Prezi – Blog – TED Talks Are Wildly Addictive for 5 Scientific Reasons

Carmine Gallo is a popular keynote speaker, communication coach, and author of seven books including international bestsellers, The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs and Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds. He works with executives leading the brands that touch your life everyday, helping them to tell their stories more successfully.

He says, “In the last ten years researchers studying brain scans have learned more about the science of persuasion than we’ve ever known in all of civilization. That means we know what moves people, and we can prove it scientifically. After analyzing more than 500 TED presentations adding up to over 150 hours of talks and speaking directly to successful TED presenters and leading neuroscientists, I’ve discovered that the most popular TED presentations share five common elements that are all based on the science of persuasion. Best of all, you can use these five scientific principles to create more awe-inspiring presentations.”

Check out the 5 principles here: Prezi – Blog – TED Talks Are Wildly Addictive for 5 Scientific Reasons.

Talk Nerdy To Me

In this Ted Talk, Melissa Marshall makes a plea to scientists and engineers to “talk nerdy.” She says, “we’re fascinated by what you’re doing. So tell us about it — in a way we can understand.” Use this video in the technical communication classroom to discuss definitions and descriptions. She nicely reinforces and can generate discussion about how to make complex ideas accessible and exciting to others.


What is déjà vu? What is déjà vu? – Michael Molina | TED-Ed

What is déjà vu? What is déjà vu? – Michael Molina | TED-Ed.

We often think of science as an objective endeavor, in which scientists make discoveries, presenting theories and laws based on systematic observation and facts. It sounds like scientists, then, rarely disagree. In this TED Talk, Michael Molina discusses science as a messier process. Here’s a description of the talk:

There are over 40 theories that attempt to explain the phenomenon of déjà vu. Michael Molina explains how neuroimaging and cognitive psychology have narrowed down the theories that could explain that feeling you’re having…again.

Use this Ted Talk in 260, 264, or 266 to talk about how complex topics, such as deja vu, are defined and to think about how we evaluate and judge those definitions.

Will drones save us or destroy us? | TED Playlists | TED

Will drones save us or destroy us? | TED Playlists | TED.

Here’s a playlist of 12 talks about drones. As the intro states, “Depending on who you listen to, drones will either save the world — or usher in our techno-driven doom. Here, take a look at the light and dark side of drones.”

Consider how you might use these talks in your class to talk about how we define, evaluate, and understand complicated technologies and ideas, such as drones.

Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are | Video on

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success. Amy Cuddy’s research on body language reveals that we can change other people’s perceptions — and even our own body chemistry — simply by changing body positions.

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Share the science. Watch to inspire students before presentations or to examine an example of public communication of science.

TED-Ed | What’s the definition of comedy? Banana. – Addison Anderson

From TED-Ed: What makes us giggle and guffaw? The inability to define comedy is its very appeal; it is defined by its defiance of definition. Addison Anderson riffs on the philosophy of Henri Bergson and Aristotle to elucidate how a definition draws borders while comedy breaks them down.

TED-Ed | What’s the definition of comedy? Banana. – Addison Anderson.

Watch this video in class to discuss the nature of definition and the need to draw borders around things and to create Truth. Anderson’s video explains just how shaky Truth can be, creating a space for endless redefinitions of the categories that hold us together.