Learning Points from Seth Godin’s TED Talk on “How to Get Your Ideas to Spread”

Very simple points from Seth Godin about how to make people take notice of what you are doing.

The truth is if it is not extraordinary, or remarkable, no one is going to take notice of it, nor spread it. Very good is not good enough anymore. It needs to be very bad, or interesting in some way. So building a 55m lava lamp monument will attract more tourists than a standard looking metal monument. Or a 40 foot high dog shaped bush. Or something to that effect. Cool stuff.

Learning Points from Richard Browning’s TED Talk on “How I Built a Jet Suit”

If dreams come true, some of us might be donning Ironman suits and flying around feeling as happy as a bird. Richard Browning decided to make it a step closer to reality.

This TED talk really shows sometimes how inventions are 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. Looking at the process Richard Browning went through, where he tried different numbers and combinations of mini gas turbines, and how he sought to improve his control over the thrust he had, is only something someone who is fully passionate about can do. Others would have given up soon after the first few failed attempts and left this to others while they went on with their daily lives. I applaud his grit in developing this flight suit. Perhaps someday this will make the ironman dream true for all of us.

Learning Points from Thomas Suarez’s TED Talk on “A 12-Year Old App Developer”

I thought about doing an app recently, so I thought it would be interesting to learn about it from this young software developer.

He didn’t share much, and it seems like you need to have a passion for computing language, which he seems to have from his sharing. He basically picked up the iPhone software development toolkit and used the tools there to build the apps. He didn’t cover Android programming though in this talk.

Learning Points from David Pogue’s TED Talk on “10 Top Time-Saving Tech Tips”

No frills here. 10 time saving tech tips as follows:

1. Spacebar to scroll down one page when browsing websites

2. When filling up forms, instead of opening the pop up menu, repeatedly press the letter of the country/state you are in until your country/state appears

3. “Control + or -” to increase/decrease font size in webpages

4. When typing in your phone, press space twice to put the full stop and capitalise your next letter.

5. When you want to call someone you just missed a call from, just tap the call sign on your phone and it will automatically fill in the last number into the box for you.

6. You can skip the answering machine’s message by pressing a key, but this key varies from carrier to carrier

7. You can use Google as a dictionary by typing “define” then the word you want to check. You can also check your flight details and do unit conversions with Google.

8. Double click on a word to highlight it. Double click and drag to highlight in one word increments as you drag. Type over it to replace the highlights instead of pressing delete.

9. To eliminate camera shutter lag, do a half press and hold it there, then fully press to take a picture without the lag.

10. For presentations, press “b” to black out the screen or press “w” to white it out so that the audience will know to look at the presenter instead of the screen.

I was surprised to see many which I didn’t know about. Useful little life hacks to help in our everyday lives.