Airbnb Co-Founder Gives Wow Presentation

Joe Gebbia, the co-founder of Airbnb, gives the best presentation I’ve seen all year. While you’re enjoying it, you can notice and steal many of his presentation techniques. It’s just perfect. Watch Joe’s Ted talk here.

He bet his whole company on the belief that people can trust each other enough to stay in one another’s homes. How did he overcome the stranger-danger bias? Through good design.

It’s really worth a watch. We’ve forensically dissected why this presentation works for clients attending our Presentation Courses. Notice how he:

  1. Opens with a great story – thinking he might be kidnapped in the boot of a car by his first B&B client. Great, because he’s addressed the key emotional fear around sharing your home with a stranger and he’s used a compelling visual plus humour.
  2. It leads nicely into telling us how Airbnb overcame these trust issues – so he gives us an answer to the problem and tells the Airbnb story from an interesting point of view.
  3. He uses humour, then becomes very serious, then comes back to humour. He asks rhetorical questions and he changes pace perfectly. It all keeps us listening.
  4. When he asks the audience to swap phones he creates a physical connection with the emotions of trust and ramps up the attention and engagement of the audience. The audience loved it.
  5. We can see from his sparkling eyes and his strong body language how passionate he is about what he does. It’s real and authentic.
  6. He gives us hard evidence from Stanford on building trust – which tells us something new and builds real credibility.
  7. He’s not afraid to talk about when it went wrong and how much pain that caused him – this builds credibility as it’s what we’re all worried about.
  8. He gives us the ‘mother’ of all good testimonial stories towards the end about a guest who had a heart attack and was cared for by his host. Memorable and touching.
  9. He ends on his inspiring world vision for us to remember and be a talking point. Gebbia sets out his dream for a culture of sharing in which design helps foster community and connection instead of isolation and separation.

Clever stuff. I’m off to book another Airbnb!

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Is Anyone Listening?

Celeste Headlee is the granddaughter of a famous African-American composer, a writer, radio host and professional opera singer. And she has some great tips on how to have a better conversation in this truly captivating Ted talk, ’10 ways to have a better conversation’.

If you have ten minutes spare today it’s really worth a watch – it made us think about how we have conversations; not just in a professional setting but also with friends, family and people we have just met.

It’s incredibly relevant in the modern world where teenagers are much more likely to text friends than talk face to face, and where there are endless distractions competing for our attention.

Above all, remember to go into each conversation with your mind open and prepared to be amazed.

“Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.” (Bill Nye).

Here is a summary of our favourite tips from Celeste’s talk. She says if we could choose just one of them and master it, we will be better at this interpersonal skill – which would you like to improve on?

  • Listen – it takes effort and energy to pay attention, but if you don’t do it, you’re not in a conversation. Stephen Covey said, “Most of us don’t listen with the intent to understand, we listen with the intent to reply.” So true!
  • Don’t multi-task – be present, be in the moment, put down your iPad, turn off the TV
  • Don’t pontificate – enter every conversation assuming you have something new to learn
  • Use open-ended questions, starting with who, what, when, why and how – for a more interesting response – “How did that feel?” “What was that like?”
  • Go with the flow – let thoughts come and go; don’t insist on telling them that story you’re dying to add when it has nothing to do with what they are saying!
  • Don’t equate your experience with theirs – it is not about you; conversations are not a promotional opportunity

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Are You A SuperTasker?

People aren’t just cooking anymore – they’re cooking, texting, talking on the phone, watching YouTube and uploading photos of the awesome meal they just made.  At work, we take the conference call while writing the report while checking out social media while wondering if the kids are ok at nursery.

Designer Paolo Cardini questions the efficiency of our multitasking world and makes the case for – gasp – “mono-tasking.”  His charming 3D-printed smartphone covers just might help.  Enjoy this wonderful and amusing presentation on

Paolo says that only 2% of Humans Are SuperTaskers – people who can genuinely multitask.

For the rest of us, multitasking activates the brain’s rewards centre but degrades performance.  When you’re multitasking you feel alert and alive but accuracy and performance drops off.  Constant emailing and text messaging, for example, reduces IQ by 5 points if you are a woman or 15 points if you are a man.

So give your brain a treat, do just one thing for a bit and boost your performance.

You absolutely can be an energising and energised leader.  If you’d like to find out how to create an energised organisation, collaborate better and perform at your peak do talk to us about our Energising Leaders programme.

Melissa Marshall: Talk Nerdy to Me

If you ever have to present on complex topics that could be a bit ‘nerdy’, this entertaining and enlightening 4 minute video is a must watch.  I know everyone is busy right now so I’m going to keep this inspiration simple, just like Melissa’s message on presenting.

Melissa’s Top Tips for Presenting ‘Nerdy’ Content

  1. People are really interested in technical subjects but you’ve got to tell me what it means to me, early on
  2. Try and keep your message simple and beware of jargon and terminology that I may not understand
  3. When using slides, too many bullet points can confuse me and stop me from really listening to what you are saying
  4. Much better to have a single summary sentence and great visuals that you can talk about
  5. Use examples, stories, analogies to explain your message to me and don’t forget to be passionate about your subject!

Do get in touch if you’d like to find out about KineticFuture’s 5 step presentation coaching model, based on evidence from neuroscience, positive psychology and theatre skills.  We can show you how this can take your presentation impact to the next level. Click here to find out more about our Presentations, Gravitas and Personal Presence course.

Deliver a Jaw Dropping Moment

Everyone remembers where they were and what they were doing when the tragic news of 9/11 broke but we often can’t remember what we did yesterday.


Because our brains are wired to recall emotionally dramatic events (positive as well as negative) and ignore the mundane and ordinary.

In a similar way, presentations that include an emotionally charged event create a heightened state of emotion in the audience that makes them much more memorable and enjoyable. This can be done by telling a story, using props and images, or sharing some unexpected statistics.

Some of our favourite examples of presentations that include extreme jaw dropping moments include:

  • Bill Gates – when he released a jar of mosquitos into an audience in his Ted talk on some of the world’s biggest problems.
  • Dr Jill Bolte Taylor – when she brought out a real human brain in her talk about her personal experience of having a stroke.
  • Hugh Herr – his Ted talk on the development of bionics that ‘let us run, climb and dance’ (watch it below). In particular, the moment at the end of his talk when Adrianne Haslet-Davis, a victim of the 2013 Boston marathon bombing comes on stage for her first dance since the attack.

The audience response to the speaker’s dramatic action speaks for itself. They look interested, enthralled, alive… and some of their jaws are actually dropping open!

Try and apply this to your own presentations. You may be presenting on something your audience have seen many times and the topic may not be nearly as emotional as these talks but wouldn’t it be good to make the effort to surprise them? They’re more likely to remember what you’ve said if you do!

If you would like to know how to use positive psychology and neuroscience within your own presentation we can show you how – contact us today.