we all need some inspiration every now and then. sometimes it's hard to remember that great idea you had for a new project, or find a solution to that problem that has been irking you for months, or figure out a new way to present your year-end report without killing everyone with bullet points and clip art.
when i find myself in this situation, i watch a TED Talk. these are 18 minute presentations given at the annual TED (Technology Education Design) conference. have no fear, this is far from death-by-powerpoint. these are slick presentations (want to see some seriously good-looking stats?) given by remarkable people (a brain researcher discusses what she went through while having a stroke) on a wide variety of topics (this one is a personal favourite).
and TED Talks aren't the only ones out there - Mashable created a list of the "Top 7 Places to Watch Great Minds in Action" showcasing other conferences which have posted their talks online for everyone to enjoy.
to give you a taste of how these talks can give you a little boost when you need it, check out Seth Godin's TED Talk on the tribes we lead:
what is your favourite TED Talk?