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    How To Speak by Patrick Winston

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    MIT How to Speak, IAP 2018
    Instructor: Patrick Winston
    View the complete course: https://ocw.mit.edu/how_to_speak

    Patrick Winston's How to Speak talk has been an MIT tradition for over 40 years. Offered every January, the talk is intended to improve your speaking ability in critical situations by teaching you a few heuristic rules.

    00:16 - Introduction
    03:11 - Rules of Engagement
    04:15 - How to Start
    05:38 - Four Sample Heuristics
    10:17 - The Tools: Time and Place
    13:24 - The Tools: Boards, Props, and Slides
    36:30 - Informing: Promise, Inspiration, How To Think
    41:30 - Persuading: Oral Exams, Job Talks, Getting Famous
    53:06 - How to Stop: Final Slide, Final Words
    56:35 - Final Words: Joke, Thank You, Examples

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    1. Sadly I just happened upon this video today and did not know we lost such a great mind. I wish I got to meet and work with this gentleman.

      As a 20 year Microsoft Certified Trainer and frequent speaker I can personally reaffirm almost every (salient 😉 ) point made during this presentation.

      While I believe style could be added (finding yours) along with other techniques such as:

      "Know Your Audience and Their Interests" &

      "Don't Talk to the Board"

      Mr. Winston does a fantastic job at what I myself employ as well as teach CEOs, trainers, software developers and Sales professionals.

      Kudos for Sharing your Research, Experience and Passion! Well done.

    2. For the last side, part of the presentation "we" (wont mention the large Software R&D firm here) put up "Short Links" like Bity.ly or more important now QR Codes As almost everyone will simply use their Mobile to take a pic of the slide. So Plan and encourage slide Content Sharing (of course limited) in the way people are now interacting with presentations and talks.

    3. Some of the best talks I've ever attended started with a great joke. People who aren't paying attention at the start aren't paying attention anyway. He even said that. If you're no good at telling jokes however, skip it.

    4. I use a laptop to take notes because I can’t read my own handwriting. I also don’t write very fast. Not being able to have a laptop would be tough for me. Also, because I type so much faster than I write, I can take a quick note and continue listening and watching the professor. If I had to hand write it all down, my eyes wouldn’t leave my notebook!

    5. Very impressive your reading Sir
      Sometimes hands on the pockets means it's everything we can do because the students look like be born in fortunes or have got jackpot fortunes, without efforts, fortunately!!!
      It means I am wide awake!
      Conclusion is we have been followed by whom?
      No jokes and very serious!
      Congratulations!

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