Saturday, May 25, 2013

Top Ten TED Talks of ALL TIME

As I walk around the streets of Canada, people are constantly stopping me to ask about my favourite TED Talks.* The masses want to know and I am not one to disappoint my fans.

So here they are, my top ten TED talks. Check out the list after the jump!

*to ask for directions.

10. Dan Ariely - Our Buggy Moral Code
An engaging and humorous talk about the predictable irrationality of humans; certain situations convince us to act immorally, while others encourage us to stick to our principles. I like this talk especially for Ariely's closing argument that we should be critical of our own intuitions and test them whenever possible (reminds me of Seth Mnookin's excellent book "The Panic Virus").

9. Rufus Griscom & Alisa Volkman - Let's Talk Parenting Taboos
A wonderfully charismatic couple takes on four things that nobody tells you about having children. Their chemistry and timing make this a very entertaining talk, whether you're in the parenting game or well outside of it.

8. Jill Bolte Taylor - Stroke of Insight
A BRAIN SCIENTIST NARRATES HER OWN STROKE. Also, bonus points for the incredible title. This is a TED classic and for good reason.

7. Ric Elias - Three Things I Learned While My Plane Crashed
This talk really doesn't get enough play. It's short, but packs a punch, as Elias takes you through his last thoughts as he confronted his own death (SPOILER ALERT: he survived). I watched this one awhile ago, but his words have stuck with me: "I regretted the time I wasted on things that did not matter with people that matter...I no longer try to be right; I choose to be happy."

6. Chris Kidd - Designing Books is No Laughing Matter. OK, it is. 
I really have no interest in book cover design, but Kidd's personality makes this talk crazily entertaining. He's what would happen if Seth Rudetsky dressed up in a Warblers' blazer, put on Harry Potter glasses that were missing one arm, and did stand up...about book covers. If you're not convinced by what takes place in the first 23 seconds, I have nothing else to say to you.

5. Amy Cuddy - Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are
How you sit for the two minutes BEFORE you walk into a job interview can impact your chances of success. Cuddy's "power poses" are, in my opinion, revolutionary.

4. 3. 2. Sir Ken Robinson - Do Schools Kill Creativity?; Bring on the Learning Revolution!; How to Escape Education's Death Valley
I may have cheated slightly here, but there's really no way to rank Robinson's sensational and legendary talks. Each one is equally hilarious and insightful. Britain's greatest export for sure.


1. Shawn Anchor - The Happy Secret to Better Work 
An incredibly underrated talk and far and away my all time favourite. Anchor is an exceptionally funny and clever speaker with a profound message about positive psychology. The way we judge success and happiness is backwards, says Anchor. Instead of expecting our happiness to come with our success, which in effect just makes it a goal we never reach, being happy in the present actually increases the likelihood for success in the future. Anchor offers ways to promote positive thinking, but the amount of hilarious one liners in his talk is bound to increase your happiness in just twelve minutes.

1 comment:

Lynne Lurie said...

Thanks for directing me...have downloaded them all