TED Talks have earned a reputation as useful, shareable, and positive seminars through their devotion to spreading ideas, as well as for the quality of the ideas they spread. We found five of the most popular to get you thinking differently about yourself and the world around you.
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The Power of Vulnerability by Brené Brown
“I want to talk to you and tell some stories about a piece of my research that fundamentally expanded my perception and really actually changed the way that I live and love and work and parent.”
Qualitative researcher, Brené Brown, guides us through wholeheartedness, courage, and shame in a surprisingly blunt and factual way. Don’t expect artsy-fartsy therapy speech – Brown is a bold and direct professor, and her straightforward style has so far helped to earn her 17 million views.
Your Elusive Creative Genius by Elizabeth Gilbert
“It makes as much sense as anything else I have ever heard in terms of explaining the utter maddening capriciousness of the creative process.”
Genius – argues Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love – isn’t something detached from each of us, but something we can hone, manage, and exhibit. Her talk calls for a reconsideration of our understanding of the relationship between humans and the mystery of how they create.
How Schools Kill Creativity by Ken Robinson
“In the next 30 years, according to UNESCO, more people worldwide will be graduating through education than since the beginning of history.”
With almost 30 million views, the 2009 TED talk by creativity expert, Sir Ken Robinson, champions a radical rethink of the world’s education systems. Robinson wants us to acknowledge the various different types of intelligence and nurture each of them, rather than continuing with our outdated methods of acquiring knowledge.
How Great Leaders Inspire Action by Simon Sinek
“When we can communicate from the inside out, we’re talking directly to the part of the brain that controls behavior, and then we allow people to rationalize it with the tangible things we say and do.”
Writer, commentator, and ethnographer, Simon Sinek, has become a leadership expert through studying the people who make an impact on the world. His TED talk centers around the traits they share and the behaviors they exhibit. Whilst the film, viewed more than 20 million times, looks refreshingly amateur amongst the standard glossy set ups of most TED talks, the content is amongst the most powerful.
My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor
“In that moment, I knew that I was no longer the choreographer of my life. And either the doctors rescue my body and give me a second chance at life, or this was perhaps my moment of transition.”
The power of the most meaningful TED talks come from personal experience. Jill Bolte Taylor discusses the stroke she spent eight years recovering from, and comes across as grateful to have had the opportunity to examine the shutting down of her own brain functions.
Much like Simon Sinek’s investigations, the shared traits of the speakers behind these popular TED talks – and many others – give helpful insights into the people behind the successes. Our chosen speakers are empathetic, experienced, and creative – and of course, full of ideas worth sharing.