Category Archives: TED

Analysis of a Speech by Elizabeth Gilbert

One of my favourite TED Talks is the one given by Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of the international bestseller Eat Pray Love. In her talk, Gilbert speaks about the fears and frustrations of those who pursue a creative life, especially during … Continue reading

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Analysis of a Speech by Elif Şafak

Analysis of a terrific TED Talk by Elif Şafak. Continue reading

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The Power of Gestures

Effective speakers understand the power of gestures. Good gestures can add emphasis to an important point. They can be used to help explain a complicated concept. They can turn a speech into drama. As I have said previously, we should not … Continue reading

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Analysis of a Speech by Shukla Bose

Shukla Bose is the founder and head of the Parikrma Humanity Foundation, an extraordinary nonprofit that runs schools for poor children in urban India. Parikrma is transforming education so that these children can have equal access to the best opportunities. Parikrma manages … Continue reading

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Analysis of a Speech by Philip K. Howard

Philip K. Howard is a lawyer from New York and author of the books The Death of Common Sense, The Collapse of the Common Good and Life Without Lawyers. One of his great concerns is the manner in which his … Continue reading

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Excellent Interview with Chris Anderson of TED

My friend, Jack Vincent, recently posted a link to an excellent interview with the curator of TED, Chris Anderson. Those of you who have been reading this blog for some time will know that I consider TED to be one … Continue reading

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Analysis of a speech by Sir Ken Robinson

It’s time for another TED Talk, and this one by Sir Ken Robinson is one of my favourites. Robinson is an internationally recognized leader in education, innovation, creativity and human resources. His latest book is entitled The Element. As Robinson states: … Continue reading

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What drives you?

There is a word in Japanese – ikigai (生き甲斐 – pronounced “ee-ki-guy”). There is no one word in English that is its equivalent. In fact, to express the concept in English, we have borrowed a phrase from French – raison d’être. … Continue reading

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Speaking with Passion

As Garth Reynolds says, when delivering a speech, being passionate about your topic is one of the most important things you can do. Continue reading

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Prezi

Prezi is a new tool for presentations and an alternative to PowerPoint and Keynote. Continue reading

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Making it Stick: Emotion matters

This is Part 6 of a seven-part series on making speeches and presentations memorable.  It is based on the book “Made to Stick” by Chip and Dan Heath. We can learn a lot, on many levels, from Mother Theresa.  We can even … Continue reading

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Making it Stick: Credibility Counts

This is Part 5 of a seven-part series on making speeches and presentations memorable.  It is based on the book “Made to Stick” by Chip and Dan Heath. OK, this blog has become officially cool because I have figured out … Continue reading

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