To submit requests for assistance, or provide feedback regarding accessibility, please contact

Science & Tech

Communication (Cont'd)

Dr. Jane Goodall

Lesson time 10:15 min

Dr. Jane shares her tips for making presentations fun for her audiences - and for herself.

Dr. Jane Goodall
Teaches Conservation
Dr. Jane Goodall shares her insights into animal intelligence, conservation, and activism.
Get Started


He said, well, never mind. Take him where you go and you know my spirit's with you. So we've been to 59 countries. He's very famous. He's been touched by about three million people because I say the inspiration rubs off. When I'm traveling around the world, I talk to a lot of young people, as well as adults, about all these problems including the harmful effect of intensive animal agriculture. And so in order to bring a few smiles into a subject that really is very grim, I have a little prop. This is Cow, and Cow was given to me by a small child, just as a little joke, really. She came from Wisconsin, the Dairy State. She had a little jacket on which said, I love Wisconsin. And I was going to give her away and I thought no, Cow can help me. So when I'm talking about becoming a vegetarian or, at least, the bad effect of heavy meat eating, I can demonstrate because cows, you feed them one end and gas comes out the other. And children laugh at that and they say, well, you've probably got a rude word for it, and you can supply that. But, in addition, cattle are ruminants so that means they belch. We all do this. We humans, we create this gas. And we belch and that's methane. And so Cow actually has helped me create vegetarians, even in places like Argentina where eating beef is the big thing. So Cow is one of the ways in which I like to talk about things so that people have to think in a different way. And if you're just too serious and too solemn, people don't want to listen. [MUSIC PLAYING] The first time that I had to give a presentation, I was terrified. And at school, I never stood up in front of the class and given a presentation, like happens so often in school today. We were never asked to. And so the first time I had to give this talk, it was a bit intimidating. It was for the National Geographic who had been sponsoring me, and it was to 5,000 people, that was my first presentation. And so I worked out what I was going to say. And I practiced on my poor family. And I made a vow-- two vows. One, I will never, ever read a presentation. Two, I will never say um or uh. Occasionally, I do, but if you listen to all my talks, you'll find it's very rare. And there are some people, particularly scientists, and every other word is um or uh. If you start thinking about it, it's unbelievably frustrating. It's better to be silent. So I practiced that. And when I got up in front of the people, I found some kind of magic which actually happens to quite a few people who go into public speaking. One thing that I find absolutely appalling in scientific presentations, presentations made by young people, whatever, are these PowerPoints where you have a picture, you have words, and you're speaking. And sometimes, the speaking is reading out the lines. And sometimes, the person is a little more mature and so they'...

Take action

There is still a window of time. Nature can win if we give her a chance. In her first ever online class, Dr. Jane Goodall teaches how you can conserve the environment. She also shares her research on the behavioral patterns of chimpanzees and what they taught her about conservation. You'll learn how to act locally and protect the planet.


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

i mean..... it's Jane Goodall. She tells stories like Hemmingway and ignites passion in anyone to be ab advocate or helper of animals. I wish the vide

Loved! Informative, succinct and humble and interesting

Jane Goodall sheds light on global undestanding of ethical and environemntal issues and tells beautiful stories about inteconnection between human, nature and spirit.

I really enjoyed the course. Jane is an amazing conservationist and offers new ways of looking at things, recommended!!



The beginning tells the story of love and respect for animals & nature by one, moving through to disrespect, misunderstanding and destruction of the same by others. I will be acting on your tip, Jane, of connecting on a personal level to those who I feel need to hear your messages and stories. Maybe need to find myself a prop like your 'Cow' and venture forward to help spread the 'Conservation' word. Thanks for getting me started, albeit in my small way.

Bernardo F.

Great advise, and it's sad that schools don't teach us that way, we grow thinking that if we memorize then we've done a good job. Many people who communicate, public figures and people who's in charge to present the information sometimes don't know how to do it and make the audience doubt, get confused, get bored, or simply ignore completely what's being said.


Thank you Jane for sharing that Power Point presentations are not good. People can't focus on two things at once and really listen :)


I am very much enjoying Jane's Master Class. My career as a documentary film-maker gives me the opportunity to be surrounded by people of many different cultures, be around lots of cool creatures, beautiful landscapes and very interesting scientists. I have always been a fan of Jane's and look forward to the rest of the course!

Antonia T.

This lesson was really great. Very good tips for doing a presentation (in any field!). Thanks a lot!


Such great tips for giving presentations and interacting with your audience! I’ll really think about her advise before coming up with a speech for something from now on. Thank you, Dr. Jane!

Belinda M.

Dr Jane communicates brilliantly, she has me hanging on her every word. Probably the most interesting, thought provoking, and inspiring lesson I have had in my life. I don't want this to end.

Louanne F.

She is a master communicator. I have been noticing throughout the lessons that she never breaks eye contact with the camera and yet she seems totally at ease and her lessons are very well planned and executed. A great teacher.

A fellow student

I am very sorry for Americans, they have a beautiful country, but a conservation ignorant, irresponsible and the most not ethical President. (Donald Trump).

Kalia D.

...which means she probably recorded all of these lessons too, without ehms or ers, without notes to read off. Incredible. Talking from the heart. Her story also shows how much of science is training, a great pressure to conform. We also have to see that hadn't Jane been so considerate about her communication, she would not have gained the respect of the elite, she would have been ridiculed, and worse, far worse. From the time meeting Louis Leakey on, her talent was to make herself heard, to have people put their trust in her. And it's entirely obscure why her! Why didn't they put a male professor in her place and dropped her as soon as the discovery was made? Actually, it's all full of mysteries considering how much she has achieved starting from a child's dream...