Do You Inspire Action From Your Followers?

ted-logoHave you ever been inspired by a TED Talk?

I asked my Facebook friends what TED Talks inspired them and received some great recommendations for videos to watch.

I asked because I’ve been challenged to create and deliver a TED-style talk at a mastermind meeting.  All kinds of fear-based thoughts and feelings flowed through me when I received the email with the challenge. I could opt out of the exercise, and I knew I wouldn’t. That’s what started my quest to watch a selection of TED Talks so I could study style, passion and delivery.

Have you ever done or imagined doing a TED Talk?

What would you talk about?

What do you do that is important enough to talk about on a world stage?

What would you need to do to to prepare?

Those are the questions (from my mentor) I’m working on as I contemplate and make notes about my talk.

Today, by chance, a TED Talk I had read about (in how to deliver a TED Talk) showed up in my Facebook newsfeed. I figured I better watch it.

The 18 minute talk by Simon Sinek on how great leaders inspire action rocked my world. It’s not that the content was so earth-shattering, but that Mr. Sinek expressed it in a way that inspired how I want to approach my own TED-style talk.  Sinek talks about leaders inspiring action and I believe that as an entrepreneur, YOU are a Leader… of your community/tribe/network, whatever you want to call the people who follow you.

Therefore, it’s your duty not only to inform your followers about how you can help them solve their problems, but more importantly to inspire them to take the necessary action to do whatever it is you help them do. Watch the video to see what I mean.

I haven’t fully developed my talk yet. I know though, it’s going to focus on my passionate belief that you can be successful building an attractive, powerful presence on the Web when you let go of fear and doubts and embrace uncertainty. When you say “yes” to trying, even when the outcome is uncertain… when you open up to the fun and joy of sharing your expertise with those whose lives you can transform for the better… the results may surprise and delight you.

My plan is to illustrate this with a couple of stories from my recent life-changing trips to Peru. The goal is to deliver it in such a way that inspires action. I’ll let you know how it goes…

Now that you’ve watched Simon Sinek’s talk, what would your TED Talk be about?

Recommended TED Talks:

Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity

Jill Bolte Taylor’s stroke of insight

Brené Brown: the power of vulnerability

"Get Blog Updates"
Receive an update straight to your inbox every time I publish a new article. Your email address will never be shared.
Enter your Email:

Google+ Comments

Powered by Google+ Comments


  1. says

    TED respects and supports the exploration of unorthodox ideas, but the many misleading statements in both Sheldrake’s and Hancock’s talks, whether made deliberately or in error, have led our scientific advisors to conclude that our name and platform should not be associated with these talks.

  2. says

    Wonderful video, Denise! Food for thought, and I may need to share it too. I also liked Brene Brown’s talk, and the author of Introvert Power, whose name escapes me right now – you could sense how nervous she was, but she still did a great job. Best of luck with your talk!

    • says

      Denise – thanks for the video and posing such a powerful question about inspiring action in your followers. I can see how the challenge of doing a TED talk, could be intimidating – but also how it forces you to take your message or your work, to the next level. As bloggers, we are also challenged to develop our leadership and inspire our followers.

      • says

        Thank you Randy, it was a challenge and the additional challenge was to present it to my mastermind group with no notes and just see what flowed out. I plan on recording what I wrote and posting it soon.