Ken Robinson's Do Schools Kill Creativity?

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TED talks are great examples of well executed speeches with important messages. In 2006, Ken Robinson gave a speech titled 'Do schools kill creativity?' in which he talks about how the education system is geared towards maximizing the industrial needs and essentially punishes the creativity in students. In 2015, Celeste Headlee revealed the '10 ways to have a better conversation' in her speech. Essentially, the main message of her speech is that most are more interested in themselves than others when they are having a conversation, which can be resolved mostly by listening and paying attention. These two TED talks exhibit great examples of the skills needed for public speaking and showed great organization in their speeches. Watching Ken Robinson's speech, the audience was clearly engaged and interested. This is because of Robinson's thorough use of humor. He uses humor throughout his entire speech, but most importantly, he uses it in his introduction as an attention getter. For example, in the introduction, he also uses an anecdote in which he sets the scene of a dinner party and how people of all …show more content…

This is a great example of a carefully crafted speech. She organized the speech well, she had many forms of support for her main points and she connected with the audience. One of the things that may have improved her speech, however, would have been to use visual aids for each one of her points just to reinforce the audience's understanding through listening and reading. However, her speech was just as meaningful without the visual aids. As Richard Zeoli stated in the article titled 'Seven Principles of Effective Public Speaking,' "the objective is not to benefit the speaker but to benefit the audience," Headlee's speech is not focused on herself, but rather is focused on how the audience can use her words in their own life; she inspires the

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