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MIT prof’s talk on How to Talk

March 19th, 2008 · No Comments

Tell them what you are going to say.
Say what you intend to say.
Tell them what you just said.

MIT prof Patrick Winston gives an infamous annual talk called “How to Talk,” a lecture on how to give good lectures. It’s open to students and, apparently the public. This 1999 version of the talk (pre-Powerpoint!) is filled with damned good advice on persuasive public speaking, delivered in the form of “heuristics” that you can use to guide your own presentations.

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The link for the video is here.

In this skillful lecture, Professor Patrick Winston of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers tips on how to give an effective talk, cleverly illustrating his suggestions by using them himself. He emphasizes how to start a lecture, cycling in on the material, using verbal punctuation to indicate transitions, describing “near misses” that strengthen the intended concept, and asking questions. He also talks about using the blackboard, overhead projections, props, and “how to stop.” Running time: 45 minutes.

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