3 TED Talks Every Small Business Should Watch

July 6, 2015


TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED’s “pep talks” cover nearly every topic you can think of and most are incredibly powerful, racking up millions of views that really get people talking.

Think the concepts are too high-level to pertain to your small business? 

Assume that the applications are only for enterprise-sized companies? 

Think again.  Small businesses can glean a great deal of insight from some of these pep talks, as many of them focus on leadership style, motivational tools and frames of thinking. 

See for yourself with the following TED talks that could take you and your business to the next level.


Amy Cuddy: 
Your body language shapes who you are.

In this TED talk, social psychologist Amy Cuddy poses the question - Our minds change our bodies, but can our bodies change our minds?

As her research and experience points out, confidence and leadership can certainly be learned, even by those that doubt themselves.  We can teach our bodies to communicate confidence, and the brain should follow suit.  Take a look at what Amy says in this video.  It’s a lesson that hits close to home for her as well.

"Our minds change our bodies, but is it possible that our bodies change our minds?" Tweet this quote


Ruth Chang: 
How to make hard choices.

In this talk, philosopher Ruth Chang discusses difficult decisions and why they often cause people a lot of distress.  Chang suggests, as an alternate way of thinking, that we should embrace hard decisions as an opportunity to own our lives.  

“Understanding hard choices uncovers a hidden power each of us possesses.” Tweet this quote


Elizabeth Gilbert: 
Success, failure and the drive to keep creating.

The celebrated author of “Eat, Pray, Love,” Elizabeth Gilbert reflects on a time when she experienced disorienting failure, and draws a striking comparison to her tremendous success that came only several years later.  It’s in this comparison that she teaches us how to always find our way back home throughout our failing our successful experiences.

“I will always be safe from the random hurricanes of outcomes, as long as I never forget where I rightfully live.” Tweet this quote


For more TED Talks, visit www.ted.com.

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