CHARLES LIMBBuilding The Musical Muscle Calvin Winzler-Lane
“This is what we want out of our senses; we want beauty, we don’t just want function.” -Charles Limb
INTRODUCTION When Charles starts his speech, he makes the case that wedon’t usually think about the reasons our senses have evolved as they have. This forces the audience to subconsciously ask themselves “why?”In the ﬁrst 30 seconds of his presentation, Limb has engaged the audience by making them an active part of the introduction. When they cannot answer their own question, it puts all focus onto him, as he hooks them in and explains his answer.
COMPARISONSir Ken Robinson Charles Limb- Audience laughs almost continuously - Audience is engaged and inspired bythrough the presentation his passion, laughs very few times- Eyes always looking into the crowd - Looks down at the teleprompter, slightly nervous - Personal stories - Passion - Intelligence - Empathy
Both presenters had unique ways of keeping the audience engaged.
ROBINSONSir Ken Robinson was a perfect combination of energetic and relaxed. One hand in his pocket, the other making emphatic gestures.Throughout the presentation, the audience was shining-eyed and smiling, and the fact that they laughed when Robinson supplied an anecdote is proof of their engagement.
LIMBCharles Limb was able to achieve a different kind of attention. Being a surgeon, there is a connection he has with all of his patients that gives him a sense of empathy. He uses this in hisspeech to capture the audience, and give them a feeling of and hope. While he didn’t receive much uproarious laughter, he didn’treally try to get any. His go warmth al was to inspire and give hope, and he did just that.
DYNAMISM One a scale of 1-5, I would give Limb a 4 for dynamism. He was engaging, passionate, intelligent, kind, humorous, hesmiled quite often, and he connected with the audience through personal stories and anecdotes.The only thing that prevented him from getting a 5 was his lackof eye-contact, and his level of energy. He was very calm, but a little too relaxed. He was quiet, and seemed slightly nervous.
I have to admit that during Robinson’s talk my eyes were always on him, but for Limb’s presentation I found myself listening intently, but I would also visit Facebook or other social networking sites now and then. Looking at delivery, I would have to gather that the speaker’senergy and conﬁdence plays a huge part in keeping all attention on them. Conﬁdence keeps people engaged because it shows that you have control.
TIPSBased on Limb’s presentation, my best advice would be to work on eye-contact and having the right balance of energy, conﬁdence, and relaxation. Keeping in mind that most TED presenters are talking about their passion, it should be assumed that having expertknowledge on a topic would allow conﬁdence and relaxation to come naturally. Applying this to uninteresting and lesser-known material may be somewhat difﬁcult, so build off of what little you may know already.