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!
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-
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.
If you want to customise your 404 page check out this plugin.
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!
Which Are Your Favourites?
Those are all of the best TED talks that have stuck with me as an internet marketer & blogger.
Which ones are your favourites?