In case you haven’t heard of the TED talks let us start by giving you a bit of background. TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment & Design, is a series of non-profit conferences that are run worldwide and streamed for free online with the common theme “Ideas Worth Spreading”.
TED originated in silicon valley so many of the early talks focused around technology but now cover areas like health, medicine, education, science and the natural world, so there is bound to be something that piques your interest. The talks are all a maximum of 18 minutes long with a wide range of speakers from industry leaders, Nobel prize winners, entrepreneurs and everyone from Bono to Bill Clinton.
There are currently over 2,100 videos available on the site for you to choose from which can be quite overwhelming. But fear not, the good people of OCREX are here to help. As it’s our aim in life to save you time and energy we have trawled through thousands of TED videos to bring you our 6 favourite TED Talks.
1) The single biggest reason why startups succeed
Bill Gross has founded a lot of startups, and incubated many others and he got curious about why some succeeded and others failed. So he gathered data from hundreds of companies, his own and other people’s, and ranked each company on five key factors. He found one factor that stands out from the others and surprised even him
2) Simple, clever, time saving tips for your computer, phone and camera
Tech columnist David Pogue shares 10 simple, clever tips for computer, web, smartphone and camera users. And yes, you may know a few of these already — but there’s probably at least one you don’t
3) The puzzle of motivation
Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don’t: Traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories — and maybe, a way forward
4) How do great leaders inspire
Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership — starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers
5) How to save the world (or at least yourself) from bad meetings
An epidemic of bad, inefficient, overcrowded meetings is plaguing the world’s businesses — and making workers miserable. David Grady has some ideas on how to stop it
6) Forget multi tasking – try mono tasking
People don’t just cook anymore — they’re cooking, texting, talking on the phone, watching YouTube and uploading photos of the awesome meal they just made. Designer Paolo Cardini questions the efficiency of our multitasking world and makes the case for — gasp — “monotasking”
We hope you enjoy watching our favourites – leave us a comment if you have any of your own suggestions.
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