New 2022 TED Talk idea

Three small plastic Stitch toys
Same person in all three poses.

New TED Talk idea…

Ask five times, “Who’s the most ______ person you know?”

Five themed questions asking about a person you know who embodies the specific question. Every audience member who does this exercise will have five answers, one for each question. In a perfect world their answers are all the same person.

Also in a perfect world, everyone’s answers are the same person, yet simultaneously, everyone’s answer is different.

Yes, this is a mind-bender.

When (if) you figure out the riddle, it will be bold enough to blow your mind.

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Evening News Dec 15, 1966

Close up of Mickey Mouse with a man next to him
We did not close Disneyland the day that Walt died because he always said the show must go on.

It would take more time than anybody has around the daily news shops to think of the right thing to say about Disney. He was an original. Not just an American original, but an original. Period. He was a happy accident, one of the happiest this century has experienced. And judging by the way it’s behaving, in spite of all Disney tried to tell it about laughter, love, children, puppies, and sunrises, the century hardly deserved him. He probably did more to heal – or at least soothe – troubled human spirits than all the psychiatrists in the world.

There can’t be many adults in the allegedly civilized parts of the globe who did not inhabit Disney’s mind and imagination for at least for a few hours and feel better for the visitation. It may be true, as somebody said, that while there is no highbrow in a lowbrow, there is some lowbrow in every highbrow. But what Disney seemed to know was that while there is very little grown-up in every child, there is a lot of child in every grown-up. To a child, this weary world is brand-new, gift wrapped. Disney tried to keep it that way for adults.

By the conventional wisdom, mighty mice, flying elephants, Snow White and Happy, Grumpy, Sneezy and Doc – all these were fantasy, escapism from reality. It’s a question of whether they are any less real, any more fantastic than intercontinental missiles, poisoned air, defoliated forests, and scrap iron on the moon. This is the age of fantasy, however you look at it, but Disney’s fantasy wasn’t lethal. People are saying we will never see his like again.

Eric Sevareid, December 15, 1966

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A teacher until i die, and…

From a Disney Institute internal training session, circa 2013.
From a Disney Institute internal training session, circa 2013.
From a Disney Institute internal training session, circa 2013.
From a Disney Institute internal training session, circa 2013.

A teacher until i die, and…

In a perfect an excellent world, a teacher after i die too.

Tim Pollard made a name for himself (at Disney) by helping Disney executives with poor to good speaking ability to raise their game a level or two. For a short, planned, strategic speech, one that you would read word-for-word, brilliant.

For live, spontaneous, enthusiastic, organic audience interaction lasting one hour to five days, it’s a guide, not a Bible.

While continuing to purge a lifetime of Disney and home paperwork and “stuff” (like the orange coffee mug), these photos are stored in Apple’s Notes app and the physical cards and cup are gone.

Tim and i started out great and over time, his non-Disney character revealed itself and rubbed me in a non-Disney way.

The Disney Way is a thing – a cultural thing – like friendly, enthusiastic, helpful and courteous Cast Members are The Disney Way.

Any behavior that’s off even a little bit is easily noticeable, questionable, and without change, unacceptable.

Great speaking concepts are context neutrally great. Grateful to Tim for sharing his speaking wisdom. He definitely assisted Disney Institute (DI) at a time when standardized delivery became the new vision. Without Tim’s help, DI would never have done what we did. Incidentally, the bulk of this delivery change occurred after i retired in 2014.

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Market to our human spirit

Steve Jobs narrates…

Market to the human spirit.

Be amazed and be amazing.

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Making progress helps

This is one way to organize. Come moving day, and moving day will one day arrive, how objectively easy will moving be?

Making progress helps us make more progress.

Not making progress inhibits progress.

Period.

Solution?

Find a million ways to stay motivated.

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