Last night Al Gore presented his movie "An inconvenient truth" to close the 2017 Zürich Film Festival.
The movie is truly insightful, and I found it well balanced between making us feel the fear on the urgency of the environmental situation and hopeful milestones on what has been and needs to be done.
As a speaker, Al Gore is confident, grounded, pacing his voice without hesitation, his style is direct and simple without reducing the complexity of the explanation of what is at risk, very humble, completely authentic and owning his moment of vulnerability when he gets angry or moved.
The things that impressed me the most were:
- His international problem solving negotiation skills
to convince India to invest in Solar energy during COP21 in Paris. It reinforces the idea that Negotiating is about making everybody wins.
- His grit, his resilience, the determination and the sense of mission
this man has to convince the world to deal now with the Climate crisis. Every time he speaks he is consistent in quality and influencing impact. As a man on a mission he experienced many set back, many discouraging moments, yet it does not impair his motivation to convince us to act now.
- His speech is accompanied by a slide deck of 400+ slides.
Not something that gets me excited at all however, it is being adapted constantly with the latest statistics, data or pictures. When you are as passionate as Al Gore, the amount of slides does not matter because it is all about the visual effect of each individual picture and the resonance of the speech given simultaneously.
It was indeed a great Public Speaking lesson from Al Gore!