ted talks

When I first found TED, I knew I’d found something special.

If you’ve never heard of TED, they are short, 18 minute, speeches on some of the most interesting topics from some of the most engaging speakers you will ever listen to. 

The speeches range from technology to inspiration and business and everything in between and each one leaves you with endless thoughts to ponder and usually (showing off my geeky side!) an Evernote page full of notes and ideas! 

You will finish listening and want to tell everyone you know.  I suppose that’s what has made TED so successful; the fact that every single talk makes you feel like you can go out and kick some tail in your life.

To finish out 2015, I thought there were some TED talks that you need to see.  Maybe you are gearing up big for 2016, or maybe you are simply taking some time to reflect on 2015, either way these talks will inspire you further and perhaps change your outlook on what is possible for you.


Here are some of my favorite TED talks that I think you should listen to before the New Year!

Courage is to tell the story of who you are, with your whole heart. Brene Brown is a researcher…. a shame researcher.  She is hilarious and amazing and will make you think.  She’s got some great books and a free online course on The Anatomy of Trust.

And then there is Glennon Doyle Melton.  I love her and her openness, sharing her truth.  She doesn’t care about being seen as messy, because that’s real life. A recovering drug addict, bulimic and hot mess, she is now a truth teller and hope spreader.  You can check out her blog Momastery or read her book, which is hilarious and real, just like Glennon. 

I love this talk by Scott Dinsmore.  He started a movement of people all over the world who he inspired to do the work that they couldn’t not do.  In this talk he encourages you to get busy doing what matters to you.   I saw this talk and joined the movement.  I was so was incredibly sad to hear of Scott’s passing this past summer after an accident climbing Mount Kilimanjaro at just 33 years old.  It makes the talk even more important.  Life is a vapor, there is no time to waste.  Get to work doing what matters to you.

Hey I know this guy!  Randy Wilhelm is a friend and amazing advocate for kids.  In this talk, he uses s’mores as the perfect example of how to not only teach kids, but how to share the ‘hope of knowing’ with kids.  A talk every teacher and parent should listen to.

You may have heard of Simon Sinek.  He is the author of Start With Why and in this talk explains how great leaders inspire action.  He explains why some organizations inspire and some… don’t.  What makes the difference?

You may know Elizabeth Gilbert as the author of Eat, Pray, Love.  In this TED talk she talks about doing your life’s creative work even if you are afraid.  

This talk fascinated me!   Jill Bolte Taylor is a brain researcher and tells the story about how her stroke helped her do research on her own brain while she went through this experience.  Surprisingly inspiring, this TED talk is a must listen.

I’ll finish out my list with Shawn Achor. I’ve read several of his books and they are great and this talk did not disappoint!  Listen in and hear how to really know happiness and what it means for your life!

There are so many great TED talks that inspire and motivate me, but these are some of the talks that have stood out as having had an impact on me this year. What about you- what TED talks do you love?  I’d love to hear what I may be missing!







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