18 Minutes to Give the Talk of Your Life

What are the entrepreneurs at VT KnowledgeWorks reading?

Nanci Hardwick, CEO  of Schultz-Creehan Holdings, Inc., reads TED, "ideas worth spreading."

From TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design):  "Our mission:  Spreading ideas. We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world."

More from TED: "The annual [TED] conference now brings together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes)."

If you had 18 to give the talk of your life, what would you say?

Hardwick recommends Sir Ken Robinson’s "Do Schools Kill Creativity?"  She writes, "I absolutely love this one for the message and its lighthearted delivery.  The message is that our future is determined by our capacity for innovation.  Our educational system and culture can nurture the creativity innovation requires by incorporating the arts into the core of our curricula, valuing diversity, and reaffirming the value of [trying and learning from] failing."

Schultz-Creehan Holdings, Inc.,  is a high-tech engineering firm focused on the research and development of innovative solutions for industry. Formed by Dr. Kevin Creehan and Dr. Jeff Schultz in 2004 to address complex product development challenges through expertise in materials science and industrial engineering, Schultz-Creehan develops and manufactures products and processes to serve clients in the aerospace, defense, medical device and industrial markets.

Schultz-Creehan Holdings, Inc. is a Member Company of high-tech start-up business incubator VT KnowledgeWorksVT KnowledgeWorks assists in the planning, launch, and growth of technology-based enterprises at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg, Virginia.


  1. Anne Clelland says:

    What made me very thoughtful was how dynamic the YouTube video seemed in comparison to the static text link for Fast Company. Is video in competition with text? Are they complementary?

    "Help us connect," Nanci Hardwick wrote in her blog entry about local high-tech professionals.

    How best to do that? Video, text, in person, a combination?

  2. I think that they are complementary to each other – both can tell the same story, just in a different way, and can support the other. We're SUCH a visual society that video is only going to enhance your message.

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