Lies & Statistics

Dr. Sebastian Wernicke is the Chief Data Scientist of ONE LOGIC, a data science boutique that supports organizations across industries to make sense of their vast data collections to improve operations and gain strategic advantages. Wernicke originally studied bioinformatics and previously led the strategy and growth of Seven Bridges Genomics, a Cambridge-based startup that builds platforms for genetic analysis.

Before his career in statistics began, Wernicke worked stints as both a paramedic and successful short animated filmmaker. He’s also the author of the TEDPad app, an irreverent tool for creating an infinite number of “amazing and really bad” and mostly completely meaningless talks. He’s the author of the statistically authoritative and yet completely ridiculous “How to Give the Perfect TEDTalk.


Darren LaCroix presents at MIT

Darren LaCroix presented yesterday, December 22 at MIT’s campus. Darren LaCroix is the 2001 World Champion of Public Speaking. Take a look at his winning speech.

Anyone took notes on the topic of how to own the stage? Post in comments!


Simple Rules

Donald Sull’s brilliant Google Talk has garnered only 2,545 views since it was posted on Youtube (8/24/2015). This is just criminal. For one thing, who has ever matched his icebreaker? It hasn’t happened, and it probably never will.

CogEd & Public Speaking?

Barbara Arrowsmith Young has a wonderful TED on Neuroplasticity, which you may or may not be interested in watching – although I highly recommend it. This video is of students at her school for people with learning “disabilities” (not just kids) who have moved magically beyond their handicaps. Left them in the dust, in fact.

But wait! You are NOT going to believe this:

Low and behold, a woman on the panel, using the Clocks exercise, found that it turned her into a great public speaker! From Tongue Tied and Twisted to Sermon on the Mount Charismatic. What a surprise! Zoom forward to 35:47 if you want the bull’s eye first. Too goofy!

We have a tendency to believe that if we want to get really good at something, we need to massively practice that specific thing — but apparently not.

Great product placement for Lenovo.