TED Conversations

Peter Mullen


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What specific things do you believe generate the most positive responses to comments in TED conversations.

Is it all about being brief? Is it about being controversial? Does anger work, humor, what? Make a list of characteristics of the ideal TED conversation so we can all practice the fine art of good communication for a productive outcome. Not just calculating thumbs up, but functional exchanges that move thinking forward. What are your personal tricks?


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  • Jul 11 2013: I would argue that every single response to any post has some kind of 'Positive' element to it. What I mean is that if a person takes the time to even simply click once on a thumbs up.....or down, that in itself means the post they are replying to has in some way provoked said response, thus supplying some researcher or reader with valuable data. How boring and pretty much usless would any conversation be if somebody said something and nobody replied in any way at all.

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