Sometimes it is necessary to take a break from study and enjoy other things you like, for example, watching TED Talk. It will not only give you a motivational boost but also broaden your erudition. TED Talks are a good way to learn how to present your ideas while inspiring people around the world. Here you can find videos from several expert speakers on a variety of topics. Some of them are the most popular TED Talks in the history of this conference.
Simon Sinek – How great leaders inspire actions
Simon Sinek is a motivational speaker, successful writer, and author of the “golden circle” concept that describes a simple but working model of leadership. Starting with the question “Why”, Sinek presents his discovery that elegantly explains why some leaders and organizations are able to inspire us, while others are not. The main idea of his concept can be formulated in one sentence: “People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it ”. 44 million people have already watched Simon’s TED Talk. Come and watch it too!
Clayton Christensen – How will you measure your life?
Clayton Christensen was a business consultant and professor of Harvard Business school, best known for his theory of “disruptive innovations”. In both 2011 and 2013, Christensen was ranked number 1 in the Thinkers 50. During this TED Talk, he encourages people to think about a strategy of their lives, delicately comparing it with short- and long-term strategies of organizations. Christensen claims that fast progress in a career is not going to be a measure of our lives, but what is then?
Robert Waldinger – What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness
Robert Waldinger is the Director of a 75-year-old study on adult development, one of the most comprehensive longitudinal studies in history. For 75 years, the study team tracked the lives of 724 men, asking about their careers, families, physical and emotional health. It turns out that neither fame or richness keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life. In this talk, Waldinger shares important lessons that come from this study. Go and check how to build a long life filled with happiness!
Sir Ken Robinson – How to escape education’s death valley
Sir Ken Robinson is a famous orator, writer, education adviser, and one of the most popular speakers in the history of TED Talk. In his funny and stirring talks, he tells us how to transform the education system to unlock (rather than inhibit) creativity. Sir Ken Robinson presents 3 principles that drive human life flourishing and discusses how current education culture works against them. The talk is full of insights that might be applied to your personal study process. Moreover, it is just a brilliant public performance that you can not miss!
Dan Pink – The puzzle of motivation
An author of the world-wide bestseller “Drive”, Dan Pink examines a phenomenon of motivation. He starts with a big mismatch between what science knows about motivation and what business does to motivate people. Pink is convinced that reward systems as the extrinsic motivators work well for many kinds of 20th-century tasks, but not for the 21st-century working environment. This talk can give you some interesting hints about successful strategy implementation.
Martin Reeves – Your strategy needs a strategy
Choosing the right strategy is becoming even more important in the high-competitive business world. Martin Reeves, Chairman of the BCG Henderson Institute, advocates transitioning from relying on a “classical” approach to strategy and moving towards a more tailored approach to planning and execution. He offers the “strategy palette” with five distinct approaches to strategy that helps leaders to match strategy to their business environment and execute it effectively. Reeves’s ideas might also be helpful for your projects or thesis.
In case you want to watch more TED Talks, TED organization regularly posts playlists that covers almost all topics – from science to business to global issues – in more than 100 languages. Good luck in searching for inspiration!