On Tuesdays, we watch talks and interviews with artists and discuss how to present our work clearly and with confidence. This week we’ll watch an interview with the Disney Pixar directors of Coco, Adrian Molina & Lee Unkrich.

Since we have two artists talking about their work today, we can compare their speaking skills in this interview. Take a look and see who does a better job.

Volume and Clarity: I think both of these gentlemen speak clearly and loudly enough that it is easy to understand them. Between the two, I think Lee (on the right) is a little louder, and I would say his volume is better. Adrian (on the left) is more soft-spoken.

Speed and Intonation: Again, I think they both have good speed and intonation. They are easy to follow and their vocal variety is good. They both could add a little more intonation to create more audience engagement.

Posture: I think Adrian has better posture in this interview. Lee’s leg is crossed, which makes him seem less confident, although he does seem relaxed. A more open posture like Adrian’s is better for conveying confidence.

Gestures and Eye Contact: Both speakers look at the interviewer when they are speaking. They also look at each other when they are not speaking, which is polite. Adrian uses gestures very effectively and he smiles a lot. This adds more interest and warmth for the audience. Lee keeps his hands crossed for most of the interview and he seems more static as a result.

Distractions: Toward the end of the interview, Lee scratches his head. This is natural and not too distracting, but it feels a little unprofessional.

Overall, I think Adrian is a stronger speaker, although he could be a little louder and use more intonation to really capture the audience’s attention. Lee does a good job too, but he has more room to improve.

What do you think of this interview? Do you agree with my comments? Do you have questions about the vocabulary? Do you want to suggest a piece for me to discuss next week? Leave a comment below!

I’ve chosen 5 words or phrases for you to focus on today. They are in bold. If you don’t know them, look up the meaning, synonyms, antonyms, and other forms of these words. You can find links to Merriam-Webster dictionary sites at the bottom of this page.

This interview came from Screen Rant: