My online and classroom students analyze TED Talks. It helps us become better, stronger presenters if we can evaluate, break down, and study a successful speech. Why does it work? How does it work? What can I take from that speech and use in my presentations?
Some students have a difficult time with “dynamism” and a presenter’s presence. These students usually believe a speech should be entertainment and nothing more. If the speaker isn’t funny, he or she is boring. If the topic isn’t fun, the speech isn’t worth watching.
David Dow’s “Lessons From Death Row Inmates” is a presentation that proves a person doesn’t have to be funny to deliver a powerful, impacting message.
What great TED Talks have you seen lately?