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February 15, 2007


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Hi Garr,

Have you ever heard of "pecha kucha"?


Just curious, how did you discover the Richard St. John talk? - it doesn't appear in the 2005 program or in any search. Just wondering what other gems might be hiding there

John Windsor

Thanks for sharing those, Garr!

Richard St. John's story and verbal delivery were fantastic, but, boy, was it annoying seeing him break his connection with the audience to advance his slides. You're spot on about the remote.

Dean Ornish should've just thrown out all his slides, except for the two you highlighted. That progression of obesity by state was very effective, and the evolution one was just fun. The rest he could've just SAID and people would've been with him (hey, it's only three minutes after all).

mike mcallen

If you get a chance check out Majora Carters presentation on TED.

The link to the video--


I love the way she speaks.


Wow... Majora's Speech is interesting and important but *no way* she's a good speecher. She talks fast, without breathing, looking at her laptop. Bff.. No way.


The progression through the states in Dean Ornish's talk have been greatly overused in some forums. In many health care presentations these CDC slides are commonly used to a point that they are no longer "seen" nor appreciated for the story they tell. I've come to view the use of those slides as a crutch - the presenter is not being particularly thoughtful about his work. The same way that research papers about obesity always start with the same "Obesity is an epidemic..." opening statement which reads as blah, blah, blah.


I actually went to Pecha Kucha, and it kind of sucked. There was no interaction, no conversation, just people showing slide. There's a super cool post on turning your presentations into conversations here: http://www.tinygigantic.com/2007/02/13/giving-a-presentation-is-crap/

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