An astounding thing happened to this quirky brain researcher - she suffered a massive stroke and studied herself as her brain functions shut down, one by one. In this remarkable TED Talk presentation, Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor reenacts exactly how it feels when your brain fails you.
Even more powerfully, she crafts an unmistakable call to action that could alter the course of your life. That's what makes this unassuming, unpolished doctor my selection as this month's "Presentation Rock Star."
I'd encourage you to watch this brief video because you'll gain insight from Jill. But if you're in a hurry, please read my actionable tips below to discover how you can command any room and influence your world, no matter what topic you're delivering...
1) Be a naked presenter. No, Dr. Bolte Taylor is not sans clothing. She's devoid of pretense. She doesn't slip into formal presentation mode or try to impress the audience with "doc talk." Yes, she has some unique delivery quirks, but she's not trying to be slick so you embrace her as the authentic professional that she is.
You can have this impact if you:
2) Share a jaw-droppingly relevant visual. Did you feel the energy in the room shift when she revealed a real human brain on stage? Sure you did. Afterwards, her body became the only visual necessary. Slides be darned.
You can do this if you:
3) Know exactly where you're taking the audience. Dr. Bolte Taylor developed her presentation with a clear, simple intention: she wanted you to choose to live more from the right side of your brain. Her efforts paid off - she received a rare standing ovation from her TED Talks audience.
You can impact an audience like this if you: