A TED talk is a video created from a presentation at the main TED (technology, entertainment, design) conference or one of its many satellite events around the world.
TED talks are limited to a maximum length of 18 minutes but may be on any topic. Here’s the TEDx website’s explanation of selection criteria: “TED looks for engaging, charismatic speakers whose talks expose new ideas that are supported by concrete evidence and are relevant to a broad, international audience.”
A fellow entrepreneur gave me a slight nudge recently that motivated me to post this blog. I think you will certainly find value in it as it incorporates some of the best minds of the 21st century. Remember….. The secret to learning as an entrepreneur is to mix equal parts of inspiration and perspiration. Hard work without a vision is futile, while a great idea without execution is similarly worthless. In these TED talks, you’ll find the inspiration you need and the know-how to get it done.
1) Daniel Pink:
Daniel Pink is the best-selling author and the former chief speechwriter for US Vice President Al Gore. The form of motivation that arises due to making more money is the worst, although it pushes us to do things. He states the stats that show people perform worst under the motivation of making money.
2) Steven Johnson:
Steven Johnson is the best-selling author of seven books – on the intersection of science and technology with a touch of personal experience. Entrepreneurs love that ‘Eureka!’ The moment, but Steven Johnson points out with a story that it’s not as easy as it looks
3) Seth Godin:
Marketing guru and self-help author Seth Godin explains here why bizarre and eccentric ideas work far better than boring ones. Being is safe is risky, as the man says. The spreading of the idea is far more important than the idea itself. Seth Godin also takes the example of sliced bread, which wasn’t ‘sliced’ until 15 years after the invention of dough bread.
4) Alex Tabarrok:
Economist Alex Tabarrok’s talk is all about the notion of idea sharing. Creating a community around your idea is way more important. He takes the example of free-trade globalization, creating a healthy community by sharing more than ever.
5) Gary Vaynerchuk:
The most important thing Gary Vaynerchuk says in his talk is there is no reason for you not doing what you love. It’s all about the ‘doing’ here. If you are more of a dreamer, than a doer, this talk is aimed right at you.
6) Scott Dinsmore:
Life coach Scott Dinsmore here gives a lecture devoted to helping you avoid ending up hating your job/work.
7) David Logan:
David Logan focuses on how to be a leader that gets work done and motivates people, all at the same time. The concept of Tribal leadership by David Logan has wider applications in businesses of all sizes and shapes. Logan describes five levels of tribes/social groups and how to focus from one stage to another.
8) Itay Talgam:
Entrepreneurs ought to exhibit leadership and management skills. Bringing all things together is the major task of an entrepreneur. Here, Italy Talgam talks about how entrepreneurs can take a page from the book of orchestra conductors.
9) Richard Branson’s:
No need of introduction for the man who turned a record shop into a Virgin Empire. This talk revolves around the life experiences, near-death events, and his motivations. A great way to get tips from one of the finest Entrepreneur of the decade.
10) Jason Fried:
Work isn’t done at the office table, meetings are nothing but a waste of time and deadlines are deadly! Jason Fried, the co-founder of 37signals, outlines them in his talk, about work-related problems and gives suggestions to fix your broken office system.
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