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Communications for Social Entrepreneurs–Inspiring TED Talks and Speeches

16 Jul

Key Questions about Communication and Social Entrepreneurship
What are the best examples of communication by social entrepreneurs?

What are the types of communication that social entrepreneurs engage in?

How do social entrepreneurs communicate differently?

Examples of social entrepreneur communication
• Bill Gates (link)
• Melinda Gates (link)
• Jacqueline Novogratz (link)
• Ken Robinson (link)
• Bono (link)

Articles on communication strategies by social entrepreneurs:
• Carmine Gallo article in Forbes about Bono (link)

Communication Related Resources:
• Top 100 Speeches (link)
• Inspiring TED Talks by Social Entrepreneurs (link)
• Acumen Fellows Reading List (link)


Innovation Presentation

2 Jun

Tina Seelig, who is part of the Stanford GSB faculty, in her recent book What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 writes: “During my creativity course, teams of students each pick an organization they think is innovative. These teams visit the firm, interview employees, watch them in action, and come to their own conclusions about what makes the organization creative. They then present this information to the class in an innovative way.”

Hopefully there is a critical mass of innovative and creative companies in your part of the country. I guess if you didn’t feel that to be the case, perhaps they could do interviews by Skype or other free video conferencing.

This presentation project can be divided into:

1) pre-research/brainstorming & filtering process
2) interview questions
3) optional: edited interviews (video)
4) presentation:
-visual presentation/presentation design
-outline/handouts/visual aids (optional)
-learning activities (optional)

Of course you can use whatever project based learning grading rubric you are experienced with.

Problem Solving and Design Thinking Classroom Activity

22 Apr

Tom Wujec talks about the Marshmallow Challenge at TED. If you need the instructions for setting up the Marshmallow Challenge. I like the idea of doing this activity in two waves–especially if in the first wave most students don’t opt for the iterative design process:

This is a great activity for learning together.

Beyond Presentation Design Syllabus

18 Mar

Introduction to Presentation Design

This syllabus is in beta (its under construction–in fact its still in the brainstorming stage), however its an attempt to move public speaking classes in a dramatically more enjoyable, interesting, engaging, relevant, and useful way. Its primarily design for those in the arts and sciences curriculum–but has direct application to business as well.

At the moment, the class involves high expectations and a fairly moderate amount of work outside class.

Class materials:

• Your brain
• Your passion
• Your respect
• Pencil and paper
• Slideology by Nancy Duarte (available on Amazon)
• An account on Google, delicious, and
• Optional reading: Garr Reynolds on Presentation Zen, alltop blogs on public speaking)
• Optional viewing: Nancy Duarte Webinar for Viz Think
• Other optional viewing: Lynda instruction on use of Keynote and presentation design–available for 2 week block)

Fifteen Things You Get out of This Class (if you put in the time and effort):
(aka Whats in it For Me?)

• Public Speaking Skills
• Persuasion Skills
• Presentation Design Skills (including design principles)
• Design thinking Skills
• Teamwork and Project Skills
• Brainstorming and Creativity Skills
• Analysis, Critical Thinking, and Problem Solving Skills
• Research Skills
• Knowledge Management skills
• Technology Skills (Powerpoint, Elements/Photoshop, Keynote, and Web 2.0 tools)
• Coordination, Productivity, and Workflow skills
• Developing expertise and learning how to learn skills
• 21st century skills (asking the “right” questions, etc.)
• Strategic perspective about how ideas interact
• Organization and Prioritization
• Planning, priority, and goal setting skills
• Other Career and Business Skills developed through the projects (Strategic perspective and understanding how models and systems work)
• Helping identify your strengths (as future employee or business)
• Portfolio Development
• Project based experience
• Fun and engaging activities which aren’t grounded in tests and memorization (80% of your grade is not based in memorizing the textbook or lectures in typical “read by wrote” function)

In short helping you create a more productive life in college and overall a healthier career arch as you move forward into professional life.

Presentation Design Week 1: Intros and Introductory Narrative Speeches
• Introduction to Public Speaking/Presentation Design. (3 minute Death by Powerpoint video, short TED Talk (optional) the 3 minute TED talk on success is fantastic, Nancy Duarte video) The text of the Nancy Duarte video is available in Chapter 12 of the book (it may also be available online)
• Why visual design? Why presentation design?
• Introduction to the Presentation Design landscape (the Duarte diagram)
• Classroom rules activity (7 minutes in groups, 5 minutes presentation)
• Introduction to principles of communication and visual design. (What makes good design?)
• Pair share-introduction activity
• Personal interest inventory, including major and career goals
• Assignment: Introductory Narrative/Story Presentation Assignment with visual aid

Day 2:
• Introductory Story Presentation Assignment with visual aid (2 to 4 minutes)

Presentation Design Week 2:
Day 1:
• TED Talks. Discuss design features and communication features which work. Discuss any which didn’t work. (Teacher Facilitates) (25 minutes)
• Pick a TED talk activity and evaluate its content and design (25 minutes)
• Pair share about your findings on your TED talk (7 minutes)
• Group discussion about TED talk (7 minutes)
• Assignment:
research on brainstorming methods. read two articles on brainstorming and creativity.
read chapter 2
summarize your findings in 1/2 to page.

Day 2: The Wonderful World of Brainstorming
Class Discussion: What is creativity? Purpose of brainstorming? Innovation vs. creativity? The importance of creativity. The challenges and limits of creativity. Who defines creativity? How can we study creativity?
Class Discussion: Brainstorming techniques you found and/or have used
Instruction: Methods
Class Activity: Brainstorming in groups of 3 to 4 (using 3 different methods)
Class Activity: Optional (Post it notes and Mind map activity combined into one in stages–use post it notes to create a viable sketch of a mindmap)
Class Activity: Reflection on brainstorming activity
Class Discussion: How can you resolve group disputes? How can you balance diversity and the need to create a final product? (could reference or read: Dysfunctions of a Team)

Presentation Design Week 3: High Tech Skills for High Tech Times
Day I:
Powerpoint Skills 20 minutes (If you have time, you might include some of these powerpoint tricks and tips–although it might be better to save them for a later refresh)
• 30 to 40 minute activity: Turn your using creative commons or cited images from Google images or Flickr search.
• Optional Outside Class: How to Use Keynote and Advanced Keynote skills

Day 2:
• Classroom activity (30 minutes): Present your new presentations in small group. (this creates a technological difficulty–unless a computer room is available or you have students with plentiful laptops who are willing to share.)
• Critiques and recommendations based on class rubric (soon to be available on website)
• Classroom discussion: what else can you use powerpoint for?

Presentation Design Week 5: Discovery, Learning, and Research
Day 1:
• Creating a Personal Learning Management System
• Principles of Learning (constructivism and Blooms Taxonomy)
• Classroom discussion: what have you found in learning? In speaking?
Day 2:
• Principles of Memory (include Brain Rules principles, videos, and/or presentation)
• Classroom discussion: what have you found?
• Principles of Motivation
• Activities on all 3 (the memory and motivation activities can involve discovery of the science and punditry of memory and motivation)

Presentation Design Week 6: Typography and Color (Chapter 7)
Explorations of Typography
Explorations of Color
10 minute review of Project Assignment
10 minute review of principles we’ve talked about (brainstorm, pair share, and group activity)

Presentation Design Week 7: Project Week (one week before midterms in other classes)
Project Week-requires group meetings with other students in class.
Group meetings each day with teacher.

Outside activity: One hour and 30 minute delivery of presentations (Justification: this isn’t unusual given the time spent in a traditional class studying and preparing for midterms–or writing essays for classes which also have multiple choice tests)

Presentation Design Week 8: Design Layout and Data (Chapter 3 and Chapter 4)
Explorations on Layout
Explorations on Diagrams and Displaying Data (focus on diagrams) (mention of the new science of data and the role of data in organizations and feedback)

Presentation Design Week 9: Case Studies, Examples, and Presentation Zen
Metaphors and Stories
Presentation Zen (simplicity)
Thinking Like a Designer
(if a chapter of presentation zen is available online–I may assign that)

Presentation Design Week 10:
How do you interview an expert? How do you do an interview like a journalist?
Design Hacks and Pointers
Activity: Pick 3 presentations on and look at the design elements. (Teacher can specify they come from a pool of 3 or 4 designers–for instance Garr Reynolds or have a certain number of hits)
Activity: Explorations of Garrs Blog. Explorations on delicious (group assignments)
Activity: Summarize your findings in a powerpoint presentation

Outside speaker critique due on thursday

Presentation Design Week 11:
Nonverbal skills
Hand out design
Marketing your skills

Presentation Design Week 14:
Classroom debates

Presentation Design Week 13 and Beyond:

1) Project based learning & development of portfolios and experience
2) Interviews with designers and freelancers (live and via Skype)

I have 2 to 4 different versions of this syllabus floating around this website. This is the only one to date, which has a formalized presentation design textbook–the others use a traditional public speaking textbook. However, the activities are just as relevant.

Future Presentation Design weeks to focus on……Expertise and thought leadership. Thought leadership marketing. Professional services firms. Consulting. (hopefully we can interview 2 or 3 people via Skype of live action) Reflection on the interviews and insights gained. Ideas from Ericsson on expertise and deliberative practice and Seth Godin on extraordinary and indispensible.

Consider having an out of class activity on the subject of professional service firms.
Also consider implementing more one on one portfolio review.

Speech critique rubric to come (at the moment–I’m using an outside speaker critique form I found on Google–I’m not sure if this is suitable for peer critiques, however. I think it may be too extensive and specific.)

As I redesign this document in future drafts, I plan on perhaps using this Instructional Design syllabus from George Mason as a model (at the very least for the one page presentation of what the course involves).

If you have activities, resources, research, insight feel free to leave a note in the comments section. (I’m thinking about changing the nature of the outside speaker critique, because most speakers outside won’t be using powerpoint decks–which seems to run outside one focus of the class. I would change it by assigning an outside speaker critique based on TED talks or another speech available online at least 7 minutes in length)

Handouts Compiled:
The Presentation Landscape (Nancy Duarte)
Outside Speaker Critique Model

Possible Challenges for Teachers Teaching Presentation Design:

1) Logistics from a technical perspective
2) Time–how long with the students to do assignments
3) Adding a story element to the discussions and instruction (perhaps just by embedding a scenario and feedback)
4) Adding visual elements on a budget (of course iStockphoto, creative commons, and flickr are great here)
5) Focus–what skills will students walk away with? (not being overwhelming in content delivery). For instance, if you look at the presentation design landscape (a per Duarte), there are perhaps too many areas to focus on–much less be able to do activities on each and everyone of them. Perhaps that just allows room for a second class.
6) Encouraging students and making the class engaging
7) What are the types of output I need from the students to make the experience fun and practical.
8] Adapting to the needs of the diversity of students (teachers, lawyers, health professionals, marketing, management, etc.) Knowing the skills which will be most relevant
9) Technical constraints like availability of internet, laptops, and computers
10) Some degree of focus on the everydayness of presentations
11) Creating my own design aesthetic
12) Integrating the web appropriate out of class

Nonverbal Communication Classroom Activity

7 Mar

Part I: Charades (or some permutation or combination). Could be pop culture or based on class learning materials.

Part II. Students are given scenarios on slips of paper. (Materials: cup and 15 to 30 slips of paper. You can do multiple rounds if everyone gives the slips back or you can print multiple batches of the same scenario). Students in groups of two are instructed to use non verbal communication to play out the discussion.

Part III. Processing and Reflection

Part IV. Video of television shows without the sound. Students try to interpret what is going on based on nonverbals of the characters (try to provide a variety of genres). (This one could be done in a group with one television or via YouTube with either preselected videos or videos the student select–although the later would obviously take valuable class time)

Part V. Public speakers and nonverbal communication. Turn volume down and students try to interpret what is going on based on nonverbals of the speaker.

Part VI. Processing and Reflection

Part VII. Internet scavenger hunt based on nonverbal communication.

Part VIII. Could wrap up with instructional on nonverbal communication

Presentation Design Classroom Activity

7 Mar

Part I. Brainstorm who you are and what you are best at. You are free to use any method (ideagraph, free writing, or listing).

Part 2. Pair share and add suggestions

Part 3. Editing

Part 4: Design (here are some great examples of business cards)

Part 5: Present (limited presentations)

Part 6: Reflection

Public speaking group activities

22 Feb

This entire syllabus (aka about 60 to 70%) consists of public speaking group activities (which I believe currently total about 30). Most involve either:

1) Simulation which requires teamwork and creating a mini-presentation of 2 to 5 minutes to the group. (optional: if the classroom group are given similar project-assignments the teacher can serve as facilitator of the presentations, which can help provide some group take aways from the presentations)
2) Group discussions on cultural controversies or video presentations. (about half of these activities are based on the 18 minute video segments from the world famous TED Conference–which is a fantastic resource for well done professional presentations which address current issues and events. Note, you can also find these same Ted Talks videos on YouTube)
3) Allow for personal investigation, which allow students to pursue personal passions and interests in relation to a larger cultural, communication, or community/political theme.

Most activities are intended for 15 minutes or more (aka 60 minutes), however certainly can be adapted to your individual time constraints and learning objectives.

I think these three models are quite helpful in that they are largely consistent with Blooms taxonomy for learning and development.

If you want to search the blog for group activities for the public speaking classroom feel free to do so. Or you may like to check out these public speaking activities on the social bookmarking site Delicious. Enjoy and feel free to add comments.

In fact, the comments for this post are a fantastic place to suggest additional group classroom activities…

Our Students Future: 21st Century Survival Skills

11 Feb

The Seven Survival Skills for the 21st Century Our School Curriculum Vitally Needs

According to research done by visiting Harvard professor Tony Wagner the survival skills of children need are the following:

1) Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
2) Collaboration Across Networks and Leading by Influence
3) Agility and Adaptability
4) Initiative and Entrepreneurialism
5) Effective Oral and Written Communication
6) Accessing and Analyzing Information
7) Curiosity and Imagination

Tony Wagner, co-directory of the Change Leadership Group (CLG) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, “Global Achievement Gap: Why Even Our Best Schools Don’t Teach The New Survival Skills Our Children Need–and What We Can do About It.”

Unfortunately, We’re Failing Our Students:

“To summarize: There is no strong evidence that any of the Seven Survival Skills are being taught at any grade level in American public schools.”

What would Dan Pink say about the above? What do you think?

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Decision Making Models Research Activity

10 Feb

Problem solving in action: Decision Making Models

Each person in the class (assuming availability of computers) will search for three decision making models (they can relate to personal, business, faith, or career).

They will perform the decision process using the model.

Hint: An example of a decision making model might be SWOT analysis. (different versions of SWOT)

I suggest looking at HBR, delicious, search suggest. You can also look under “problem solving methods” or “problem solving models”

Creativity Autobiography Activity

10 Feb

I’m not the biggest fan of Twyla Tharp’s book–I’m not sure why. Given I’ve read so much in the area of creativity, I have a high standard for what I consider interesting and helpful. (So I would recommend 4 to 6 others before I would recommend it) One activity which I think can be helpful is the Creativity Autobiography on page 54 to 59 of her book (here is an example of a Creativity Autobiography).

Classroom Activity:

1) Fill out all or a portion of the creativity autobiography.
2) E-mail it to yourself.
3) If you can postdate your email, I suggest emailing it to yourself in 6 months and 12 months–as it could provide an interesting moment of self-reflection.
4) Pair share. What did you discover about yourself? What does that say about you?
5) Optional activity: check out some of these questions about creativity in the workplace and apply them in the academic context.
6) Optional activity: check out other questionaires and checklist on delicious.

Other Creativity Resources:

Tom Kelley of IDEO speaks at Stanford (2008)
Tom Kelley of IDEO speaks at Stanford
Tina Seelig of Stanford speaks at Stanford
Michael Gelb (author of How to Think Like Leonardo Divinci and others)

Public Speaking 2.0: Social Media Tips for Trainers

10 Feb

Your Guide to Presentation, Blended E-learning, and Training 2.0:

1) You can use delicious to find the best in relevant content.
2) Find influential and relevant content on
3) Set up Google alerts on relevant search terms.
4) You can use Google, technorati, Google blog search to find blogs in your niche.
5) Use Google scholar to find academic research and analysis about your content.
6) You can create a personal RSS reader (for instance Google reader) for your favorite blogs and websites. You can then favorite and (automatically) share the most relevant content.
7) Create a widget for your favorite RSS feeds.
8] Tag your content. (Get your folksonomy on)
9) Group the widgets in a social media dashboard. You can also use Netvibes or Alltop to quickly aggregate your favorite blogs.
10) Socially bookmark your favorite content and aggregate your favorites via a lifestreaming platform like Friend Feed and
11) Post your presentation on
12) Post a video of your presentations on Vimeo, Viddler, Blip.TV or You Tube.
13) You can post your best presentations with the Slideshare widget for Facebook and Linked In.
14) Find the best images with Flickr advanced search or Google images search.
15) Post your speaking notes, references, or bibliography on Scribd.
16) Host a virtual speaking, presentation, or training event in Second Life.
17) Collaborate on speaking and event planning on Google Docs, Zoho, a Wiki (or Social Text), or a WordPress blog. If you choose a wiki you might check out this direct comparison between a range of enterprise wikis.
18] Use hashtagging to share your content on Twitter.
19) Use Wordle to create word pictures or “beautiful word clouds.”
20) Watch TED talks, Fora TV, or Academic Earth for more video content.
21) Learn a new skill at one of the many video learning websites to make your presentations better or more engaging.
22) Increase your productivity (get your GTD on)
23) Do audience analysis online.
24) You can learn about human motivation with Maslow’s hierarchy of needs or the hidden persuaders.
25) Have fun and launch a tumblr on your passion.
26) You can post about your event on Meetup, Craigslist, Facebook events, and Yahoo Upcoming.
27) Find people to sell your presentation skills to on Guru or Craigslist. Or perhaps you prefer a crowd sourcing site like Crowdspring for logo and graphic design.
28] Do budgeting and accounting. For instance, you might like a combination of Expensify which provides free expense reports and an accounting application like Quickbooks.
29) Do project management.
30) Post your slide decks and event photos in Rock You and Animoto for presentations. Or you may prefer Flickr or Google’s Picassa for creating slideshows.
31) Create an e-portfolio for personal branding and credibility. For instance, many people use Visual CV.
32) Create your brochure content and purchase amazing templates from Inkd or Apple (iWork).
33) Start a WordPress blog on your subject or guest blog on a more influential site.
34) Do research to find someone to interview or survey.
35) Get your open source learning or creative commons on. In fact, you can do a creative commons search here.
36) Find a Ning community. Start a Ning community. (Ning is a free online social networking community that takes 60 seconds to launch)
37) You can choose a free or low cost video conference tool like Skype, UStream, Livestream (formerly Mogulus), or GoTo Meeting.
38] You can use Cover it Live to provide live blogging of a conference (or another interesting industry event).
39) This post from Read/Write Web called “Web 2.0 backpack for students” is quite helpful for content creation.
40) Visual Blast suggests these “28 online image and photo editing tools” to help you with all your slide creation needs.
41) Sliderocket is a cool new introduction to the world of presentation design.
42) Mashable has a great and useful list of creativity and visual thinking resources which introduces “30+ Mind Mapping Tools.”
43) Crowd source information for your presentation. You can use Linked In Answers for starters.
44) Create a survey using Survey Monkey or Google Docs and e-mail it to relevant individuals.
45) Self publish on Lulu and learn the basics of self-publishing 101.
46) Launch your manifesto on Slideshare or ChangeThis.
47) Learn about personal branding from Tom Peters.
48] Find Enterprise 2.0 applications and software as service applications for small business like Intuit.
49) Leverage the best of the newest in web 2.0 applications at Webware.
50) Or check out the Guardians 100 most useful websites.
51) Wetpaint suggest several widgets to use in its platform, which can be helpful.

My original publication of this article can be found at my Presentation 2.0 Wiki. You can find further suggestions about social media uses for presenters here.

Presentations for Start ups and Entrepreneurs

10 Feb

Educational Videos on Pitching

1) Guy Kawasaki Video on presentations

2) David S. Rose at TED on 10 things to know before you pitch a VC

Or you may prefer David Rose’s presentation as designed by Garr Reynolds:

1) Apprentice style scenario to pitch to VC (pick an industry/pick a product)
2) Pick a product centered around a previous idea or based on Paul Graham’s what I would fund essay. (alternatively you can use Fred Wilsons ideas in his speech at Google–note this speech is about an hour long as I recall)
3) Slide decks should follow the simplicity in design principles from Garr Reynolds and the 10/20/30 presentation rule from Guy Kawasaki as much as reasonably possible.
4) The model for business plans is provided by the venture capital firm Sequia Capital. Alternatively students may choose to use the 1 page business model or the one page idea pitch model favored by Innocentive. (note: I’m sorry for conflating or simplifying business plan pitches, however its necessary in the interest of time)

See also these online resources on pitching:

1) E-corner at Stanford
2) Pitching Hacks (they have a great summary deck on Slideshare)
3) Tech Stars
4) David Cohen
5) A VC
6) SBA
7) Score
8] Chamber of Commerce
9) Other Guy Kawasaki resources like “Art of the Start”
10) Other resource on “successfully pitching vcs and/or angels”

Warning: this activity will likely take 1.5 classroom periods.

Each One Teach One Activity

9 Feb

In small groups.

1) Delegate

2) Research

3) Publish

4) Present

5) Activity

6) Reflect

Optional: Could base it on the text book, a valuable article or blog post, something already learned in the class, or 1 or 2 chapters in an outside text on public speaking, persuasion, learning, or presentation design.

Optional: Two varieties:

  • Traditional
  • Could bring in high schoolers or some other stakeholder to teach to.

Memory and Learning Activity

9 Feb

1) Pick one of more of the questions below:

  • How do we learn?
  • How do we remember?  What do we remember?
  • What does brain based science say about learning?  About training?  About design?

2) Research it

3) Publish it

4) Present it

5) Discuss

My Interest group public speaking classroom activity

9 Feb

1) Teacher will divide the class up by interest groups/major/passions.

2) Research trends in your area.  Research how cultural changes are effecting your areas of interest.

3) Present your findings.  How will this change how you think about these fields?

4) Are their parallels between different fields?

Public Speaking Classroom Activity: Crowdpowered vs. Expert Powered

9 Feb

1) You will be assigned a side

2) Brainstorm your topic.  Brainstorm places to research and keyterms to research.  Pick examples that you believe your side is

3) Break up the research responsibilities.

4) Prepare your arguments

5) Read an essay on each side assigned by the teacher.  (

6) Debate

7) Reflect.

8)Who is an expert?  How can we determine expertise in the context of personal life and business?  When are the “experts” wrong.

9) Vote and why.  How can crowdpowered and expert powered information best work?  Whats the best way to find out from the crowd?  Whats the best way to find out from the experts (and from the experienced)?

10) Why do we trust wikipedia?

Option: Groups of 2 to 4.

Option: Pick an appropriate debate format.  You might base it on public forum, SPAR debate, or parlimentary debate.

Public Speaking Classroom Rules Activity

9 Feb

Classroom Rules and Norms

1) Students get in groups of 5 and create classroom rules.

2) Students then present the rules to the class.

3) Option: Have a debate on controversial rules.  Students get to pick sides and vote.

  • The rules have sticking power until they prove ineffective or distracting to respect or the purposes of the class.

Discovery and Wiki Presentation Activity

9 Feb

Break up into teams of  3s.

Your Mission and Objective:

1) Find info on your topic

2) Organize the info and links in a wiki page (the magic # is 5, 7, 10, 12, or 15)

3) Present on your discoveries to the class

Outside speaker critique assignment

9 Feb

1.  Include the date and title of the speech, the name of the speaker along with his or her title or position.  Describe the introduction given to the speaker.  Did it make you want to listen to him/her?

2.  What was the subject of the speech?  Describe the audience.  Did the speaker speak to the level of his/her audience?

3.  Where and on what occasion was the speech given?

4.  What was the objectives or purpose of the speech?

5.  Did the speaker achieve his/her objectives or purpose?  Why or why not?

6.  Give examples of the kinds of support (statistics, graphs, video testimony, stories, examples) used by the speaker.  Were they effective?  Did they contribute to the speech?

7.  Describe the speaker’s platform behavior.  Include such details as posture, personal appearance, bodily movements, gestures, vocal characteristics and eye contact.

8.  Was the speaker’s delivery effective or ineffective?  Why?

9.  Describe the speaker’s use of language.  Include such details as volume, word choice, articulation, pronunciation, clarity, vividness, appropriateness, pausing, filler words, accent, and language devices.

10.  What was your overall reaction to the speech?  What was the audience’s reaction?

11.  What did you learn that will help you become a better speaker?

You can find this outside speaker critique format at the University of Vermont.

Secrets of Success in 8 Words, 3 Minutes

7 Feb

You can read about Richard St. John at the TED Talks website.

What do you think?  Is he right?  How can this insight be leveraged for good or communicated to larger audiences?

40 Inspirational Speeches in 2 minutes

7 Feb

Nancy Duarte on Slideology

7 Feb

Nancy Duarte explains the importance of visual presentation design.

You can check out Nancy Duarte’s presentation from the Viz Think conference at

This video keynote by Nancy from 2007 is a great example of presentation design. During the keynote she discusses what it means to be a communications consultant and trends in the industry. She’s developed what she calls a “presentation ecosystem” (Note: the keynote is available on Vimeo and may be choppy depending on your internet speed).

Steve Jobs Graduation Speech at Stanford University 2005

7 Feb

You can learn more about Steve Jobs or check out his bio at Wikipedia.