Science writer John Bohannon’s modest proposal is to use “dancers as tools of rhetoric” — instead of the same ol’ PowerPoint technical presentations:
What do you think?
Check out the applicants in last year’s ‘Dance your PhD’ contest here.
What sort of critiques could you offer for this speech on public speaking? What was done well, and what could be improved?
Throughout the term I’ll be referring to several TED talks. For one, the topics are not only interesting, but many of them are inspiring (both personally and professionally) — but I also like TED talks because they’re good examples to learn from. TED speakers are typically engaging and passionate, which are two qualities you’ll probably want to possess as a speaker.
Here’s a list that’s known as the TED Commandments (which could also be useful to you as you prepare your 401 speeches):
1. Be personal.
2. Be vulnerable.
3. Make people laugh/cry.
4. Do something the audience will remember forever.
5. Say something you’ve never said before.
6. Share an idea that could change the world.
7. Do not pitch for your company or organization.
8. Do not go over your allotted time.
9. Do not read.
10. Rehearse and be spontaneous.
Which TED talks are your favorite?