I absolutely love TED talks. So you can imagine my excitement when I discovered during my exam period that Apple TV has TED talks on them (especially as it gave me a legitimate excuse to have a “study break” for “personal development purposes”). Now that exams are over, I have a feeling that TED talks and dissertation work are going to fill the uni sized gap in my life.
Last week I had a post exams celebratory girls day at my place, involving a lot of food, laughs and even a few TED talks.
For those of you who don’t know what it is, TED is a non for profit organisation that began in 1984, working to spread ideas, usually in the form of short powerful talks in many languages from all over the world.
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If you have never watched a TED talk before, you’re in for a treat. They are such a brilliant, mind opening resource. Given that there are so many out there, my biggest problem is deciding on which ones to watch (definitely a lot of decision fatigue going on).
Here are a few of my favourites that span from inspirational to absolutely hilarious.
1. Try something new for 30 days | Matt Cutts
The principle behind this is so simple, yet incredibly inspiring. Watch this space for what I come up with on this one.
2. Make stress your friend | Kelly McGonigal
I don’t know about you, but stress and I have not always seen eye to eye. After watching this, I definitely realised that I may have been looking at it all the wrong way.
3. The Power of vulnerability | Brene Brown
This particular TED talk is one of the most popular of all time, for an extremely good reason. Being vulnerable does not come naturally to me, but after seeing this a while ago, has become something that I try to be very intentional about in my relationships and in my life.
4. This is what happens when you reply to spam | James Veitch
This is possibly one of the funniest TED talks that I have ever seen, answering an important question to something we have all wondered about.
5. Inside the mind of a master procrastinator | Tim Urban
As someone who tends to have assignments written weeks in advance, I’ve never understood people who are extreme procrastinators. Now I do.
6. How great leaders inspire action | Simon Sinek
What differentiates the great ideas of some that change the world from those great ideas that never go
anywhere? It’s simple.
7. Your body language shapes who you are | Amy Cuddy
Remember being told to stand up straight and pull your shoulders back? Apparently it’s far more than just your skeletal structure that is affected by your posture.
What are your favourite TED talks? I would love you to let me know your recommendations in the comments.