Shawn opened up with a humorous short story aboutplaying “war” on his bunk bed with his 5 year old sisterwhen he was 7 years old.She fell off the bed and in order to stop her from cryingand waking up his parents, he convinced her she was aunicorn.With that in mind, she did not cry and resumed play.
The story itself was a start off point into how somethingnegative could be turned into something positive basedon how we think.
Shawn Achord maintained a very well paced, humorousspeech.He cleverly inserted jokes and puns into his statementsand charts that he claimed had “fake data” on it in orderto get a laugh out of the audience.
In the TED universe, there are simple but effective“commandments” that every speaker follows.In this case, Mr. Archord mostly followed #4: Thou ShaltTell a Story
Shawn mentions several stories that signify key points in hislife that led to his degree.He opened up with the story of his little sister and him.He also stated his inability to attend a college due to financialissues until he joined the military and got support from there.His use of pictures depicting his time in college also addedextra enjoyment to his story.His last story was about how he was asked to study studentsby living with them in college.
As for dynamism I would give Shawn Achord a 5 becauseof his use of entertaining charts and his ability to makeme laugh.His voice was also enjoyable to listen to because itadded a comforting yet an intellectual feel to it.
As exciting as the speech was, there was room forimprovement.Shawn could have used more movement during hispresence.Also, his tone never really changed much. He could havestressed certain aspects of his speech to show greaterenthusiasm.
His delivery was fast and effective.Because of his speed and word use, his witty remarksduring his presentation was much more funnier.The eye contact was gave me a sense he was speakingdirectly to me.The use of his hands and the gestures he made wereright on with everything he was saying when it came toencouraging the audience.
The 2 gentlemen both engaged in a humorous yetintellectual speech.They also both started their presentation off with agood laugh from the audience.Their use of hand gestures and body posture addedextra enthusiasm to their speech.
Shawn Achord used more personal stories of his life tocaptivate his audience.Sir Ken Robinson had stronger story details when hespoke about his life, which generated a greater laughfrom his audience.
Shawns speech delivery was faster than Mr. Robinsonsspeech.Sir Ken Robinson had less of a problem speaking withenthusiasm.Along with Sir Ken Robinsons accent, his jokes pokedfun of family members, teens and friends.
Don’t be afraid to creatively make fun of yourself.Include funny moments in your life where you were thecenter of attention to engage your audience in laughter.Think of your speech as a movie. It has a strong intro,action, humor and seriousness.
Practice, practice, practiceSay your speech in front of friends and familyAvoid putting your hands in your pockets. If you gettempted to do that, use them as a gesture.