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As a TED speaker, Nilofer has shared stages with Malcolm Gladwell, and even Bono (yes, THAT Bono).

Nilofer Merchant, Keynote Speaker

How Can I Be A Speaker, Like You?

How did you get that unbelievable keynote/speaking slot/invitation? What can I do to get on the TED stage? How can I be a speaker, like you? Those were 3 questions from the last month from Yes & Know members. Instead of answering these questions one at a time in emails, I thought to do the  More

Running Towards Future Nilofer Merchant speaks at Drucker Forum

Running Towards the Future

If the cover stories of Business Week, Fast Company, and Inc are to be believed, every organization ought to be 100% Digital, Alwayson, ready for AI technologies, and so on. But of course, that’s not happening. And, that’s not all bad. The real question is how do we create a powerful vision for the future,  More

Nilofer Merchant Platform 2013

On Being Seen

Now I share this talk and the personally-awkward story within it because I think it points to a real truth about where new ideas come from. The Answer is You. Only You. But, more to the point, The Seen You.   It was filmed at Platform. A wealth of talent (including funny man Baratunde Thurston,  More

Jane McGonigal Hearts Nilofer Merchant

The “Trick” to Calm Your Speaker Nerves

Lift one corner of your mouth up. Then lift the other corner up. There. You have it. An asana, or pose, for how to face the world. It’s also the “trick” speakers use to connect. Earlier this week, I shared with you the backstage story of nervousness just as I was about to give my  More

"god shot" view of Nilofer Merchant speaking at TED2013 releases talk on Walkntalks

The “Sitting is the Smoking our Generation” TEDtalk airs today on! I can hardly believe it. People always wonder if speakers are nervous. The question is, with enough practice, does this level of professional speaking ever get easy? I myself have had that question, wondering if I was “the only one” who got super  More

Google@AuthorsTalk copy

Google@Authors Talk

The most simple truths have deep implications. Today, the average person has access to information that, 20 years ago, only the richest billionaire did. I remember when as an analyst at Apple doing pricing and market research work, my job was to read the ($500K/year subscription) Gartner and IDC reports and get the nuggets out  More