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The trick is to keep stealing

by John Maguire
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My nine-to-five role as a trainer at Liverpool John Moores University involves having to do many presentations and lead workshops. I live by what I preach: fail to prepare, prepare to fail. I find that the TED talks are a fantastic online resource to exploit, to use, to inspire. As they themselves say:

TED is a platform for ideas worth spreading. Started in 1984 as a conference where technology, entertainment and design converged, TED today shares ideas from a broad spectrum — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.

And as Pablo Picasso put it,

Good artists borrow, great artists steal.

Here are some of the talks that I have seen in 2014 that have inspired and energised me:

Ken Robinson: How schools kill creativity
Carl Honore: In praise of slowness
Anne Curzan: What makes a word real
Jason Fried: Why work doesn’t happen at work
Stefan Sagmeister: The power of time off

picasso by millerBut don’t take my word for it, go and have a little explore for yourself. The trick is to keep stealing!

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odonnelljack52 27 December 2014 - 9:01 pm

ted talks were quite interesting. The last one about taking a sabbatical was ok if you’re one of the rich crew. Poor people can’t take time off from being poor.


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