Tave Hawkins PSP 1209Week 2: TED Talk Evaluation Slide Show
Chosen speaker and thesis of speech Dan Pink - The overall thesis was aboutmotivation and what science has shown us about it and how business has yet to incorporated these scientiﬁc ﬁndings. Dan deduces that business’ ideology of payment for performance incentive (extrinsic motivation) is outdated andthat a more natural and passion based motivation (intrinsic motivation) would yield more productivity and better results.
How did the speakercapture the attention of the audience in the intro?Dan seized the audiences attention by declaring that he had a confession to make. His tone was also kind of somber and direct. Naturally theaudience became more interested as to what the confession could possibly entail.
How did the speaker maintain the audience attention throughout the speech? Dan was successful at maintaining the audienceattention by introducing the candle problem andengaging them through fun problem solving while simultaneously evoking passion and inﬂection throughout different stages of the speech.
Which of the ten TEDcommandments does Dan best follow? Don’t read your talk - Dan’s speech was delivered organically and despite having it feel well organized, I could tell that it ﬂowed naturally and that he was passionate about the information he was delivering.
Which of the ten TEDcommandments does Dan best follow? Don’t ﬂaunt your ego - Despite having a law degree, Dan chose to poke fun of himself as a lawyer and often times criticized his abilities as one. At one point he talks about ﬁnishing towards the bottom of his class and even invoked the notion that he was paid NOT to practice law.
Which of the ten TEDcommandments does Dan best follow? Connect with peoples emotions - Dan is passionate about changing the way we’re motivated. He demonstrates this with his discussion about the current economy and how motivating the work force intrinsically would produce a better outcome that would help in getting the economy on back on track.
Which of the ten TED commandments does Dan best follow? Make the complex plain - Dan simpliﬁed his argument of intrinsic vs extrinsic motivation by supplying factual studies. He tied everything together by using the studies that supported his claim thus making the argument more tangible when the audience heard the outcomes. The example of the company using; FedEx days, 20% time, and ROWE
How did the speaker rate in terms of dynamism? On a scale of 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest) I wouldgive Dan a 4. His energy was appropriate for the kind of speech he gave being that it was informative. The one think I would have liked to see him do more is implement the occasionalpause to allow the information to sink in and add more of a dramatic effect. Some of the speech felt as if it was coming from a ﬁre hose.
What tips were used from Nancy Duarte? Dan was able to balance the factual aspect of his speech through telling a story about how intrinsic motivation in the business world has been able to yield better results for employeesand employers alike. He took the data and found the meaning of it to convey the argument that supports intrinsic motivation. As Nancy Duarte says, “A little bit of report with a little bit of story”
What did I learn about delivery based on watching Dan Pink? What I took from Dan’s presentation is that it’s not only important to have factual data but inorder to link that data to my listeners I need tohave a compelling story that connects to people emotionally. Ultimately I feel this will have a greater impact on my speech.
Compare & Contrast the speakers I think Sir Ken Robinson comes off very passionate about transforming the way education is applied to younger generations. In both speeches we listened to, an emphasis is paid to stopping theinstitutionalization of schooling and begin to apply a more broad approach to how youths learn. This is pointed out in his speech “School Kills Creativity”, where he argues that most adolescence have their natural creativity killed due to archaic forms of teaching that focus on a traditional approach to academia and ignoring the cultivation of those who show an aptitude for creativity.
Compare & Contrast the speakersIn Ken’s second speech, “Changing Education Paradigms”, he continues to focus on today’s youth and challenges “how” todays children are being educated. He feels that the rising diagnosis of ADHD, higher drop out rates, and a diminishing appreciation for the arts is in direct correlation with how children are being taught. His argument is that the current education paradigm (originally developed for the enlightenment culture ofthe industrial revolution) needs to be changed and that if this doesn’t occur, we risk alienating millions of kids who don’t see the importance of continuing their education.
Compare & Contrast the speakers Dan Pink’s speech “The Surprising Science ofMotivation” also focuses on how to get better results from changing the way we do things. Dan’s argument hinges on scientiﬁc proof that motivating individuals through intrinsic (passionate) means rather extrinsic (this for/or that) means yields better results and ultimately can improve our current strugglingeconomy. Dan concludes that if we’re doing something we love and are passionate about it, the end resultsare far better than doing something simply to be paid for it. He utilizes case studies to prove his point.
Compare & Contrast the speakersDan also focuses on three elements that provide the optimal intrinsic approach to “doing stuff”. Autonomy - The urge to direct our own lives.Mastery - The desire to get better at something that matters.Purpose - The yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves.
Compare & Contrast the speakers All of Dan’s three elements are vital but he chooses to focus on Autonomy to provide more proof that intrinsic motivation is more successful than extrinsic. This is further supported in his story about the popular encyclopedia war of the 90‘s between Wikipedia (free non paid contributors) vs Microsoft’s Encarta (hired and paid employees). Today, Wikipedia is the largest and most complete encyclopedia model and is completely free to access. Dan argues that thereason it worked is because the people who contributed to Wikipedia did so (successfully) because they loved doing what they were doing.
Summary Dan Pink and Sir Ken Robinson obviously had more similarities than contrasts. Both speakers are passionate about a fundamental change in the approach to educating and productivity. These two men have acknowledged that the the systematic approach to the way we learn and work is extremely outdated and should be reformed to include a more creative and passion based approach. Both support their arguments with data and case studies that show evidence to theirrespective arguments. As one who suffers from ADD, I feel that it’s vital to ﬁnd more ways to get the right brained thinker back into the game.