Famous Presenters

In their publications, famous scientists and statesmen leave abundant cues on how to present their views effectively to others. Think of a Nobel prize acceptance speech, for example, there is so much to learn from how the presenter relates to an audience often well below the level of knowledge required for appreciating the achievements. Think of a biography where the writer (often a public figure) recalls the fears of facing an audience known as hostile. So much is learned through the observation and analysis of famous scientists and presenters.

Blaise Pascal – Scientist Philosopher

On memory

On influence of audience on presenter

On public apologies

On acknowledgment of other people’s contribution

On correcting someone’s views

Winston Churchill – Statesman

On the need to be selective in the choice and number of arguments

On the importance of a role model

On how to conclude

On the way to conduct a rehearsal

On personal handicaps (speech impediment, accent, etc)

Santiago Ramón Y Cajal – 1906 Nobel laureate Medicine

On the need to rekindle enthusiasm prior to presenting

Herbert A. Simon – 1978 Nobel laureate Economics

On the need to match video to audio to reduce demands on attention

On the need to condense information

Henri Poincaré – XX century Mathematician and Physicist

On the two different ways people in the audience reach full understanding

On the ending slide and the confident presenter

Antoine de St Exupery – Writer Philosopher Aviator

On elemental simplicity

Benjamin Franklin – Scientist, inventor, Statesman

On handling controversy in the proper manner

On voice reach

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