Most Popular TEDx Speakers of 2020
The Power of Vulnerability
Have you wondered why humans crave connection or why everything in the world can seem right again when you are with “your people”? This talk will leave you thinking about the transforming power of being a human being: our ability to empathize, belong, and love.
The Urgency of Intersectionality
Kimberlé Crenshaw, a professor, and a pioneer in critical race theory coined the term intersectionality in 1989 to describe how race, gender, and sexuality biases, when combined, create even more harm. As Black women repeatedly are faced with a double exclusion, this TED talk is more important than ever.
10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation
Many of our jobs hinge on how well we communicate with one another. The fact of the matter is that many of us do not converse well. Seasoned radio host Celest Headlee reveals the ingredients of great conversation in this eye-opening talk.
How Great Leaders Inspire Action
Most meetings cover the details of decisions, but have you ever stopped to ask yourself why the decision was made in the first place? According to Simon Sinek, asking why the secret to leadership is. His simple model inspires leaders to think deeply about purpose. You will never think about why—or leadership—the same way again.
The Surprising Science of Happiness
So, your life may not be the fairy tale you always imagined—but maybe that is okay. Maybe it is even good for you. Dan Gilbert challenges the fairy tale story with the truth that happiness is not found in getting everything we want. You will learn about your powerful inner tool—deemed your “psychological immune system” —which you can utilize to bring true happiness to your life.
Why 30 is NOT the New 20
If you are a 20-something, listen up. Psychologist Meg Jay defines your current decade of life as “the defining decade.” Her research found that the choices you are making right now are laying the foundation for your future in big ways—both personally and professionally. This talk is a wake-up call to 20-somethings everywhere, and it is one you will want to share with friends again and again.
What Makes a Good Life?
What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think its fame and money, you are not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you are mistaken. As the director of a 75-year-old study on adult development, Waldinger has unprecedented access to data on true happiness and satisfaction. In this talk, he shares three important lessons learned from the study as well as some practical, old-as-the-hills wisdom on how to build a fulfilling, long life.
The happy secrete to better work We believe we should work hard in order to be happy, but could we be thinking about things backward? In this fast-moving and very funny talk, psychologist Shawn Anchor argues that happiness inspires us to be more productive.
When your job hinges on how well you talk to people, you learn a lot about how to have conversations — and that most of us do not converse very well. Celeste Headlee has worked as a radio host for decades, and she knows the ingredients of a great conversation: Honesty, brevity, clarity, and a healthy amount of listening. In this insightful talk, she shares 10 useful rules for having better conversations. “Go out, talk to people, listen to people,” she says. “And, most importantly, be prepared to be amazed.”
Depression, the Secret We Share
“The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality, and it was vitality that seemed to seep away from me in that moment.” In a talk equal parts eloquent and devastating, writer Andrew Solomon takes you to the darkest corners of his mind during the years he battled depression. That led him to an eye-opening journey across the world to interview others with depression — only to discover that, to his surprise, the more he talked, the more people wanted to tell their own stories.
The 12-year Old Web Developer
Most 12-year-olds love playing videogames — but Thomas Suarez taught himself how to create them. After developing iPhone apps like “Bustin Jeiber,” a whack-a-mole game, he is now using his skills to help other kids become developers.
Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy argues that “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we do not feel confident — can boost feelings of confidence and might have an impact on our chances for success.
Have you ever felt like you are talking, but nobody is listening? Here’s Julian Treasure to help. In this useful talk, the sound expert demonstrates the how-to’s of powerful speaking — from some handy vocal exercises to tips on how to speak with empathy. A talk that might help the world sound more beautiful.
What Do Video Games Do To Your Brain?
How do fast-paced video games affect the brain? Step into the lab with cognitive researcher Daphne Bavelier to hear surprising news about how video games, even action-packed shooter games, can help us learn, focus and, fascinatingly, multitask.
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