5 of the Top TED Talks Ever

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

 

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Donna Moritz

Visual Social Media Strategist at Socially Sorted
Donna is the founder of Socially Sorted, the Business Category Winner of the 2014 Best Australian Blogs Competition. Donna helps businesses, bloggers and entrepreneurs use visual social media and content strategy to get more reach, referrals and results in their business. She is a contributor to Entrepreneur Online, Social Media Examiner and Social Fresh, and has been featured in Forbes, NBC and Yahoo.
  • Debbie Myers

    Thanks for posting these TED talks, the depth of knowledge that is available to everyone is amazing…as is Jill Bolte Taylor! The emotion and love that she displays when she speaks of beauty and peace of consciousness is felt beyond the computer screen.

    • http://www.sociallysorted.com.au Donna Moritz

      I love your words about Jill’s presentation Debbie – yes it is very emotional, enlightening and such a joyful end. I was so moved – all of these talks are amazing, and I have so many more that I love (I will have to do a Part II). I am glad you liked them – have a great weekend!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1196544867 Bob Jenkins

    Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat Pray Love) on “How do you top that?”  She’s breezy, funny, and deeply spititual.

    • http://www.sociallysorted.com.au Donna Moritz

      Absolutely Bob! Definitely a favourite of mine too – I will definitely be posting up a Part II of this as well as my favourite Tech/Marketing/Social Media Tech Talks. Stay Tuned. Thanks for letting me know as it is good to know which ones everyone loves! I cam constantly telling friends and followers to watch particular TED Talks, so it was a good way to collate it into a reference! Have a great day!

  • May King Tsang

    Thanks for posting this Donna. I’m currently watching Simon Sinek’s video (as I have seen and been inspired by the other videos before).  I am thoroughly enjoying it and the video is helping me to evaluate the “Why” in my business MayKing Tea.  Thanks again for sharing.  I have already G+ ‘d and Tweeted it and will share on my Queensland Business FB group too.

    • http://www.sociallysorted.com.au Donna Moritz

      You are Welcome! I love Simon Sinek’s video – it really hit home with me, as it is the way I have run all of my online and offline businesses. I asked my husband recently why his chiropractic practice is so busy and he said “It is not because of how well people are, or how great they feel after coming here…it is about how excited they get about why we do what we do”. It’s true – what you believe drives what you do, and people gravitate towards it. I am constantly telling everyone to watch these videos (and a few more – I will do a Part II as well as my top tech/marketing TED talks). I figured it was time I collated them into one post and now I have an easy link to send! thanks so much for sharing!

  • http://healthymarketing.com.au/ @KrishnaEverson

    Simon Sineks talk is my favourite from TedX, so simple yet so profound. (Does that sound corny?) We share the first 8 minutes every time we hold our branding workshop, and leave participants hanging for more every time! It really is essential viewing for every business owner. I haven’t seen the top and bottom talks, so instead of writing a lengthy comment I’m off to watch them now before the kids get home!! Thanks for compiling the short list Donna! 

    • http://www.sociallysorted.com.au Donna Moritz

      Oh that would be so hard to stop watching at 8 minutes ha ha – yes I was so glad when I heard you were playing this in your seminars – awesome stuff! I am yet to read his book but it is next on the list! I watched A stroke of Insight again today – amazing. Let me know what you thought of Sir Ken – I love his message and think about it often re my kids!

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