15 TED Talks You Should Watch

Inspiration in under 20 minutes.
by Melanie Santiago   |  Jul 2, 2016
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  1. Looks aren't everything, believe I’m a model.

James Cameron opens up about 10 years of being a model and shows how the industry can easily transform how we perceive beauty.

  1. A teen just trying to figure it out.

Tavi Gevinson is editor in chief for the online magazine Rookie and explains how this has become an avenue for teens to explore the concept of feminism and simply, just figuring it out.

  1. The art of being yourself.

Caroline McHugh asks, "Who do you think you are?" and explains the complexities surrounding this question, she explores the idea of tapping into yourself and releasing your potential.

  1. How to make stress your friend.

We're under the assumption that stress can make us more prone to sickness and irritability. Kelly McGonigal shows us how seeing stress in a new light can bring out great potential in us.

  1. Overcoming stage fright.

A simple graphic video that can help you overcome stage fright with a little something called perspective and practice.

  1. The power of saying thank you.

A simple thank you is hard to come by these days; you can do your best and not hear praise or affirmation for your actions. Laura Trice encourages us to ask people to say thank you for what we need which can build better relationships.

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  1. Falling in love is the easy part.

Mandy Len created a study involving 36 questions to let you know someone better; she accounts her experience when she took the test which resulted to being in love. But after 7 months, are they still together?

  1. My year of saying yes to everything.

Shonda Rhimes is the head writer and executive producer for hit TV series such as Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice and Scandal, she explains why saying yes to play gives back life’s hum.

  1. If I should have a daughter.

In this talk, Sarah Kay opens with a powerful poem on what she’ll teach her daughter, her expressions combined with powerful words open a whole new world that is spoken word poetry.

  1. How do you see yourself?

Despite all the emotional and physical challenges that Lizzie Velasquez has encountered in life, her positivity and determination is so heartwarming, it's impossible not to feel the same way.

  1. The power of re-thinking happiness.

What is happiness? Despite popular belief, Kristi Ling disproves the idea that Happiness is a choice or something you find. Instead, she invites everyone to focus on deliberate intention.

  1. Weird or just different?

A quick yet enlightening 2-minute talk from Derek Sivers, who explains how different cultures around the world  show us what we might find normal may be different to others and vice-versa.

  1. The danger of a single story.

We bring with us different stories from our past, our family, our country among many things, Chimamanda Adichie tells us that despite this, a lot of us perceive with a single story.

  1. Why we have to few women leaders.

Keep your hand up, Candy Girl! This talk by Sheryl Sandberg tells us the difficult truths about being a woman in the workforce and how you can strive for the top spot.

  1. Why thinking you are ugly is bad for you.

You're not ugly, but when society and your peers say otherwise, your self-esteem and worth can be greatly affected. This talk encourages you to focus on action, and what you can do rather than appearances.

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