Watching different inspirational videos is an awesome way to learn about different topics and to observe how great speakers are telling their story, how they structure their speech.
TED conference videos are super source of inspiration, but luckily this is not the only option, there are several great sites out there that has similar quality content as TED.
I collected in a list some of my favorites, use your holiday time to familiarize with the list!
99U – Insights on making ideas happen
99U is a consulting service and annual conference in New York City that focuses on marketing. The name 99U comes from the Thomas Edison quote that “Genius is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration.”
AtGoogleTalks (or @Google Talks or Talks@Google) is a series of presentations by invited speakers sponsored by Google given at various Google offices throughout the world. The series has feature categories such as Authors@Google, Candidates@Google, Women@Google, Musicians@Google and others. For technical topics, there is Google Tech Talks (also known as EngEDU) which is dedicated to exploring areas of technology and science. Guest speakers range from present and past world leaders to little-known poets and artists. Talks range from about 40 to 70 minutes. As of February 2009 there had been over 1700 guest speakers.
The DO Lectures
The DO Lectures is an inexplicable cross section between a festival and a conference that was born in 2008 on the west coast of Wales by Clare and David Hieatt who set out to bring the DO-ers of the world together – the movers and shakers, the disrupters and the change-makers – and ask them to tell their stories over a 3-day dinner party. Under star lit skies, in a bind with nature, they would inspire others to go out into the world and DO, too.
Every year since, DO has stuck to the same formula: ideas + energy = change. Inspiring speakers, an engaged class of attendees and a beautiful location.
Those attending help the talks go online for free. There are now there are over 200 talks available online. Speakers include Sir Tim Bernes Lee, Marion Deuchars, Maggie Doyne, and David Allen.
Creative Mornings is an international monthly breakfast lecture series designed for creative communities. In 2008, Tina Roth-Eisenberg founded the lecture series in Brooklyn, New York. Lecturers include professional creators, designers, photographers and illustrators. Creative Mornings hosts events in over 100 cities worldwide and has approximately 200 organizers.
Tunes U is a dedicated section of Apple’s iTunes Music Store that features educational audio and video files from universities, museums and public media organizations for free download to PCs and mobile devices. iTunes U allows a visitor to search, download and play educational content in the same way that they can manipulate songs, podcasts, television shows and movies. Participating institutions include Stanford, UC Berkeley, University of Melbourne, Texas A&M, MIT, Yale, Trinity College Dublin and many more. The Beyond Campus section of iTunes U also delivers programming from American Public Media, PBS, the Museum of Modern Art and the Smithsonian.
To use iTunes University you first have to download Apple iTunes U app on your smartphone / iPad and then you can browes the different content.
(Sources: Wikipedia / iTunes / Do Lectures / Creative Mornings / Google Talks / 99U)