Blogging consistently is one of the best ways to gain traffic for your website. But if you’re not careful, words upon words will fill up your site and in the end land flat…no impact and no sense.
Reading through blogs online for research, you want to get that “aha” moment and be inspired for your content. It’s hard to stay inspired when, most of the time, all the stuff you’ve read are dull, difficult to understand, or for some reason, repetitive from the other blogs you’ve read.
You can go out of your box and gain fresh ideas by looking at talks. More understandable and engaging, talks take on different topics for you to choose from so you’ll never run out of ideas for your blog.
To help you get out of your writer’s block or blog rut, here are 15 awesome sites that feature talks for you to draw inspiration from:
TED is a nonpartisan nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 110 languages.
99U, formerly 99 Percent, hosts a variety of talks on topics that range from creativity to career topics. From this great talk on why rejection is usually a sign you’re on to something new to the importance of creating opportunities for yourself without asking permission, 99U’s talks are full of vibrant speakers, individuals you wouldn’t have heard from in traditional tech conferences, and perspectives that we’ve even shared from time to time. The video above is one of the classics, with financial expert Ramit Sethi explaining how to charge what you’re worth.
Talks at Google, a regular speaker series, is one of the company’s most beloved perks and a staple of our unique culture. It was started in 2006 by Googlers who noticed that some pretty interesting people were walking through the hallways, and thought, “how about we sit down and talk to them?” They invited anyone at Google to attend, recorded the talks and put them on YouTube so that—following Google’s mission—the talks would be universally accessible and useful.
Your daily microdose of genius, Big Think always enlightens and entertains. Featuring people like Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye speaking on scientific and intellectual topics, and Mary Aiken and Glenn Cohen discussing social and psychological topics with a focus on technology, the topics are often wide, but always informative.
THE DO LECTURES
The Encouragement Network. Inspirational talks from passionate, creative people. The idea is a simple one. That people who Do things, can inspire the rest of us to go and Do things too. So each year, we invite a set of people to come and tell us what they Do.
Something of Canada’s TED, IdeaCity is a bit more informal, a bit more inspirational and open, and way more broad in terms of topics and ideas presented. Led by Moses Znaimer, each three day conference is a parade of visionary entrepreneurs, leaders, social activists, scientists, journalists, and more, and every talk will leave you smarter than you started.
It prides itself on the art and craft of storytelling. Human beings continue to be inexplicably attracted to artful storytelling in every language, everywhere in the world. It is what connects and fosters mutual understanding amongst people.
PopTech is a global network committed to robust exchange, instigation and action. PopTech is a 21-year old nonprofit network that achieves its mission by exploring opportunities and the sense of possibility that resides within diverse sets of challenges. We deliver on our mission through research, consulting projects, convenings and the identification and training of some of the world’s most promising scientists and innovators.
BIL is a global community of people who have a passion for sharing ideas. Through self-organizing events, communities are brought together for intense collaborative learning. 10 Years Running over a dozen countries, BIL has done its job in leaps and bounds in distributing leadership to thousands and thousands of BILders.
CAPTURE YOUR FLAG
Capture Your Flag is the leader in Near Peer. They create inspirational online career videos to help you advance your career. Our Near Peer Videos offer a virtual mentoring experience from over 5 years filming leaders of tomorrow as they become leaders of today and learning from what they have shared.
Founded by a pair of Japanese architects who wanted concise, simple, and inspiring presentations, PechaKucha started as an open event in Tokyo for young designers to meet, network, and share ideas. It’s since expanded to over 900 cities, bringing its 20 images-in-20 seconds format to audiences the world over. Like Ignite, the presenters speak and the slides advance automatically, whether they want them to or not, and they’re charged with delivering a concise, impactful message in the time they get—and boy to some of them manage to do that.
From Kostiya Kimlat’s “Who Killed the King” to Flavio Silva’s “The Magic of Lucha Libre,” each of these presentations proves that you don’t need minutes upon minutes, or heaven forbid hours, to make a point or tell a story. Sometimes 20 seconds will do just fine. Above is Shannon Downey’s “Make It So,” a story of how one night she and her friends were out drinking, took a picture with a Captain Picard action figure, and set up a Facebook fan page for it afterward. The rest is history.
RSA Conference conducts information security events around the globe that connect you to industry leaders and highly relevant information. They also deliver, on a regular basis, insights via blogs, webcasts, newsletters and more so you can stay ahead of cyber threats.
At Ignite, presenters get 20 slides and 5 minutes, and the slides automatically advance every 15 seconds whether the presenter wants them to or not. The goal is to condense an idea into a bite-sized chunk that’s fun, fast, and equally memorable in just a few minutes, and the result are some really impressive, entertaining, and enlightening talks that you won’t see anywhere else except under this kind of time pressure. For example, one of those talks we famously shared is on how to buy a car without getting screwed. Another was a fan favorite: “Go the Fuck Home.”