Inspirational TED Talks

Not everyone is born with the leadership skills one must sharpen over time. If you are looking for a way to sharpen your skills, TED Talks are fantastic free resources that could motivate inspire and teach you many new things. They can teach you various things to improve your skills, inspire you with many stories of the great leaders that inspire actions, and help in developing your critical thinking, and leadership.

A TED Talk is a video conference site with a wide range of topics from technology, to entertainment, and global issues often presented through storytelling. The first TED Talk happened way back in 1984 when the non-profit company TED held a conference featuring presentations on Technology (T) entertainment (E) and Design (D) and hence the name TED.

Must-watch TED Talks that are helpful for the students

Now, thousands of TED Talks can be streamed online, out of which let's have a sneak peek at the five inspirational TED Talks that could motivate you and  build your  skills..,

1. The difference between winning and succeeding

An 18-minute great talk by John Wooden a legendary basketball coach who led the UCLA team to record-breaking wins.

John shares his perspective about how winning and succeeding are different, through his TED Talk.

He shares his tussles and role being a couch and the leadership roles about showing the athletes how being successful goes way beyond winning points.

2. Dare to disagree

We naturally tend to avoid conflicts, little did we know, that a reasonable disagreement whether in work or relationships can create a positive impact.

Margaret Heffernan an inspiring entrepreneur shares about the smartness in the disagreement through her 12 Minute Talk.

3. The Power of Introverts

Being an Introvert is not a downside says Susan Cain in her TED Talk. The Power of Introverts can make you feel less alone and fearless.

Her talk covers the challenges of being an introvert in a world that favors extroverts, helping you realize that you have so much potential.

4. Success, Failure, and the Drive to keep creating

“I loved writing more than I hated failing at writing, which is to say that I loved writing more than I loved my ego.” Says, Elizabeth Gilbert in her 8 minutes talk.

She achieved success with “Eat, Pray, Love,” she was a diner waitress who spent six long years trying to get published.

She shares her journey about how acknowledging this period helped her accept the failure of her runaway hit’s follow-up, and why it didn’t stop her from writing another book after that which was very well received.

5. The Puzzle of Motivation

This is one inspirational TED Talk by Career analyst, Dan Pink. He marks the traditional way of rewards as broken, teaches various types of rewards, and gives effective ways how to motivate. 

He says Traditional rewards aren't always as effective as we think and explains intrinsic and extrinsic motivators in his talk.