E02: Speech Breakdown – TED Talk by Chris Hadfield “What I learned from going blind in space”

It’s episode two of The Presentation Boss Podcast! Your hosts Kate and Thomas are experienced not only as speakers, but as presentation coaches. They love finding the strengths and weaknesses in a presentation and explaining why they work or need to be considered. And so, we will feature on this podcast break downs of existing keynote talks.

To begin with we’re going with a talk Thomas loves from Canadian astronaut and past Commander of the International Space Station, retired Colonel Chris Hadfield and his 2014 TED Talk ‘What I Learned From Going Blind in Space’.

What You’ll Learn

  • A great way to continually improve your speaking skills
  • One way of beginning your speech with intrigue
  • Telling a long story with careful selection of details to include
  • A little bit of what it’s like to go to space
  • How to use your voice to build pace and momentum in a story
  • Letting pause relieve the audience after a moment of tension
  • How revealing your emotions can be more effective than trying to describe a situation
  • How the use of first or second person language influences a story
  • Whether or not you should walk into a spiderweb in Australia
  • An example of an anchor to communicate a foreign concept to your audience
  • How careless use of language idioms can cause confusion
  • The way specificity can boost humour
  • Using selective colloquial languange to make your speech more accessible and relateable
  • Brilliant and not-so-brilliant examples of use of video visuals
  • Serving the audience for their satisfaction

Mentioned In The Show

  • Chris Hadfield | What I Learned From Going Blind in Space: https://www.ted.com/talks/chris_hadfield_what_i_learned_from_going_blind_in_space

Resources and Links

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  • Kate on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kate-norris/
  • Thomas on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/thomas-krafft/
  • The Presentation Boss Podcast: https://presentationboss.com.au/podcast/

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