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Patrick Winston's How to Speak Talk at MIT

Patrick Winston's How to Speak talk has been an MIT tradition for over 40 years. Offered every January, the talk is intended to improve your speaking ability in critical situations by teaching you a few heuristic rules.

I wish I had know this earlier. I have presented and experienced many technical presentations. I have bored my audience on several occaisions and never want to do so again

Using these techniques will help you create a more engaging talk that conveys ideas in a way that engages the audience. If you are interested in improving your presentations you will watch this several times.


MIT How to Speak, IAP 2018 Instructor: Patrick Winston View the complete course:

0:16 Introduction

3:11 Rules of Engagement

4:15 How to Start

5:38 Four Sample Heuristics

10:17 The Tools: Time and Place

13:24 The Tools: Boards, Props, and Slides 36:30 Informing: Promise, Inspiration, How To Think

41:30 Persuading: Oral Exams, Job Talks, Getting Famous

53:06 How to Stop: Final Slide, Final Words

56:35 Final Words: Joke, Thank You, Examples

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