March 8, 2016

Presentation Watch #6

For this year’s International Women’s Day on March 8th, our Presentation Watch #6 has the motto “Women, Speak!” Our highlights include garments that can talk, women who have something to say and a woman who knows the ins and outs of public speaking.

Two women talking about the latest trends in the fashion industry, how cliché! However, far from it, these two ladies don’t just talk about the connection between clothing with the latest information technologies but are also deeply involved in technical innovations in this area. During her schooling, designer Danit Peleg experimented with advanced technology, various materials and designs for clothing . Peleg created a fashion collection that was completely produced with 3D printers and self-developed textiles. In her presentation, “Forget shopping. Soon you’ll download your new clothes,” Peleg speaks about the future of fashion. Mathematician, Joanna Berzowska combines her design and computer science research by developing portable computer systems integrated into clothing. These electronic fabrics and smart garments are environmentally friendly, receptive and responsible. Berzowska, in her presentation, “Wearables: The Future of Everything,” talks about her work on the latest Internet of Things developments, for example textiles, body and movement measurement textiles.

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The British magazine, the Stylist, published ten selected public speeches, which were held by women. These selections are not only inspirational speeches but address a number of larger issues that affect us, all of which just so happen to be arranged in remarkably good presentations that captivate and move. The speakers (e.g. actress Emma Watson, the former Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, communication scientist, Amy Cuddy, and many more) talk on various topics such as equality, freedom, communication and creativity. For instance, the talented spokeswoman, Sheryl Sandberg (COO of Facebook) gives a TED Talk addressing “Why we have too few women leaders” and why fewer women are represented at management levels in companies or institutions. Sandberg vividly illustrates three simple rules of thumb for someone who wants to achieve a leadership position.

Denise Graveline would probably agree wholeheartedly with Hermione Gingold, that “fighting is essentially a masculine idea; a woman’s weapon is her tongue.” As a communication consultant, Graveline has coached hundreds of speakers for public performances of all kinds. In her blog, The Eloquent Woman, she writes and collects contributions to communication and presentation techniques with the aim of helping women build confidence in their public speaking. Only ideas which are well communicated have the potential of influencing something. Graveline publishes a compilation of interesting links, useful information and methods for holding lectures in “The Eloquent Woman’s weekly speaker toolkit.”

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