Best-Selling Author & "Human Guinea Pig"
Renowned as "the human guinea pig," A.J. Jacobs has outsourced his life to India, read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica in a quest to become the world’s smartest person, lived modern life as the ultimate biblical subject, and followed every bit of modern medical advice in a quest to become the healthiest man alive. Throwing himself into bizarre situations all in the name of a little curiosity and a lot of humor, Jacobs chronicles his experiences in his New York Times bestsellers The Year of Living Biblically and The Know-It-All, and in his latest, Drop Dead Healthy. Read More >
TEDTalk: My Year of Living Biblically
A Year of Living Biblically
How can we apply the idea of method-acting to our business lives? This is the question that life-hacker and best-selling author A.J. Jacobs tackles in this insightful (and highly entertaining) talk on the benefits of faking it until you make it. Through a series of examples from his own life, Jacobs shows just how much our behavior shapes our thoughts and our perceptions. Thus, if we want to change our attitude about something, the best way is to “act as if.”
A.J. Jacobs lives his life as an experiment. In his New York Times bestsellers The Know-It-All and The Year of Living Biblically, Jacobs tackled mental and spiritual challenges; in his most recent book, Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection, he physically challenged himself to live a healthy life from head to toe. Read More >
In this talk, based on his latest book (which he wrote on a treadmill!), Jacobs shares his journey following the latest medical advice to become his healthiest self—which included trying every diet plan, every workout routine, and every self-improvement tip he could find. Armed with a healthier diet and a healthier outlook, Jacobs encourages audiences to be mindful of the steps they can take to find their own “bodily perfection.” Read Less ^
In this engaging and delightful talk based on his New York Times best-selling book, speaker A.J. Jacobs gives a behind-the-scenes look at his journey to “become the smartest person in the world” by reading the entire Encyclopedia Britannica from A to Z, all 44 million words of it.
Raised in a secular family, but increasingly interested in the role of religion in our world, A.J. Jacobs decided to learn about the Bible firsthand: by living it. He vowed to spend a year following every single rule in the Bible, from the famous ones (the Ten Commandments) to the often-ignored laws (“don’t shave your beard,” “do not wear clothes from mixed fibers,” and even “stone adulterers”). The result is a fascinating look at religion—one that is both reverent and irreverent, funny and deeply serious.
Jacobs’s year of living biblically taught him that the most powerful way to change his mind was to change his behavior. The mind will catch up. As he says, “Fake it till you make it.” It’s how he claims he learned to be a better person and a better businessman.
Want to know what your customer is thinking? Live your life as the customer for a week. It’s the same with understanding how your rival thinks. Jacobs stresses the importance of immersing yourself in other points of view to make yourself a better businessperson.
After a 33,000-page experiment in extreme learning from the Encyclopedia Britannica, A.J. Jacobs reflects on his experience by formulating six core business lessons from all of history. Adapted from his Linkedin article entitled The Six Most Important Business Lessons From All of History, the author of The Know-It-All explains how taking risks, using your imagination, and stepping up to the plate can greatly benefit companies in any industry. You are sure to learn lots from this clever and engaging speech from “the smartest person in the world.” Read More >
"AJ was great! We’ve gotten a great deal of positive feedback on the event, and his talk was clearly the highlight. He was funny, insightful and thought-provoking, and he hit all the right themes. He was also a really easy and gracious guest. He was flexible, and it was fun to spend time with him. The Sunday evening event went extremely well, and that small group (45 or so) really enjoyed the opportunity to ask him questions and talk with him one-on-one."
"A.J. was absolutely fantastic in all venues yesterday: the Q&A with classes, the upper school talk, the middle school talk, and the luncheon. I'm particularly grateful for his concern for what might be inappropriate for the younger kids; perfect blend of humor and thoughtfulness; and kind and congenial manner with the kids. Rave reviews have been pouring in."
"A.J. was witty, charming, and just generally a real crowd-pleaser. I would highly recommend him to other non-profits, and in particular Jewish non-profits, looking for a fun, lighthearted speaker on an often contentious topic (i.e. religion, the Torah/Bible, etc.)."
"A.J. was fabulous. He was warm, engaging, funny and a great speaker. We have had many, many author events at our library, and he was by far the best."
"Thank you so much for coming to Pittsburgh. Your remarks were both light-hearted and funny, while being insightful and well-targeted to our audience. I have received nothing but accolades about the evening."
"Superb speaker, he was friendly, humorous and open, very communicative, responsive and sharing. The audience loved him. The Q&A seemed to last a bit longer because everyone was enjoying it so much!"