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

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.

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

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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 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

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.” "

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