Learning from 10-year old presentation passion


Presentations can be nerve-wrecking.  Apparently not if you are 10 years old, your name is Schulyer and you love 3D printing. Watch this video from the Ignite Phoenix conference a couple of days ago… 11 Feb 2011, to be exact, then read my comments and tell me what you think about the presentation.

This presentation is very well done, and not only because it is by a 10-year old.  I specifically noted the following (and please add more observations in the comments)

  • He does not start with a boring agenda, instead dives in using the attention he has to his advantage.
  • He immediate starts off with a problem: not any problem, one Leonardo da Vinci faced, and one designers still faces.
  • He leaves no doubt about what stance he is taking – he is going to tell you why he loves his 3D printer.
  • He shows he knows the history but does not dwell on irrelevant history too long.
  • Note how he talks with his hands.
  • Look how comfortable he is with his slides, he does not turn to them and know where to point.
  • He “plays” with his voice and use it very effectively with accompanying gestures.
  • Note the contrast (what is – what could be – what is – what could be…) in his talk. Nancy Duarte talks about sparklines.  Further below I (roughly) analyze the basic spark line his talk follows…
  • He brings in interesting facts: Edison’s birthday
  • He brings humor in very effectively.
  • He gives the audience chance to laugh.
  • He effectively uses physical prompts: the glasses.
  • Short and sweet conclusion reiterates the message: he loves his 3D printer

Having not so long ago read Nancy Duarte’s Resonate I could not help seeing the sparklines clearly in his talk. He plays with contrast in an extremely professional way.

so consider the major sparkline (WI = what is; CB = what could be):

  • WI: designers struggle to move from paper to life
  • CB: the 3D printer might solve (by implication)
  • WI: 3D printer exist
  • CB: if only they could cost cheaper
  • WI: Luckily we have MakerBot
  • CB: Even you can make some great stuff.

However, even at a finer level of detail while making the case for (his) MakerBot, one sees the contrasts clearly:

  • WI: break mom’s key ring
  • CB: Rebuilt it with MakerBot
  • WI: Your not a good designer
  • CB: The universe of things: Thingiverse
  • WI: Lots of interesting stuff
  • CB: Even some functional stuff for engineers
  • WI: Getting good (and bored by implication?)
  • CB: Print a Makerbot on a Makerbot 🙂
  • WI: printing plastic
  • CB: print your cake and eat it. LOL!

Is there a cuteness factor? Sure, yes. The walking-talking big lab coat helps that a lot as well. But as I am busy reading Garr ReynoldsThe Naked Presenter the nakedness of his presentation shows. Almost all of the P’s presented in the book is clearly visible:

  • There is PUNCH, especially as a start.
  • He is PRESENT in his presentation.
  • He PROJECTS himself and his voice well, especially considering the natural constraints a 10-year old might face.
  • He definitely is PASSIONATE about his topic.
  • He talks in a PLAYful manner.
  • He is in PROXIMITY of the audience, no barriers
  • He PACE the presentation well, leaving time for laughs.
  • If the idea of printing your printer is not a POWERful ending idea for this type of talk, then I am missing the point. Also he reiterates his message clearly and powerfully at the end.

How about the other 2 P’s?

  • PARTICIPATION from the audience is not solicited, but is in the form of laughter, definitely contagious and the audience should feel part of the talk… How much more could one ask in this circumstances? Not much I think
  • PREPARATION? Well if there is any doubt in your mind as to the effort in preparing this speech then you have not tried doing a presentation yet! Clearly this was well-prepared, yet did not seem rehearsed!

Maybe the “nakedness” has something to do with being 10. If Schulyer is anything to go by I would say we should strive to be ten again, at least as far as the naturalness of our presentations is concerned!

Did you make any other observations about the talk? Why not share that with me in the comments section.

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One Response to Learning from 10-year old presentation passion

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