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What is it about someone wearing a wireless microphone that makes me want to slap it off their face? Of all the complaints levied against TED, I don't think we've given enough attention to the crime of wearing one of those clear wireless headsets that run along your jaw and make you look like you're performing at the Super Bowl half-time show instead of delivering a serious talk about the oil crisis. I have no problem with the content of TED talks. In fact, I'm a big fan of the TED Radio Hour podcast and frequently steal tidbits of information to pretend like I'm smart. But please, can we just get rid of those wireless headsets? They're almost as bad as Bluetooth earpieces for cell phones. Maybe I should write a TED talk about this!

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  • Anderson, Chris. "How to Give a Killer Presentation." Harvard Business Review." June 2013 (July 17, 2015) https://hbr.org/2013/06/how-to-give-a-killer-presentation/
  • Gallo, Carmine. "TED Talks are Wildly Addictive for 5 Scientific Reasons." Prezi Blog. Sept. 10, 2014 (July 17, 2015) http://blog.prezi.com/latest/2014/9/10/ted-talks-are-wildly-addictive-for-5-scientific-reasons.html
  • Rose, Charlie; Schuster, Henry. "TED Talks." 60 Minutes. April 19, 2015 (July 17, 2015) http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ted-talks-60-minutes-charlie-rose/
  • TED. "Debunking TED Myths" (July 17, 2015) https://www.ted.com/about/our-organization/how-ted-works/debunking-ted-myths
  • TED. "History of TED" (July 17, 2015) https://www.ted.com/about/our-organization/history-of-ted

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