TED talks are short form videos from some of the most intelligent and engaging speakers on the planet.
Originally they only covered the topics of Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED), but now a TED talk can cover virtually any topic that resonates with potential viewers.
With well over a billion views, there is no doubt to the popularity and influential reach of the lecture styled video series. We’ve chosen our top 5 TED Talks of all time to narrow down a great starting point if you are just discovering the magic of TED.
Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?
Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.
Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action
Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership — starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers.
Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative genius
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.
Tony Robbins: Why we do what we do
Tony Robbins discusses the “invisible forces” that motivate everyone’s actions — and high-fives Al Gore in the front row.
Susan Cain: The power of introverts
In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated.