The Best Ted Talks of All Time


Below is a collection of my favorite videos that teach you something.  They’re mostly from  Please share any of your fav videos in the comments at the end.  Enjoy.

Dan Pink on the Surprising Science of Motivation

This Ted talk is based on book “Drive” written by Dan Pink. The video is basically the thesis of the book but the book supports the videos core message on motivation with so many relevant examples and case studies.  You’ll enjoy it.

The Steve Jobs’ 2005 speech at a Stanford commencement.

One of the most inspirational videos ever.  Seriously, you have to watch it.  The part about what he’d say to himself in the mirror every morning is unbelievable.  Honestly made me think about life a little differently.

Chip Conley: Measuring What Makes Life Worthwhile

Chip Conley talks about adapting Maslow’s hierarchy of needs to a business model based on happiness.  He poses the question, why do we measure our nation based upon gross domestic product (GDP) and not gross national happiness (GNH).  We can all learn a very important lesson from a small country called Bhutan.

Richard Branson’s Life at 30,000 feet

Richard Branson never ceases to amaze.  If you’ve never seen the list of companies he’s started and sold, I bet you’ll be amazed.  In this half hour of business gold Sir Richard entertains with stories and lessons he’s learned over the years.  A question and answer interview that all entrepreneurs should watch.

Cameron Herold: Let’s raise Kids to be Entrepreneurs

Cameron is quite the entertaining speaker.  He makes you laugh throughout and shares some fascinating examples from his experiences.  If you’re at all interested in the future of how we’re going to educate our kids you’ll love this video.

Dean Kamen: The Emotion Behind Invention

This is a moving journey one mans story of how he came to create the future of prosthetic limbs for war veterans.  A brilliant Ted talk everyone needs to watch.

Ken Robinson Says Schools Kill Creativity

A classic Ted Talk, this is usually one of the videos that gets people addicted to Ted Talks.  Careful, watch with caution, Ken Robinson is a brilliant presenter, he’ll have you laughing throughout and you’ll learn a lot too.

Sugata Mitra: The Child-Driven Education

The one will blow your mind.  Its amazing with Sugata Mitra has researched so far, this video is a much watch.

Simon Sinek – How Great Leaders Inspire Action

Based on the book “Start With Why” by Simon Sinek this video is still one of the most popular on  Any company manager, VP, Exec, or Leader should read this book if they have any say in the future of their company.

Malcom Gladwell on Spaghetti Sauce

Makes you look at grocery shopping/decision making in a different way.  Mr Gladwell is one of the most fascinating writers of our time.  Writing three of my favorite books, Blink, The Tipping Point, and Outliers.

Seth Godin – This is Broken

The smartest marketing mind since David Ogilvy, Seth Godin has a way of telling a story in his presentations that’s is unlike any other.  Definitely worth a watch.

Clay Shirky – How Social Media Can Make History

Clay Shirky is one of the smartest minds on the evolution of online media.  He has written, Cognitive Surplus, and Here Comes Everybody two very educational reads on science and some of the history behind social media.  This video is a must watch for anyone wanting to understand social media more in depth.

Seth Godin: How to get your ideas to spread

Seth is easily one of the best public speakers of our time.  He’s makes you think differently.  If you like business and/or marketing you’re going to love Seth’s work.


Kevin Slavin – How Algorithms Shape Our World

A fascinating talk on how we’re almost getting too smart for our own good.

Randy Pausch – The Last Lecture – Achieving Your Childhood Dreams

One of the most inspirational and incredibly emotional videos.  Its long but worth the watch.

Garr Reynolds – How To Make An Amazing Presentation

Garr Reynolds is one of the smartest authority’s on presentations, he has one of the most popular websites on presentations at

Gary Vaynerchuk: Do what you love (no excuses!)

Gary Vaynerchuck is one of the most inspirational speakers out there, he’s brilliant.  You’ll learn a lot in this video.

“Leading with Lollipops”

This guy is from Toronto and he ever Tweet at me after I shared this video on Twitter says “it was pretty powerful” so you should probably watch it…

Rory Sutherland: Life Lessons from an Ad Man

Rory is a brilliant presenter, he entertains as he gets his point across.  IF you’re at all interested in marketing of advertising then you’ll love this one.

How Is a Bad Radio Station Like the Public School System?(Podcast)

This is the best thing I have ever heard about how to save the school system.  In New York they have this project called School of One  its the future of education.  I think everyone needs to listen to this podcast then go research School of one.

Seth Godin’s Road Trip – Part 1 from Seth Godin on Vimeo.

The Password to watch the videos is: (iboughtthebook) for all parts. Here are the links to the other parts:

Seth Godin’s Road Trip – Part 1

Seth Godin’s Road Trip – Part 2

Seth Godin’s Road Trip – Part 3

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