10 Remarkable TED Talks That Will Change Your Life

There have been some insanely deep, impactful, life-altering insights shared at the hundreds of TED Talks that have taken place since the first conference in 1984. Here are 10 of the most inspiring presentations that have influenced countless people over the years.

1. 1. Simon Sinek: Start With Why

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While it may sound like an obvious concept on the surface, there are many business owners and working processionals who have no idea why they’re really in business. They may understand what they’re doing, they may understand how they’re doing it, and they certainly know the results of their business activity, but never dug quite deep enough to understand WHY they’re doing what they’re doing. If you haven’t evaluated this for yourself yet – take a few minutes to hear Simon Sinek explain this concept.

2. 2. Derek Sivers: How to Start a Movement

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There have been thousands of books and articles written about the subject of Leadership, but when you boil it all down, it’s a pretty simple concept. Derek Sivers gives a fantastic and to-the-point overview (with a powerful, real world example) of how to lead… and even more importantly, the importance of followers.

3. 3. Julian Treasure: How to Speak so that People Want to Listen

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Being heard and understood is something all humans deeply desire. The good news is - there is a fairly simple framework we can all follow to connect with others and have our voices heard. Julian Treasure gives a brilliant explanation of how we can make our communication infinitely more effective by making it easier for others to hear what we have to say.

4. 4. Kathryn Schulz: On Being Wrong

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Most of us will do anything to avoid being wrong. But what if we’re wrong about that? “Wrongologist” Kathryn Schulz makes a compelling case for not just admitting but embracing our fallibility.

5. 5. Tony Robbins: Why We Do What We Do

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Tony Robbins discusses the “invisible forces” that motivate everyone’s actions.

6. 6. Pamela Meyer: How to Spot a Liar

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On any given day we’re lied to from 10 to 200 times, and the clues to detect those lie can be subtle and counter-intuitive. Pamela Meyer, author of Liespotting, shows the manners and “hotspots” used by those trained to recognize deception — and she argues honesty is a value worth preserving.

7. 7. Brené Brown: The Power of Vulnerability

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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. A talk to share.

8. 8. Dan Pink: The Puzzle of Motivation

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Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don’t: Traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories — and maybe, a way forward.

9. 9. Susan Cain: The Power of Introverts

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In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated.

10. 10. Dan Gilbert: The Surprising Science of Happiness

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Dan Gilbert, author of “Stumbling on Happiness,” challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Our “psychological immune system” lets us feel truly happy even when things don’t go as planned.

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