Let's Clean Up The Space Junk Orbiting Earth
Presented by Natalie Panek
This presentation immediately received my attention when Panek started addressing the audience with questions about their everyday lives. For instance, she says, "Think about your week so far. Have you watched TV, used GPS, checked the weather or even ate a meal?". She relied on these questions because these are things a typical person would do almost every day. This presentation was powerful because she presented many examples to the audience, which motivates them to take action because she connected the questions with their everyday lives. It also caught my attention because these examples made me realize that satellite debris could affect our daily lives if something were to happen, such as a collision with another object. For instance, maybe a GPS satellite has a collision with debris. We wouldn't be able to use navigation unless the device could connect to another satellite.
I enjoyed this presentation for its focus on the topic without straying off course. Panek presented in such a way that made me want to keep watching. For example, her constant friendly hand motions made me feel that she wanted to include the audience with open arms. She didn't rely on visuals at all, which I always enjoy. Most people like pictures, but I like conversations or text. It is easier for me to comprehend when I hear it rather than see it.
While we're on the subject of reading text, this presentation was presented in a way that I probably would not have comprehended by reading an article because of the vast amount of connection she presented with the audience and everyday objects and events that use satellite technology. Also, unlike most articles, she didn't just rely on proof. I found this particularly interesting since Resonate covers this in Section 1.7. It quotes, "Relying too much on proof distracts you from the real mission—which is emotional connection.”
Speaking of emotional connection, Panek revealed multiple moments during the presentation. Whether it was the softness of her voice or the motion of her hands, she made the audience (or at least me) feel connected emotionally. It was also the way she delivered the message that emotionally connected the audience with her topic.
Are you a giver or a taker?
Presented by Adam Grant
This presentation was a powerful one due to Grant's delivery of the message. He immediately commenced with humorous comments on the subject. He had asked the audience to find the most paranoid person in the room and point at them, and then when they had started pointing at him he said, "Okay, don't actually do it." This type of humor connected immediately with the audience and gave him a sort of assured presence. Not only was it the humor presented, but the way he spoke to the audience. He spoke to them as if he'd known them, like they were friends or family.
I liked this presentation due to its delivery. Like I said earlier, this presentation is powerful due to this. I mostly liked the humor as it reminded me that there isn't much humor in presentations, and he turned a topic into something that people could enjoy and laugh while learning about. This form of delivery is one of my favorites because I am a person who loves humor.
What made the content appealing was the way the presenter turned the topic into a sort of relatable one. Grant presented humor that wasn't only funny, but actually related to the audience. That's part of the reason he connected so well with them. Resonate even covers this in a case study on page 163 about the infamous Steve Jobs' humorous presentations. It says, "Not many presenters can sustain the momentum there, yet he keeps interest with a tightly rehearsed demo that...demonstrates them in humorous and unexpected ways." For me, this is a great comparison. I see various aspects of Jobs' humor in Grant's presentation.
It's funny just how important humor is in this presentation. If there was no humor, the audience would think of the subject as a dull and poorly chosen one. I know it's repetitive, but this is how Grant drew in the audience to care about the subject. He presented relatable humor in the form of questions and answers.
Unlike reading an article, watching this presentation presented many instances in which he combined verbal and visual forms. This combination, although risky, works in his favor. The various mixture of humor was also implemented in the visual aspect of this presentation. As he was telling jokes, the visuals brought the humor even further into the audience by presenting photos such as famous television casts, cartoon characters, and other famous images, and comparing them with the humorous statements he had made.
The emotions that Grant elicited were once again very humorous. I can't stress enough how important the humor was in this case. At some points in the presentation, he put off some serious sounding statements to maintain a professional presence, yet made the humor work to get the audience listening. This has to be my favorite of the three presentations.
My Year of Saying Yes to Everything
presented by Shonda Rhimes
This presentation brought with it a powerful and emotional presenter that presented all types of verbal presentation possible. Rhimes began by telling everyone who she is, what she does, and that she's a "Titan". As the presentation progresses, she begins to develop the story behind the word "Titan" and why she calls herself that. She tells the story of how her children have made an impact on her life and career, all for the better. It was a very emotional and determined story that put the point she is trying to give: Love is more than just something that you do. It's your whole life.
I liked this presentation due to its determined and emotional story-line. She presented the story of how she spent a year only saying yes to her children when they asked her if she would play with them, no matter what the circumstance. It touched me very much so, because it reminded me that childhood is something a person should cherish because it can be gone in an instant.
Rhimes, I would have to say, made the content appealing, because she told the story and moral with such passion and emotion. She also made it relatable by bringing in everyone's emotions, emotions that we all have experienced, and placing them in the perfect places within the story.
Within the first few sentences of her speech, I was hooked. She had me at "For one year, I would say yes to all things that scared me." This intrigued me into immediately wanting more information on how the results came out and how she pushed through it. This is truly a brave woman. On page 66 of Resonate, it explains how the mentor should push through the fears. I think this relates very much so in her story.
The information that Rhimes shared in her story is something that can't be told in just writing. What brought her whole story together and connected the audience with her topic was her emotions.
Speaking of emotions, the presenter elicited just the perfect amount. You could tell all emotions in her story were brutally honest, and at one point she even teared up. It creates a sort of bond with some of the audience, and even those people get a sort of emotional connection and can't help but to care for the presenter. This is something that can't at all be put into words and emotions.