Barry Schwartz - "Our Loss of Wisdom"


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  • He makes a compelling case that the abundance of choice in today's western world is actually making us miserable.
  • Barry Schwartz - "Our Loss of Wisdom"

    1. 1. “Our Loss of Wisdom”
    2. 2. Barry Schwartz is an American psychologist that has studied modern human society and has written The Paradox of Choice, which discusses the anomaly of freedom of choice and depression that is directly related to anxietyof too many options that people have these days.
    3. 3. In Barry Schwartz’s speech, “Our Loss of Wisdom”, hediscusses our ability use common wisdom toarticulate right and wrong and how the procedure ofbureaucracy interferes with morality with humans inmodern times.
    4. 4. Barry Schwartz begins his speech very strongly with a story ofreal-life human interaction which grabs the audience’sattention and he keeps his momentum throughout his presentation by continually building on his thoughts.
    5. 5. Schwartz uses an example of a jobdescription of a janitor working in ahospital which has a list of tasks thatinvolves little human interaction.
    6. 6. but still that worker uses theirbasic wisdom to improvise andinteract with humans andperforms good deeds.
    7. 7. “A wise person is like a jazz musician… …using the notes on the page, but dancing around them. Inventingcombinations that are appropriate for thesituation and the people at hand.” Too many rules interferes from improvising and can cause lack of moral wisdom
    8. 8. Schwartz emphasizes that moraldecisions from people creates positivityamong humans which leads to an overallshift of humanity where less is more.
    9. 9. Schwartz engages the audience and leans in to speak directly to the audience as well as using hand gestures.These actions create asense of fluidity andadd to the emphases of his speech.
    10. 10. Barry’s dynamism is a 5/5 because he built up a great source of momentum and his passion is felt from the audience throughout his speech. He used strong vocal reflection and repetition on his most powerful points to emphasize his concern. He also eased tension by speaking softer while approaching the end of his thoughts.
    11. 11. Barry Schwartz kept his slides simple and limited of bullet points. He also used clear, easyto read fonts and quality pictures for his examples as recommended by Garr Reynolds.
    12. 12. From the very beginning, Barry uses a powerfulmethod of delivery of strong and concise vocalreflection which continues to connect and drivehis points to the audience.
    13. 13. This is an effective method of presenting that allows his audience to become engaged and relate to his examples and stories.
    14. 14. Sir Ken Robinson is different in the sense that he stronglyrelies on humor and punch lines to gain his audience’sattention. This is a good technique to connect with a crowd,but it can defer from a topic and lose energy if overused. In “Changing Education Paradigms”, Robinson asks and answers a lot of his own questions for the audience, which gets them thinking effectively. While Schwartz remains directly informative. Robinson and Schwartz are both great story tellers which is a defining trait of a good presenter.
    15. 15. It is crucial to open with a strong introduction and gain the audience’s attention immediately and hold on to it throughout a presentation using examples, stories, and scenarios while remaining passionate on the topic.Keeping the steam of the speech going allthe way until the end is sure to engage theaudience during the length of thepresentation. This also helps the presenterstay focused and remain on track.
    16. 16. SlideShow Presented by Zach Anderson