TED Talks always offers furtile ground for us bloggers on presentation and public speaking. This particular presentation is from Hans Rosling, who is a Professor of International Health at Karolinska Institutet and Director of Gapminder Foundation, in Stockholm, Sweden. His talk is about a weighty topic – mortality rates across the globe.
This is one of the best uses of graphics I have ever seen. In addition, Roslings enthusiasm and energy, conversational and self-effacing style make him a charming and effective speaker. He opens with an amusing story about how he started teaching global development to Swedish undergraduate students. His use of graphics to support his story is clever and funny. It’s a remarkable use of visual media.
I won’t comment much on the graphics and statistical analysis because Andrew Dlugan, author of the stellar public speaking blog Six Minutes offers up an outstanding review of Roslings use of statistics here.
Click on the photo below to be transported to the video URL. Enjoy!