Three Questions with Simon Sinek

“I try to find, celebrate and teach leaders how to build platforms that will inspire others.” — Simon Sinek

Simon Sinek is a master storyteller best known for popularizing the concept of “The Golden Circle,” which has become the third most viewed TED talk of all time. He is also the New York Times bestselling author of Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, and Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t.

Today, the leadership expert shares his secrets for giving a presentation that will have people on the edge of their seats in How to Present: Share Ideas that Inspire Action. In just 30 minutes, students will learn how to present ideas with passion, conviction, clarity and energy. During the class shoot at Skillshare headquarters, Sinek shared his thoughts about living in NYC, the next skills he wants like to learn, and the one Skillshare class he can’t wait to take.

How does living in New York affect your work? Simon: New York is the only city I’ve found so far that goes faster than me, so I find that very relaxing, believe it or not. You have no choice but to take a deep breath. And for someone like me with a curious mind and shiny objects syndrome, there’s a lot to keep my mind occupied. There are lots of things to do and lots of fascinating people. It’s not a one industry kind of town, so I love that. I find it to be a quite a bubbly place. I know an economist who refers it to as “yogurtville” because it’s full of live culture.

What skill do you want to learn next? Simon: There are personal skills I would like to improve upon. There’s one skill that I’m actively engaged in learning right now which is learning to be a better communicator with my friends. I’m pretty good with strangers and I’m learning to be better with the people that I keep close to me. There’s a lot of room for improvement and I’m working on it.

The other thing I’d like to be better at is something that you may think I should be good at by now, which is understanding the structure and function of numbers inside organizations. I’m fascinated by it and its implications to the human environments. There’s a lot of learning for me to do there.

If you could take a Skillshare class from anyone living or deceased who would it be? Simon: I think I would like to take a class on oratory and rhetoric by Winston Churchill. He’s an unlikely character to lead during the times he did, but he had a remarkable ability to rally a nation to go through struggle and sacrifice in a matter where I think a few leaders today have the capacity to do.

Learn how to make lasting connections through your presentations in How to Present: Share Ideas that Inspire Action.