After the thrill of seeing Seth Godin speak, and on top of that, the engaging, inspiring and amazing nature of that speech, I'll admit that I was less psyched to see Arianna Huffington. I was intrigued, because she's obviously a leader in her field who has worked hard and achieved a lot. But honestly, to me she seems cold. Like Martha Stewart with an accent.
This woman is the opposite of cold. She is charming, from the moment she steps on stage. Self-deprecating and funny, continuously dropping her notes and then asking, from a wide empty stage (that she is commanding) "Who is doing that?"
She talks about creativity and management, and decisively tells us, "You cannot manage creativity, you can only manage FOR creativity." She talks about combining ancient wisdom with modern sensibilities. The woman quoted Rumi, Archimedes, Steve Jobs, and her own Mom, for God's sake.