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How Ken Robinson’s TED Talk Attracted 65 Million Views With No PowerPoint

How Ken Robinson’s TED Talk Attracted 65 Million Views With No PowerPoint
Ken Robinson's public-speaking tools were humor and storytelling


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Sir Ken Robinson: The Most Popular Ted Talk Of All Time

Sir Ken Robinson: The Most Popular Ted Talk Of All Time

The Late Sir Ken Robinson found his ideas on education resonate with the world when his 2006 TED Talk gradually became the most viewed talk in the history of TED, with more than 65 million views.

A gifted speaker, Sir Ken Robinson used his wit and charm, apart from humour and storytelling, to engage his audience without using presentation slides or visual aids.



Sir Ken Robinson: A Story Told Well

Sir Ken Robinson: A Story Told Well

Sir Ken Robinson was a known voice in subjects like creativity, education and human potential even before the video “Why Schools Kill Creativity", but this famous TED Talk introduced his impressive public-speaking skills to an even bigger audience.

In his crisp, humorous and engaging speech, Sir Ken Robinson points out the glaring flaws in the current education system, which is only concerned about grading and conformity and does not nurture the creativity of children.


Sir Ken Robinson: Using Humor in Public Speaking

  • “If they’re laughing, they’re listening,” Robinson replied to an interviewer. In his most famous TED talk, the laughs start early.
  • Social psychologists have found that humor scores points with an audience. The humor Ken Robinson’s used was mostly self-deprecating.


Sir Ken Robinson

"I heard a great story recently of a little girl who was in a drawing lesson. She was six, and she was at the back, drawing…the teacher was fascinated. She went over to her, and she said, “What are you drawing?” And the girl said, “I’m drawing a picture of God.” And the teacher said, “But nobody knows what God looks like.” And the girl said, “They will, in a minute.” "

Sir Ken Robinson



Popularity of Ted talks

Popularity of Ted talks

TED talks are watched by more than two million times every day. They have become the standard in public speaking and presentation skills.

So probably your next public sp...

Passion leads to mastery

And mastery is the foundation of an extraordinary presentation. So express an enthusiastic, passionate, and meaningful connection to the topic you are presenting in your public speech.

You cannot be an inspiration to your peers if you are inspired yourself.

Tell stories through your presentation

Stories connect us. Stories stimulate and engage the human brain.

Stories help the speaker connect with the audience and make the audience more agreeable with the speaker's point of view.

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Public speaking key points

Public speaking key points
  • Acoustics are the most important part of a speech delivery . Keep your voice clear and consistent to keep you audience engaged.
  • Content is crucial.

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3 rules for making irony memorable

  1. Create an overarching story that is different from what you’re apparently talking about.
  2. Something important has to be at stake.
  3. Its viewpoint has to run counter to the one held by those currently in power.

Wit is the humor that creates charm

It also impresses with intelligence:

    • But don’t try too hard. Wit flows from passion for the subject.
  • Wit is all about overturning expectations. The wit is in the surprise.
  • To be witty, take the subject, but not yourself, seriously. Wit begins with yourself, with self-deprecation.