I am a very different learner than most people. The traditional study process that the American education system enforces never really served me well. I find it hard to read and retain information; inversely, the best way for me to learn and come to terms with information is to write it out. Even better than that are opportunities in which I can watch or listen to the educator to take in their wisdom and transcribe their lessons, for myself.
TED is not an actual man. (Unfortunately.) TED stands for “Technology, Entertainment, and Design” and is actually the title of an innovative non-profit popular for “spreading ideas.” It’s more than thirty years old and since conception has served its audience – originally in-person conference attendees – with short and sweet (eighteen minutes or less) powerful talks on the world’s brightest, most disruptive ideas.
I was first introduced to TED when my friend, Aliza Licht (former SVP of Communications for Donna Karan and now EVP of Brand Marketing & Communications at Alice & Olivia), gave a talk at their TEDxTimesSquare conference sometime around 2010. Her talk influenced a slew of others in the YouTube suggested videos sidebar and down the rabbit hole I fell. Now, TED is worked into my daily life and even a bit of my self care: Every morning at breakfast or every time I’m feeling down, I watch TED.
There is so much amazing content on the platform and so many incredible, innovative ideas worth sharing. Unfortunately, it only seems appropriate to share my Top 5 for now. (We’ve all got things to do.) But, I promise to work hard in the coming months to update the list whenever I find new engaging ideas.
Here are my Top 5 [Must-See] TED Talks:
Shonda Rhimes | My year of saying yes to everything
Shonda discusses the moment her daughter made a wish she refused to grant and how her regret sparked a year long journey into unparalleled self-discovery. This is what inspired the ‘Titan’ title you see across all of my social platforms. You’ll see why.
Esther Perel | Rethinking infidelity … a talk for anyone who has ever loved
Esther is an amazing, world-renowned researcher and relationship expert. She is also an active relationship and marriage counselor and in this rule breaking talk (it’s twenty one minutes!) she explains why people cheat and explains the trauma that plagues infidelity. It’s a life changer, for sure.
Elizabeth Gilbert | Success, failure and the drive to keep creating
Known for her rise to success as the author of the pop culture phenomenon, “Eat. Pray. Love.,” Liz Gilbert takes the stage to address the most dire question on every creatives mind and reflects on how (and why) success can be just as disorienting as failure.
Brene Brown | Why your critics aren’t the ones who count
Here, Brene – a shame and vulnerability researcher and storyteller out of Texas, shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. (Creatives, you should also watch this from 99U.)
Luvvie Ajayi | Get comfortable with being uncomfortable
I was introduced to Luvvie suuuuper briefly at the 2016 PA Conference for Women in Philadelphia and later became obsessed with her personal brand and global digital presence. I could not quote a single thing she said during her panel discussion for you but I must have whispered, “Yasss!” to every single response. I knew she was a force worth watching.