Oh boy, do we love a TED talk. Whether you need some inspiration, motivation or just a hearty laugh, there is very little uncle TED is not good for.
Founded in 1984 as a one-off event in California, there are now over 1400 TED talks available online - that's about 350 hours of content. And if you haven’t watched a TED before that may seem a little overwhelming…
So we thought we would simplify things by bringing you 10 TED talks that could change your life.
Just a word of warning before we kick off. If you still have a pile of work to do on this Hump Day, do not to start watching. As once you do, a TED-hole is pretty much guaranteed.
1. Seth Godin, The Tribes We Lead: Author of 17 books and possibly the worlds most famous blog, Seth Godin is a marketing mastermind and pretty big thinker on just about any topic. His talk on the concept of Tribes is a must for anyone who’s trying to grow their network, make a change or you know - save the world.
2. Eve Ensler, Embrace Your Inner Girl: Very emotional talk from the activist and playwright behind The Vagina Monologues on why “being a girl is so powerful that we have had to train people to turn against it”. Why the world needs to re-embrace the Girl Cell - the home of balance, wisdom, compassion. Get ready to cry.
3. Sir Ken Robinson, How Schools Kills Creativity. Truly one of the greatest TED’s. And it seems 27 million people think so too. This talk on why we need to encourage kids to embrace creativity includes some great lessons on doing what you love and it’s also a bloody good laugh.
4. Sheryl Sandberg, Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders: This 2010 talk launched the Lean In revolution and made the Facebook COO a household name. You may not agree with everything Sheryl says - but you do have to watch it.
5. Simon Sinek, How Great Leaders Inspire Action: Essential thinking for your career. “People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it”. Sinek will make you think hard about why you are really doing what you’re doing.
6. Sarah Lewis, Embrace The Near Win: Totally encapsulating one of Naked Ambition’s favourite sayings ‘Get Perfect In Public’ this talk explores what actually gets us to convert success into mastery. Why we have enjoy our ‘near wins’ and get our work out there, even when it might not be our very best. Because it’s the only way we will grow.
7. Brene Brown, The Power of Vulnerability: Another of TED’s most popular outputs. This funny and clever talk on how learning to embrace our vulnerabilities and imperfections can make us stronger and happier is a gem. And so is the speaker Brene Brown.
8. Tracey Spicer, The Lady Stripped Bare: Journo Tracey Spicer asks us to re-think how much time we spend grooming ourselves in this Southbank TEDX talk. She de-constructs the importance society places on physical appearance for women and quite literally strips back the layers on stage!
9. Elizabeth Gilbert, Your Elusive Creative Genius: Awesome talk for when you are looking for some creative inspiration or feeling ‘blocked’ in work & life. From the author of Eat, Pray, Love.
10. Susan Cain, The Power of Introverts: If you are tired of constantly being told that you need to speak up and stand out - then this is the TED for you. Celebrating the extraordinary talents of introverts and the beauty of contemplation - this just had to made the Top
And of course, if you're a fan of this format, you are going to love our BOLDTalks Woman event on the evening of November 27.
Five female speakers from five different disciplines - all of them big time game changes and risk takers in their own right.
We’ll be giving all Naked subscribers a sneak peak at our our awesome speaker line up very soon….
What are your favourite TEDTalks. Let us know who you would have added to the Top Ten.