Your Retail Success

Where can you get ideas when you don’t seem to have any spare time?

Your Retail Success

by Rick Kroetsch

You’re busy in your business but know you need to get ideas and be inspired to make changes for the future. Where should you go for time-efficient solutions?

TED Talks

A great way to stay current, get ideas, and get inspired is by watching some TED Talks.

TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) is a place where all kinds of topics from science to business to sustainability are discussed by current thought leaders.

The mission of TED is to spread ideas. They believe ideas change attitudes, lives, and the world. Ideas are the bloodstream of your business or your job. Getting inspired by an idea from a TED Talk may be the catalyst you need to make changes in your business world.

TED conferences

Every year, a major conference is held to bring people together to discuss and share ideas. For the last couple of years, it has been held in Vancouver in April. This year’s theme is The Age of Amazement. Thousands of people will get together for five days to be inspired and go out and make change when they get back home.

It’s not just about business

Don’t just look for business topics. Expand your horizons and learn about areas you wouldn’t normally look at. Get out of your comfort zone—you never know where it might lead. Ideas lead to change.

But I don’t have time

Each TED Talk is limited to 18 minutes. The speaker covers his or her topic in that time frame to keep people interested but give them enough information to take action.

What’s trending?

Below is a list of some of the most popular talks of all time. There are many lists available on topics like business, design, global issues, technology, and many more.

  • Do schools kill creativity?
  • Your body language may shape who you are
  • How great leaders inspire action
  • The power of vulnerability
  • How to speak so that people want to listen
  • My stroke of insight
  • Why we do what we do
  • The puzzle of motivation
  • The power of introverts
  • What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness
  • The happy secret to better work
  • The surprising science of happiness
  • Inside the mind of a master procrastinator
  • How to make stress your friend
  • Brain magic
  • The danger of a single story
  • Your elusive creative genius

If you’re looking for more specific ideas

Here are some business titles:

  • Got a meeting? Take a walk
  • The happy secret to better work
  • Why work doesn’t happen at work
  • How to succeed? Get more sleep
  • Forget the pecking order at work
  • What it takes to be a great leader
  • As work gets more complex, 6 rules to simplify
  • How to save the world (or at least yourself) from bad meetings
  • The power of time off
  • Dare to disagree

Next steps

You can find 18 minutes once or twice a week—watch and get inspired!

Rick Kroetsch is the vice-president and associate publisher of Alive Publishing Group.