Top 5 Recommended Ted Talks
I love Ted talks. They're a reminder that we can always be learning, that the world is full of beauty and inspiration and jaw-dropping wonder. Occasionally I'll gather a big stack of paper files, log on to Ted.com, press play, and sort or shred papers for hours while I binge on inspiring, funny, touching speakers in 20-minute (or 5-minute) increments. I've found myself recommending a few of them over and over to clients. Here are the top 5, in no particular order (well, except for the first one). Click on the title to link to the talk.
1) Brene` Brown, The Power of Vulnerability. Many friends and colleagues have become "Brene-heads" since hearing this talk, lapping up as many interviews and books as possible to embrace her simple, meaningful message about vulnerability how it's the key to meaningful living. Check out the follow up, "Listening to Shame", too.
2) Amy Cuddy, Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are. In counseling, a recurring theme is that the way we act influences the way we feel, and not vice-versa (as many of us think). This is a powerful illustration of how even the smallest changes in how we hold ourselves can transform our daily experience of life.
3) Shawn Achor: The Happy Secret to Better Work. The opening story alone is worth watching this. The rest is about positive psychology, and how to be a "baby unicorn" in your daily life...
4) Tony Robbins, Why We Do What We Do. I used to roll my eyes every time I thought of this highly-marketed motivational speaker, and frankly I anticipated that this talk would be cheesy... but he really is a master. Several years' worth of Tony Robbins concentrated into 20 minutes.
5) Benjamin Zander, The Transformative Power of Classical Music. I get chills of joy every time I think of this talk-- especially when I think of the last five minutes. He is a master of Paying Attention, bringing awe & beauty into daily life.