Elizabeth Gilbert: A new way to think about creativity.

In this talk given by the author of Eat, Pray, and Love, Gilbert speaks about the fears and frustrations of those who pursue a creative life, especially during those moments of angst when the creative juices are not flowing, and offers some advice and encouragement.

Gilbert is certainly passionate. It is easy to see that she truly cares about the subject matter and that she wants the audience to understand what she is saying and why. For me, the passion with which Gilbert speaks is the biggest strength of her talk.

She uses the power of stories to great effect. Going through the transcript of her talk, I found five personal stories from her life and five stories about other people. The stories reinforce her points in a powerful way.

Her voice is natural. She smiles. She makes good eye contact with the audience. She laces her talk with humor at appropriate points. All of these things help to “shrink the distance” between Gilbert and her audience. They make her likable and being liked is very important for a speaker.

Meanwhile, I think she could have slowed down a little and paused more often. And Her hand gestures were frequently distracting in the beginning of her speech.

Edwin Lou


Other thoughts about the content, the delivery and implication of the message delivered? You’re welcome to share.


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