Business, Politics & Society

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
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In 29 lessons, Dr. Jane Goodall shares her insights into animal intelligence, conservation, and activism.
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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'...

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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...

Linda S.

I love Jane's discussion about communicating ideas in a way that does not force people to reject them. She is remarkably tolerant, even though the circumstances are dire. I share her beliefs that "marching" in support of our beliefs of vegetarianism or veganism is not the only way to communicate the power of this belief. We also can teach and present options for people, so they have a chance to think about it.

Juleen D.

What is the best thing that we can do to get children and the public excited about science?

karen R.

I could listen to Janes voice all day long .Such wisdom and kindness . We should all strive to do our part, whether it be eating less meat or rethinking that next drive in our cars. I may have to buy a small cow and start talking to my 8 siblings . Not using ah or Um in my talks either !

Patrick D.

I want to see a picture (T-shirt, mural) of Flint pressing Jane's hand and looking into her eyes!

Mia S.

"The inspiration rubs off. In order to bring a few smiles into a subject that really is very grim, I have a little prop. 'Cow' has actually helped me create vegetarians, even in places like Argentina, where eating beef is the big thing. Cow is one of the ways in which I like to talk about things so that people have to think in a different way. If you're too serious and too solemn, people don't want to listen. I'm not going to read anything, so I have to really know what I'm talking about. Robert taught me how to write about my very revolutionary ideas in such a way that I wouldn't be liable to be so heavily criticized by other scientists, who are very ready to criticize me, and did. 'You can't say that, because you can't prove it.' Well, no I can't prove it, but I'm sure. How shall I describe it? What shall I say? 'Why don't you say, Fifi behaved in such a way that if she'd been a human child, we would say she was jealous. That is a piece of advice that I cannot repeat often enough. It's playing with words, in a way. But at the same time it gets you over a hurdle of not being able to prove in champanzee world something which you know to be true."