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 12 2013: And just to clarify my point, What one thinks one might have said, is not necessarily what others hear....
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      Jul 12 2013: Man, you got that right. These days It seems like one can say "hello", and someone will come back, and say "EXCUSE ME"! What did you mean by that ??? huh huh huh? Am I right? Many of us who have been around for a long time find many conversations lacking excitement ,and progress. It seems many times we are talking in circles to placate peoples fears, and superstitions trying not offend. People seem to be stuck in a rut of mediocrity, not moving forward to new skills, and awareness, but static, and comfortable. That fortunately, is usually not the case here at TED.

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