Here at Trendjackers, we love TED Talks because we love learning. Having years of research and knowledge condensed into a 20 minute, often humorous talk is incredibly convenient, and that’s why we’ve decided to list our Top 10 TED Talks of all time. Sit back, relax, and absorb these fantastic talks that could very well change your life!
SHAWN ACHOR – THE HAPPY SECRET TO BETTER WORK
Does working hard result in happiness? According to psychologist Shawn Achor, we have been thinking about happiness and how to obtain it backwards. In his highly engaging and humorous talk, Shawn explains how harnessing happiness is actually a means to being more productive.
CLIFFORD STOLL – THE CALL TO LEARN
Clifford delivers a crazy, entertaining, hilarious and captivating talk that doesn’t cover a particular subject. Instead, he uses various anecdotes, observations and even a small science experiment. In his own words, he is a scientist and once he has done something once, he wants to do something else.
SIMON SINEK – HOW GREAT LEADERS INSPIRE ACTION
Leadership expert Simon Sinek delivers a highly thought provoking TED Talk about how some of the most successful leaders such as the Wright Brothers and Apple, inspired (and continue to inspire) action with the revolutionary way in which they sell their ideas.
DAN PINK – THE PUZZLE OF MOTIVATION
Think you understand motivation and how it works? Regardless of your answer to that question, this TED Talk by career analyst Dan Pink will prove to be highly insightful and beneficial, especially if your job involves managing other people.
TIM URBAN – INSIDE THE MIND OF A MASTER PROCRASTINATOR
In quite possibly the funniest TED Talk I’ve ever watched, blogger Tim Urban humorously demonstrates how the mind of a procrastinator works (spoiler: that’s all of us!). Tim finishes his talk by saying that we need to think about what we’re procrastinating on as life is too short to perpetually delay important actions.
SETH GODIN – HOW TO GET YOUR IDEAS TO SPREAD
In a world of increasing options and diminishing time, American entrepreneur Seth Godin puts across a hypothesis that people deal with the increasing distractions by simply ignoring the ordinary stuff and choosing to focus on the most spectacular options. This point has been expanded upon in his 2003 best seller, The Purple Cow.
RORY SUTHERLAND – LIFE LESSONS FROM AN AD MAN
Advertising guru Rory Sutherland makes a bold point about how advertising adds value to a product by altering our perception instead of the product itself. What’s more interesting is the evidence that Rory provides to demonstrate that perceived value can be just as satisfying as real value.
BRENE BROWN – THE POWER OF VULNERABILITY
Brené Brown is a vulnerability researcher that has spent many years doing just that; researching vulnerability. In her highly compelling, funny and educational talk, Brené highlights the idea that to be happy, we need to embrace vulnerability.
MEG JAY – WHY 30 IS NOT THE NEW 20
In this modern era, people in their 20s have been gradually warmed up to the idea that you do in this period doesn’t matter as much as your 30s or even 40s. Clinical psychologist Meg Jay says otherwise in her bold TED Talk.
ELON MUSK – THE MIND BEHIND TESLA, SPACEX AND SOLARCITY
In this slightly different TED Talk, Elon Musk sits down with TED curator Chris Anderson to talk about Elon’s various & current business ventures. Whether it’s the innovative renewable energy solution of SolarCity, the environmentally friendly creations of Tesla, or the groundbreaking and inspiring advancements towards interplanetary travel and colonisation with SpaceX, Elon has and is making some incredible moves towards bettering the human race.