JULIE BURSTEIN is a radio host and writer who has interviewed creative minds for a living. When Julie is not writing or making radio, or spending time with her family, she can usually be found in the pottery studio.
JULIE BEGANher presentation with adescription of a piece ofpottery that she created, usinga technique called Raku, whichshe keeps on her desk. Potterymaking is then expanded into ametaphor for creativity itself.
RAKUis a special kind ofpottery making thatrequires the artist to letgo of their creation andleave it to natural processof quickly baking andcooling, which transformsit into something new.
Expanding on the metaphor,Julie delivers the first of herfour lessons in creativity:Letting Go.The metaphor is easilyunderstood andimmediately opens theaudience to the remainingthree lessons.
THE FINAL LESSONabout embracing loss, isintroduced as the mostdifficult lesson, and isexemplified through thecaptivating and evenbeautiful photography of thewreckage of the September,11 attacks, something withwhich the entire audience islikely to be familiar.
MY DYNAMISM RATINGJulie was clearly passionateabout her subject, as well asknowledgeable, but was notoverly animated.
MY DYNAMISM RATING4/5This was appropriate as muchof her discussion was about thestruggles of creativity and therelieving experience ofembracing those struggles. Shemaintained a positive tone andoutlook throughout even themost dramatic moments of herpresentation.
WHAT I’VE LEARNEDPausing between new topicsallowed her audience to take inthe information shes alreadygiven. I learned that pausingduring a presentation is notdangerous and may in fact benecessary.
Julie dropped a potterycreation of hers, a metaphorfor letting go, intending tobreak it.
The cup did not break.This didnt hinder herpresentation at all and,somewhat ironically, served tofurther demonstrate her firstlesson, as well as generating abit of laughter. I learned thatmistakes are made and donthave to be damaging to thepresentation.
WHAT I’VE LEARNEDHer demeanor was consistentlycalm, yet passionate,throughout her presentation. Ilearned that presenting in acomposed manner will help tobring the audience to thedesired state of mind.
DIFFERENCES TO KENKen Robinson was a littlemore engaging.There was no intentionaluse of humor in Julie’spresentation, which had acalmer feel compared toKen’s.
SIMILARITIES TO KENBoth Ken and Julie werepassionate andknowledgeable about theirsubject, brought up storiesto support their ideas, andmaintained a positiveoutlook.
WHAT YOU CAN LEARNJulie remained composedthroughout the presentation,even through mistakes.She balance out newinformation with familiar topicsto support her presentationwithout overwhelming