I. Thou shalt not simply trot out thy usual schtick.
II. Thou shalt dream a great dream, or show forth a wondrous new thing, or share something thou hast never shared before.
III. Thou shalt reveal thy curiosity and thy passion.
IV. Thou shalt tell a story.
V. Thou shalt freely comment on the utterances of other speakers for the sake of blessed connection and exquisite controversy.
VI. Thou shalt not flaunt thine ego. Be thou vulnerable. Speak of thy failure as well as thy success.
VII. 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.
VIII. Thou shalt remember all the while laughter is good.
IX. Thou shalt not read thy speech.
X. Thou shalt not steal the time of them that follow thee.
I swear to fulfill to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:
I will speak from my heart, not from my notes.
I will speak in plain English so that all may understand.
I will present only one big idea.
I will use visuals to enhance my words, not duplicate them.
I will share my true character on stage.
I will showcase the thinking, not the thinker.
I will not sell or solicit the audience.
I will rehearse for timing, clarity and impact.
I will hand over the stage when my time is up.
I will attempt to reveal something the world has never seen before.