The annual TED conference is a veritable goldmine of inspiration and knowledge. Each year, people from all over the world come together to exchange “ideas worth spreading,” and we get to reap all the benefits from the comfort of our living room couch for free.
We’re huge fans.
TED Talks are always enjoyable, but some stand tall above the rest. Here are five of our favorite top TED Talks and what we love about them.
1. Amy Cuddy – Your body language may shape who you are
What we love about it: We’ve known for a while that our body language can affect other people. But can our body language affect our own thoughts and behaviors? Not only does Amy Cuddy think so, she has a simple trick to make you feel more confident in as little as two minutes.
2. Brené Brown – The power of vulnerability
What we love about it: We all want to feel loved and connected to people. We crave a sense of belonging. But how do we make those connections? How do we learn to feel like we belong? And what can we do if we feel like we aren’t worthy of belonging? Researcher-storyteller Brené Brown explains her discoveries on connection, shame, and the awesome power of allowing yourself to be vulnerable.
3. Julian Treasure – How to speak so that people want to listen
What we love about it: Why don’t people listen to us? How can we communicate in ways that make people want to listen? In just under ten minutes, sound expert Julian Treasure teaches us to avoid the seven deadly sins of speaking, how to communicate with care, and the importance of warming up before giving a talk.
4. Dan Pink – The puzzle of motivation
What we love about it: There is a mismatch between what science knows and what business does when it comes to motivating people. Dan Pink is the first to admit he’s no lawyer, but he dusts off his law school skills to make a case for intrinsic motivation.
5. Robert Waldinger – What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness
What we love about it: If you asked anybody what they truly wanted out of life, they’d probably answer happiness. We all want a life filled with happiness. But what actually makes us happy? A 75-year Harvard study on adult development reveals three important lessons on health and happiness throughout life.
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