How To Speak by Patrick Winston

MIT How to Speak, IAP 2018
Instructor: Patrick Winston
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Patrick Winston’s How to Speak talk has been an MIT tradition for over 40 years. Offered every January, the talk is intended to improve your speaking ability in critical situations by teaching you a few heuristic rules.

00:16 – Introduction
03:11 – Rules of Engagement
04:15 – How to Start
05:38 – Four Sample Heuristics
10:17 – The Tools: Time and Place
13:24 – The Tools: Boards, Props, and Slides
36:30 – Informing: Promise, Inspiration, How To Think
41:30 – Persuading: Oral Exams, Job Talks, Getting Famous
53:06 – How to Stop: Final Slide, Final Words
56:35 – Final Words: Joke, Thank You, Examples

License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA
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20 comments

  1. In parallel world:
    Apple start making people and someone is searching how to speak so he don’t pay extra to install a language

  2. Having watched several of the MIT OpenCourseWare lectures by Professor Winston on machine learning and AI, I wish I had been able to go to a live lecture as he is incredibly engaging and entertaining while being informative.

  3. I like this video because it’s informative and interesting and inviting

  4. A person speaks up to 125 words per minute you think that 800 words per minute. And in concepts. This is why waiting 7 seconds seems like an eternity.

  5. :)) nice lecture.
    At the beginning without knowing anything my expectation was nothing, as time moves forward i started to take notes.Last minutes it was like top notch. Great professor!

  6. Wow, he unraveled the obscurity of speaking in the most minutiae of ways. Rest well, friend.

  7. The moment he told them to put their phones and lap tops away, I was very discouraged to continue watching, but I continued watching and learned nothing.

  8. HeyMIT, why cant you guys post more great lectures like this? Can you get this speaker back?