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By Chelsea Thomas
If you haven’t heard of TED Talks, because you don’t have the internet or you’re happy getting all of your life advice from re-reading Tiny Beautiful Things (understood) I’m here to introduce you. Meet TED – a nonprofit organization that promotes idea sharing via short, powerful presentations in global and local conferences. It’s a big deal. It’s like a shot of Vitamin B12 to your mind, heart, and passion center.
However, if you have heard of TED Talks, then you most likely have heard of the big ones – Brené Brown asking us all to give ourselves a simultaneous break when discussing shame and vulnerability; Steve Jobs’ reminding us that failure can lead to amazing things in his commencement speech at Stanford University; or Sarah Kay breaking, rebuilding, and empowering hearts of kids and adults alike in her Talk on Spoken Word Poetry. You’ve seen them, you’ve shared them, you’ve referenced them in conversations, and you know more now because of them.
There are over 2,000 talks online, waiting for you to watch them and grow. Just in case you don’t have time to scan the catacomb of videos during your lunch break, I’ve collected ten TED Talks here that you might not have seen yet, ranging from everything from math to art to butterflies, designed to help you become even better – or at least have incredibly interesting things to discuss at your next interview or pool party.
Watch now for your viewing pleasure and mental expansion.
1. Why We All Need To Practice Emotional First Aid, Guy Winch
2. How Butterflies Self-Medicate, Jaap de Roode
3. Math Is Forever, Eduardo Sáenz de Cabezón
4. The Happy Secret To Better Work, Shawn Anchor
5. Connected, But Alone? Sherry Turkle
6. Driving Dreams To Results, Cyndi Briggs
7. How To Make Hard Choices, Ruth Chang
8. Embrace The Shake, Phil Hansen
9. Are You Human? Ze Frank
10. Less Trust, More Trustworthiness, Baroness Onara O’Neill
Now, go forth in watching, learning, and becoming even better.