The content of Mitra's presentation was very compelling. In addition to personal anecdotes, he included video footage of the Indian children using the computers. Watching them adapt and respond to a machine interface they had never experienced before was inspiring; when the cameras panned to the audience faces, the effect was evident. However, his introduction could have been more direct and concise. It would have been very helpful to American audiences if he had included a thesis-like sentence somewhere in the beginning of his speech instead of diving into stories. His explanation of the issue that shaped his research is appropriately included but misleading. If I had not read the title of the video, I would have thought the presentation was about why low education correlates with troubled environments instead of phenomena in self-teaching.
Mitra's delivery was very engaging and delivered in a Western style. He made the audience laugh on several occasions, and sometimes even at his own expense. His expressions were cheerful and animated and his hand gestures were natural and fairly large. Overall, he was very easy to listen to because he was not just spitting research statistics at his listeners. Rather, he was telling a series of stories compiled from the observations from his research. In this regard, he was similar to Dan Pink's speech content, who turned each experiment into a story and delivered his information in an informative but entertaining fashion.
See his TED talk here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dk60sYrU2RU