If you’re a TED fan like me, you’ve probably watched a whole lot of the compelling talks by now.
If you don’t know what TED is, no problem. I’m honored to be the first to introduce you and I hope you become a fan as TED is an amazing resource for brilliant ideas, endless inspiration, and all kinds of golden nuggets to improve your life.
TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.
For the purpose of this article, I went through all of the TED talks that I’ve seen over the years and pulled out the 5 greatest that could benefit my audience.
So without further ado:
The 5 Greatest TED Talks, According to Nitch:
1) Amy Cuddy: Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are:
Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.
I found body language to be so valuable that I wrote an eBook on the subject. You get that eBook for free by subscribing to the site. You should watch this video and then subscribe to KYLENITCH.COM to get your free copy and never miss an update.
2) Derek Sivers: Keep Your Goals to Yourself
I really wish more people would watch this. The big lesson I took away is that if you have big goals and plans for your life, just shut up and put in the work.
Basically, if you want to accomplish something that will change the way people look at you, don’t tell them about your plans. First off, announcing will give you all the ego-stroking without doing anything, making it less likely that you’ll actually get off your butt and do it.
Second — but he doesn’t say this — people around you will resist seeing you differently, and subtly or not so subtly sabotage your plans for self-improvement.
3) Peter Diamandis: Abundance is Our Future
Peter Diamandis is the author of one of my favorite life changing books – BOLD. Peter talks about how great our world actually is right now, despite what you might see on the news. There is actually no better time to be alive and in business than right NOW.
Peter makes a case for optimism — that we’ll invent, innovate and create ways to solve the challenges that loom over us.
4) Simon Sinek: Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe
What makes a great leader? Management theorist Simon Sinek suggests, it’s someone who makes their employees feel secure, who draws staffers into a circle of trust. But creating trust and safety — especially in an uneven economy — means taking on big responsibility.
5) Tony Robbins: Why We Do What We Do
Tony Robbins discusses the “invisible forces” that motivate everyone’s actions. Emotion is the force of life. We have the ability to do things beyond ourselves. Tony Robbins explains more of this idea in his talk.
These are some of my favorite TED talks. I hope you invest the time in yourself to watch them, take notes. and improve your mind. Tell me which one is your favorite and why.
Also, what are your favorite TED talks? Let me know in the comments.