Video Review: Peter Dinklage

Today we’ll be checking out a segment of a commencement speech given by Peter Dinklage, best known for his role as Tyrion Lannister on HBO’s Game of Thrones.   One of the most defining aspects to the presentation is that it just feels real.  I often try to stress the importance of this, but hopefully getting to see an example as outstanding as Peter’s presentation will help to hammer the point home. From his speed and… Read more »

Complicated Ideas, Simple Explanations: Milton Friedman Video

Milton Friedman was a famous–if controversial–economist, who’s theories and ideas influenced American policy in profound ways that are still felt today. Now, since this isn’t a political blog, the focus isn’t on the pros and cons of his theories or his underlying beliefs.  What I *am* interested in, and what you should be too, is his famous ability to use simple stories and analogies to relate complex ideas. Friedman was regularly brought in to speak… Read more »

Quick Video Review: Malala Yousafzai

Today’s speech comes from Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate.  At fifteen years old, Malala was shot  and nearly killed by a Taliban gunman as retaliation for her support for allowing girls to go to school and for women’s rights. From a technical level, the speech isn’t perfect–but there’s still some valuable lessons to be learned from her delivery and presentation. Two things in particular stood out:   1)Pacing: With… Read more »