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October 22, 2010


Nick Smith

I just saw this video yesterday and was about to blog about I, but you beat me to it.

I really emjoy these RSA animated talks. I prefer to watch both the video recording in addition to the animated one, though, to get the benefits of both. Have you seen the video of Dan Pink?

It's exciting to me to live at a time when great presentations, not just transcripts, can be mad available to everyone. It greatly increases the chances of people wanting to give a good presentation if they've actually seen one and know how good presentations can be.

Charles Martineau

Garr, I remember back in 2007 when you showed in class Sir Ken's presentation at TED2006. I was blown away and that's when I got hooked on TED. I am currently finishing my master degree and what Sir Ken is saying about the school system "academic inflation" -- it is really true. Professors are now realizing that there is a lot of student that are not made for current academic curriculum of research but because of the idea that you need diploma(s) to get jobs, class size increases and the quality of students and class interactions is detoriating (and I go to a university with a very reputation). These students who are not made for the current curriculum are not stupid...they are quite smart and creative but they end up in the academic inflation cycle rather than studying in fields that are more creative like arts...

Ben Ziegler

Thanks for this Garr. Enjoyed the interview too, with Jian Ghomeshi, Q host. An interesting conversation. Ghomehsi is a very creative fellow himself; writer, musician, producer, and now a rising star in the field of interviewing.

Mike Fladlien

I watched this video as an educator after reading, The Element. With technology changing so fast that even Moore's Law doesn't apply, how can teachers keep up? Thanks for your work Garr, I have to use it in my classroom to keep students engaged.

Kevin Kane

The aesthetic versus anesthetic comparison struck me.

After I gave my last presentation (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcimgfSO2Go), someone said it was "a great performance, but more a performance than a speech."

I used impersonations, video clips, props and audience interaction to awaken the audience's senses and to heighten their engagement.

I think we all need to view speaking and teaching as part entertainment and performance. Not just "teaching and talking."

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