Matt and Ben pitch themselves for charity

Seeing a couple of huge names getting creative on video for the sake of charity is really uplifting. Moreover, it’s always fun to see celebrities being themselves and showing us a different side to the people we see on the red carpet. 

In this short and playful video Ben Affleck and Matt Damon take some friendly shots at each other to spread awareness about a contest organized by Omaze charity in support for a good cause. Two good causes.

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Present like Matt Damon

Most of us would agree that reading a written speech aloud is not the recommended way to give a presentation. Our eyes are on the page and not connecting with the audience. Our head is tipped down, inhibiting our vocal projection. And we get locked into the words, which prevents us from using a more conversational style. Nevertheless, some of best speeches in history were delivered by reading. Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy and Barack Obama come to mind in this respect. 

Besides politicians, actors too can be powerful presenters. In 2012, Matt Damon gave a rendition of a 1970 speech on civil disobedience by the late historian and author Howard Zinn. Mr. Damon managed to read his written speech and yet to deliver a most convincing and moving presentation, IMHO one of his most compelling performances to date. 

Howard Zinn’s thoughts are just as painfully relevant today as they were 40 years ago. Kudos to Matt Damon for sharing these powerful ideas.

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