Talk Nerdy to Me

Some people think Toastmasters meetings should begin with a recitation of the Toastmasters mission. I’m not so sure we wouldn’t be better served by watching a video like this one instead. Melissa Marshall’s presentation is written for an audience of scientists and engineers, but there’s a lot for all of us to learn here. Reduced to its main points

  • Be aware of your audience
  • Show the relevance
  • Paint a picture
  • Make numbers meaningful
  • Banish bullet points
  • Deliver dynamically

the talk loses its wit, its enthusiasm,  its common sense, and its impact. It’s not even five minutes long, so take a look, see what you think, and decide how you can use the knowledge that’s here. (And even though I’ve used bullets in this post, I especially like the fifth point in Melissa’s list.)

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