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TED: Tedious, Excessive Delivery

TED: Tedious, Excessive Delivery

I know this is politically incorrect, but it seems to me that there are only about ten topics on TED that keep repeating with a different person each time. How many 20-minute, carefully choreographed talks on saving the planet, recovering from disease, overcoming prejudice, and basically leftist political agendas can we listen to without becoming rather glazed and inured? At this point, 98% of the content is formulaic, politically correct, assuredly diverse, pseudo-intellectualism. I watch those cutaways to the people in the audience with their IDs around their necks and think “cult”!

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

Comments: 8

  • Louis Owens

    May 26, 2018


    You’re a smart guy with a long track record of success, why waste your time writing something so pointless? I’d be dying to know what your conversion/CTR rates are from this blog.

      • Louis

        May 28, 2018

        Pointless refers to the absence of problems being solved or value being presented, and as you pointed out in your book, wasted time is a decrease in wealth. I asked simply because I was curious, not for some other nefarious reason. It should be noted however, that Conversion, CTR and the like are all valuable KPIs that accurately measure the effectiveness of a digital marketing strategy (which this blog certainly is).

        One more thing and then I promise you can get back to sipping margaritas on the beach. As I’m sure you know, past success does not equal infallibility. If you post your thoughts online and encourage people to comment, but then lash out at anyone that even slightly challenges you, then you don’t understand the internet. All of this sideways energy on your site is really just damaging the effectiveness of your vault items. You have my email address tied to this message, reach out if you’d like to chat.

        Or ignore it, or don’t reply. I don’t care at all. haha


  • Frank Seringa

    May 27, 2018

    Thank you for your honest and insightful observation. TED talks have become a reflection of ‘Free Speech’ on today’s campus; you can speak as long as we agree.
    Have TED talks become politicized?
    I think so, you?

  • Wolf

    May 27, 2018

    Same with methodologies.

    Just think of nonviolent communication, meditation or nlp.

    One class after another that doesn’t help a bit to get to the heart of the matter.

    There is soul, and there are things.

    Imagine a wolrd made up only of objects,
    a world of idle tools,

    a restaurant of nothing but tables and chairs,
    a large empty theatre or a deserted plaza in summer.

    They cry out for the service of man,
    the service to give them life.

    We call on man to display his splendid capabilities.
    And we observe with undivided attention.

    Because the little nuances in the quality of his service
    give a flawless measure of his mind.

    They tell uns frankly what his sould is worth,
    because to serve is first to love.

    Arrigo Cipriani

  • Jeffrey Summers

    May 31, 2018

    ” In an age of mass-entertainment, mass-sporting events, mass-communication, we’re trying to create mass-intellectualism. The result, of course, is a dilution of wisdom, not an addition to it.”

    Oh hell yes!!

    God bless you Alan AND your free blog.

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