Does steve jobs memorize his keynote speches?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by WillMak, Jan 13, 2006.

  1. WillMak macrumors 6502a

    Jul 29, 2005
    One of the things I find most amazing abotu Jobs is his ability to captivate an audience with his public speaking skills. When he's doing stuff like Mac world is everythign he says just a script or does he just wing it?
  2. iGary Guest


    May 26, 2004
    Randy's House
    That is not really Steve™, it is a Stevebot™.
  3. clayj macrumors 604


    Jan 14, 2005
    visiting from downstream
    He's not memorizing a script, per se. But he does have a checklist of items to cover and they rehearse the keynote enough times to make sure that nothing gets missed. This is true for pretty much every Steve/Bill type person who presents out from behind a podium.

    There are no cue cards or TelePrompTers being used.
  4. Lacero macrumors 604


    Jan 20, 2005
    True. I think he practices more on timing and delivery than the actual content of his presentations, not to say they are not important. It's what he doesn't say that's really intriguing and that's part of the arsenal in his RDF toolkit.

    Here's to the Crazy Ones [​IMG]
  5. Applespider macrumors G4


    Jan 20, 2004
    looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
    There's quite often a piece of paper next to the Mac he's demonstrating on. I assume it has some of the timings or file names just in case.

    The Keynote slides are also 'reminders' of what he's saying next. Presentation skills are just that; skills to be learned. You can't give a great presentation with lots of cards, lots of text to read etc. You have to know your product inside-out and just have the slides etc to give you the key points.
  6. macOSX-tastic macrumors 6502a


    Jan 9, 2005
    At the Airport. UK
    i had to do a university presentation for my course.....i tried a steve like method, and it worked really wasnt executed perfectly at all, but i did ok, and i had a lot more bulletpoints on screen; but that is the key to a great presentation, and why i got one of the best marks in the class, because i was confident about what i was talking about and didnt bore my audience with reams of text to read. i used keynote aswell:D

    i got a B+.

  7. ITASOR macrumors 601


    Mar 20, 2005
    I find it cool that he knows what's on the next slide before it comes. That takes a little rehearsing, but I think it's part of the job description.
  8. 2nyRiggz macrumors 603


    Aug 20, 2005
    Thank you Jah...I'm so Blessed
    i always wondered myself but im glad to see a CEO up on his company info.

  9. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia

    I always thought the second display he always has on stage with him showed what was coming up. Whenever I give a presentation, I have a copy of my slides nearby just in case. :)
  10. ITASOR macrumors 601


    Mar 20, 2005
    Yeah, probably :p.

    Or else he has one in the way back, which shows the next slide so he can appear to be looking at the audience, but actually be looking at that.
  11. FocusAndEarnIt macrumors 601


    May 29, 2005
    I think he's awesome at keynotes.

    He really knows how to use Keynote well.

    He said he used it in his Keynote. :D
  12. Xtremehkr macrumors 68000


    Jul 4, 2004
    I doubt it, Steve is a real leader, I imagine that he is involved with everything that happens to varying degrees, so he is already familiar with what the presentation has to offer.

    I imagine he puts a lot of work into the order of presentation, organizing it in a manner which brings consumers onboard by explaining what they are going to be able to do with the new technology.

    Apart from a basic structure, I am sure that he ad libs a lot of it.
  13. greatdevourer macrumors 68000

    Aug 5, 2005
  14. steve_hill4 macrumors 68000


    May 15, 2005
    NG9, England
    He does, but knows what he is supposed to be doing. Obviously the slides act as a visual reminder, (I've always found this to be the case too), but he has a general idea what he is doing and goes with the flow.

    I recall in his MacWorld keynote from last year he was demonstrating Spotlight and accidentally got a slideshow running. Firstly he told the audience that he didn't mean to do that and he ould show that off a little later. Then he tried to quit, someone shouted to hit escape, that didn't work and he ad-libbed in the "I think we just found a bug." Not as high profile as the Windows 98 crash, but it shows that while planned, it's not rehearsed down to the exact word. I'm sure he is shown what to do, where to find things and the general gist of what he is talking about, then Steve merely adds his own personality on top of that.

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