Face to Face

Posted on April 23, 2012 by


When I signed up for this class at the end of freshman year, I was enthralled with idea of learning how to become a better presenter. At the beginning of the second semester, we began this with full force. In the first few weeks of February the class took a break from research and writing blog posts to review the components of a good presentation. As a primary component of this unit, we were introduced to TED talks. TED is an annual conference here people from all over the world come together to share their ideas.

“Charisma is a sparkle in people that money can’t buy. It’s an invisible energy with visible effects.” -Marianne Williamson

In class, we began watching various TED talks and then discussing, as a class, which components of the presentation were interesting and which were not. Although during the time period in which were actually analyzing the videos, the process might have seemed at times tedious, the experience was truly beneficial for our presentations. Of the components we isolated, a few are:

  1. Reliability: being able to connect with the audience on an emotional level.
  2. Foreshadowing: Informing the audience of what is going to covered in the presentation.
  3. Informed: Know your information proficiently and also know the information that audience already knows.
  4. Interest: Include various entertaining components in order to retain the interest of the audience

One of the presentations that particularly retained by interests was the several presentations by Hans Rosling. As a presenter, Hans Rosling possess all of these qualities that will maintain an audience’s attention, but also ensure that they retain the information that he is telling them. The interesting and varied use of graphics retain interest better than a basic powerpoint presentation. The varied animations and symbols keep the information and presentation fresh and interesting.

Here is an example of one of his incredibly interesting videos.

In this video, Rosling appeals to the audience on an emotional. Because of his charisma, Rosling is able to use the simple object of a washing machine in order to convey a point for a full ten minutes. Not only does Rosling convey a point well, but he also conveys information while motivating people.

Here is an additional example of Rosling’s ability to present:

Although this presentation is near 20 minutes long, Rosling’s interesting use of graphics retains interests and conveys facts in a method that they are easy to digest.

All in all, this period of time was incredibly useful in order to successfully execute our next project, Colonial America. the presentation format for that project was to film a presentation in the style of a TED talk, and also utilize the different skills we had isolated in the beginning of the unit. I hope that some of the techniques that have been discussed in this blog post will help ensure any future presentation’s success.

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