Michael Gurian: A Model of Public Speaking

On September 6th, 2014 the Colorado Montessori Association  and the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies sponsored a speaking event at Naropa University  featuring Dr. Michael Gurian‘s talk about the differences between the male brain and the female brain based on neurology and brain scans across time, geography, and culture. The event was a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Jarrow Montessori School in Boulder, CO and Dr. Gurian’s effective communication style as a public speaker ensured the event was a success.

I have been doing public speaking and professional workshops for a couple of years now and I felt that I learned so much from Dr. Gurian. My learning was not only about the human  brain and how it functions, but also about strong public speaking and how to keep a large audience engaged. Dr. Gurian was well-informed on his topic as well as humorous in his approach. I find the use of humor to be very engaging when used appropriately. He also used a differentiated instruction approach that worked to keep people of all intelligences locked into the presentation. For example, he combined humor with differentiated instruction when he showed the following video to demonstrate the differences in how male brains and female brains communicate.

This event was energizing and left me with a lot to ponder. I couldn’t wait to share what I had learned with my husband and other early childhood professionals. Dr. Gurian has done fascinating research that he has translated into over twenty-five books designed to help parents and teachers related to children and each other. He shared science with the audience in a way that kept us wanting more. As I continue to develop my pursuits as a public speaker and workshop facilitator, I will use Dr. Gurian as a model for approaching brains on the gender spectrum as well as for how to engage a crowd and keep them drawn to information that is important for them to hear.

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~ by vegucationmama on September 7, 2014.

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