Check Out These Ted Talks
If you love learning from some world-renowned experts or just listening to different ideas, then you are probably a fan of Ted Talks.
Ted Talks are videos – usually between 10 – 20 minutes in length – and they cover a wide variety of topics from science to business to education to emotional well-being. And they seem to attract experts from around the globe.
If you want to check out a few, these are some of the most popular Ted Talks that have ever been given!
- Inside the Mind of a Procrastinator: Tim Urban knows that procrastination doesn’t make sense, but he’s never been able to shake his habit of waiting until the last minute to get things done. In this hilarious and insightful talk, Urban takes us on a journey through YouTube binges, Wikipedia rabbit holes and bouts of staring out the window — and encourages us to think harder about what we’re really procrastinating on, before we run out of time.
- How Great Leaders Inspire Action: Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership — starting with a golden circle and the question: “Why?” His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King Jr. and the Wright brothers…
- The Power of Vulnerability: Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.
- How to Speak So That People Listen: Have you ever felt like you’re talking, but nobody is listening? Here’s Julian Treasure to help. In this useful talk, the sound expert demonstrates the how-to’s of powerful speaking — from some handy vocal exercises to tips on how to speak with empathy. A talk that might help the world sound more beautiful.
- What Makes a Good Life Lesson? Lessons From the Longest Study on Happiness: What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it’s fame and money, you’re not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you’re mistaken. As the director of a 75-year-old study on adult development, Waldinger has unprecedented access to data on true happiness and satisfaction. In this talk, he shares three important lessons learned from the study as well as some practical, old-as-the-hills wisdom on how to build a fulfilling, long life.
- The Art of Misdirection: Hailed as the greatest pickpocket in the world, Apollo Robbins studies the quirks of human behavior as he steals your watch. In a hilarious demonstration, Robbins samples the buffet of the TEDGlobal 2013 audience, showing how the flaws in our perception make it possible to swipe a wallet and leave it on its owner’s shoulder while they remain clueless.
- How to Spot a Liar: On any given day we’re lied to from 10 to 200 times, and the clues to detect those lies can be subtle and counter-intuitive. Pamela Meyer, author of “Liespotting,” shows the manners and “hotspots” used by those trained to recognize deception — and she argues honesty is a value worth preserving. (Contains mature content)
- How to Make Stress Your Friend: Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.
If you’ve got 10-20 minutes, you’ve got time to watch a Ted Talk! And whether you want to learn something, laugh, or just be entertained for a few moments, you’ll find that they are well worth the watch!
*** All Ted Talk descriptions courtesy of Ted.com