TED Talks have become a global phenomenon as they deliver world-class value to people from all walks of life in incredibly entertaining ways. If you were given 18 minutes to present a business TED Talk to a live audience and online global audience in the most innovative and engaging way possible, what would you choose to talk about?
You might be brimming with ideas right now, the possibilities are endless, or you might be frozen up thinking, well, I have nothing to say.
If you have nothing to say then clearly, you haven’t watched enough TED Talks. Just browse a small sample of the talks currently available and you quickly realise it’s not the content that matters. Personal experience, skill and achievement, that is the heart of a great Ted Talk presentation, and everyone has some of that, especially you.
TED Talks – Ideas Worth Spreading
“Ideas worth spreading” is what TED conferences are all about and there is an incredible wealth of knowledge from people who have real life experience. Getting to know them, hear their stories and feel their passion is not just inspiring, it’s great for dodging coming issues and building a powerful business mindset. Tony Robbins, Richard Branson, leading authors, groundbreaking psychologists and affluent business owners sharing their best.
One TED talk I truly love is Simon Sinek: How Great Leaders Inspire Action, which I use in my Entrepreneur Now course to really show the power of the brain and why we need a WHY. Having another person’s opinion, experience and view of the world can really do wonders for opening up our potential.
Before we get into some really mind-blowing TED Talks that could possibly rewire your brain and kick-start your business success, I first want to look at the ecology here. If you’ve read my blogs on procrastination and good work habits you may have experienced some difficulties with staying focused on your work in the past, so please TED responsibly!
My suggestion, right now, is you have a dedicated section in your daily or perhaps weekly or even monthly plan where you can do some fun education. Allocate a set amount of time to watching content like this (or whatever it is that inspires you) and only complete it in that time slot to those time frames.
This type of content can be used as part of your ‘down time’. Otherwise, you wind up watching inspiring and motiving talks and not actually taking any action! I know this because when I was starting out in business I was very good at telling people I was working hard when, in reality, I wasn’t. So just recapping, watching these is not work. Do your work first, and then watch them, because they’re pretty good.
1. Shawn Achor: The Happy Secret to Better Work
One thing I teach in all my courses is the power of filters. It’s our subconscious deletions, distortions and generalisations that determine our positivity, our happiness, and ability to see opportunities and get desired outcomes easily.
Positive psychologist and CEO of Good Think, Shawn Achor, uses his TED Talk time to really show just how much more effectively we operate when our filters are set correctly.
Our current mindset is we should work hard to be happy, but what if that is backwards?
In this fast-moving and very funny talk, Shawn Achor uses his experience at Harvard as an example to show that even if you have it all, you won’t be happy unless you think that you are. The current business formula to happiness is not effective.
He argues that happiness and productivity are linked in partnership, not in consequence.
“And if we change it, if we change our formula for happiness and success, we can change the way that we can then affect reality.”
2. Dan Pink: The Puzzle of Motivation
How to motivate yourself and your staff seems like it should be an easy puzzle to answer. What career analyst Dan Pink so clearly demonstrates in his examples is that what we know about motivation and reward is not necessarily true of the 21st Century.
For today’s problems and modern incentives, we need a new method. It comes back to that heartfelt visual goal, really believing wholeheartedly in what you are doing and why you are doing it. When you have that intrinsic connection to what you want to achieve then you are adequately equipped to have the creativity and ability to respond to life’s more complicated dilemmas.
Do you ever feel like you are so busy looking for woods you can’t see the tree? Less pressure might be the best answer, even if it’s not the one you were expecting.
“There is a mismatch between what science knows and what business does.”
3. Eddie Obeng: Smart Failure for a Fast-Changing World
How is it that some entrepreneurs, such as Richard Branson and Gary Vee can see what everyone can’t see? They are so able to bend the rules that everyone else is restricted by and make incredible and lasting ripples of change that bring not only fame and wealth, but a more positive and productive world.
On top of that, they LOVE doing it This might be the answer. It’s about understanding that the ‘rules’ we are living, the idea that there are only two choices, a right answer and a wrong answer are actually not correct.
What business educator Eddie Obeng so passionately describes in his highly engaging TED Talk is that we have accelerated so fast we crossed the point of our own learning and our education is now obsolete.
This has been touched on numerous times by other inspiring leaders, one interview I really love is Seth Godin, Race to The Bottom which describes the death of the Industrial Age.
What Eddie is able to show through his words as well as graphics is just how subtle the change was, how we may have missed it and how impacting it is on our ability to respond to our environment. Getting outside of what we know is the key to genuine innovation and risk taking.
This is the world that the really successful entrepreneurs live in, above the educated line, which might explain why so many successful business people didn’t do well in school, or even finish high school! Their mindset was already geared to the 21st century! The rules of we know might be holding us back.
“If you haven’t understood the world you’re living in, it’s almost impossible to be absolutely certain that what you’re going to deliver fits.”
I hope you found these business TED talks entertaining and eye opening.
Other recommended TED Talks: (when you are finished your work)
Seth Godin: How to Get Your Ideas Spread
Margaret Heffernan: Dare to Disagree
Richard Branson: Life at 30,000 feet
Simon Sinek: Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe