A successful writer and documentary filmmaker, Ronson has done everythingfrom writing columns for the Guardian to hosting an essay program on Radio 4.
In his TED video “Strange Answers to the Psychology Test”, Ronson touches on andexplores the true definitions of “sane” and “insane”, and our blurred perception of thedifferences between the two.
He first captured audience attention with a casual story that many people can relate to– visiting a friend’s home, and picking an interesting book off the shelf while waitingfor said friend.
He then kept audience attention by speaking at a calm, but steady pace, never pausinglong enough for audience attention to wander away.
Ronson uses several of the TED commandments in this particular video. He tells theaudience of his exploration of how society viewed both normal people andpsychopaths, and told of numerous occasions when his explorations were shut downdue to his own wording of the question.
He knows that laughter is a good thing, and pokes fun at himself and the situationshe talks about to make the audience laugh along with him.
He doesn’t simply read a prewritten speech – it’s obvious on numerous occasions thatmuch of what Ronson says on stage is improvised.
I would evaluate his dynamism at a “4”. It might have benefited Ronson to use more inthe way of visuals, to help him capture audience attention.
Ronson shows confidence, as per Garr Reynolds. He never waivers in the knowledgethat he knows what he is talking about, and that shows through to the audience.
The advise I take away from watching Ronson speak is to keep a steady pace. Don’tpause for too long, and be ready to fill the gaps between trains of thought withrelatable stories for the audience, and to be ready to share personal experiences thattie in to the topic.
I saw a fair difference between Jon Ronson and Sir Ken Robinson. Whereas Robinsonuses visual aids to attract and keep audience attention, Ronson simply talks. Both tacticswork for their respective speakers, however.
I would advise my classmates to be confident, when they’re standing up tospeak. Show the audience that you know what you’re talking about, but beready to laugh with the audience, if need be.