In this Ted Talk of just under 7 minutes, Emdin talks about motivating teachers and changing the classroom with gusto.
While the tone seems a bit too American for an Australian context there are a number of things he does well and all of these elements translate into giving a good presentation for anyone.
- He tells a story. I know I’ve been talking about this before, but this really is the way to engaging your audience.
- He paints a picture. We can imagine the black church and its parishioners.
- He uses irony. We can see the bored education student listening to the tired lecturer about engaging the audience.
- He has passion and enthusiasm for his subject.
- He sets the scene. “Right now, there is an aspiring teacher who is working on a 60-page paper based on some age-old education theory developed by some dead education professor…”
- He uses repetition. “Right now, there is…”
- He uses body language. He makes eye-contact.
- He uses a personal pronoun. “Right now, there’s a student to come up with a way to convince his mum or dad that he’s very sick and can’t make it to school tomorrow.”
- He has great threads too.
- And, he uses humour.
See if you can weave some of these elements into your next presentation.
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