Ira Glass: Storytelling

Ira Glass, host of "This American Life", talks about building a story and why excellence takes time.

A summary can be found at Presentation Zen.

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Freddie Prinze: Sammy Davis Jr. Roast

This is one of the hilarious Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts. In this short clip Freddie Prinze roasts Sammy Davis Jr. Enjoy!

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Craig Ferguson: White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner 2008

This year at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner Craig Ferguson, host of the "Late Late Show" and American citizen since February 2008, had the honor to roast.

Not as brave as Stephen Colbert, but still pretty funny.

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J.K. Rowling: The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination (Commencement speech at Harvard, 2008)

Steve Jobs’ commencement speech at Stanford was one of the best speeches I have seen so far. This commencement speech by Joanne K. Rowling at Harvard in 2008 is on a par.

It seems that those who experienced major setbacks in their life can deliver the best speeches to graduates.

So why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential.

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Matt Mason: The Pirate’s Dilemma

When piracy affects your business, you should find a way to compete with them instead of sueing them.

This is the message Matt Mason, the Editor-in-chief of of the seminal magazine RWD, sends to all the major companies. And he comes up with some forgotten facts about industries based on piracy.

More about Matt Mason and his book "The Pirate’s Dilemma"

Filmed at The Medici Summit, March 3rd 2008, Scottsdale, Arizona.

UPDATE: And since he believes, that you can’t control piracy, you can download the book for any price you want.

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