My Favorite TED Talks
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Andrew Stanton: The clues to a great story | Video on TED.com

Filmmaker Andrew Stanton ("Toy Story," "WALL-E") shares what he knows about storytelling -- starting at the end and working back to the beginning. Contains graphic language ...
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Starts off with a great joke and just gets better

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Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action | Video on TED.com

Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question "Why?" His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers ...
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A little too repetitive with "people don't buy what you do, they buy why you do it" but amazing points on the deeper inspiration with businesses and speakers

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Drew Dudley: Everyday leadership | Video on TED.com

We have all changed someone’s life -- usually without even realizing it. In this funny talk, Drew Dudley calls on all of us to celebrate leadership as the everyday act of improving each other’s lives.
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Leaders are everywhere, even if the leaders don't know it.

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Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation | Video on TED.com

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.
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Allowing for risk and emotional involvement can be more beneficial to businesses than financial rewards.

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Larry Smith: Why you will fail to have a great career | Video on TED.com

In this funny and blunt talk, Larry Smith pulls no punches when he calls out the absurd excuses people invent when they fail to pursue their passions.
(Filmed at TEDxUW.)
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Seemingly pessimistic, but inspirational

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Renny Gleeson: 404, the story of a page not found | Video on TED.com

Oops! Nobody wants to see the 404: Page Not Found. But as Renny Gleeson shows us, while he runs through a slideshow of creative and funny 404 pages, every error is really a chance to build a better relationship.
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Every part of your web site should carry the same character, theme and story. Even the backend and rarely-seen (hopefully) parts like the 404 error page.

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Neil Pasricha: The 3 A's of awesome | Video on TED.com

Neil Pasricha's blog 1000 Awesome Things savors life's simple pleasures, from free refills to clean sheets. In this heartfelt talk, he reveals the 3 secrets (all starting with A) to leading a life that's truly awesome.
Jessica Manos's insight:

happiness

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Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work | Video on TED.com

We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards? In this fast-moving and entertaining talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that actually happiness inspires productivity.
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Great storyteller and presenter - it's all about your perspsective

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Kid President: I think we all need a pep talk | Video on TED.com

Kid President commands you to wake up, listen to the beating of your heart and create something that will make the world awesome. This video from SoulPancake delivers a soul-stirring dose of inspiration that only a 9-year-old can give.
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When you're feeling down or uninspired, this pep talk is for you.

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Nancy Duarte: The secret structure of great talks | Video on TED.com

From the "I have a dream" speech to Steve Jobs’ iPhone launch, all great presentations have a common architecture. In this talk, Nancy Duarte draws lessons on how to make a powerful call-to-action.
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Great talks have a visually-associated shape to them

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Rory Sutherland: Perspective is everything | Video on TED.com

The circumstances of our lives may matter less than how we see them, says Rory Sutherland. At TEDxAthens, he makes a compelling case for how reframing is the key to happiness.
(Filmed at TEDxAthens.)
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The power of "reframing"

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Joe Sabia: The technology of storytelling | Video on TED.com

iPad storyteller Joe Sabia introduces us to Lothar Meggendorfer, who created a bold technology for storytelling: the pop-up book.
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Storytelling devices and the evolution of how to tell a story.

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Cameron Russell: Looks aren't everything. Believe me, I'm a model. | Video on TED.com

Cameron Russell admits she won “a genetic lottery”: she's tall, pretty and an underwear model. But don't judge her by her looks. In this fearless talk, she takes a wry look at the industry that had her looking highly seductive at barely 16-years-old.
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Winning the Gene Pool Lottery isn't as exciting as you'd think.

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Becky Blanton: The year I was homeless | Video on TED.com

Becky Blanton planned to live in her van for a year and see the country, but when depression set in and her freelance job ended, her camping trip turned into homelessness.
Jessica Manos's insight:

the struggle with being a writer or a homeless person.

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