Author: Chris Anderson
Source: Harvard Business Review
Chris Anderson shares some great tips for speakers, aspiring as well experienced on how to go about blowing the audience with what he calls a “killer presentation”. All of his advice is channeled and amassed from being the curator of TEDTalks, one of the internet’s greatest phenomena of the decade.
The article kick starts in a narrative fashion. And throughout the article the reader is felt as if being personally addressed. Anderson describes the fascinating tale of 12 year old Masai, Richard Turere on how his burning love of handling electronics and machines led him to be the savior of his entire town’s livestock from prowling nocturnal animals with his “lion lights”. This may seem a bit disjointed to the reader at first as this although exceptional tale has little coherence to “how to give a killer presentation”. However he is quick to co relate the tale to the topic as he discusses the tough behind the stage efforts of coaching the nomadic boy to deliver an amazing TED Talk at Long Beach that went ahead to claim a standing ovation from the mesmerized crowd.
The article’s core content is divided in four parts or steps which eventually lead to a great presentation.
1. Frame Your Story: True to his love for narrative starts, Anderson highlights the magic of story- like starts. Spouting drab company figures and stats and high profile jargon is extremely uninteresting for any audience as the human brain is hardwired for engaging journeys of ideas and stories. Rather he states “Ideas and stories fascinate us; organizations bore us…”
Furthermore he also advises to be wise and selective in the content of the presentation. It is obvious people will have loads to speak but there is the time limit However this unnatural fear of clocks, he believes can be rid of by limiting the scope of one’s talk to that which can be explained and bought to life through