Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Responding to Talks

Listen to a video lecture (e.g. TED or RSA) of your choice and write a detailed response to it.


  1. I have watched the talk by Salman khan:Let's use video to reinvent education.

    I have been using Salmans videos since starting university.
    In a math class,biology class or a chemistry class with 150-200 students the professor cannot give enough attention to a student that lacks the basic knowledge.
    for me returning to school after a few years of seeing the world was really hard. I did not remember any of the basic elements. when the professors mentioned stuff I didn't know but it seemed like everybody else did I did not want to stop him and ask, so he can help only me while the rest of the class waits.
    and then i found out about the khan acadamy, i started spending most of my time on this website. i even used to go to classes and open my laptop there and listen to salmans video about the topic the professor is talking about.
    he speaks slow and coherently, everything is explained with simple graphs, drawings or pictures as opposed to the class room where its mostly boring slides.

    I hope that i will have more subjects in the future that i can study with the khan academy, it just makes life more easier.


    I watched “Your body language shapes who you are” presented by Amy Cuddy. Cuddy is a professor at a prestigious business school. Coming from a business school myself, I understand the importance of posture and body language in the way that I present myself for that is always the first impression given. Cuddy mentioned many aspects of the business school life that I experience myself as well - for example the louder, more ‘engaged’ students tend to be males that seem more dominant and powerful because of the way they walk into the classroom. I found it very interesting that just by doing simple power/ low-power poses, people can actually begin to feel a change in their emotions and attitudes. I remember my professor that taught me Organizational Behaviour - a course similar to psychology within the workplace - to make power poses right before any presentations I had, so that I would feel more powerful about myself. Cuddy has a very good point that body language can really influence the way you feel and think about yourself. If you believe that you are powerful, you will become powerful. Maybe all we need is just this little boost of extra energy to make us that much more confident about ourselves.

  3. Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action

    People don’t buy what you do they buy why you do it

    Simon Sinek gives a great talk about how leaders inspire action with out the recipe of success. The recipe of success consists of: capitalization, smart people and good market conditions. The Wright brothers for example did not have these things. They were driven by a cause, by a purpose and by a belief. Most importantly they believed that if they were able to figure out this flying machine, it would change the course of the world. It is not the paycheck that mattered to them but the destination of inventing what they believed in motivated them to do what they did. In the end, the people, like the Wright brothers, who believed in the dream, worked with blood, sweat and tears and the others worked for a paycheck. I find that very true because it is almost common sense to know that if you do not put your full effort into your dream than it will not happen. Sinek said, “If you talk about what you believe, you will attract those who believe what you believe”. From a psychological perspective, this is very true because it you express yourself to others about what you believe in then you will attract those who believe in what you believe; instead of hiding that fact which no one will hear or believe you. An important take home message fro Sinek is that to accomplish your dreams you do not need the tools of a rich man. If we are driven by motivation rather than the pay check then I think the outcome will be better than if money was your biggest concern.

  4. The TED talk I am going to write about is Steve Jobs' commencement speech at Stanford.

    In this talk, Steve Jobs highlights the importance of following your dreams, and that everything happens for a reason. He uses examples such as him dropping out of university which led to him creating Apple. He uses the example of being relieved of his duties at the company he created which led to him creating the most successful animation company in the world, Pixar, meeting his wife, creating Next which was bought by Apple, allowing Jobs to return to his previous position. The importance of events which seemed unfortunate at the time were in hindsight the most defining and pivotal moments in his life. What I took from this is that a positive attitude goes a long way. As one door closes, another opens.