Jullie Gordon on How Giving a TED Talk Benefits Career

In Chapter 12 of 16 in his 2011 Capture Your Flag interview, motivation teacher Jullien Gordon answers "What Do You Find Most Exciting About Giving a TED Talk?"  Gordon finds TED Talks increase his ability to make an impact by giving him a platform to reach a larger, targeted audience.  The TED Talk also helps Gordon focus his message to make it more memorable.  Gordon is the founder of the Department of Motivated Vehicles, a personal and professional development company that helps clients identify purpose and map it to successful outcomes. Gordon has written five books and speaks regularly to college students across America.  He earned masters degrees in education and business from Stanford University and an undergraduate degree from UCLA.


Erik Michielsen:  What do you find most exciting about giving a TED talk?

Jullien Gordon:  The impact.  The impact.  I know that these videos reach thousands and thousands and thousands of people just by the views on TED.com and I’ll be honest that I feel like I’ve had some difficulty actually sharing my messages widely as it needs to be heard and so the opportunity to share this and hopefully touch thousands and thousands of lives online moves me a lot and makes me take this moment very seriously. 

I just did a TED talk in Chicago for TEDx Midwest and now I’m doing one for TEDx Brooklyn in December.  So I’m really taking these spaces seriously and it really makes me think about if I had one thing to say to the world, what would that thing be?  And so I have some insights that I’ve garnered through my own life and my own experiment and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to maybe shift the way 1, 2, 3 or 3000 or 4000 people think about their lives going forward as a result of these short 10 to 18 minute videos.