Why TED talks is the thing we love?
With their slogan: “Ideas Worth Spreading” – TED created a platform where different people, professionals in their area could share their ideas, experiences and insights with people all around the world.
TED talks is a series of short videos easy to watch, listen to and share. You can download a podcast and listen to it in your car while driving somewhere or watch the video in a spare minute.
In this article, we collected 10 TED talks that should be interesting for the owners of small businesses or people willing to start or expand their business.
1. How too many rules at work keep you from getting things done by Yves Morieux
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Yves Morieux is a senior partner in BCG’s Washington D.C. office and director of the BCG Institute for Organization. In this talk, he explains how rules can keep us from performing the best to achieve the greater results. His main theory is cooperation and motivation of employees.
2. How to make hard choices by Ruth Chang
Ruth Chang is a professor of philosophy at Rutgers University. She graduated from Harvard and Oxford universities. Her area of expertise is decision-making and with this talk, she debates on how to make hard choices easy. How to change your attitude to the choices you should make.
3. The new open-source economics by Yochai Benkler
Yochai Benkler is the Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard. In this video he talks about volunteer-based projects (e.g. Wikipedia) and the way they are becoming the new word in economics.
4. The currency of the new economy is trust by Rachel Botsman
Rachel Botsman is a professional on the issue of global collaboration and network technologies. In her talk she explores the new worlds currencies – trust and reputation.
5. Get ready for hybrid thinking by Ray Kurzweil
Ray Kurzweil is a famous inventor of numerous systems of speech recognition. In this video he reflects on the next level of the development of humans brain.
6. 5 ways to kill your dreams by Bel Pesce
Bel Pesce is an entrepreneur. She has worked for both the tech giants (Microsoft and Google) and with small start-ups. In her speech, Bel talks about how to achieve your dreams and never to give up. This video is a little portion of inspiration.
7. How data will transform business by Philip Evans
Philip Evans is a senior partner at The Boston Consulting Group. In his talk Philip reflects on two theories on business strategies and describes why they do not work.
8. Why we have too few women leaders by Sheryl Sandberg
Sheryl Sandberg is a COO of Facebook. She raises up an issue of women under-representativeness at top-positions in both business and government and shares her own experience on how to succeed combining the career with the family. If you still doubt if the next promotion or the development of your business is for you – watch this video!
9. The single biggest reason why startups succeed by Bill Gross
Bill Gross is a founder of a business incubator called Idealab. He is talking about five key factors the same for each new business. According to his research based on a significant life-experience and the work with startups in his incubator, there is a factor that makes your business either successful or dead. Watch this video to find out what factor he is talking about.
10. 3 stories of local eco-entrepreneurship by Majora Carter
Majora Carter is a professional in ecological city planning. In her speech, Majora is talking on how small local businesses can make a difference. This video will inspire you if you are thinking the world is for large corporations and small businesses can change nothing.
We hope this selection will teach you something new, inspire you, motivate and give new ideas on how to develop both personally and professionally.
A little tip from us: make it a little habit – to watch TED talks when you have spare time. They will mentor you and help you not to give up.
Tell us which videos are your favorite and why!