Archive | Talks

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

Identity is a Fluid Social Construct

It wasn’t until I lived in Paris that I realized I wasn’t brown. Or, a woman. I’ve lived in America most of my life, since I was 4.5 years old. There, I am always brown. I am brown, for example, when I walk into most shops, from a Banana Republic all the way to Neiman’s. Nearly  More

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 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

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

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