Art and science converge :
Fabian Oefner turns simple science into stunning art photography | The Verge.
Swiss photographer Fabian Oefner is known for using art to breathtakingly illustrate simple science at work. His latest series of images, called The Invisible Dimension, captures crystals of color rising in reaction to a speaker’s soundwaves, magnetic liquid pushing paint into canals, and a flame of burning whiskey traveling through a glass bottle. In a recent TED talk, the artist explains the motivation behind his creations: “I’m trying to use these phenomena, and show them in a poetic and unseen way, and therefore invite the viewer to pause for a moment and think about all the beauty that is constantly surrounding us.” You can see Oefner’s artistic process demonstrated in his TED talk below, and check out his website to see The Invisible Dimension photos in high resolution.
‘I learned so much. Being the “Presentation Lady,” I knew I couldn’t suck at it. The hardest part was getting [my talk] to fit within this finite amount of time.So I trimmed and trimmed, keeping in mind that you still have to nail why this is important to the audience. I had a person coach me and point out places where I could trim. “You took too long here, and that made this part of emphasis too long.” I worked with the timer counting up until I knew I was within the time window — then what I did was work with the timer counting down so I’d know, “When I’m a fourth of the way through, I should be on this slide. When I’m halfway through, I need to be on this slide.”
Sure enough, I finished the talk and I had six seconds left on the clock.
It was a great experience for me because I hadn’t gone through it myself. I’d coached people through it but — wow — to actually be a victim was interesting. I learned the power of rehearsing. If you rehearse really, really, really well — it looks improvisational. Some people rehearse to a point where they’re robotic, and they sound like they have memorized their presentation and didn’t take it to the next level. Going from sounding memorized and canned to sounding natural is a lot of work.”
AN : the flipside of thinking is the presentation of the thoughts. Nancy Duarte is a phenomenal communicator, partially because she analyses what makes for great speaking and also because she works at it. In essence she practises what she preaches.
The author Mark Twain was in real life Samuel Clemens. He was not only a noted writer, author and witisist, he was also a highly sought after speaker. In the days of yore before TV, people gathered in social settings to mingle and listen to speakers’ oratory. Clemens , in one biographical desciption which I read, had polished the art of speaking wherein he did precisely what Ms Duarte lists….he rehearsed and rehearsed to the point where the delivery seemed spontaneous but in fact was an artistic presentation of his thoughts.
Do listen to Ms Duarte’s TED talk(s) ( here and elsewhere ) and read her various writings on this topic of speaking and presetations.
via TED Blog | How to give a persuasive presentations: A Q&A with Nancy Duarte.
“Susan Cain is a lawyer and negotiations consultant. She is also an introvert who has noticed that institutions like business and education are stacked against people like her. So for the past seven years she has been writing Quiet, a book on that subject which was published earlier this year. She knew that to promote it she would have to undertake something difficult for introverts: lots of public speaking. She braced herself for “a year of speaking dangerously.”
Her dream venue was scariest stage of all: TED. Over the past few years, a TED talk has become for intellectuals and artists the equivalent of what Johnny Carson’s couch once was for comedians. Like winning an Oscar, writing the great American novel, or getting a front-row seat at a fashion show, doing a TED talk is now an aspirational peak for the thinking set.
So as intimidating as it was, Cain sent information about the book to the TED-cretariat in New York that picks the speakers for the annual conference. They asked for a record of her in action, and she sent them a video of a session where she coached negotiation tactics.
She was in………
The introvert aced the talk.
But the kudos Cain got from the audience at Long Beach Performing Arts Center last Tuesday will only begin her rewards. That TED talk was not only crafted for the 1,500 people with big wallets who attend the elite conference, but many millions who view TED talks, free, on the web and through apps on a variety of devices (viewed by 700 million to date). To the world at large, TED is not an annual gathering where people drawn by the talks spend four days in each other’s company, but a deep collection of videos bound by that conference’s motto, “Ideas Worth Sharing.”
Cain’s talk will now be watched easily hundreds of thousands of times, and it will be her virtual calling card for years.
via TED and Meta TED: On-Scene Musings From the Wonderdome | Epicenter | Wired.com.
David McCandless: The beauty of data visualization | Video on TED.com.
“Data is the new soil.” Visualization of data …very interesting and cogent way of presenting information that helps us with the information overload.
Be touched and be free…
“Bruce Muzik presents a riveting talk about the devastating impact that withholding secrets can have on our lives and what to do about it.
Bruce is a world class trainer and speaker. He has been internationally recognized as the “white man that lived in the black ghetto” in post-apartheid South Africa.
He is passionate about helping people experience unprecedented freedom and happiness through being authentic and sharing the biggest secrets they keep.”
via YouTube – TEDxSinCity – Bruce Muzik – The BIG Secret Nobody Wants To Tell.