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Professional Convention Management Association

April 18 2016

5 TED Talks That Can Make You More Creative

Corey Fennessy


Between answering emails, attending status meetings and monitoring checklists, it’s easy to let our creative sides go into hibernation. However, creativity is the key ingredient for imagining new attendee experiences and challenging your organization to be a leader. If you’re looking for a spark for your creative juices, take some time to check out these five TED videos that celebrate out-of-the-ordinary approaches to life and work.



Shonda Rhimes: My Year Of Saying Yes To Everything It’s so tempting to say no. You have a scheduling conflict. You’re worried something won’t work out. You’re too tired. Find out what happens when you eliminate “no” from your vocabulary with this speech from the mind behind Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal.



Astro Teller: The Unexpected Benefit Of Celebrating Failure You know how Google decided to launch the new parent company Alphabet? Well, part of that move was motivated by the ability to let Astro Teller oversee X, the company’s moonshot factory. It’s where you’ll find Teller and his companions testing projects like self-driving cars, balloon-powered Internet and automated vertical farming. A lot of those projects fail, and that’s a good thing.



Sir Ken Robinson: Do Schools Kill Creativity? An oldie, but a goodie. In a TED Talk posted in 2006, Sir Ken Robinson takes a different approach to thinking about teaching children in school. Plenty of these lessons can apply to teaching our members, attendees and employees in face-to-face and virtual learning environments, too. [EMBED CODE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16cM-RFid9U] Joe Gebbia: How Airbnb Designs For Trust It used to seem pretty strange to think about renting a condo or staying in a room in a stranger’s apartment. Now, plenty of attendees are regularly using Airbnb for their convention housing. How did Airbnb figure out how to make hundreds of millions of strangers trust each other? Take a look inside one of the co-founder’s minds.



Tim Harford: How Frustration Can Make Us More Creative Last-minute deadlines, unresponsive clients, stubborn Board members — there are so many elements that can weigh us down in our daily work. But what if we used all those frustrations as fuel instead? Looking for more inspiration from TED? Check out “4 Lessons Every Meeting Planner Should Take From TED’s Content Strategy.”

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