TED talks are amazing. I mean life-changingly amazing. Landing a spot to do a TED talk means that your life will literally never be the same again. A talk can receive millions of views and inspire you for the rest of your life. All this – and yet it’s for ordinary people who look at life in a different way. These aren’t all celebrities or well-known figures. You won’t have heard of some of these women – but it’s likely that you’ll never forget them!
I often refer my coaching clients to some of these talks as they are remarkable and enriching. They will cheer your soul, expand your beliefs and leave you feeling warm and empowered.
The 8 talks I’ve picked out below are my absolute favourites – and most of them appear in TEDs own list of the top 25 talks of all time. Go, ladies!! To find out more about the speaker, click their name and to watch their talk, click the title.
Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.
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.
On any given day we’re lied to from 10 to 200 times, and the clues to detect those lie can be subtle and counter-intuitive. Pamela Meyer, the author of Liespotting, shows the manners and “hotspots” used by those trained to recognize deception — and she argues honesty is a value worth preserving.
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.
Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius. It’s a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.
Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.
Most girls are taught to avoid risk and failure. We’re taught to smile pretty, play it safe, get all A’s. Boys, on the other hand, are taught to play rough, swing high, crawl to the top of the monkey bars and then just jump off head first. In other words, we’re raising our girls to be perfect, and we’re raising our boys to be brave.
Our judgment is strongly influenced, unconsciously, by which side we want to win. And this is ubiquitous. This shapes how we think about our health, our relationships, how we decide how to vote, what we consider fair or ethical. Julia discusses how unconscious it is this mindset is and how we can think we’re being objective and fair-minded and yet still wind up ruining the life of an innocent man.
Take some time out to watch some of these.
They’re all under 15 minutes long so schedule them in on your lunch break. Be inspired and empowered – and come and share your thoughts and feelings about them over on our FB page.