So, with all of my TEDx talk shenanigans over the last few months I figured it might be useful to share some great examples of TED and TEDx talks with you. A TED or TEDx talk usually takes between 3 and 18 minutes and attempts to convey one key idea which is new, inspiring and informative.
What is the difference between a TED and a TEDx talk then? Well basically, TED talks are officially held a few times a year while TEDx are independent organisers who get a license from TED to organise mini events in their own locale. Now there are lots of great TED and TEDx talks out there so what I’ve done is simply give you some suggestions. Some are already up there as some of the most popular TED talks in history. Others are representatives from Ireland and then there are a few other talks I enjoyed and thought you might too. I am leaving some incredible talks off this list and might include them at a later date. Also most of these are somehow connected to my field rather than being more science or design focused.
First, cheekily, and for the millionth time, here is my own TEDx poem/talk called Mind Control. It deals with mental illness and battling the negative inner voice in your head.
This classic from Ken Robinson is still the most popular TED talk of all time. Hilarious and powerful, you will understand why when you watch.
Amy Cuddy reveals her Harvard research findings explaining how our body language affects our brain chemistry.
Simon Sinek explains the power of WHY for leaders.
Brene Brown shares a terrific talk about letting yourself be vulnerable. A must watch.
Tony Robbins does Tony Robbins in less than twenty minutes with a cameo from Al Gore. Worth watching!
Fascinating talk by Jill Bolte Taylor about revelations that came from her experiencing a stroke.
Daniel Pink, one of the world’s leading experts on motivation, explains the basics of intrinsic motivation.
For anyone who doesn’t classify themselves as an extrovert, this talk helps a lot.
Terrific talk on the core skill of Grit.
If you are interested in Storytelling, this is terrific. One of the guys involved in Toy Story explains some of the most important keys to a great story!
Fascinating and fun exploration of statistics!
My friend and incredible poet Rives and his classic riff on 4 o’clock in the morning. A must watch.
Extremely funny and brilliant speech on becoming happier in the workplace.
Terrific exploration on why we are never as happy as we think we will be.
This is short but a lot of fun. It has stuck with me since. How to dry your hands.
Pat is a very genuine, decent guy. A terrific example of authenticity. You can’t help but like him. In this talk he shares his inspirational story. Highly recommended.
Really nice talk on the importance of remembering some key messages.
Direct, no nonsense talk on being nicer to you!
A great talk on self-confidence and its importance and development.
I was lucky enough to meet Bobbie at this year’s TEDx event in Tallaght. Incredibly talented young lady.
Here is the playlist from the TEDx Tallaght event I spoke at. Some terrific speeches in here.
An extremely popular talk about what our speaking style tells the world about us.
Extremely inspirational story of the importance of a brilliant attitude.
Great talk on achievement by a real life achiever.
Hope you enjoy these suggestions!!! What other talks would you add to the list??