Every day we do what we need to do. Routine and hard work are the forces that make things happen and ensure that we achieve positive results. Sometimes we start questioning ourselves why we do what we do. Does it have a future?
The bright side of this questioning is that it is just human nature. One day or another we all have this feeling. Even people like Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon.com, used to have existential doubts regarding his business.
Today I’m offering you 10 inspiring speeches given by successful people who share their knowledge and experience. I am not forcing you to give up everything and start something new. The aim of this video collection is to support you in building your companies, so you can do it with a fresh and positive mindset. Enjoy 144 minutes of inspiration!
1. The Art of the Start
Guy Kawasaki, an American marketing specialist, book author, and Silicon Valley venture capitalist with a great sense of humor talks about the right attitude you need for your business and a mantra that will keep you building it. Listen to his inspirational ideas.
2. Why the design of your website matters. The case of AirBnB.
Joe Gebbia, the co-founder of Airbnb, talks about the importance of web design and how a good solution can overcome people’s fears and build trust.
3. Jeff Bezos’ Top 10 Rules For Success
Jeff Bezos is the founder of Amazon.com. His rules introduce the core of ecommerce – the risk, the importance of the right company name, the focus on customers, etc.
4. Success, failure and the drive to keep creating
Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of the best seller “Eat.Pray.Love”. This woman talks as good as she writes. In this speech, she talks about dealing with expectations. She discusses how to accept blinding success as well as blinding failure, getting the right balance and how to keep building/creating things.
5. 10 ways to have a better conversation
Every day we have conversations with family, colleagues and business partners. Are they all fruitful? Do we really understand what people are telling us or do we only assume that we know? To maintain a high-quality conversation is a soft skill that can help you in whatever you do.
Celeste Headlee shares her 10 rules to have a better conversation. Her great sense of humor as well as straight to the point insights makes her speech breath-taking. Strongly recommended.
6. How to build communication for your brand
This video was recorded six years ago but is still relevant. Simon Sinek believes that “people don’t buy what you do, they buy WHY you do it”. The speaker gives examples of how to communicate effectively.
7. The backstage of online purchases
Mick Mountz, the CEO of Kiva Systems, later bought by Amazon, discusses what happens inside the massive warehouses of online companies after an online purchase has been made. The incredible systems and organization needed in these warehouses are awesome!
8. The devil is in the detail. How giant websites design for you
Margaret Gould Stewart knows how to make an impression! This woman is the director of product design at Facebook (and previously at YouTube). In this speech, she talks about the most-viewed element ever created – the “Like” button. She outlines three rules for design at a massive scale. Are you going to grow big? Listen to what M.G. Stewart has to say.
9. The CEO of Uber talks about the growth of the sharing economy
This is a recent presentation from February 2016. Travis Kalanick, the co-founder and CEO of Uber, talks about how Uber came into being and the history of first shared private vehicles. For me, personally, the most interesting part was his answers to the questions that follow. They include changing the brand outfit, growth and outlook in many countries.
10. The cherry on top for email marketers.
Writer and comedian James Veitch talks about what happens when you reply to a spam email.
Now, inspired and motivated let’s get back to work!