How can a 15-minute talk change your life? TED talks have been around since 1984 to form a global community with the passion for ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately the world. So here are the 5 most popular TED talks with the power to change you for the better.
1. Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?
In his talk creativity expert Ken Robinson challenges the way in which children are educated nowadays. He thrives for a radical imagination of the school system to acknowledge many different types of intelligence and not just a mainstream one. His main case is for creating education which nurtures rather than undermines creativity.
2. Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action
Leadership expert and author Simon Sinek explorers how leaders can inspire cooperation, trust and change. The talk that has almost 24 million views is highly recommended to every aspiring leader. With the examples of Apple, Martin Luther King and the Wright Brothers he presents a powerful model for inspiring rather than oppressive leadership.
3. Brene Bown: The power of vulnerability
Brene Brown is a vulnerability researcher who studies human connection and specializes in our ability to sympathize, belong and love. In her talk she shares her research insights about understanding what it means to be human in an inhumane world. A talk for the ages.
4. Toni Robbins: Why we do what we do
Have you ever wondered why you go to work or why you are sitting at your desk all day? The pioneering life coach and leadership psychology expert, Toni Robbins explores why we do what we do, what our hidden motivations are and what are the ‘invisible forces’ in our lives. Identifying these can help us get to know ourselves and our career prospects better while understanding others as well.
5. Susan Cain: The power of introverts
Susan Cain calls herself a ‘quiet revolutionary’ and believes that introverts bring outstanding talents and abilities to the world that should be recognized and celebrated. She dismisses today’s culture where only the outgoing and assertive people are cherished and reminds us of the value of people who are last to talk but have more to say.
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