Patrick Winston – How to Speak

Every year during MIT’s Independent Activities Period (IAP), Professor Patrick Winston gives a wonderfully reflexive and recursive talk about giving talks titled How to Speak. This lecture provides some useful speaking heuristics, especially if you’re in the business of helping people learn. This year the talk will be given Friday, Feburary 1 at 11am in room 6-120, but for those not in Boston, you can watch his 1999 performance in full (albeit a tad bit out-of-date):

67 thoughts on “Patrick Winston – How to Speak

  1. Great video. Even though the guy himself doesn’t have a very captivating personality, he still gives a very captivating lecture. That gives me hope.

    One more point: This is an arch. This is not an arch. GLURB! Watch out for it!

  2. Not that this matters, but I think that this lecture may have been from 2001. In the beginning, Professor Winston references President Bush’s recent State of the Union address beginning with a joke.

  3. The references to Bush’s state of the union address, the skier ten years prior, the reference to Dan Quayle, the lack of reference to digital tools and the use of a blackboard rather than a whiteboard all seem to imply that this is from 1989, not 1999.

    Regardless, excellent lecture. I’m looking forward to trying some of the ideas.

  4. Yeah, any idea where another version could be procured from? Keen to see this, and Google has failed to help me do so..

  5. There is a DVD that is for sale, so maybe someone yelled at YouTube. Bummer because it’s a super obscure academic-type publishing company. You can always watch it in bits at the address @DanOelke posted.

  6. Hoping someone can send me a working link. I would love to see this in its entirety but YouTube seems to have pulled the video.

    thanks and happy speaking.

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  10. Really what one needs are a set of clickable links from which one can download the videos directly. Thanks to Dan Oelke, above.

    (If for some reason the series of links following don’t work, you can also try here: )

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  16. Like others, by the time I got to the contiguous video it had been removed. Then, I found the segmented nature of the Harvard site to be too distracting. So, I created an .m3u playlist for use with VLC – much better!

    If you’d like the full, high-quality, uninterrupted video, you can save the following text as “Winston-HowToSpeak.m3u” and open it with VLC:
    (in case the formatting gets screwed up, note that each line either starts with ‘#EXT’ or ‘http:’)


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  42. I appreciate the excellent summary of Dr. Winston’s speech, but I don’t see much in the way of critique. For instance in item 6, how did he salute the audience? Is there anything that might have improved the speech for you

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