If you’ve been living under a rock of disillusionment and lethargy, it’s time for you to crawl out and greet the world of TED Talks. TED Talks are a popular circuit of conferences held globally which live up to their tagline of ‘ideas worth spreading’. No matter what you’re into, TED Talks can show you a brand new perspective with compelling and creative flair.
From Bill Gates and Bono to Jamie Oliver and Julian Assange, TED Talks are packed with humour, knowledge, and invaluable insights – this is your chance for a business consultation from industry giants. We’ve dug up a treasure trove of speakers, perfect for sparking brain cells as you deliberate over your business, brand, or big idea.
1) HOW TO GET YOUR IDEAS TO SPREAD
BY SETH GODIN
Marketing guru and successful author, Seth Godin delves into the concept of why bizarre, bad, or bawdy ideas are more successful at gaining our attention than boring or banal ones. This talk will make your understanding of ‘ideas’ do cartwheels with the concept that being too ‘good’ can actually be detrimental, and encourages businesses and entrepreneurs to be remarkable and ready to roll the dice on risks. Godin has proven his mettle and published a number of bestsellers including “Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable” and “All Marketers Are Liars”.
2) LIFE LESSONS FROM AN AD MAN
BY RORY SUTHERLAND
Behavioural economics is an ace up your sleeve if you’re an entrepreneur or business owner. Rory Sutherland is the Vice Chairman of Ogilvy and Mather, an advertising and marketing agency that towers over the globe – one good reason to take down every word. Listen as Rory explores why changing the perceived value of a brand, product, or service, can influence opinions and purchase decisions. Sutherland’s presentation has been crafted to be not only astute and entertaining but brimming with vital material for any and every business owner and entrepreneur.
3) ARE WE IN CONTROL OF OUR OWN DECISIONS
BY DAN ARIELY
Dan Ariely is a professor, author, and behavioural economist, and his astonishing research findings illustrate to the extent that the decisions we make are not only inevitable, but predictable. Listen closely, because the cogency of this concept can not only assist you in maximising your business performance, but could help with your budding marketing campaigns. Ariely has written a selection of books on this subject including “Predictably Irrational” and “The Honest Truth About Dishonesty”.
4) HOW GREAT LEADERS INSPIRE ACTION BY SIMON SINEK
Columbia University strategic communications professor, author, and motivational speaker. Simon Sinek’s deceivingly simple name conceals the list of impressive titles. His understated but stirring leadership model echoes this, beginning with the “golden circle of motivation” and moving into why you do what you do, rather than what you actually do. He has written a book exploring this subject further called “Start With Why”,
5) WHERE GOOD IDEAS COME FROM BY STEVEN JOHNSON We’ve all seen the lightbulb ‘Eureka’ moment – where ideas are reduced to that one moment of absolute clarity. Steven Johnson refutes this process with the evidence of history on his side, and will have you pondering your next big idea. Johnson is an author of multiple bestsellers, showcasing the intersection of science and technology intertwined with his personal experience. His book “Where Good Ideas Come From” touches on this TED topic, and expands further into the history of human innovation.
6) THE PUZZLE OF MOTIVATION BY DANIEL PINK If you’ve been using cash like a carrot on the end of a stick, then check out this TED Talk to rethink your conventional reward system. Using cold hard cash to motivate your staff may actually be more harm than good. Pink is an author, journalist, and former speechwriter for Vice President Al Gore. In this talk, he examines the possibility that people will actually perform worse when motivated by monetary rewards.
7) THE 8 SECRETS OF SUCCESS BY RICHARD ST. JOHN “Is success a result of luck or intelligence?” According to renowned author and success analyst, Richard St.John, the answer is neither. St. John has spoken to over five hundred very successful people and asked them to define what it was that they would credit their success to. The final results of these answers revealed eight traits that are attributable to successful people. Read more in St. John’s book “The 8 Traits Successful People Have in Common”.
8) WHAT PHYSICS TAUGHT ME ABOUT MARKETING
BY DAN COBLEY
‘Chalk and cheese’ you’re thinking, right? Marketing and physics might seem to appear on opposite ends of the spectrum, but Cobley, a marketing director of Google, has an unbridled enthusiasm for both. Cobley uses the scientific method of Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, Newton’s second law of motion, and the second law for thermodynamics to reimagine fundamental theories of branding.
9) WHY WORK DOESN’T HAPPEN AT WORK
BY JASON FRIED
Esteemed president and co-founder of 37Signals – a company specialising in web-based productivity tools. He is adamant that the ‘office’ isn’t good place to work, with ‘ASAP’ and meetings creating toxicity. His suggestions can help you to charter your office back towards success, and he’s dishing out this advice in his talk. If this topic intrigues you, read an extended piece in the book “REWORK”, co-authored with David Heinemeier Hansson, to unearth new ways to ideate creating and working.
10) LET’S RAISE KIDS TO BE ENTREPRENEURS BY CAMERON HEROLD
Parents will love this one – Herold maintains that weekly allowances encourage children to form the wrong habits while nurturing the expectation of a regular paycheck. Cameron Herold doesn’t provide his children with a weekly allowance – instead, his children are encouraged to look for work in the yard or around the house and negotiate a price, developing their entrepreneurial spirit and forward-thinking. Herold makes a compelling case for a new form of education and parenting to give budding entrepreneurs the tools to forge their path, rather than teaching them to limit themselves to the path predetermined for them by current sociological constructs. Herold has been raising businesses from the dust all this life and uses this knowledge to coach CEO’s from across the world. Read more in his book “Double Double”, designed to help businesses double their profits and revenues in three years or less.