Creative Confidence Encouraging Creative Growth and Development and its Impact A Critique of David Kelly’s TED Talk, “How to Build Your Creative Confidence” Vicente Martinez Jr.
David Kellys lecture regarding how to build onescreative confidence. He suggests, creativity is not thedomain of only a chosen few. Telling stories from hislegendary design career and his own life, he offers waysto build the confidence to create.11. http://www.ted.com/talks/david_kelley_how_to_build_your_creative_confidence.html
How did the speaker capture the attention of the audience in his or her introduction?How did the speaker maintain the engagement of the audience throughout the speech?
David Kelly starts with a childhood memory of a fellowstudent who was chastised for not sculpting a clay horse“correctly” by a teacher, someone who should have beensupportive.Throughout his speech, he hones in on the inherent fearpeople have throughout their lives of doing somethingwrong and being judged on their perceived inabilities.Thereby hampering their ability to overcome their fearsand inhibitions.
Citing an experiment by Albert Bandura on overcoming a fearof snakes, for example: a step-by-step process that led fromnot being able to be in a room with a snake to holding one intheir hands remarking on their beauty. The process was called“Guided Mastery”When these people applied the lesson and strengths learnedfrom the process to other areas of their lives, they becameconfident in their own abilities to meet a set of goals; known asBandura’s theory of Self-Efficacy22. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Bandura
Kelly cites a specific case of how Doug Deitz, a medicalequipment technician, solved an inherent problem of fearin child patients who are about to undergo anMRI, necessitating sedation.Deitz repainted the entire room, including the machine toa brightly colored room in a cartoonish pirate shiptheme, and retraining staff to better cater to children andmade the entire experience significantly less intimidatingto their patients.
David Kelly himself had to overcome a fear of his own: he wasdiagnosed with cancer after he felt a lump in his neck. He used hisrecovery as a moment to “find [his] calling,” and help as manypeople as he could to regain as much of their creativite confidenceas possible and founded IDEO.Their focus is on Design thinking, a “deeply human process thattaps into abilities we all have but get overlooked by moreconventional problem-solving practices…a system of overlappingspaces rather than a sequence of orderly steps… [in which] thereare three spaces to keep in mind: inspiration, ideation, andimplementation.3”3. http://www.ideo.com/about/
Which of the ten TED Commandments does the speaker best follow?
“1. Dream Big:” The ideas behind IDEO, based on Bandura’stheories of Guided Master and Self-Efficacy; showing how a shift inhow creative design/thinking can be applied to any aspect in life.“2. Show us the real you:” Not only did he share a personal andserious moment about surviving cancer, but his entire presentationembodied the spirit of the drive he felt after his diagnosis; one canovercome their fears and become confident in their abilities to reachtheir goals.“4. Connect with peoples emotions:” Fear of failure in the face ofadversity is a common facet of human development; something thatchildren and adults can experience and relate to.
Evaluate the speaker in terms of dynamism from 1 (lowest) to 5(highest). What could the speaker have done to increase his/her dynamism?
I would rate Kelly’s presentation at a 3. This is not to say thatthe presentation was bad. • He moved little and spoke with an even and soft, but understandable tone. • There were a total 4 image shown during the speech. • He spoke directly to the audience as if he were telling a story • In short, he was efficient and to the point.To be “more dynamic” would hamper what is a simple, buteffective delivery and risk sounding more like a sales pitch.It is “just right.” However if more dynamism was required: • Videos of the ophidiophobics and children overcoming their fears • Cite more specific examples of IDEO’s impact in various fields
What tips were used fromGarr Reynolds or Nancy Duarte?
He usedboth of Nancy Duarte’sconcepts of a speechstructure’s showing what is, and what could be, and using astory telling approach to his presentation. •From having fears of failure and judgment to becoming self-confident in one’s skills and applying that confidence across a broader gamut of one’s life. •He introduced us to Bandura’s theories by relating the story of the people who feared snakes, and how those theories manifested themselves in Dietz’s work and in his own calling to found IDEO after surviving cancer.
What have you learned about deliverybased upon watching your presenter?
David Kelly demonstrated the effectiveness of a simple andstraightforward presentation •Minimal amount of slides •Used a story telling approach to his speech •Spoke in soft and simple tones to get his point across •Keep things lighthearted, even when speaking of a subject of a serious nature (e.g., his cancer) •Echoes the theme of overcoming fears across each example •Open and closed his speech with the same general sentiment of overcoming the fear to touch a snake.
Compare and contrast your speaker toSir Ken Robinson from the two videos,“Schools Kill Creativity” and “Changing Education Paradigms.”
Some Similarities: •Both Robinson’s and Kelly’s presentations challenge the fundamental processes in which creativity is stifled and not encouraged, and how to go about changing that •They both offer examples of how creativity can drive innovation and empower the “greater good” •Changing how creativity is encouraged and developedSome Differences: •Robinson focuses specifically on changing public education to foster creativity; Kelly focuses on a broader application of creative empowerment •Stylistically, Robinson is more upbeat and animated in his delivery with much more humor, whereas Kelly is more sedate and even-keeled. •Richard’s second TED talk, “Changing Education Paradigms” is more of an animated presentation, versus Kelly’s minimalistic approach
What tips can you give your classmateson delivery for their upcoming speeches based ONLY on your TED Talk?
A Few Pointers: •Keep your discussion simple and straightforward •It is possible to have a small number of slides and major points if your speech delivery is more of a story-driven narrative. •You can be soft-spoken if you speak clearly and address your audience directly. •You can be upbeat and light-hearted without being overly animated or vocal in your delivery •The audience will have an easier time following, understanding, and retaining your presentation if you approach it from a common human denominator (in Kelly’s case, the psychological fear of failure and judgment). Adding a personal touch/experience will also help to make it more relatable.
Creative Confidence Encouraging Creative Growth and Development and its Impact Thanks for watching! -Vicente Martinez Jr.