Whether you’re an entrepreneur or an aspiring one, the following Ted Talks will provide you with invaluable insights on how to succeed. The videos are each accompanied by a brief synopsis of what you can expect.
Seth Godin: How to get Your Ideas to Spread
It’s an obvious but potent thought: in a world full of so many choices, our tendency is to ignore the ordinary and go with the ones that grab our attention. What is it that makes you stand out? Seth Godin’s talk focuses on the reasons why people will ignore the ordinary. To stand out, he says, you cannot be boring – boring will not make you successful.
Derek Sivers: How to Start a Movement
Although not specifically about entrepreneurship, it gives a great insight into the elements of the start of a movement, which itself will be of help to entrepreneurs seeking to understand the psychology of the people in their target markets. If you truly want to make an impact, then this video is for you.
David Rose: 10 Things to Know Before You Pitch to a VC
An investor and a hugely successful entrepreneur, Rose is the expert on the business pitch and you can hear the master himself defining the elements of a killer pitch. In this video he underscores the vital ‘homework’ you need to do before you rock up and pitch to a VC. A great resource for anyone thinking of launching a startup.
Simon Sinek: How Great Leaders Inspire Action
Sinek’s talk focuses on the ‘why’ of what we do. People don’t buy what we do. They buy why we do it (this, he says, is grounded in biology). So, hire people who believe in why you are doing something. Sell to people who believe in what you believe. In this outstanding talk, packed with examples, he asks – and answers – potent questions such as: How has Apple, a computer company, managed to be so successful? Sinek is a widely renowned motivational speaker and author and his “golden circle of motivation” has been adopted by leaders all around the world, and this talk is one of the most popular TED talks of all time.
Steven Johnson: Where Good Ideas Come From
Where do good ideas come from? In this enlightening talk, Johnson argues that good ideas are not merely the results of ‘Eureka’ moments. Rather, history has shown why this not the case. Watch the video to hear his compelling take on where good ideas come from.
The best talks are those that inspire, inform and entertain us. They spark our imagination and ignite our creativity. But they will each move us in different ways. In which ways did any of the above affect you? Comments below please…