Ben Saunders is an explorer. He was the youngest person to ski to the North Pole.
In Ben’s talk, “Why even bother leaving the house?”,he addresses the fact that many people would ratherobserve other peoples adventures than go out andhave their own.
Ben also states that many people think thateverything has already been done, and they usethat as an excuse to stay indoors and watchothers discover the world.
His main idea is that everyone shouldstill get out and explore. He says thateveryone should thoroughly enjoy thetiny amount of life we are given.
“To experience, to engage, toendeavor, rather than to watch andto wonder — thats where the realmeat of life is to be found.”
Ben captures the audiences attention bybeginning with a question. He holds theirattention by using personal stories, and relatingit back to the audience. He concludes his speechwith just a taste of humor, leaving a very niceimpression on the viewer.
Dynamism: 4/5Ben is quite dynamic, but Ibelieve that he couldengage the audience just abit more.
Ben followed the TEDcommandments by dreamingbig. He set out to explore in anage that doesn’t promoteexploring for it’s own sake.
From watching Ben’s talk, Ihave learned that usingpersonal anecdotes worksvery well to convey amessage.
Ben and Ken Robinson aresimilar in the fact that theyboth use humor andpersonal stories. Ken usesstories about his childrenand Ben uses stories of hisexplorations.
Ken seems to keep the mood abit lighter, and morehumorous. Although Ben alsouses humor, he keeps his talk abit more serious.
Ken also uses a morevisual approachduring this talk.
The best tip I have comeup with from watchingthese TED talks is thatusing humor helps captureyour audience. A sharedlaugh or smile willresonate with any listenerand help them toremember yourpresentation.
During future speeches, I will try touse more personal stories to betterrelate to the audience.