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Have you Checked out TED Yet?
February 16, 2009, 7:34 PM
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 Starting in 1984, TEDTalks began as a conference to bring together people from the three worlds of (T)echnology, (E)ntertainment and (D)esign—as it has grown, the scope of the annual conference has broadened.

Now, the current TedTalks, held in Long Beach, Calif., bring together some of the most fascinating thinkers in the world, and challenge them to “give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes)”! Talk about choosing each word carefully! These talks also garner an audience of more than a thousand, and take place over 4 days with 50 speakers.

The TED Web site provides the public with some of the best talks from the year, and more than 200 talks are available in the archive. I can only begin to think about how useful this could be in strategy meeting, team-building sessions, leadership workshops … you name it, I’m sure there is some insight (whether it be a 5-minute excerpt or full 18 minutes) you could share with your co-workers to inspire them.

Now, these talks are not just your standard issue keynote speeches. You may recall a story that got a bit of news in early February about Bill Gates TEDTalk. Yes, he did release mosquitoes into the crowd—but it was a jar, not a “swarm” that so many news outlets have reported. Gates said: “Malaria is spread by mosquitoes … I brought some. Here I’ll let them roam around. There is no reason only poor people should be infected.” Now, these pesky bugs were not carrying Malaria, but Gates made his point.

Take some time to figure out where the TEDTalks can fit into your leadership practices—I can assure you they will. But if you’re looking for something a little more traditional, then I highly suggest our Leadership collection.

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