PSASA Cape Town Meeting Review

Gavin Keller’s Brain Processing & Sensory Integration Keynote
By Bill Russell
10 February 2014
Gavin KellerGavin is extremely passionate about teaching, child development and personal inter-action.  His message was relevant for everyone who is thinking of becoming a parent, has children or was once a child themselves.   But how does he measure up against Bruce Springsteen?  Getting to see two experts in their fields within a two week span was an awesome experience so thought I’d kill two birds with one stone on this review.  Whether your ride is rock & roll or brain processing & sensory integration – it doesn’t get any better than this.
Rating: 1 (Low) to 5 (High)

          The Boss                        The Principal        
Expert in Field 5 5
Kept Audience Captivated 5 5
Platform Skills 5 5
Valuable Lessons for Speakers 5 5
Value for Money 5 5
Kick-ass Horn Section 5 1

Both offered a fabulous night of non-stop, thought-provoking, crowd-pleasing entertainment.  Bruce played for 3:05 with a 6-song encore and Gavin kept strong through 90 minutes with an additional 20 minutes of solid Q&A. Both filled the house and owned their audiences from the moment they hit the stage bringing the crowd to their feet many times throughout the show.   I could have listened to either of them for another hour and still wanted more.
Gavin gave many great tips on keeping an audience/classroom focused, energised and enthused throughout with incredible lessons on how to make your speech memorable for more than 40 minutes – or 40 days.  Like Bruce he uses simple stories to bring clarity to his message.bruce-springsteen-002
Bruce had an 18-member band behind him whereas Gavin only had two train whistles and a few stuffed animals.  Though the stuffed animals really helped progress his show, his skills on the train whistles were a far cry from what the E Street Band’s brass section produced to rock the show.  As much as he really established himself as a top performer, Gavin would never be able to handle the sax solo on Tenth Avenue Freeze-out using a train whistle.
Conclusion: Bruce is still the greatest performer on this earth but Gavin is easily one of the best speakers I’ve ever had the privilege to watch.  I would stand in-line to watch either of them perform again and look forward to the next opportunity.
Bill Russell
Cape Chapter
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