The 5 Most Inspiring TED Talks of 2013

Though Beyond Marketing is a business, we believe in more than just making money – we wish to inspire and be inspired! We love to scour TED and receive insights from amazing minds. In the past two weeks, we have literally looked at more than 100 TED Talks and we have selected these five as the most inspiring of 2013. We hope you’ll take the time to listen to each one and feel empowered as we have been. Enjoy!

1. Shane Koyczan - poet Shane Koyczan puts his finger on the pulse of what it’s like to be young and … different. “To This Day,” his spoken-word poem about bullying. This struck a chord with us as Shane highlights an issue effecting society all over the world. If you don’t watch another TED Talk – watch this! Learn more about Shane at his website:


2. Manal Al-Sharif - To take a stand for what is right is never easy – especially when battling a thought process of how women are viewed in a culture, public criticism and a harsh punishment. This story is more than about driving. This story is about progressing women’s rights in a region where women have few. We are inspired by Manal Al-Sharif. Follow the storyline of Women2Drive here:


3. Joshua Prager – The perspective of what Joshua Prager shares is awe-inspiring. To have a life radically changed by a careless driver lacking in understanding and perspective would leave most bitter and angry. This story moved us and challenged us to think of how we would respond in the same circumstance. Learn more about Joshua Prager here:


4. Phil Hansen – Many people look at their obstacles and see reasons why they cannot succeed. Phil Hansen took his obstacles and allowed his creativity to blossom and become an artist he never thought he could be. Inspiring with a message we can all learn from. Learn more about Phil at his website here:


5. Richard Turere - One doesn’t need great resources to change the world. An objective mind and a passion to learn has propelled this young boy from his small village in Africa to the world stage of TED. This video inspired us because Richard created a solution that the adults in the world around him couldn’t figure out on their own. His solution not only solved a problem, but protected the slaughter of lions; an animal he had come to hate. CNN:



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James La Barrie is passionate about marketing and changing a company's service culture. Originally from the Caribbean island of Antigua, James melds his approach of marketing and delivering elite service together as one. James has injected his 'service marketing' approach throughout his career to transform companies from good to great.


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