Almost a beacon of the success of the internet and especially the sharing web, TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) is a global set of conferences owned and organised by US based non-profit organisation Sapling Foundation. Formed to disseminate “ideas worth spreading” in 1984 it was originally a one-off event. The rise of the internet however, made that concept much in demand across the glob. An annual conference began in 1990 with the early emphasis on technology and design, it was after all founded in the Silicon Valley.

Now TED talks are a global phenomena that cover a full range of topics, many of which are like gold-dust to the would be entrepreneur or want to be business person. Since June 2006, TED talks have been free to view online and the ever expanding database of short presentations have been watched over one billion times worldwide to a truly global audience. There are hundreds even thousands that will inspire and motivate those looking to be a success in business but here’s six of the best we have come across covering a range of topics, from self-improvement, to proven strategies and even what may be the next big thing.

Rachel Botsman: The currency of the new economy is trust

Reputation is your most valuable asset in the modern world says author and innovation consultant. Building your start-up, using the social web is all about using the power of technology to develop trust between strangers. In the age of social sharing we are likely to become more connected and aware of each others feelings, actions and judgments, basing our own decisions on them – empowering people to make meaningful connections.
Filmed June 2012.

Richard St. John: 8 secrets of success

Why do people succeed? Analyst Richard St. John condenses 7 Years and 500 interviews into a 3-minute slideshow on the real secrets of success that while over 8 years old now, still rings true today.
Filmed February 2005

Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action

Simon Sinek released the book “Start With Why” in 2009 and later that year filmed this TedTalk explaining the ‘Golden Circle’ – the What, How and Why you do what you do. Inspired leaders he says begin their communication from the inside out: beginning with Why. As a successful business “people don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it”.
Filmed September 2009

Robert Neuwirth: The power of the informal economy

As research for his new book, “Stealth of Nations,” Robert Neuwirth spent four years going across the globe and living among street vendors, smugglers and “informal” import/export firms. The scavengers earn far less than any minimum wage and are frowned upon by the majority of the developed world, but, says Neuwirth, the challenge for the global economy is to engage and empower those who live and work in them, we can learn much from them
Filmed June 2012

Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation


Once a speech writer to former US Vice President Al Gore, now a career analyst and a failed lawyer, Dan Pink believes the traditional corporate belief of rewards like bonuses and commissions improving an individuals performance, are flawed.
Filmed July 2009

Amy Cuddy – Your body language shapes who you are


Even if you operate online, there will come a time when you need to speak face to face, yet even when speaking on the phone, your posture influences the way you speak. It’s not just nonverbal communication that can affect how other people, author and social psychologist Amy Cuddy believes it is more than just a factor affecting transaction with others, it also affects how you think and feel about yourself.
Filmed June 2012
That’s just six. Do you have your own favourites? Let us know.


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