Ted Tuesdays - How to Start a Movement by Derek Sivers

Derek Sivers on How to Start a Movement

In this episode of the Feel Good English Podcast, we have another Ted Tuesday lesson and I chose this really cool,
fun, short video called “How to Start a Movement” by Derek Sivers.

Derek Sivers is a very successful tech entrepreneur and writer, and a very interesting guy in general.

The short TedTalk goes through a Youtube video that went viral about a dude who got up out of the crowd and started dancing on his own.

Become more fluent in English from Ted Talks on the Feel Good English podcast.

The Main Points
  • Leaders are often “over-glorified”
  • It’s the first “follower” who usually starts the movement, which then makes it more acceptable for other followers to join in as well
  • Don’t think you always have to be “first.” Having the courage to follow someone who is doing something unique can leave a big impact
The Vocab & Expressions
  • To have guts: is to have courage
  • To stand out: to call attention to one’s self, different,
    to stand out from the crowd.
  • Role: a part one plays in a group
  • Nut: an informal term for a crazy person
  • Emulate: to copy or imitate someone’s likeness
  • Tipping point: when an action or something happens that has an
    impact on the future output or behavior of things or events.
  • In crowd: the popular crowd, clique
The Joke

What did the peanut say to the elephant?
Nothing. Peanuts can’t talk.


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