I wrote a post for Business Unplugged about why I think that TED talks will have a positive impact on the way we present. It is my hope that they will inspire people to bring their “A game” to any presentation, training, or workshop.
The short-form 18-minute format is brutal, but extremely valuable, in that it makes you distill your idea down to the most important essences.
The goals are to make an impact and create an emotional response, which seems a whole lot better than “meh” to me.
You can read “TED Talks and the Way We Present” here.