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The first assessment trait I chose was Project planning. I chose this because I wanted to reflect more on the inner workings of what goes into planning a digital story particularly a speech focused piece of work. I also chose research because research and facts played a big role in making this a successful piece of work (1,526,803 views). I also chose presentation and performance. I chose this because I felt the overall delivery was strong in this video and wanted to reflect on why.

The biggest strength in project planning was the organization of how material was presented. The author did a great job starting his story and drawing in audiences by debunking what most people would say make people successful. Starting his digital story by debunking common belief draws in audiences. He does not explicitly answer the question of what makes people successful right off the bat but leaves it open so that listeners can get background knowledge first. He goes on to rooting his message it in the story of Josh Waitzkin. Giving a real life connection to the big idea of his story helps people make connections to his message. Once he presents his story he seamlessly goes into Josh Waitzkin’s quote on having a growth mindset. Through the presentation his transitions are seamless and they all tie together. The kind of planning it takes to make a speech flow with such elegance is admirable. I loved the three big ways he states in the end that you can start to foster a growth mindset. This was a powerful way to make sure that you point was made and put it in manageable pieces for your audience.  It seemed there was no wasted time in his 10 minute presentation! The only area of growth with project planning would have been to incorporate real examples of ways in which a growth mindset is applicable in workplace, social, and relationship situation. He does give an overall broad example in each of these areas. I would incorporate a personal specific example of each in order to reach those audiences in a much more meaningful way.

Research was a big strength in this presentation. The presenter did not just tell you the information about the studies he presented to support his claim. The audience was shown multiple pictures, graphs, and quotes that correlated with his main points (this is a great way to appeal to visual learners). There was also diversity in the sources which makes him more reputable in the eyes of listeners. The research was so well collected and presented that listeners can easily pick out and restate the idea of fixed/growth mindset and what that means. Listeners can also easily identify correlations to both kinds of mindsets. I could not find any shortcomings in the area of research if I had to pick something (and I feel like I am nitpicking) I would say that there was not really anything addressing researching opposing his opinion.

A strength in presentation and performance was his connections to multiple disciplines in which having a growth mindset could be advantageous. Presenting this information makes it applicable to all kinds of different audience members. Also you can tell he was extremely prepared! He had his speech down so well it seemed more conversational than rehearsed which is admirable. There was no hesitation in his mannerisms and behavior which again builds rapport with viewers. Instead of being distracted by presentation techniques or flaws you are really able to focus on his message. The only thing I would change about his presentation would be more facial expression. While his presentation was not a funny or silly presentation facial expression would be a good way to connect further with audience members.

Interested in hearing more about growth mindset? Check out Professor Carol Dweck!

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