I’m sure everyone reading this blog will agree … TED Talks are the best!! 🙂
I stumbled upon TED.com a few years ago, got hooked right away and have been a junkie ever since. The info packaged in 10-15 min talks are perfect for someone with a busy life (yip I know you are one of us) and we can reflect on the short bits of wisdom and implement the advise very very quickly.
I enjoy listening to the talks while stuck in traffic, when I’m bored (not to crazy about the “idiot box”) or even as a wake up call when I feel a little down in the morning. I often use TED talks to motivate my team and the great thing is … ALL the talks are different.
You have such a variety of topics to choose from and there is always a message for anyone at any time of the day.
I discussed some of the talks with a friend a week ago and we chatted about what we think is the best talks that we have seen. As with any subjective opinion we both had our favorites and I was quite surprised at how different our points of view were.
My favorites were about business, entrepreneurship, personal development and his favorites talks were more around the topics of nature, photography and music.
That go me thinking .. is there really a “Best of” list for TED Talks?
I started browsing the net, TED.com and YouTube for some TED talks and can honestly say that there is NO WAY you can do a proper “Best of” list that is less than at least 1000 talks … there is just too many that I love, BUT I decided to make a choice. If I really had to choose, which one’s would it be?
I started browsing my Laptop’s hard-drive, my phone, my tablet, Dropbox, Google Drive etc (man I save stuff everywhere) and went through the talks that I downloaded from TED.com (an awesome feature) and if I remember some sort of impact it had on my life. I finally summarized it to the 5 talks below, my absolute favorites
The first one is my all time favorite and the others are in no particular order:
Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?
This is by far my favorite TED talk ever. It could be because I have two lovely kiddies of my own and that I believe our school system is broken, but still .. this is an awesome talk for anyone that is interested in teaching there children to be successful.
Sir Ken Robinson is what you will call a creativity expert and believe our schooling system should be completely changed and should cultivate creativity .. not kill it.
I find it fascinating and know you will enjoy it!
Celeste Headlee: 10 Ways to have a better conversation
This is one of the more recent TED talk I fell in love with. Celeste talks about the 10 ways we can create create a better conversion and I have taken each and everyone to heart.
I implemented only 1 (the one I thought would make the biggest impact) and it was amazing to me how many times I had to and still do bite my tongue since I decided to do this .. I could not believe I was one of those guys 🙂
So why should you listen to what Celeste has to say .. well … have a look at her short bio on Ted.com:
Celeste Headlee hosts a daily news/talk show, On Second Thought, on Georgia Public Broadcasting.
Headlee has worked in public radio since 1999, as a reporter, host and correspondent. She was the Midwest Correspondent for NPR before becoming the co-host of the PRI show “The Takeaway.” After that, she guest hosted a number of NPR shows including “Tell Me More,” “Talk of the Nation,” “Weekend All Things Considered” and “Weekend Edition”. Headlee also anchored election coverage for PBS World in 2012 and was a regular guest on CNN.
Headlee holds multiple degrees in music and still performs as a professional opera singer. She appears on the album “Classically Blue” from gospel artist Lea Gilmore. She’s the granddaughter of composer William Grant Still.
Jill Bolte Taylor: My stroke of insight
This was one of the first TED talks I have ever watched. You could say this talk is the reason I fell in love with the concept. It is mind blowing .. the way Jill goes into detail and explains her experience grabs your attention and sucks you in so deep you almost feel lost when she is finished .. nooo, tell me more 🙂
Jill Bolte Tayler is a brain scientist and tells her story of how she had a stroke and how she “watched” her brain shut down bit by bit. This is a fascinating talk .. prepare to be blown away.
Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action
This talk is more about business and the reason you have probably heard the phrase “people don’t buy what you do .. they buy WHY you do it” a few times in your life.
In this talk Simon Sinek explores how leaders inspire cooperation, trust and change. Not only in the work place, but in everyday life. His example of Apple (even though I am definitely no a big fan) was quite an eye opener for me and changed how I do things in my business.
Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work
Shawn Achor is an unbelievable speaker. He could talk about nothing for hours and you would still be interested to hear more 🙂
In this talk however, he touches on an extremely important aspect of life … HAPPINESS. So many people live in the future, the past and everywhere except in the NOW and they completely miss the point of life .. TO BE HAPPY.
This talk is almost an introduction to his book: The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work.
I suggest you get it straight after watching the talk. If you’re more a listener than a reader (like me), get the copy that is available on Audible. Shawn reads it himself and it is really fun to listen to.
So that is the 5 TED.com talks I would say are my favorites … but I promised you a bonus and here it is.
This talk popped up on my Facebook timeline this morning and is incredibly funny. Probably because the content is so true and I was able to put myself in this situation immediately. Go check it out .. you will love it!
Tim Urban: Inside the mind of a master procrastinator
There are so many talk on the net and I am sure you will have a favorite. Share your’s below ans let me know why it is your favorite 😉