Business 25: Try something new for 30 days – TED TALK (3:27)

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Warm up

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  1. What industry do you work in and what is your role?
  2. What are your responses in your role / position?
  3. Can you describe to the function of your workplace / company?
  4. How many departments, how many offices. National or International?
  5. What is the Minimum requirements for employment ie Education or Experience?
  6. How many opportunities are there to ‘move up the ladder’?
  7. What is the process for changing job roles ie Interview? Test?

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General discussion about your workweek:

  1. Current projects? Deadlines? Opportunities?
  2. Anything of interest happening?

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Listening Questions

Before the video: Teachers will read the following questions aloud, please prepare for listening!
Did not get please? If not, please tell your teacher specifically which part you did not understand. Let’s review the video again 🙂
  1. How did he describe time during the 30 days?
  2. How many words a day must you write to enter the competition?
  3. How does he describebig crazy challenges”?


  1. a few years ago I felt like I was stuck in a rut so I decided to follow in the footsteps of the great American philosopher Morgan Spurlock and try something new for 30 days.the idea is actually pretty simple, think about something you’ve always wanted to add to your life and try it for the next 30 days, it turns out 30 days is just about the right amount of time to add a new habit or subtract a habit; like watching the news from your  life. 
  2.  there’s a few things that I learned while doing these 30-day challenges, the first was instead of the months flying by forgotten, the time was much more memorable this was part of a challenge I did to take a picture every day for a month and I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing that day 
  3. I also noticed that as I started to do more and harder 30-day challenges my self-confidence grew. I went from desk dwelling computer nerd to the kind of guy who bikes to work – for fun, Even last year I ended up hiking up Mount Kilimanjaro the highest mountain in Africa I would never have been that adventurous before I started my 30-day challenges 
  4. I also figured out that if you really want something badly enough you can do anything for 30 days. have you ever wanted to write a novel? every November tens of thousands of people try to write their own 50,000 word novel from scratch in 30 days. it turns out all you have to do is write sixteen hundred and sixty seven words a day for a month, so I did, by the way the secret is not to go to sleep until you’ve written your words for the day you might be sleep-deprived but you’ll finish your novel 
  5. now is my book the next great American novel? no I wrote it in a month, it’s awful. but for the rest of my life if I meet John Hodgman at a TED party I don’t have to say I’m a computer scientist, no no, if I want to I can say I’m a novelist. so here’s one last thing I’d like to mention, I learned that when I made small sustainable changes, things I could keep doing they were more likely to stick. there’s nothing wrong with big crazy challenges in fact they’re a ton of fun but they’re less likely to stick 
  6. when I gave up sugar for 30 days day 31 looked like, this so here’s my question to you; what are you waiting for? I guarantee you the next 30 days are going to pass whether you like it or not. so why not think about something you have always wanted to try and give it a shot for the next 30 days 


Can you give a synopsis of the video? 

  1.  Can you think of four new habits you would like to add to your life ? … and four that you would like to subtract?  – Why these four? 
  2.  What new habits have you tried to add to your life beforeWhich were unsuccessful and which were successful? Why? 
  3.  What advice have you been given before about trying something new


  1.  much more memorable 
  2.  1,667 words a day 
  3.  There’s nothing wrong with them & they’re a ton of fun
  4.  1.Try new things you have always wanted to try. 2.Start with small changes since they are easier to stick with. 3.Your life will become memorable if you try something new each month


  1. stuck in a rut = If you’re stuck in a rut, you’ve been doing the same old thing for too longboring routine that can be hard to break. – Monotonous .
  2.  follow in the footsteps – to do the same thing as someone else, especially someone in your family 
  3.  it turns out = the result was
  4.  dwelling – a