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The "Lessig Method" of presentation

The "Lessig Method" of presentation
The "Lessig Method" of presentation is not an official method per se, but many people who know about the work of Stanford law professor, Lawrence Lessig, have been inspired by his presentation style and informally refer to his approach as something unique indeed. Those who have seen Lessig present have been talking about his approach for a while. David Hornik at VentureBlog wrote a post entitled Putting the "Power" in Powerpoint over two years ago. In this post he heaps praise on the presentation style of Lessig. James MacLennan may have been the first to put a label on Lessig's presentation style, calling it the "Lessig Method" which he likens to the Takahashi Method in Japan because Lessig's slides often contain just a single word, short quote, or a photo. Here is a good example of the "Lessig Method" of presentation. See Dick present "Lessig Style"There are more videos of Lessig lecturing and presenting here. Hardt's presentation style is not applicable to every case, of course.

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