Quoting Britney … “Oops I did it again”. Just like with my previous posts in the “10 remarkable …” series, I got myself in a tough situation. Choosing 10 remarkable TED Talks you should watch out of the over 900 remarkable presentations in the TED archives was a big challenge.
Yes, you will notice that I did not include the “most viewed” or “most popular” presentations, including some of my favorite TED Talks, such as Sir Ken Robinson’s classic “Do schools kill creativity?” talk, or Jill Bolte Taylor’s powerful “How it feels to have a stroke“. The reason is simple. If you are a fan of TED, chances are that you have already watched them, so instead here you have other 10 remarkable presentations that may not have millions of views (yet) but that are most definitely full of extremely valuable insights.
Note 1: The list is not organized in order of importance. Each presentation focuses on different topics and each is remarkable on its own way.
Note 2: In some of my previous posts I have already included many remarkable TED Talks. As I did not wanted to repeat any of the presentations previously shared on this blog, all the Talks listed below have not been shared previously here. You are more than welcome to check out those other remarkable TED and TEDx Talks.
1. Morgan Spurlock: The greatest TED Talk ever sold
Morgan Spurlock dives into the hidden but influential world of brand marketing, on his quest to make a completely sponsored film about sponsorship. And yes, this talk was sponsored too.
2. Benjamin Zander: Classical music with shining eyes
Benjamin Zander has two infectious passions: classical music, and helping us all realize our untapped love for it — and by extension, our untapped love for all new possibilities, new experiences, new connections.
3. Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action
Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?”
4. Alain de Botton: A kinder, gentler philosophy of success
Alain de Botton examines our ideas of success and failure — and questions the assumptions underlying these two judgments. Is success always earned? Is failure? He makes an eloquent, witty case to move beyond snobbery to find true pleasure in our work.
5. Rory Sutherland: Life lessons from an ad man
Advertising adds value to a product by changing our perception, rather than the product itself. Rory Sutherland makes the daring assertion that a change in perceived value can be just as satisfying as what we consider real value — and his conclusion has interesting consequences for how we look at life.
6. 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 hows how adversity — in her case, being born without shinbones — actually opens the door for human potential.
7. Seth Godin: Sliced bread and other marketing delights
In a world of too many options and too little time, our obvious choice is to just ignore the ordinary stuff. Marketing guru Seth Godin spells out why, when it comes to getting our attention, bad or bizarre ideas are more successful than boring ones.
8. Dan Pink: The surprising science of motivation
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. Mark Bezos: A life lesson from a volunteer firefighter
Volunteer firefighter Mark Bezos tells a story of an act of heroism that didn’t go quite as expected — but that taught him a big lesson: Don’t wait to be a hero.
10. The LXD: In the Internet age, dance evolves …
The LXD (the Legion of Extraordinary Dancers) electrify the TED2010 stage with an emerging global street-dance culture, revved up by the Internet. In a preview of Jon Chus upcoming Web series, this astonishing troupe show off their superpowers.
Do you have any favorite TED Talks?. If you do, please go ahead and share them with us in the comments below!