The Case for Optimism on Climate Change

June 10, 2016.
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Al Gore:
The Case for Optimism on Climate Change

Al Gore, Co-founder and Chair of Generation Investment Management. Senior Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and a member of the Board of Apple Inc. Chair and Founder of The Climate Reality Project, a non-profit organization devoted to solving the Climate Crisis—with whom he now spends most of his time.

Since establishing himself as a leading advocate in the fight against global warming in the early part of the millennium, former U.S. Vice President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore has also become a benchmark presenter on the global presentation and conference circuit.

His presentation skills have been honed by numerous presentation appearances on TED and other conference platforms in the course of his global climate work—trying to persuade politicians and people at large of the urgent need to combat global warming and take action now.

In his most recent TED appearance, earlier this year, at TED Vancouver, he exhibits many of the great presentations skills that have made him such an engaging and persuasive presenter.

TED Vancouver   February 2016

Like other great presenters, Gore’s presentations can easily come off as being so engaging and well delivered—that you may fail to notice the specific skills and techniques he is using to make the presentations as captivating and persuasive as they are.

Key features of Al Gore’s TED talk to observe:
• His choice and use of well-designed slides and other visuals to illustrate his points with impact and persuasion.
• A clear presentation structure; in this talk centered around 3 powerful questions.
Dynamic delivery—note his posture, gestures, stage movement, interaction with slides, eye contact, voice.

A regular feature of Al Gore’s presentations is excellent use of humour, which he uses to great effect in the opening of this TED presentation.

Al Gore is the author of a number of best-sellers— including An Inconvenient Truth (2006) and his most recent book, The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change (2013).

160610 A Gore An Inconvenient Truth

He has featured as a TED speaker a number of times over the years—and his first TED talk was in fact one of the first 6 TED talks released on when the site was established in 2006.

If you are looking for good tips on how to improve your own presentations, you are well advised to invest some time and effort into studying this and other TED talks by Al Gore.

Trond Varlid

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This article first appeared in the EMC Quest newsletter series.