Speech well-received in New York on March 3

At the 3rd Annual New York City Vegetarian Food Fest

NYC Veg Food Fest

My 45-minute speech at this event went very well and seemed to be well-received. It took place in a fairly small area that seated only about 60 people; but a standing-room-only crowd filled up the back of the room. Unfortunately, there was no video of my talk.

Long line outside

Long line outside; I took this picture when I left a few minutes after 1 p.m.

Some of the people that I invited missed my presentation primarily because of a huge line outside waiting to get in. Apparently, there must’ve been a fire code restriction whereby they could only admit a few people at a time as others left. My friends told me that they spent a full hour in that general admission line.

My Presentation. A few months ago, I had the opportunity to work out a plan for how I would tell my message to a younger audience—like 6th grade through high school and college. So I created what I call my “Graduation Day” speech and it is what I will use when asked to speak at junior high, high school or college graduations.

I began by asking myself this question, “What things do they not teach in school—that we all really need to know? I thought of three crucial subjects. Can you imagine anything more important than these?

  1. Dating. How to increase your odds of marrying the right person the first time
  2. Parenting. How to best raise children to become productive, responsible citizens
  3. Eating. How to consume an optimal diet—for our health, the environment, the other critters and for the longterm sustainability of the human species

Since I am no expert on the first two, my presentation will focus on #3—and it can be tailored to suit any audience who eats food—ages 12 and up. Here is the cover page from my PowerPoint deck of 50 slides. I titled it “Food Math 101” and filled it with everything you need—to enjoy your own “blinding flash of the obvious” in a 45-minute presentation. See PDF of the entire presentation below.

Food Math

One more thing. Although I said that I was no expert on the “Dating” and “Parenting” topics earlier; I will have to say that I am extremely proud of how my children (ages 33 and 39) have become very well-adjusted and responsible adults and parents. Maybe their mother had more to do with that than I did.

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About J. Morris Hicks

A former strategic management consultant and senior corporate executive with Ralph Lauren in New York, J. Morris Hicks has always focused on the "big picture" when analyzing any issue. In 2002, after becoming curious about our "optimal diet," he began a study of what we eat from a global perspective ---- discovering many startling issues and opportunities along the way. In addition to an MBA and a BS in Industrial Engineering, he holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where he has also been a member of the board of directors since 2012. Having concluded that our food choices hold the key to the sustainability of our civilization, he has made this his #1 priority---exploring all avenues for influencing humans everywhere to move back to the natural plant-based diet for our species.
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6 Responses to Speech well-received in New York on March 3


    I’ve printed your 50-slide PowerPoint into a booklet on 25 sheets of paper.
    Such visual aids are a blessing for those seeing presentation these days.

    Some readers may remember “Chalk and Talk” from the last century where professor was READING from the podium materials that he had already prepared and printed for himself.

    In my presentations I nearly always distributed handouts referenced to demonstrations – which works much better for both teacher and student compared with “taking notes” of content that the presenter had already prepared but had failed to print and distrubute to those attending.




  2. Mccormacboys says:

    Wish I could be in the audience. I’m sure you’ll be great. Always proud of my big brother. Love Virginia

    Sent from my iPad

  3. Craig Holman says:

    Great presentation. Provides a good summary of the current connection between our individual health and that of the planet. I love Lester Brown’s work. Your talk helps provide a broader context to this challenge. Congratulations and thank you for sharing.

  4. CJ says:

    Excellent slides, Jim, wish I could be there to see the presentation! It’s sure to have a powerful, positive impact. It would be great if someone could record you and put it up on Youtube to share with us. Go get ’em and best wishes!

  5. Jim: Great optimal nutrition support charts, will be outstanding when your video presenting the narrative is recorded! Make sure that you have good taping done!
    Also, check this out:
    You could publicize Dr. Fuhrman’s 25-yeaqr-old daughter’s nutrition ed efforts!

    I just posted this on the Atkins Book CON review thread:
    Amazon.com: T. Colin Campbell’s review of New Atkins for a New You: The Ultimate Die… =


  6. Marvin Pearlmutter says:

    Just watched your Power Point Presentation.
    It’s a home run in any league!
    You covered every position masterfully and
    I’m sure it will be a winner in New York.

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