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31. Speech Breakdown: TED Talk by Lara Boyd “After watching this, your brain will not be the same”

Let’s get cracking on episode thirty-one of The Presentation Boss Podcast! We hear that so many listeners love these speech breakdowns, and honestly, so do we. Together we get to listen to a great speech on some topic and have a think about what works effectively, and what we can learn or discuss. It’s one of the best ways to boost your presentation skills!


Dr. Lara Boyd at the time of this talk was a leader in neurobiology and motor learning in Canada (full bio in the links below) and in this talk outlines exactly how we learn at a biological level. Look, it sounds deep, because it is deep. Kate and Thomas talk a bunch about how to take this hefty scientific (but nonetheless interesting!) presentation and make it something much more accessible to the public audience.

What You’ll Learn
• The options around opening your presentation with a question

• A big alternative to listing items; stories from your own perspective

• Why you should signpost the structure of any presentation, and how

• How many examples you should have for each point within your presentation

• Why the scientific world tends to struggle with presentations to lay audiences

• How a small amount of storytelling can avoid data-dumping in a presentation

• Using ‘example-point’ to improve effectiveness of your supporting material

• Why you should tell your audience the ‘time’ rather than ‘how you made the watch’

• Being aware of how much mental load you’re making your audience do

Mentioned In The Show
• Lara Boyd | After watching this, your brain will not be the same: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNHBMFCzznE

Resources and Links
• Email us: [email protected]
• The Presentation Boss Podcast: https://presentationboss.com.au/podcast/
• Kate on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kate-norris/
• Thomas on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/thomas-krafft/
• Presentation Boss on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/presentationboss/
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