I’ll be away traveling and speaking for the rest of the month, so it seems like a good time to take a bit of a holiday from my blog (a blogiday?). I’ll be back in November.

So for your delectation in my absence, here are a few of my favourite TED Talks. Enjoy!

Brene Brown
Brene Brown

Brené Brown: The Power of Vulnerability. The powerful and self-deprecating talk that spawned a book, indeed a movement. Brené studies emotions such as courage, shame and courage, and why we need them.

Jill Bolte Taylor: My Stroke of Insight. A brain scientist gets a unique opportunity to study the brain – her own brain – when she suffers a massive stroke. Her blow-by-blow account of the experience is surprisingly funny.

Amy Cuddy: Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are. How you can use the feedback from body to brain to boost your confidence. Invaluable advice for public speakers and anybody else facing a nerve-wracking situation – especially women, who usually don’t get the chance to use this “unladylike” body language.

Nancy Duarte: The Secret Structure of Great Talks. Fabulous information for anybody who wants to maximise the impact of their public speaking. The book is great too.

Thandie Newton
Thandie Newton

Thandie Newton: Embracing Otherness, Embracing Myself. A poignant and self-reflective story of a mixed race actress who struggled to be herself. Wonderful, sweet stuff.

Janine Shepherd: A Broken Body Isn’t A Broken Person. An incredible and inspiring story of resilience after a life-changing accident robbed Janine of her chance at an Olympic medal.

Shaun Achor: The Happy Secret to Better Work. In all honesty, I can’t really remember what he says about work, but I can remember all the jokes. One of the funniest TED talks ever!

Ash Beckham: We’re All Hiding Something. Let’s Find the Courage to Open Up. A memorable, feisty talk about finding the courage to come out of the closet, and how we all have our “closets”.

David Eagleman: Can We Create New Senses For Humans? A neuroscientist presents an astonishing new device that translates sensory signals into a different medium to replace or augment missing senses. Astonishing!

Graham Hill: Less Stuff, More Happiness. The founder of Treehugger speaks out in praise of minimalism and the “edited life”.

Rory Sutherland: Life Lessons from an Ad Man. Rory blows the whistle on the advertising industry. A fascinating psychological insight into the way we see something being more important than the thing itself.

Benjamin Zander
Benjamin Zander

Barry Schwartz: The Paradox of Choice. Surprising truths about choice actually not making us happier or more free.

Benjamin Zander: The Transformative Power of Classical Music. A conductor educates us on how to listen meaningfully to classical music, and provides a lot of laughs along the way.

Derek Sivers: How to Start a Movement. In 3 minutes. Very funny and insightful.


I know there are a load more great talks that I haven’t included here. Maybe you’ve done one? (Oh, hang on, I have! Here’s mine.) Please post a link to yours or your favourites and share the love!



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