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Ten must-watch TED business talks

At Real Business, we’re big fans of TED. TED videos are great: some are inspirational, some motivational, some funny, and some just downright odd.

As we spend rather a lot of our spare time time watching TED clips, we thought we’d share what our favourite business TED talks are. Here’s the list!

Note: they’re not in any particular order – all are equally brilliant and you should watch them all.

Richard Branson’s life at 30,000 feet

Richard Branson talks to TED’s Chris Anderson about the ups and the downs of his career, from his multibillionaire success to his multiple near-death experiences — and reveals some of his (very surprising) motivations. An essential clip for every entrepreneur to watch! (Recorded March 2007 – source: TED)

Richard St. John’s 8 secrets of success

Why do people succeed Is it because they’re smart” Or are they just lucky” Neither. Analyst Richard St. John condenses years of interviews into an unmissable three-minute slideshow on the real secrets of success. (Recorded February 2005 – source: TED)

Sheryl Sandberg: Why we have too few women leaders

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg looks at why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions — and offers three powerful pieces of advice to women aiming for the C-suite. (Recorded December 2010 – source: TED)

Cameron Herold: Let’s raise kids to be entrepreneurs

Bored in school, failing classes, at odds with peers” This child might be an entrepreneur, says Cameron Herold. At TEDxEdmonton, he makes the case for parenting and education that helps would-be entrepreneurs flourish — as kids and as adults. (Recorded March 2010 – source: TED)

Dan Pink on the surprising science of motivation

Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don’t: Traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories — and maybe, a way forward. (Recorded July 2009 – source: TED)

Continue reading the top ten business TED talks on page two.



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