A couple of times a week I will spend some of my down time watching a TED talk.

I’ve nearly watched every one now but there are a few that have stuck with me along the way.

So I wanted to share what I think are the best TED talks for internet marketers & bloggers. They are not all internet marketing focused, but the ideas and mind sets are directly applicable.

I’ve thrown a few personal favourites into the mix as well!

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Gary Vaynerchuk: Do What You Love (No Excuses!)

If you only watch 1 video in this post it should be this one. Gary Vaynerchuk is my kind of guy, down to earth and straight to the point.

He built his success by turning his back on his multimillion dollar business to follow his passion with Wine Library TV.

Also check out his personal blog which has some great content to digest!

Black: My Journey To Yo-Yo Mastery

One of my favourite talks about finding your passion in life and then finding a way to make money with it.

Black dedicated his life to his passion expecting fame & fortune after he become the world Yo-Yo champion – that’s not quite how it worked out though.

Follow your passion. Even if no one else cares about it.

Steve Jobs: How To Live Before You Die

If you haven’t seen this talk where have you been for the last years?

Steve Jobs teaches you how to live before you die through a series of personal stories and experiences in his life.

At the time of the talk he was diagnosed with terminal cancer – inspiring words from one of the world’s greatest innovators.

Richard St. John: 8 Secrets Of Success

Richard has spent more than a decade of his life researching success.

He has managed to condense all of his research into 1 book, 8 words and this 3 minute video-

Check out website or his book.

Seth Godin: How To Get Your Ideas To Spread

Seth Godin has done some remarkable things in his life – he is the guy that created Squidoo don’t ya know!

In this talk he explores why bad or bizarre ideas are more successful than boring ones.

Some great advice from one of the world’s leading digital marketers!

Rory Sutherland: Life Lessons From An Ad Man

Rory has spent his whole career in copywriting and advertising and shares his lessons in a fun talk.

He looks at how value is perceived and how by changing that perception we can add real tangible value.

Head over to his blog at The Wiki Man!

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Flow, The Secret To Happiness

This talk by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi hit me personally.

He describes how we enter a state of flow that is ecstasy like achieving a heightened focus and immersion in what we are doing.

If you’ve ever had that rush from doing what you love you’ll know what I mean! Internet marketing is my ‘flow’ – what is yours?

Stefan Sagmeister: The Power Of Time Off

I’ve spent the last years of my life working stupid hours rarely taking time off. Although that’s because I’m an internet marketing addict we all need a break!

In an effort to readjust my work/life balance this talk from designer Stefan Sagmeister provided great inspiration!

So once my big projects (free software & build a site over my shoulder) are out of the way – guess what I’m doing ^^ I have a very special 12 months lined up – don’t worry I won’t abandon you guys :)

Matt Cutts: Try Something New For 30 Days

Now I know Matt Cutt’s isn’t exactly a favourite in the SEO community for a lot of you – but he is a pretty cool guy behind the scenes.

He takes a light hearted look at trying something new for 30 days and a fun way at setting goals. He has written a novel and learnt to play the ukulele.

Keep up with all of his 30 day challenges right here.

Renny Gleeson: 404, The Story Of A Page Not Found

Renny Gleeson takes us through the story of 404 pages and how to turn them into something cool.

He looks at a range of creative and funny 404 pages that turn the page not found error into something useful.

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Seth Godin – The Tribes We Lead

Seth Godin gets a second listing here with his tribes we lead talk.

He takes a look at how the internet has changed mass marketing and inspired trible like human social units.

A very thought provoking talk!

Mena Trott: On Blogs

If you don’t know who Mena Trott is, you could say she is the founding mother of the blogging revolution.

Mena and her husband Benn have created products like Moveable Type, TypePad, LiveJournal & Vox – they know a thing or two about blogging!

And we know a thing or two about spamming those platforms ^^

Morgan Spurlock: The Greatest TED Talk Ever Sold

I love everything Morgan Spurlock does and the unique angles he cuts with his documentaries.

This talk looks at the path Morgan took to create The Greatest Movie Ever Sold documentary – which is awesome by the way!

Be sure to check out his other stuff as well!

David Blaine: How I Held My Breath For 17 Minutes

A bit of a curve ball but a true example of mind over matter!

David Blaine gives a very personal talk about what it took to hold his breath underwater for 17 minutes straight!

The talk is only 3 minutes longer than what he is able to hold his breath for!

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Which Are Your Favourites?

Those are all of the best TED talks that have stuck with me as an internet marketer & blogger.

There are a bunch of others about the internet, our digital lives, social media & more!

Which ones are your favourites?

52 Responses

  1. I love the BLACK TED talk the most. His story is inspirational and brings a very important lesson: If you love something, pursue it and you *will* do good.

  2. 7.18.2013

    I watch the steve jobs one all the time to tell myself I am getting somewhere, it just takes time :)

    I found you’re blog a few weeks ago and I have been reading and studying for about 3 years on SEO Marketing and now I am finely going to put that to action :)

    Thank you for you’re help!

    Quick question on one of you’re videos you said you use ultimate demon for most things. I dont have that but I do have SEO PowerSuite and Senuke. Are you still only using ultimate demon for everything?

  3. 7.19.2013

    Gary is an awesome public speaker! He tells it like it is.

    • July 22nd, 2013 at 7:57 am

      Straight down the line with no bull s*** ^^ Not everyone likes that though in my experience lol

  4. 7.19.2013

    Hey Matt,

    I saw Gary’s video just a few minutes. This is brutally awesome, man! It’s really amazing. Like it very much and yes, this is indeed a good watch for the weekend.

    You really rock, man!


    • July 22nd, 2013 at 7:57 am

      Cheers Phil – hope you enjoyed the weekend, back to the grind today eh!

      • July 22nd, 2013 at 12:26 pm

        d***, did you really need to say this. :)

  5. 7.19.2013

    TED has always been inspiring. It shows us the real world and real people.

  6. 7.20.2013

    Some really good stuff here, Matt! I love producing music, designing/coding websites and pretty much anything that has to do with the web. I guess that’s why I find “IM” so attractive.. ..I just don’t know what avenue I should take at this moment. You would think a 26 yr old would have his mind made up, but that’s not the case. I do know that feeling you mention – I get it when producing music, or doing anything design related. My problem is “focusing” -having a family, it’s a bit of a challenge when I would like to give all my attention to something.

    • July 22nd, 2013 at 7:54 am


      You sound like me then :P

      Spend some time out of the house and brain storm, work out your passion, see how the aligns to your skills and then take over the world ^^

  7. 7.20.2013

    That wine guy, he’s something else. :) Thanks for sharing.

  8. 7.21.2013

    Matthew — I always love listening to Seth Godin. I find that I am a little more intelligent whenever I listen to him. They guy definitely makes you thing. I also like the Richard St. John talk. His thoughts on “serving” made me think of great advice I recently heard Strategic Coach founder Dan Sullivan recently say — “The fastest way to change your circumstances is to become more useful.”

    • July 22nd, 2013 at 7:52 am

      Hahaha thats funny :P Got a link to the dan sullivan stuff you refer to?

  9. 7.21.2013

    Incredible stories and people, BUT the most amazing part is that everyone of us can do amazing things just like them or better … the secret, BELIEVING IN OURSELFS AND WORK WITH PASSION !!!

  10. 7.21.2013

    Amazing bro :) thanks for sharing these going to watch them all! They look great.

  11. 7.22.2013

    hello Matthew

    well done with this compilation post…

    my favorites would be Gary (he’s the most passionate guy I’ve heard talk about business) and Seth — one of my favorite authors.

    I’m also keen to watch these guys next…

    Black: My Journey To Yo-Yo Mastery

    Richard St. John: 8 Secrets Of Success

    Steve Jobs: How To Live Before You Die Read more:

    Rory Sutherland: Life Lessons From An Ad Man

    David Blaine: How I Held My Breath For 17 Minutes


  12. 7.22.2013

    Hey Matt!

    Have watched all of these, a few of these I had already seen but still an amazing share.

    I’d love to see more this type of posts, i.e what books you have read and would recommend. Gary’s book “Crush it” is pretty good, started with the audiobook from audible yesterday and was like “w**” this sounds kind of familiar…

    Came back to this page, watched the first video again and then it hit me, it’s the same guy! :D

    P.S. Can recommend “Crush It” already, although I haven’t even gotten halfway through, Gary is awesome.

    All the best,

    • August 13th, 2013 at 4:09 pm


      Thanks very much :)

      I might add a dedicated resources page for this kind of thing

  13. 7.22.2013

    Love the videos Matthew. I think another one that fits well with this list is Amanda Palmer who broke free from the traditional music industry by using blogging and social media to fund her projects.

    Plus she’s married to Neil Gaiman which lends her some geek cred. :-)

    • August 13th, 2013 at 4:10 pm

      Not actually watched that one, added to the ole watch list thanks!

  14. Tim

    Cracking post with some important lessons, thanks for putting these together.

    Rory Sutherland was entertaining, laughed out loud while at the gym this morning. Love this sort of stuff generally and the gym is a great place to listen to it, for one thing if you hate the treadmill etc,. an engaging talk is much better at passing the time than music and you get inspired or learn something at the same time – win win!

  15. Iain

    I really the black one. It’s a great message.

    Follow your passion and make it work. Improve and take your passion to the next level.

    Thanks for sharing Matthew.

  16. 9.7.2013

    Richard’s 8 Secrets to Success was awesome and brilliantly put together. Awesome post!

  17. 10.2.2013

    Thank you for sharing this, very interesting and inspiring as well. I would definitely watch all of it.

  18. 10.29.2013

    I’ve watched them all. All of these people are just so inspiring.

    I LOVE the passion that David Blaine shows at 19:50. He sure loves what he does, without a doubt!

    Thanks for sharing man.


  19. I saw all videos, it’s really awesome, I like your post, it’s really a great stuff that you shared here, What a commendable work you have done. Thanks for such a great posting.

  20. 4.6.2014

    The black one was special, it reminded me of the beat box guy from a sydneyx talk. Doing something without monetary benefits or other extrinsic rewards is a very beautiful thing.

    Other favorites include Jon ronsons, amy cuddy, and james Flynn among many others. Never watched a ted talk I didn’t like. Would be nice if more people started watching ted talks vs. The bachelor and other trash on cable tv.

  21. 7.16.2014

    That post really hit the spot especially today as the wifey is busting my chops over my “internet hobby”, doesn’t she know how long it takes to rank a new site ;)

    For me trying to balance a mortgage, 4 daughters, 2 day jobs, and my IM business comes down to daily activities. Doing a few things per day that are not heavy lifting but cumulatively add up.

    The biggest one is developing content daily for my new niche site…..

    • July 16th, 2014 at 5:06 pm

      Keep pushing forward Scott! I’m sure the other half will stop busting your chops when you can work from home with the family all day :)

  22. meghana

    Great videos, very informative stuff, I really like your post, & look fwd to reading most of your articles. Thanks for sharing such a great posting.

  23. 1.14.2015

    TED has always been inspiring, very informative stuff to read here :)

    • January 14th, 2015 at 7:32 pm

      I love it :) Although recent talks have been pretty poor

  24. Kani Poly Design

    Very interesting ! Love your sharing

  25. 9.15.2015

    Very nice collection of ted talks.. Thank you for sharing this, very interesting and inspiring as well. Love to watch each and every one..


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