J. T. Cobb, blogging at Mission to Learn recently wrote about a 60-second lecture series done at the University of Pennsylvania. This caught my eye because, first, I attended Penn for college and also because (note my previous post) I have been focused for a long time on how to be effective in presentations and communication about the future.
Cobb extracts some insights from the 60-second lectures on the importance (and difficultly) of getting to the point, the power of stories and props, and the essentialness of honest titles. This is good advice. I viewed about 10 of the lectures. Only a few really got something done in a minute or two, but seeing their attempts was instructive anyway. I suspect this is an art form that will develop further in the YouTube era of short video clips.
I had the chance almost immediately after reading his post to give a 20-minute talk–what a luxury of time! I put some of his thinking to use and got a great response.