There are so many high-quality and inspirational TED Talks. Their content is often amazing, and the speakers are wonderfully clever and charismatic in the way they construct and deliver their talk. When I have a bit of free time I love watching a few TED talks, on all sorts of topics. Once in a while I’ll come across a speech that teaches me something, touches me and sometimes even makes me laugh — really powerful stuff.
Plus these inspirational TED talks are also a gold mine if you’re interested in learning how to make a talk successful. Speakers manage to capture our attention and pique our curiosity such that we want to stay tuned until we hear the conclusion.
So I’ve selected some of the talks that really stood out for me. Each talk will teach you something, inspire you, make you laugh or move you — and sometimes it will do all of the above.
Some of my Favorite Inspirational TED Talks
1. Your body language shapes who you are by Amy Cuddy
Why watch it? Amy Cuddy approaches non verbal language with a different angle. She focuses more specifically on which body positions make us feel powerful and which ones make us feel powerless. And explains how we are influenced by our nonverbal body language. She renders a touching talk by sharing a personal and challenging experience that she’s managed to overcome. This talk has over 44 million views!
2. Do schools kill creativity by Ken Robinson
Why watch it? This talk is funny, witty and oh so true! Using an amazing story to make his point, Ken Robinson makes us take a step back to rethink about the basis of our societies’ school systems. He puts his finger on a problem that I agree is fundamental and should be addressed. Because, as he puts it, how we are brought up shapes who we become and our degree of confidence later in life is greatly influenced by how we have succeeded at school. Interestingly, connections can also be made with most work place environments. As of today this talk has accumulated more than 48 million views!
3. Make Stress Your Friend by Kelly McGonigal
Why watch it? Kelly McGonigal reveals interesting research results about the links that exist between our stress and our health. And since we all deal with stress in our lives, it’s certainly worth knowing in what ways we can best cope with it. As you’ll find out, stress may not be all that bad for you after all.
4. How to stop screwing yourself over by Mel Robbins
Why watch it? This talk certainly scores as the most dynamic I’ve seen! Mel Robbins first shakes you up and then energizes you to have the courage to make change happen in your life to get what you WANT. Specifically blaming what she calls our ‘inner snooze alarm’ — which, as you’ll discover, plays tricks on each of us…
5. Why the best hire might not have the best resume by Regina Hartley
Why watch it? If you’re managing people or are involved in recruiting, this is well worth watching.
6. How to get along with Boomers, GenXers, and Millennials by Dr. Mary Donohue
Why watch it? You’ll definitely be entertained by what you learn here as it reveals what is behind the various generational differences that play out in our work place. A reality we all are a part of to some degree.
7. How we can end sexual harassment at work by Gretchen Carlson
Why watch it? With the #MeToo movement, encouraging millions of women to come forward and speak out about their stories of sexual harassment and abuse. Very often in their workplace. I think the more we communicate about it, the better.
8. 3 lessons on success from an Arab businesswoman by Leila Hoteit
Why watch it? I found it refreshing to hear a very successful Arab woman tell us about her perspective on women in business. Among the valuable advice she shares, she explains how women should learn to “transform shit into fuel”. A concept that could strike a cord with women who sometimes face difficult situations in a man-dominated work environment.
9. The power of vulnerability by Brené Brown
Why watch it? As I mentioned it in my post on What’s the link between happiness and authenticity, this is one that really stood out as an inspirational TED talk for me. It has more than 32 million views.
10. The career advice you probably didn’t get by Susan Colantuono
Why watch it? It raises a point about one specific piece of advice young women often don’t get, and yet can be so important and determinant to get them the promotion they want. If getting to the top is one of your goals, watch this talk!
So if you had to pick YOUR most inspirational TED talks, which would they be? Share in the comment section below!