Throughout this week, I will have the honor of attending GROWCOa three-day event for entrepreneurs and business leaders who want to achieve sizable growth within their organizations. 

Memories from the 2014 GROWCO event are top of mind for me as I prepare to attend this year’s event. As you might expect, the presentations and keynote addresses were my favorite part of the GROWCO experience last year.

Because I am looking forward to listening to the speakers at this year’s conference, I am inspired to share with you videos of exceptional speakers presenting some of their most valuable insights.

With these videos, you can gain wisdom shared by brilliant speakers, without the cost of attending a conference, or the torture of sitting in an uncomfortable chair during a lengthy commencement address. Relax, and enjoy!

1. Conan O’Brien’s 2011 Commencement Speech at Dartmouth College

Summary: Conan O’Brien, whom The Washington Post has called “the most intelligent of the late-night comics,” delivered the main address at Dartmouth College’s 2011 Commencement exercises on Sunday morning, June 12. 

2. Bert Jacob’s Ariba LIVE 2014 Keynote

Summary: Bert Jacobs delivers a presentation on the topic: Gaining a “Life is good” Perspective.

3. A Pep Talk from Kid President to You

Summary: We all need a little encouragement every now and then. Kid President, knowing this, has put together a video you can play each morning as you wake up or to share with your friend who needs a kick in the right direction. Take a moment and spread some encouragement. “It’s everybody’s duty to give the world a reason to dance.”

4. Three Things I Learned While My Plane Crashed

Summary: Ric Elias had a front-row seat on Flight 1549, the plane that crash-landed in the Hudson River in New York in January 2009. What went through his mind as the doomed plane went down? At TED, he tells his story publicly for the first time.

5. Ellen DeGeneres’ 2009 Commencement Speech at Tulane University

Summary: During this commencement address, Ellen DeGeneres proves that speeches can be humorous as well as meaningful.

6. Steve Jobs’ 2005 Commencement Address at Stanford University

Summary: Drawing from some of the most pivotal points in his life, Steve Jobs, chief executive officer and co-founder of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, urged graduates to pursue their dreams and see the opportunities in life’s setbacks — including death itself — at the university’s 114th Commencement on June 12, 2005.

Conclusion: Talented speakers can change your life, even if you watch their speeches via videos, years after they delivered their talks.

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