TED Business


Every Monday, host Modupe Akinola of Columbia Business School presents the most powerful and surprising ideas that illuminate the business world.

  • 16 minutes 30 seconds
    The art of persuasive storytelling | Kelly D. Parker

    "Storytelling is one of the most powerful marketing and leadership tools there is," says communications expert Kelly D. Parker. She explains how stories make proposals of all kinds more memorable — and shows how you can craft a compelling narrative to connect, persuade and drive meaningful action. After the talk, Modupe shares how she uses storytelling at work. 

    17 June 2024, 4:00 am
  • 11 minutes 52 seconds
    What you can do to stop economic crime | Hanjo Seibert

    It might sound like the plot of a movie, but economic crime is all around us — from drug trafficking and fraud to cybercrimes, tax evasion and more. Economic crime fighter Hanjo Seibert breaks down the complexities of money laundering and how we can all wield our collective power to dismantle the underworld economy and turn off the money tap for criminals.

    10 June 2024, 4:00 am
  • 31 minutes 46 seconds
    How to make stress your friend (from A Slight Change of Plans)

    This is an episode of A Slight Change of Plans, a podcast we think you'll enjoy hosted by former TED speaker Maya Shankar. Modupe shares why a simple change in our mindset can turn short-term stress into a helpful resource -- and offers strategies to better understand, and cope with, stress. 

    If you liked this episode, check out A Slight Change of Plans wherever you get your podcasts.

    9 June 2024, 4:00 am
  • 13 minutes 58 seconds
    My epic journey becoming the fastest person to paddle around Australia | Bonnie Hancock

    What challenges lie ahead of a staggering 12,700-kilometer paddle around the entire continent of Australia? Crocodiles and sharks were just the beginning, says Ironwoman Bonnie Hancock. Reflecting on her remarkable feat of becoming the fastest person to paddle around Australia, she shares lessons on perseverance, resilience and finding meaning in life's toughest moments. After the talk, Modupe shares tips on how to keep your spirits high when faced with obstacles.

    3 June 2024, 4:00 am
  • 17 minutes 6 seconds
    3 money lessons from infamous scam artists | J Mase III

    Scam artists know something about money that you don't — and artist J Mase III is here to shed some light. He shares examples of infamous scams from Elizabeth Holmes's false medical tech promises to Anna "Delvey" Sorokin's fake trust fund, along with three crucial lessons on how money functions for the wealthy, why it flows in the direction it does and how to start spotting scams in your own life. After the talk, Modupe shares what we can learn from scam artists to overcome imposter syndrome. 

    27 May 2024, 4:00 am
  • 10 minutes 6 seconds
    A comedian's take on how to save democracy | Jordan Klepper

    Conversation is a battlefield with only one winner. Or is it? Comedian and author Jordan Klepper believes we can get better at talking to each other (and perhaps save democracy) by learning how to lose.

    20 May 2024, 4:00 am
  • 13 minutes 38 seconds
    How to live with economic doomsaying | Philipp Carlsson-Szlezak

    Economic crises can and do happen. But for every true crisis, there are many false alarms, says economist Philipp Carlsson-Szlezak. He explains how to live with the media's pervasive economic doomsaying, why we should stop treating financial forecasts like a precise science — and what we should embrace instead. After the talk, Modupe shares why she’s a “rational optimist” about economic narratives — and what "rational optimism" means to her. 

    13 May 2024, 4:00 am
  • 17 minutes 4 seconds
    Why are women still taken less seriously than men? | Mary Ann Sieghart

    Women are routinely underestimated, overlooked, interrupted, talked over or mistaken for someone more junior at the workplace. Author Mary Ann Sieghart calls this the "authority gap" — all the ways women are (still) taken less seriously than men, despite proven competence and expertise. She explains how we can close this pernicious gap and why everyone wins when we do so. After the talk, Modupe shares another tool to help close the gap.

    6 May 2024, 4:00 am
  • 15 minutes 14 seconds
    How business can improve the world, not just the bottom line | Esha Chhabra

    "Sustainability has become more marketing than action," says environmental business journalist Esha Chhabra. Challenging conventional business models solely focused on profit, she shares how regenerative companies that embed purpose into every facet of their operations can drive real change — and make things better for people and the planet. After the talk, Modupe reflects on what it means to run a regenerative business.

    29 April 2024, 4:00 am
  • 17 minutes 12 seconds
    Climate action's hidden opportunities for women | Zineb Sqalli

    Climate action has historically had a gender-neutral lens, but this lack of intentionality has actually negatively impacted women, says gender and climate researcher Zineb Sqalli. Using real-world, gender-equal programs as examples Sqalli offers solutions for advancing both sustainability and gender equality – at the same time. After the talk, Modupe shares ways organizations can increase gender diversity and promote inclusion.

    22 April 2024, 4:00 am
  • 23 minutes 13 seconds
    How business leaders can renew democracy | Daniella Ballou-Aares

    How much should business leaders speak out about threats to democracy? It's a question many corporations are wrestling with these days. Business and democracy leader Daniella Ballou-Aares shows why companies have both the ability and the responsibility to engage in protecting elections and the rule of law — and why their bottom lines may depend on doing so. After the talk, Daniella joins Modupe for a conversation on business, politics and the year ahead.

    15 April 2024, 4:00 am
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