Ora’s Favourite Ted Talks of 2016

Continuing our trend of Ora’s Favourites of 2016, we’re looking at our top Ted Talks. We covered a bunch over the course of 2016 so this is a collection of the most entertaining and enlightening talks that we think are must-watches. Check them all out below.

“How Airbnb Designed for Trust” – Joe Gebbia

Joe Gebbia, co-founder and current CPO of Airbnb, made an extremely bold move when Airbnb was in its early stages. He believed that complete strangers were able to trust one and another through the use of good design. 

“The Happy Secret to Better Work” – Shawn Achor

In this fast moving and very funny talk, psychologist Shawn Achor joined TED to share his thoughts on how we view happiness and how we could be looking at in the wrong way. 

“Live a Life with no Regrets” – Urzila Carlson

South African turned New Zealand funny woman Urzila Carlson took to the TED stage to share her wisdom with her fellow Kiwis. She urges people to make the most of the opportunities before them and that there is no greater waste of time than regrets. 

“Inside the Mind of a Procrastinator” – Tim Urban

One of our favourite talks on TED, popular blogger Tim Urban explores the mind of a procrastinator and encourages us to really think about what it is we’re procrastinating on – before it’s too late.

“Why the Best Hire Might Not Have the Best Resume” – Regina Hartley

With HR being at the core of all businesses, this choice was a no-brainer. Regina Hartley shares her experiences from Director of Human Recourses for United Postal Service and argues, that when it comes to hiring, every applicant should have a chance. 

“What Happens When You Reply to Spam Emails” – James Veitch

Comedian James Veitch, has had ongoing battles with spam emails. What better way to solve the problem then to reply to the scammers, record the results, and share it with the world in one hilarious TED Talk.

Ora’s Favourite Infographics of 2016

Over the course of 2016, we’ve covered a bunch of infographics on our blog. With 2017 fast approaching, we thought we would collect some of our favourites from the year and share them with you. Check them all out below.

“A Timeline of Failed Tech Predictions”

Over the ages, there has been a lot of amazing inventions. From the wheel to sliced bread, the light bulb to the telephone. The world is full of them. But with every great invention comes doubters, the non-believers, individuals who believe that people won’t need or use anything that seems out of the ordinary and predict that they will just be the next big fad. So over the years there has been some pretty bold claims, doubting certain inventions. Some might surprise you.

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“Anatomy of an Optimised Web Page”

For many businesses, their website is their lifeblood. They depend on having a fully optimised website to bring in business and kudos to them for doing so. It’s all well and great optimising it once and leaving it, but it needs to be something that you maintain regularly, or it’s a waste of time. Take a look and learn what makes up a strong web page.


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“Crazy Things People Search for on Google”

I think it’s fair to say we’ve all used Google at some point in our life. The majority of people can’t even go through a whole day without using the search engine. Whether it was to figure out where you’re going, look at reviews on a movie or to prove your friend they are wrong. Whatever it may be, we’ve all hit that search button. But with all these searches happening on Google daily, there must be some bizarre queries?

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“Is it Time for a Vacation?”

Sun-kissed beaches, snowy mountain tops, immersive cultures. We all dream of having a vacation in a far off place, kicking off our shoes, putting up our feet and relaxing. Taking that hard earned time off that we slaved away for at our 9-5.

Now I’m sure that many of us would jump at the opportunity, if given, to take a holiday rather than work but the reality is that more people choose to stay put and work away. Studies show that around 40% of workers feel like they can’t justify their time off, but why? It’s your hard earned leave. Here’s 12 reason you should take a vacation.

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“5 Ways to Promote Your Small Business”

Maybe you’ve owned a small business for years or you’re just starting. I bet there’s a recurring thought that you’ve had before, it’s one almost every business owners has. What can I do to get my business out there? and where can I start?

Traditional marketing and advertising methods can be expensive and hard to prove ROI (return on investment). But with all the advances that have happened to the world of online, it’s never been a better time to advertise your business digitally.

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“E-Commerce Psychology”

E-Commerce is a booming business. Look at the success of online retailers such as Amazon, Ebay and even local New Zealand online sites like MightyApe and Trademe. With people wanting a convenient way to shop, when they want to shop, E-Commerce is a great way to sell your product without needing people to come to your physical shop front. It’ll also catch all those late night browsers, creating more sales for your business when you’re enjoying play time.

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Search Could be Changed in a Big Way

Google has been the dominant factor in search engine use for a long time. That is a fact that is not going to change anytime soon. But, there is a change coming to the way you are going to search. Google is currently experimenting with its biggest change to its structure by testing a “mobile first” version of a search index. This means that the company will prioritise mobile content in its search results. Keep reading to see what this means for you.

How does Google Search work now?

Right now Google’s bots crawl across content on the web to find millions of links and the content within them. The results are then categorised and put into a large index based on various factors. This index and a set of algorithms allow Google to produce relevant results. These appear as the blue links with which you are likely familiar.

The new updates

The new updates allow Google to determine rankings based on mobile content. The plan is currently to use the same index but will use mobile pages to determine page ranking. The index will be an endless list of website and apps, but the algorithms will still be able to use the content from a site’s mobile version to assign a ranking.

What does the change mean?

This change is significant because it means that websites that do not have mobile versions will miss out on this opportunity and search results for them will rank lower. With this change, Google is sending a clear message that the time for businesses to adapt to mobile use is now.

Why is Google making this change?

This is a significant shift and one that many businesses will need to get used to. But, ultimately, search results will be better. Further, this change is beneficial because a majority of searches are now coming from mobile devices.

Change is inevitable. It is no surprise that Google is staying ahead of the curve and considering mobile use in its search ranks. It is just a matter of time before this comes into effect, so you better be ready with a mobile-friendly website. So, get in touch with Ora, and we’ll help you with getting your website fully mobile-optimised.

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10 Habits to Eliminate From Your Daily Routine

No matter who you are, the chances are good that you have some bad habits that you could benefit from breaking. While it might not be easy to do so, you’re going to see the benefits of doing so. The following are some of the top habits that you should consider breaking and eliminating from your routine if they currently exist.

Using Technology In Bed

This never used to be a problem, but nowadays, using technology such as your phone, tablet or computer in bed is one of the worst things you can do for your sleep. It will severely harm your sleep and your productivity. The blue light that these devices give off affects your mood, energy and quality of sleep. At night, your brain is not expecting any blue light which makes you sensitive to it. The best thing to do would be to avoid these devices after you eat your dinner for the night. TV is okay, as long as you are sitting far enough away from the TV.

Surfing the Internet

To fully focus and engage on a task at hand, you have to work on it for 15 minutes. When you get into a rhythm or flow when you’re working, you can be up to 5 times more productive. However, if you decide to take a break to look at the score of a game or check something on social media, you immediately disrupt this flow, and you will not longer be focused on your task at hand. If you continue to surf throughout the day, you may never enter a flow.

Multiple Notifications

While you might like knowing every single time something happens, or you get a text or email, it is not one of the best ideas regarding productivity. By getting a notification every time, you’re going to find yourself constantly looking at your phone. The best thing you can so is group your notifications together and check them at the same times throughout the day

Using Phone During Conversations

Not only will this be good for you, but it is just common courtesy for you to practice when you are engaging in a conversation with someone. There is nothing that is more annoying or disruptive than looking down at your phone in the middle of a conversation. If you commit yourself to a conversation, you should focus all of your energy on that conversation. If you are immersed in the discussion, you may find it much more enjoyable.

Saying “Yes” Too Often

The University of California found that the harder it is for you to say no to people, the more likely you are to be stressed or even depressed. “No” is powerful and a lot of people don’t want to say it. While you shouldn’t say no to everything that comes up, it’s important to understand that there is nothing wrong with saying no every once and awhile.

Letting People Bother You

No matter who you are or what you do, there are always going to be people that get under your skin. The more you let them bother you, the worse it is going to be for you. There are enough people in your life that deserve your attention, so make sure you are giving it to them instead.

Multitasking In Meetings

Never give anything half of your attention, especially when it comes to meetings. If you think that there is a meeting that doesn’t deserve your full attention, then you probably shouldn’t be at the meeting. And if the meeting is worth your full attention, then you need to give it exactly that. Multitasking is always a huge no-no.

Spreading Gossip

This goes back to high school, but you should never spread or promote the gossip that you might hear in or around the office. The more you gossip, the more it is going to hurt people and the worse it is going to make you feel.

Not Taking A Chance

You shouldn’t decide not to take a chance because you fear that you might fail. Everything in life is going to take some time to develop, and it is important that you give yourself the time to devote to those ideas. While you may not know if you’re going to succeed, that shouldn’t stop you from trying.

Comparing Yourself

No matter what you do, the worst thing to happen would be to start comparing yourself to other people in your life or in your line of work. If there’s something that you feel good about, then make sure that you don’t let anyone use their opinion against you to make you feel bad. Don’t let those opinions bring you down. Remember, no matter what people say about you, you will never be as good or as bad as they claim.

While there are a lot of habits in your life that you may feel you need to break, these ten habits are some of the first ones you should consider breaking if they are currently part of your daily routine.

Here’s How to Turn a Bad Day Around

Having a bad day? Those frustrating and stressful ones that we just want to be over. Don’t worry; you’re not alone. It happens to the best of people.

Anything can tip you over the edge. From having a run-in with your boss, spilling coffee on your white shirt or simply being greeted with over a 100 emails when you settle in on a Monday morning and when things like this happen, it sets the tone for the rest of the day and you feel like you nothing achieve anything.

Now, having a positive mindset can significantly boost your productiveness and outlook, by 31% to be precise. So this is a great reason why you should try and look on the bright side of life. But there is more you can do to try and help you beat those sluggish days. Spend at least half an hour doing something different from your normal tasks can help you reset your mood and give you the positive attitude to keep rolling on with your day.

So, if you’re having a bad day and are wanting to turn it around, take a look at the infographic below, created by the team over at Headway Capital, and find out how you can make light of even the worse days.

Courtesy of: Headway Capital
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