I discovered TED Talks a couple of years ago. Every few months I check in and see what's new. TED talks are presentations from experts on different subjects all based on the concept that good ideas are worth spreading. The talks and speakers are from all walks of life so a quick search is bound to find a talk that suits your business, problem or way of thinking. I thought that I was late to this party and that most people were familiar with TED talks but it seems that some are still to find this hidden gem.
I posed the question on Twitter & LinkedIn on Monday "What would you talk about if invited to speak at TED Talks?" The responses ranged from "The growth and impact of mobile on web surfing" to "The Importance of Dancing". (this proves that my connections are far from boring!)
You can register to join the TED community, follow the blog, the podcasts or the activity on social networks but in my opinion the best thing about Ted Talks is what you learn. Sometimes you don't learn anything knew, you just remember what you knew all along......that sometimes the solution is simple not complicated, and often the answer is right in front of you.
The latest talk to be added to my favourites is by an inspiring man called Bunker Roy who talks about solar power, listening to the people on the ground, adapting to situations, effective communication and how competence, confidence and belief are what make a true professional.
In this current economic climate with businesses under pressure and feeling the full force of the recession I think there is a lot businesses can learn from Bunker Roy. You'll need to put the kettle on for this video, it will take up 20 minutes of your day but then, it's 20 minutes well spent if you learn something valuable.
If you've time Caroline Casey's talk on Looking past Limits is also highly recommended.