TedTalks: Great speakers, bad Powerpoint
I’ve been enjoying theseries of video podcasts. (You can view them or subscribe to them via ). Covering a myriad of topics, each session is fascinating in its message and its use of media (or not).
- Wade Davis uses brilliant photographs in . His photos are gorgeous and strongly support his message, that the world is filled with wonderful diversity.
- Jeff Han unveils the genius of a . His demonstration perhaps illustrates why typical demos aren’t very interesting… because compared to this, they just aren’t very interesting.
- Blaise Aguera y Arcas offers a hampered by techno-babble that detracts from his message. I guess some people really do talk like that!
- Hans Rosling conveys dense population data in a remarkably clear way, with the best stats you've ever seen. He demonstrates how rich data should be conveyed and reveals the promise of data-mining.
- Thomas Barnett offers the Pentagon's
from his book, The Pentagon's New Map: War and Peace in the Twenty-First Century. It’s a fascinating, amusing talk that is marred only by his truly terrible PowerPoint slides. He uses awful graphics, too many fonts, and silly sound effects.
- Al Gore’s presentation on
is somewhat better although his slides are a little clumsy.
- My favorite speakers use no slides at all. Check out Sir Ken Robinson's His amusing speech is filled with stories with no slides.
There are hundreds of TedTalks which in the aggregate illustrate good and bad techniques for presenting information. Watch a few and see which ones resonate with you, and why. When preparing a 15-20 minute persuasive speech, having a simple message conveyed with stories and supported with images seems to work best.
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