one of the reasons the speeches are so good… TED’s organizers send upcoming speakers a stone tablet, engraved with the ‘TED Commandments.” Amy Tan in her TED Talk described the arrival of the TED Commandments as “something that creates a near-death experience; but near-death is good for creativity…”.

So I went in search of the TED Commandments. Thankfully Sue Pelletier points out that Rives was good enough to post a photo of the TED Commandments on his blog, shopliftwindchimes (scroll to 20 Feb). But you don’t need to settle for a photo, because I’ve typed them below:

  1. Thou Shalt Not Simply Trot Out thy Usual Shtick
  2. Thou Shalt Dream a Great Dream, or Show Forth a Wondrous New Thing, Or Share Something Thou Hast Never Shared Before
  3. Thou Shalt Reveal thy Curiosity and Thy Passion
  4. Thou Shalt Tell a Story
  5. Thou Shalt Freely Comment on the Utterances of Other Speakers for the Sake of Blessed Connection and Exquisite Controversy
  6. Thou Shalt Not Flaunt thine Ego. Be Thou Vulnerable. Speak of thy Failure as well as thy Success.
  7. 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.
  8. Thou Shalt Remember all the while: Laughter is Good.
  9. Thou Shalt Not Read thy Speech.
  10. Thou Shalt Not Steal the Time of Them that Follow Thee

Michael Hyatt shares his “5 Rules for Better Presentations

Rule #1: Don’t give your presentation software center stage.
Rule #2: Create a logical flow to your presentation.
Rule #3: Make your presentation readable.
Rule #4: Remember, less is more.
Rule #5: Distribute a handout.

And, simply

Always obey the 10-20-30 Rule: no more than 10 slides, no more than 20 minutes and no type smaller than 30 point.”


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