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Top Ten TED Talks

Stacy Taubman


First, I have to admit that I may be addicted to TED talks.  My friends make fun of me because I seem to find a way to work them into almost any conversation...DORK :).  However, so many of the talks have resonated with me in such a big way!

Let me back up. After many blank stares when I mention TED talks, I have learned that many people don't know what a TED talk is.  According to their website:

"TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world."

Below, in no particular order, are my Top Ten Favorite Ted Talks.  All of them are either inspiring, uplifting or thought provoking.  I know we are all short on time, but I highly encourage you to watch these.  Suggestion: I find the time by watching them when I clean.  I personally HATE cleaning and it serves as a great distraction :)

1.  Ric Elias:

3 Things I Learned While My Plane Crashed

"Ric Elias had a front-row seat on Flight 1549, the plane that crash-landed in the Hudson River in New York in January 2009. What went through his mind as the doomed plane went down? At TED, he tells his story publicly for the first time."

2.  Janine Shepard:

A Broken Body Isn't a Broken Person

 "Cross-country skier Janine Shepherd hoped for an Olympic medal -- until she was hit by a truck during a training bike ride. She shares a powerful story about the human potential for recovery. Her message: you are not your body, and giving up old dreams can allow new ones to soar."

3. Sheryl Sandberg:

Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders

"Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg looks at why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions -- and offers 3 powerful pieces of advice to women aiming for the C-suite."

4.  Scott Dinsmore:

How to Find and Do Work You Love

"Scott Dinsmore's mission is to change the world by helping people find what excites them and build a career around the work only they are capable of doing. He is a career change strategist whose demoralizing experience at a Fortune 500 job launched his quest to understand why 80% of adults hate the work they do, and more importantly, to identify what the other 20% were doing differently. His research led to experiences with thousands of employees and entrepreneurs from 158 countries. Scott distilled the results down to his Passionate Work Framework - three surprisingly simple practices for finding and doing work you love, that all happen to be completely within our control. He makes his career tools available free to the public through his community at"

5. and 6.  Brené Brown:

The Power of Vulnerability

"Brené Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity."

Listening to Shame

"Shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior. Brené Brown, whose earlier talk on vulnerability became a viral hit, explores what can happen when people confront their shame head-on. Her own humor, humanity and vulnerability shine through every word."

7. Chris Guillebeau:

Fear and Permission

"Chris Guillebeau travels the world and writes for a small army of remarkable people at This talk is about crocodiles, killer whales, writing your own permission slip, and changing the world."

8. Aimee Mullins:

The Opportunity of Adversity

"The thesaurus might equate "disabled" with synonyms like "useless" and "mutilated," but ground-breaking runner Aimee Mullins is out to redefine the word. Defying these associations, she shows how adversity -- in her case, being born without shinbones -- actually opens the door for human potential."

9. Neil Pasricha:

The 3 A's of Awesome

"Neil Pasricha's blog 1000 Awesome Things savors life's simple pleasures, from free refills to clean sheets. In this heartfelt talk, he reveals the 3 secrets (all starting with A) to leading a life that's truly awesome."

10. Tony Robbins:

Why We Do What We Do

"Tony Robbins discusses the "invisible forces" that motivate everyone's actions -- and high-fives Al Gore in the front row."

In the comments below I would love to hear which one was your favorite? Is there one I left off that you love?

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