The Power of Why

If you listen to many business gurus, or if you haven taken any online courses for growing a business, you have probably heard the command, “Know Your Why.”

There are many reasons why knowing the purpose behind everything that drives you in business and and life but Simon Sinek, in his TED talk,  explains the importance of “the why” in a succinct and powerful way. So, if you haven’t seen this video yet, watch it now. I promise you, it will be some of the best 18 minutes you have ever spent.

 

What Does it Mean to be Articulate?

I absolutely love this Ted Talk by Jamila Lyiscott. In her talk, Lyiscott unpacks “the three distinct flavors of English” she speaks depending with whom she is with.

I love that she challenges what it means to be articulate because, ultimately, there is no right or wrong way to speak well. I also love that she challenges us to open our minds to the ways “other” groups use language.

What do you think of the video? On this blog, I offer tips for conventional and business grammar; however, there is a time and place to break those rules. In our culture, certain ways of doing things is acceptable. In different cultures, other ways of doing things are acceptable. It doesn’t make one way “right” or better than the other way. Thoughts?

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How to Write a Great Story

My latest obsession is Ted Talks. There are so many inspiring, challenging, and interesting topics discussed in video form. There are talks that I completely disagree with and make me mad and there are ones that I relate to on such a personal level. The ones that make me mad are my favorite because they are the ones that make me ponder and help me to grow as a person.

How to Write a Great Story

However, my second favorite videos are the ones that teach. That is exactly what happened when I listed to the talk given by Andrew Stanton entitled “The Clues to a Great Story.” If you don’t know, Andrew Stanton is the writer of such films as “WALL-E” and “Toy Story.”

The talk was given in 2012 but it is just as relevant now as it was then. His best advice? Work backward to the beginning.

I encourage you to watch his talk here. Or, if you prefer the transcript, you can read it here. (Be warned, there is some coarse language in this talk.)

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