Most of us were not not born public speakers and therefore may struggle with creating captivating, engaging, and interactive class presentations. As educators, our desire is to engage students while providing them with the necessary concepts. Chris Anderson’s article in the Harvard Business Review Magazine provides a road map of how to communicate effectively in a simple, concise and interesting manner. Below is his article preview of How To Give A Killer Presentation:
In a new essay in The Harvard Business Review’s June issue, Anderson shares his fine-tuned advice for delivering a powerful talk. A few choice tidbits:
“We all know that humans are wired to listen to stories, and metaphors abound for the narrative structures that work best to engage people. When I think about compelling presentations, I think about taking an audience on a journey.”
“Many of our best and most popular TED Talks have been memorized word for word … Most people go through what I call the ‘valley of awkwardness,’ where they haven’t quite memorized the talk. If they give the talk while stuck in that valley, the audience will sense it … Getting past this point is simple, fortunately. It’s just a matter of rehearsing enough times that the flow of words becomes second nature.”
“Perhaps the most important physical act onstage is making eye contact. Find five or six friendly-looking people in different parts of the audience and look them in the eye as you speak. Think of them as friends you haven’t seen in a year, whom you’re bringing up to date on your work“ (Anderson, Chris).
Before you click here to read the full article, watch the TedTalk presentation of Richard Turere, a 12 year old Masai boy who relays to the audience, of how he devised a system of lights to protect his families livestock from the lions at night. With guidance from Chris Anderson, Richard Tuere’s presentation was engaging and compelling.