In 9th grade, I had a fantastic physics teacher. Mr. Gohn. Every time he talked you felt his passion and charisma. The way he captured your attention. The way you could do nothing but focus on what he was saying.  When he explained electrons instead of giving us a boring definition:

“An electron is a negatively charged subatomic particle. It can be either free (not attached to any atom), or bound to the nucleus of an atom.”

He said “Electrons are some horny bastards. Those guys have orgies all the time. But Mother Nature is one smooth chick.”

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He was funny, smart, interesting.  Every single day I looked forward to his class no matter how hard the material was.

In 10th grade, I had this boring physics teacher. Let’s just call him Mr. Johnson. He had this monotonous boring drone of his voice as he talked:

“So you do is take the integral path of the first thermodynamic equation and inverse the function to the derivative of the second to get the mass methodical equation and then cross relate…” What the fuck?!

I looked around. Half of the class was asleep. One guy was texting. Another guy was answering Facebook messages. Another guy was watching soccer highlights and his face had the look “OH YEAH BABY FUCk YEAH!”

Outside the classroom, the clouds were so beautiful as they floated onwards. Two birds flew by. A car drove by. Woah it’s a Ferrari!!!!

Okay, notice that both Mr. Gohn and Mr. Johnson presented the EXACT SAME MATERIAL. Yet Mr. Gohn resonated with us in such a deeper way. That’s the power of presenting in a way that people will listen.

Key Take-Aways:

  • Actually care about the topic you are talking about. Like sex, enthusiasm sells.
  • Use analogies – “Mother nature is a smooth chick.”
  • Answer “What’s in your presentation for me?”
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