Gabe Zichermann, who lives in NYC, is the creator and on the chair for the GamificationSummit. He is also the author of books that are acclaimed for analysis on Gamification andGame-based marketing.
Gabe states in his presentation that gamesin school actually help children learn notonly faster but teach valuable teamwork or“multiplayer” skills.
Gabe captures the audience with some humor and relatable story about his childhood fascination with games. He references a particular video game“Where in the World is Carmen San Diego?” and stated it was the last game that parents, teachers, and children enjoyed together
Gabe keeps the audienceengaged with examples ofhow children are notnegatively effected bygames – rather they arelearning more multitaskingskills by play them.
He continues to alsoreference a study where ateacher’s students jumped agrade and a half of learninga language by using aNintendo DS for 18 weeks.
Gabe’s dynamism is 4/5.He gives relatable information tothe kids and parents of thegaming community. He also isanimated and his humor keepsthe audience engaged.
Overall, I think thepresentation was effectiveand make the audience thinkand consider his points. Attimes he seemedunrehearsed – stumbling alittle bit. Sometimes too itseemed a little informationheavy; there are times whereshort and sweet are better.
Gabe masterfully shows us the real him. He speaks of his truepassion and what he loves in this world - gaming. Gabe alsoconnects with the audience with emotion. The audience laughsnumerous times throughout the presentation.
Listening to Gabe talkit proves that it is importantto be extremely passionateabout the topic that you aretalking about. Also, makingit relatable to all age groupsand people is important aswell. I felt a sense ofunderstanding from parentsand children/teenagers.
compare Both Sir Ken Robinson and Gabe Zichermann are passionate about the topics they are talking about. They also use humor as a mechanism to capture their audiences interest and to make things more personal for everyone.
Sir Ken Robinson’s majordifference is that he seems to speak abit clearer and get his points acrosswith more emphasis. He also uses thehumor mechanism better than whatGabe does.
Gabe Zichermann doesn’t use humor aseffectively, but seems to be more vulnerable thanwhat Sir Ken Robinson is. This makes hispresentation a bit more personal because he relateshis likes and dislikes with the viewer. He doesn’tseem as well versed though in comparison to Sir KenRobinson.
My biggest tips from the Gabe Zichermann TED talk is tobe passionate and vulnerable. Gabe seems 100% raw in hispresentation and obviously enjoys what he does. He brings his passionto your level and is convincing because of that. Along with the passion,use humor if possible. It makes the presentation more interesting andagain more real.