I want to pass the torch today. Instead of sitting here and writing what I think, I want to let others who are much wiser than me share their ideas.
If you haven’t heard of TED before then I feel a little bad. I feel like someone handing a child candy for the first time, but not just giving them one or two pieces, but a whole bag.
TED is an organisation that gathers people with interesting ideas and puts them on a stage to share them in the hopes that they will resonate with others.
The 9 TED talks I want to share with you today (plus some extras from 99U, WDS, Good Life Project and Business of Software) have all had a huge impact on me in all aspects of my life. They have given me courage when I needed it, perspective when I didn’t know I needed it, tools to grow and something to share and connect with others over.
Below I want to share the videos along with a few words on why this video might be great for you. Personally I think they are all great.
There is 14 talks in all so that is one per day for the next fortnight. Watch them in the morning over breakfast!
In no particular order:
Amy Cuddy – Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are
Watch this video to understand how you present yourself during your sessions with clients can actually chemically change the way they perceive you. Get them energised and excited by you being energised and excited.
Scott Dinsmore – How To Find and Do Work You Love
Scott is the most genuine person I’ve ever met. He has made himself an expert on finding work that lights you up. Watch this video to learn how your perception of impossible is merely a figment created by the people around you.
Find out more about Scott and his mission on Live Your Legend.
Jamie Oliver – Teach Every Child About Food
Watch this video to get riled up about spreading the message of health in our communities. I love how Jamie’s goal is to teach people about food and not to just hand them a diet book or a weight loss shake. He understands that for real change and a healthier society we need to change the core behaviors and perceptions we are teaching our children.
Sir Ken Robinson – How Schools Kill Creativity
This guy has been knighted for the work he is doing and the message he is spreading. So while we are on the topic of education lets look at why our education system is crushing our ability to flourish. Watch this video to learn how you interact with others every day plays a big part on what they can achieve.
Brené Brown – The Power of Vulnerability
You may have seen this talk already. If you have, watch it again, if you haven’t, watch it first. Brené tells us how being vulnerable allows us to actually connect with other people on a real level. But being vulnerable is hard. Really hard. Want to help your clients change their lives? You can only go as deep with them as you are willing to go yourself. You need to do the work before you can expect them to.
Jonathon Fields – Turning Fear Into Fuel
Warning: The opening story of this video will probably bring tears to your eyes. Watch this video to understand how terrifying situations can make some of the best launching platforms for your life and business.
Bonus vid: Want more of Brené and Jonathan? Watch this awesome video of Jonathan interviewing Brené and continuing to explore what she talks about in her TED talk.
See and listen to more interviews by Jonathon Fields on Good Life Project.
Fraser Quelch – Playing For Change
Let’s switch things up now and talk about what we are doing in fitness. Is our industry failing the population? What can we change to fix this? Watch this video to see why play should be a key ingredient in your bootcamp.
Steve Jobs – How To Live Before You Die
After battling with cancer for the first time, Steve Jobs gave this speech at Stanford University. Watch this video to learn how Steve’s unconventional approach to life gave him the success he desired in life.
JK Rowling – The Fringe Benefits of Failure
Watch this video to hear Rowling’s story about going from nothing to something she never could have imagined. She shares the insightful lessons she learned along the way with some pretty funny stories.
Jadah Sellner at WDS 2014
Jadah’s story of how she found health through one little thing, smoothies. Surprisingly moving and genuine, this is a great video for us fitness pro’s to watch.
Shannon Galpin at WDS 2014
Perhaps it comes with being a slightly naive male, or simply being unaware of the abuse in the lives of the women around me, I found this talk particularly eye opening and inspiring. As I sat in the Arline Schnitzer Concert Hall, Shannon’s talk had me squirming uncomfortably in my chair and then later in tears. Her approach to tackling a seemingly impossible to fix injustice had me inspired and left me feeling that we are way more capable then we give ourselves credit for.
Want to support Shannon? Check out her website ShannonGalpin.com
Simon Sinek – Why Leaders Eat Last (99U)
The next two videos are a bit more in depth, going more into the how rather than the inspiring why. Watch this video if you want to learn about why face to face human connection is so important to our health and why the community you build in your business is what will make it thrive or die.
Kathy Sierra – Building a Minimum Badass User (Business of Software)
In this talk to a group of tech start ups and software engineers, Kathy still nails a perspective that we could all use. Instead of asking ‘How can I make my bootcamp awesome?’, how about we ask ‘How can I make my bootcampers awesome?’.
This by far isn’t a complete list of my favourite talks, but is some that I thought were a good start.
It’s great to come back to these from time to time. I enjoyed rewatching several of these as I picked out the 14 for this post.
Each watch through you get a little extra out of it, kind of like rereading a good book.
What is your favourite?
Did I miss one? What is a TED talk (or other) that you like to watch or that changed your perspective on business and life?
Share with us in the comments below.
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