Four Short TED Talks That All Small Business Owners Need to Watch

Oct 6, 2017 | Jessica P. Ogilvie

Got seven minutes or less? Or just need to procrastinate for a bit? Take that time and watch one of these engaging TED talks about small businesses, passion projects, and startups. From plotting your social media strategy to taking meetings outside the conference room, we guarantee that you’ll find inspiration from these fresh, innovative thinkers.

Bel Pesce: 5 Ways to Kill Your Dreams

Identifying the massive overlap between “dreams” and “projects that never happened,” Brazilian author and entrepreneur Bel Pesce demonstrates five surefire ways to destroy your dreams. Listen carefully, because you may find some of your own roadblocks in here.

Alexis Ohanian: How to Make a Splash in Social Media

Sometimes, the idea that gets your customers excited is the idea you least expected to work. Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian demonstrates how this phenomenon works on the internet, and how it can be the single most important guide to building your online social media strategy.

Nilofer Merchant: Got a Meeting? Take a Walk

You’ve heard that doing something — anything -— other than sitting and staring at your computer screen can lead to innovative thinking. But do you implement it? Or are you the only person in the world who is too busy to take that tried-and-true, widely accepted knowledge to heart? If you’re the latter, check out entrepreneur Nilofer Merchant’s excellent talk about why, the next time you have a meeting, you should get the hell up and take a walk.

Bill Gross: The Single Biggest Reason Why Startups Succeed

The founder of Idealab, Bill Gross analyzed data from his decades of involvement with startups — and boiled their success down to one single quality, which he lays out here.