Back to School 2011: Top 10 Best Presentations of All Time

Posted By Jane on July 19, 2011
in Back To School

Here is a list of top 10 best presentations by celebrities of all time which gained huge reputation and have been recommended by lots of people. (In random order, the number doesn’t mean the rank of the presentation.)

  • 1.Steve Jobs introduces the Macintosh in 1984. Back then, Steve dressed like Tucker Carlson circa 2006, but black tee shirts and jeans or double-breasted jacket and bow tie, this Macintosh unveiling rocked the house. Steve has perfected the sense of theater, and none is better than this one. Check out how he pulls the 3.5-inch floppy from his jacket pocket.
  • 2.Guy Kawasaki’s “The Art of the Start” speech at TiECon 2006. In the 40-minute presentation (PDF of slides here), Kawasaki talks about innovation and business evangelism. When he talks about “Make Mantra” it’s well worth listening to. The beauty of his speech is that he uses a Top 10 approach and is unafraid to speak plainly and with great humor (which is sadly lost in public speaking).
  • 3.Dr. Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream speech in 1963. Who can argue that Dr. King’s speech in Washington on August 28, 1963 was anything but brilliant and changed the trajectory of America? But the rheotrical beauty of this speech is also unparalleled. At a time when our language has been reduced to the common, it’s essential to look upon the preparation and thought that Dr. King used for this monumetal speech.
  • 4.Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink presentation at SXSW 2005. I’ve seen Gladwell talk a couple of times in person, and he’s brilliant. He talks fast and he makes points by telling stories. He doesn’t lecture, he paints a picture. Gladwell makes the points, “We can do more with less. And there are real dangers in giving people too much information.” Hey, that reminds me, Where are his slides? Oh, he’s presenting without slides. How about that?
  • 5.Seth Godin talks about Marketing at Google in 2006. “Technology doesn’t win, but it sure gives you a chance at marketing.” Godin knows the story, lived it, and tells it. He also uses slides to his advantage to persuade his audience that he’s right. Check out the slide he calls “No one cares about you.” Is there anything wrong with getting people to laugh and think at the same time?
  • 6.Hans Roling talks about the “devolving world” at the 2006 TED Conference. Hans Rosling, who explains 50 years of trends in world health and development in 18 minutes of animations, is professor of international health at Sweden’s world-renowned Karolinska Institute, and founder of Gapminder. What a powerfully enthusiastic presentation he makes. He loves this stuff. And makes us love it too.
  • 7.Al Gore talks to MoveOn about global warming in 2006. Mr. Gore makes a powerful argument for taking action against global warming, and uses persuasive science combined with passion to make his points. Science and emotion together!
  • 8.President John F. Kennedy’s Speech from the Berlin Wall 1963. This speech, Kennedy’s Ich bin ein Berliner appeal to the free people around the world. This speech set the stage for people around the world to focus on being citizens of the world and fighting oppression.
  • 9.Molson Ad: My Name Is Joe, And I Am Canadian!‏. Who ever thought of using shadow puppets in their presentation? Humor is often sadly missing from presentations. Do humor if you can. And, go big or go home.
  • 10.Steve Jobs goes all Mighty Mouse at MacWorld 1997. What’s better than having people go nuts when the introductory speaker says, “This man needs no introduction”? In 1997, Steve came back to save the day.

OK. What do you think of these famous presentations? Have you got a bit inspiration from them? Next time when you do a presentation with PowerPoint or not, try to use the tips you learnt.

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