7 Ted Talks That Will Change Your Life

Ted Talks is a non-profit organisation that aims to broadcast ideas through short, powerful talks. On Ted.com, you can find a range of diverse topics from ‘schools killing creativity’ to ‘underwater astonishments’. Each and every talk is both thought-provoking and insightful. Many great leaders and brilliant thinkers have used the platform to share their ideas and knowledge. If you are feeling uninspired, then I urge you to take the time to watch just one of the hundreds of video available for free. Here are seven videos that I thoroughly enjoyed. 

1.       Looks aren’t everything. Believe me, I’m a model. 

Cameron Russell is a tall, beautiful underwear model. In her talk she admits that she won the ‘genetic lottery’ but she also asks that you don’t judge her by her looks.

 ‘Image is powerful, but also, image is superficial.’

2.      My invention that made peace with lions

Richard Turere is a young man from Kenya that invented a solar-powered light that protects his family’s cattle from lion attacks.

‘So one year ago, I was just a boy in the savanna grassland herding my father's cows, and I used to see planes flying over, and I told myself that one day, I'll be there inside. And here I am today.’

3.      How to live before you die

At his Stanford University commencement speech, Steve Jobs, CEO and co-founder of Apple and Pixar, gives one of the most motivating and inspiring speeches I have ever watched.

‘Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did.

4.      How your body language shapes who you are

Amy Cuddy is a social pathologist who shares her insight into how our posture affects our confidence. “Power posing” can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain.

 ‘Fake it till you become it.’

5.      Why 30 is not the new 20

Clinical psychologist, Meg Jay, talks about the challenges that many twentysomethings encounter during what is supposed to be the most transformative and defining period of their adult lives.

We know that 80 percent of life's most defining moments take place by age 35. That means that eight out of 10 of the decisions and experiences and "Aha!" moments that make your life what it is will have happened by your mid-30s.’

6.     How to speak so that people want to listen

Julian treasure is a sound expert that demonstrates a useful guide to powerful speaking.

What would the world be like if we were speaking powerfully to people who were listening consciously in environments which were actually fit for purpose?’

7.      Connected, but alone?

Sherry Turkle shows how mobile devices and online personas are redefining human interaction and connection.

Texting, email, posting, all of these things let us present the self as we want to be.’