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Here I would like to share a couple of really cool websites for motivational talks by highly successful people. These are inspired talks by the world’s greatest thinkers and doers, ranging from best-selling authors and CEOs to web gurus. Check them out, I am pretty sure you’ll find them well worthy of your time.

(1) TED

In their own words:

“The annual conference now brings together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes).”

TED video podcast

The TED website brings you the best talks from the annual TED conference. You can freely watch (and even download) talks on their website. All of the videos are available in pretty good quality along with the option to watch in full-screen mode.

There are lots of great presetations here, covering different areas of life. Some talk about our lifestyle and priorities, others about things like happiness, fighting poverty, emotions and so on.

You can browse videos by popularity, category, speaker or go straight to most inspiring, funny, or jaw-dropping ones.


TED - motivational video clips

Overall, it’s a pretty cool site. You might also want to grab their RSS feed and add it to your feedreader.

(2) The DO Lectures

I found out about The DO Lectures just recently. It’s a new site with a great concept “…the Doers of the world can inspire the rest of us to go Do something”

The site offers 15-30 min talks by about 20 “amazing doers“. These include best-selling authors, architects, ecologists, a beekeeper, a climber and one rather clever inventor.

the do lectures

Similar to TED talks, all of the DO lectures are in fairly good quality. For those who are on a slower connection they offer lower quality streams. If you want to get some video on your iPod, there is a link for MP4 download as well.

That’s all there is. Enjoy! And if you are you familiar with any other similar website make sure you let us know about it in comments.

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  1. Kevin Reynolds
    September 18, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    Thank you for the links. Make Use Of is great! Thanks for all the good stuff you guys turn me on to.

    • Aibek
      September 18, 2009 at 1:34 pm

      Hey Kevin

      You're welcome mate!

  2. danielg
    October 26, 2008 at 1:19 am

    There is also a similar annual Christian conference that you can only attend if you are a presenter (you have to submit your presentation), in which xian leaders brainstorm and speak about the future of xianity, missions, and culture.

  3. Norm
    October 24, 2008 at 4:53 am - medical and philanthropical collection of videos shipped to you on a DVD.. in US only, I think - CERN summer lectures

    You can also go to the website for Nobel prizes (, navigate through the pages to your desired year and discipline, and on the right sidebar you will be linked to the lectures of the receiver(s) of that particular nobel prize. Not all of them are filmed, but every one of them at least has a transcription of the talk.

  4. DemoGeek
    October 23, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    TED seems to be well organized but The DO Lectures seems to be interesting. Thanks for the list.

  5. Simon Slangen
    October 23, 2008 at 10:53 am

    Check this one: The True Face of Da Vinci.

  6. kaly
    October 23, 2008 at 5:13 am

    TED is my favorite. I always check and find outstanding presentations there.

  7. Eugene
    October 22, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    looking forward for more information about this. thanks for sharing. Eugene