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The Leadership and Development community is rich with thought leaders and practitioners who learn about innovative philosophies and best practiced methodologies for developing leaders.  As talent development leaders, we are on the cutting edge working with business partners in academia, government, defense, nonprofit, private, and public industries addressing today's leadership challenges and preparing for tomorrow's. 

A tiny TED TALK is an opportunity for thought leaders to share their experiences, perspectives, ideas, and best practices in leadership development. Contact us @ leadershipcop@dcastd.org or call Laurie Carrigan @ 202.320.7957 to participate at our next meeting. 


The TED Commandments

These 10 tips are given to all TED Conference speakers as they prepare their TEDTalks. They will help your speakers craft talks that will have a profound impact on your audience.


1. Dream big. Strive to create the best talk you have ever given. Reveal something never seen before. Do something the audience will remember forever. Share an idea that could change the world.


2. Show us the real you. Share your passions, your dreams … and also your fears. Be vulnerable. Speak of failure as well as success.


3. Make the complex plain. Don’t try to dazzle intellectually. Don’t speak in abstractions. Explain! Give examples. Tell stories. Be specific.


4. Connect with people’s emotions. Make us laugh! Make us cry!


5. Don’t flaunt your ego. Don’t boast. It’s the surest way to switch everyone off.


6. No selling from the stage! Unless we have specifically asked you to, do not talk about your company or organization. And don’t even think about pitching your products or services or asking for funding from stage.


7. Feel free to comment on other speakers’ talksto praise or to criticize. Controversy energizes! Enthusiastic endorsement is powerful!


8. Don’t read your talk. Notes are fine. But if the choice is between reading or rambling, then read!


9. End your talk on time. Doing otherwise is to steal time from the people that follow you. We won’t allow it.


10. Rehearse your talk in front of a trusted friend … for timing, for clarity, for impact.

Speaker Preparation 

It is not a requirement that the topic of your Talk be related to the topic of a monthly meeting.  This is your opportunity to speak about a subject that interests you.  

Below are some resources to help you prepare your talk.  

TEDX Speaker Guide 

TED Topics Table of Content 

How to TEDx

Things to Consider 

TED TALKS are different from guest speaking or delivering a presentation in three specific ways.

1. There is no interaction between the presenter and the audience.

2. The content of the topic is your original work.  Of course you may reference others' work, but the premise or idea is yours.

3. There are no handouts

tiny TED TALKS differ from an actual TED TALK in a few ways. 

1. TED TALKS are 18 minutes.  A tiny TED TALK is 5-7 minutes.

2. TED TALKS usually have a visual presentation.  Your can choose to have a PowerPoint Presentation, flip charts, or not. 

3. You can use your fellow CoP community to build, develop, or participate in your TED TALK. There will be opportunities to meet and engage others with your similar interests.  Consider presenting a Talk with another person. 

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