Title: 3 lessons on decision-making from a poker champion

Presenter: Liv Boeree



  • I liked that you began by telling us your credentials: you're a professional poker player. This is the place to "brag" a bit and tell us how successful you've been so we know how much credibility to give to you. How long have you been playing? What tournaments have you won, or how much have you won? (I say that because I'm related to someone who has been in one tournament -- which he won, so he can also say he's a professional poker player.) Then you gave me exactly what I was looking for as you described your first point.
  • You jumped right into the transition and told us that you're going to tell us three things. This was a wonderful transition; I see too many presentations that don't bother to tell the audience what to expect at all. I also felt that you needed a longer introduction. It can help the audience settle in and feel prepared for what's coming. It can help the audience get more interested in the presentation and can help the audience see why we should care. Perhaps you could begin with about a 30-second scene where you dramatically describe the winning deal of one of your tournament victories. Then, tell us that you're a professional poker player and want to talk about the three things the game has taught that you can apply to life.
  • I liked your examples. I especially liked that you told us the source of the poll and the sample size. The examples were relevant and helpful to me.
  • I liked your summary a lot. I thought it was very clever that you reimaged the memes to show the three principles that you'd explained. I have just some slight improement suggestions for the summary. Reverse the second and third meme so that they follow the same order of the topics that you presented: luck, then quantification, and then intuition. I'd also recommend that you show those three words on the summary slide aside the related meme to help it stick in our memory.
  • The conclusion was very brief; all you did was give us the three memes as your summary. On one hand, that's all that was really necessary. On the other hand, I'd like to have a line or two to wrap it all up and send us on our way. Something like: "you can remember these the next time you're faced with a particularly tough life decision ... or even when you're deciding whether to raise, check, or call." 


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