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Eve Ensler on Happiness in Body and Soul

This 2004 TED Talk could equally be called “Eve Ensler’s Journey To Help Stop Violence Against Women And Girls.” Playwright and actress Ensler, who was abused as a child, is a master storyteller with a passion for changing the plight of violated women around the world. Her talk is at once tragic, funny and touching. […]


Isabel Allende Tells Tales of Passion

This spellbinding 2007 TED Talk by world-renowned writer and feminist Isabel Allende alternately made me laugh, cry, and reflect. So much of what she says revolves around themes that I continue to explore in my own life. It’s 20 minutes of non-stop tenderness in which Allende shares powerful stories of her personal experiences of passion, […]


Chimamanda Adichie Finds Her Voice

Nigerian-born novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice. She warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding. She begins with her own childhood in which she wrote stories about blue-eyed children who drank ginger beer, from a […]


Sarah Jones and the Speed of Sound

Many, many, many speakers SPEAK TOO FAST. It takes time for audience members to listen and process information. You must keep that in mind when you speak, even when it’s one on one. If you speak too quickly, people will miss a lot of what you say while they’re trying to make sense of what […]


There’s Something in the Air

Steve Jobs launches the MacBook Air in 2008. Masterful… A baker’s dozen worth of tips based on this presentation here. Notice his: passion, enthusiasm, use of props, simple visual aids, no script, love of the product, ease on the stage, use of the space on the stage, pauses for applause, etceteras. He was unbeatable with […]


Where It All iStarted with Steve Jobs

A young Steve Jobs introduces the  first iMac computer in 1998. Hmmmm. Notice any similarities between this and his  MacBook Air launch presentation 10 years later?  


Visualize This with David McCandless

Data journalist David McCandless mines information on the Internet and transforms it into powerful images that mean something. Calling them graphs and charts just doesn’t do them justice… These are no ordinary PowerPoint decks oh no! McCandless “scrapes” data from the Internet and uses it to create visuals that actually MAKE SENSE. Now there’s a […]


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