Best Ted Talks to Watch

Ryan Bhandari |

TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) talks are fun. They cover a wide variety of topics, from education reform, gender and race issues, and even existential questions. Speakers are generally given 18 minutes to present their idea in the most creative and entertaining way they can think of.

Because of the broad scope of guidance relating to TED Talks, they aren’t always coherent and informative like we would hope, but there are certainly plenty of gems if you know where to look. So, if you are going to peruse the offerings that TED Talk has, then I recommend you watch one the following videos:

Stephen Hawking: Questioning the Universe

In this video, Stephen Hawking asks and tries to answer the big questions about the universe. How did the universe begin? How did life begin? Are we alone in the universe This short ten-minute video is interesting to see, purely because you’re watching Stephen Hawking explain the universe, and there are few things cooler than that.

Ken Robinson: Do Schools Kill Creativity?

In this video, Sir Ken Robinson, an international author, speaker, and adviser on education advocates for reforming the education system to focus on creativity, instead of undermining it.

Reggie Watts Disorients You in the Most Entertaining Way

This video is bizarre. Musician and comedian Reggie Watts talks at you in different languages, accents, beat boxes, sing, and does pretty much everything else in between during the duration of this Ted Talk. It’ll leave you thinking “What?” But you’ll have a smile on your face…maybe.

Simon Sinek: How Great Leaders Inspire Action

In this Ted Talk, Simon Sinek presents a powerful model called the “golden circle” to explain why certain organizations and leaders can inspire people, while others cannot. He uses Apple, Inc. (AAPL) , Martin Luther King Jr., and the Wright Brothers to make his point.

John Wooden: The Difference Between Winning and Succeeding

In this Ted Talk, John Wooden, perhaps the greatest coach in all of sports, talks about his own definition of success and urges everyone to pursue their best self. His definition of success is peace of mind and self-satisfaction in knowing that you did the best you could do to improve the situation that exists for you. 

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