TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. These are my Top 5 Ted Talks Ever. If you haven’t started watching TED videos, then now is the time. Awesome Speakers. Life-changing messages.
TED started as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Now translated into more than 70 languages and further transformed into the TEDx Brand spawning smaller (but with no less powerful) conferences in countries all around the Globe, TED is a phenomenon that is changing humanity one presentation at a time.
5 OF THE BEST TED TALKS EVER
SIR KENNETH ROBINSON: Do Schools Kill Creativity?
Hands down my favourite TED Talk ever so far. Not just because of Sir Ken’s dry but clever humour, wit and compassion, or for his insightful perspective on creativity and why it is SO important. But because I am a mother, and a creative person, and I want my children to foster and embrace their creativity. It is, as Ken points out, the most important part of learning. I believe, just like Sir Robinson, that our learning system (and the way we view our own learning and innovative minds) can be different, and we should, like he suggests, challenge the way we are educating our children to cultivate creativity. Everyone can benefit from watching this video.
SIMON SINEK: How Great Leaders Inspire Action
Simon Sinek’s powerful talk and simple model for leadership strikes to the heart of my belief in marketing from a true understanding of our values…what we believe. As Simon says “People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it”. His simple, profound “golden circle” and the question “why” will have you reassessing many things about the way you live, do business and share ideas. Inspired by his book “Start with Why” learn about the theory Simon uses to teach others how to become effective leaders and inspire change.
BRENE BROWN: The Power of Vulnerability
Brene Brown’s honest and personal story about her quest to study the essence of human connection and our ability to empathize, belong and love grabs you from the very start. Her findings about vulnerability, courage, authenticity and shame are powerful, thought-provoking, and her talk is poignant and funny at the same time. It is no wonder it has had 4.5 million views!
JILL BOLTE TAYLOR: My Stroke of Insight
As a former Speech Pathologist who has worked with stroke patients, and having witnessed the impact of strokes on family members, I found this talk to be so powerful. When a neuroanatomist suffers from a massive stroke and is able to articulate those experiences in such a profound way, recounting the experience of watching her brain deteriorate in its ability to process information – “I essentially became an infant in a woman’s body” – it makes for one of the best Ted Talks Ever. You will be moved by Jill’s discovery of the innate beauty of the right hemisphere and the beauty that it can bring to our live, and how we are the life force power of the universe with the ability to live our lives in peace and joy.
DR TERRY WAHLS: Minding Your Mitochondria
I had to add this talk simply because it is so so important to all of us – Dr Wahls makes a very clear, impassioned plea to us all to eat more raw foods, leafy green vegetables and fruits – and when you see her reasons why, you will be dashing to your local farmer’s or organic market to do just that. An amazing story of self healing and discovery about what keeps us healthy.
There they are. My Top 5 TED Talks Ever (thus far!). They are not necessarily about social media or marketing (although we can all definitely learn from the powerful words of Simon Sinek on those topics). They are, however, about humanity, healing, health, inspiration, creativity and leadership. Qualities that we can all do with, right?
Have you watched a TED Talk that you love? Please share it! Or if you watch one of my Top 5, tell me what you think!