10 TED Talks That Will Change the Way You Do Business
Posted Apr 28, 2017 by Jesse Ness, Ecwid Team

10 TED Talks That Will Change the Way You Do Business

If you are in need of fresh food for thought, you’re in the right place.

In each field of knowledge, there are professionals who make great discoveries and observations. Imagine that they all shared their wisdom with you. It could make life great.

For this very purpose, the American non-profit foundation TED has been holding the TEDx conference since 1984. There, experts share scientific discoveries, experiences, and advice that can be useful and inspiring to others.

We at Ecwid are big fans of the TED project, so we made a selection of some of our favorite talks related to business on different levels.

Tony Robbins: Why we do what we do

This talk scored 10+ million views on YouTube and is one of the top 10 best talks of all time.

Tony claims everybody has the same fundamental six “human needs”, but each person places different levels of importance on them and has unique beliefs about how to satisfy them. To take control over your life and discover your hidden powers, you need to understand what your #1 human need is.

Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation

As a business owner, you are likely to reward your employees and customers for their loyalty or hard work. However, rewards have proven to be ineffective and sometimes even harmful. So how do people get motivated? Dan Pink will tell you the story peppered with a great bunch of jokes.

Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend

Stress has been demonized over the past decade, and no wonder — it causes health problems, premature aging, and depression. But Kelly McGonigal believes that stress can be our friend, if treated accordingly. Learn how you can change your attitude to stress and neutralize its negative effect on your body.

Josh Luber: Why sneakers are a great investment

Nike accounts for 96 percent of all shoes sold on the secondary market. Nike’s customers make almost twice as much profit as their closest competitor. Their secret is limited editions that sell a pair for $8,000 just because it’s rare. Watch this if you want to understand Nike’s genius marketing model better.

Bel Pesce: 5 ways to kill your dreams

Bel Pesce will count five wrong approaches to your dreams that stand in the way of achieving them: believing in overnight success, believing that somebody has answers for you, believing that when growth is guaranteed, you should settle down, believing the fault is someone else’s, and believing that only the goals themselves matter.

Stefan Sagmeister: The power of time off

Stefan runs a design studio in New York. Every seven years, he closes it for a year to run some experiments and just do what he has always wanted. In this talk, Stefan explains how important it is to give yourself a break. You can dive deeper into Stefan’s experiments by watching his Happy Film.

Sheena Iyengar: The art of choosing

Societies all over the world can be roughly divided into collective and individual mindsets. How does that influence the way people make their choices? For individual mindsets, more choices mean a better choice. For collective minds, the result might be completely different.

Mick Mountz: What happens inside those massive warehouses?

Shipping can be really expensive. Mick is the right guy to ask how to optimize it. In this talk, he will tell you about the revolutionary approach to warehouse inventory with robots.

Ari Wallach: 3 ways to plan for the (very) long term

“So it’s important that we remember, the future, we treat it like a noun. It’s not. It’s a verb. It requires action. It requires us to push into it. It’s not this thing that washes over us. It’s something that we actually have total control over.” — Ari Wallach talks about the proper way to start “futuring” (a term he made up).

Adam Galinsky: How to speak up for yourself

Sometimes, we speak up when we shouldn’t, and keep silent when we need to push our interest. Can you correct your boss? Can you teach your team when they’re not asking for it? This talk will make your negotiations easier.

If you have a favorite talk of your own, please share it with us in the comments!

About the author
Jesse is the Marketing Manager at Ecwid and has been in e-commerce and internet marketing since 2006. He has experience with PPC, SEO, conversion optimization and loves to work with entrepreneurs to make their dreams a reality.
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