top ted talks

While gaining industry-specific knowledge and skills is helpful, personal development is equally, if not more, important when it comes to growing your business and being a respected leader. Who you are — your interests, motivations, goals, experiences, etc. — plays a large role in how you interact with others, both clients and employees. The better your relationship with yourself and your own humanity, the better your relationship with others will be.

We have talked about sales and marketing blogs, podcasts for brokers, among other topics, but today we will provide you with a compilation of our favorite Ted Talks to get you thinking less about business and more about yourself, the human condition, and society.

Your Body Language May Shape Who You Are

With over 58 million views, social psychologist Amy Cuddy argues that “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can boost feelings of confidence and might have an impact on our chances for success. Body language affects not only how others see us, but how we see ourselves.

How Great Leaders Inspire Action

Simon Sinek, author of Start With Why and Leaders Eat Last, explores how leaders can inspire trust, change, and cooperation. His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King Jr, the Wright brothers, among others.

How to Speak so That People Want to Listen

Julian Treasure, sound expert, provides tips and tricks for powerful speaking— from some handy vocal exercises to tips on how to speak with empathy. A Ted Talk to help you talk.

The Puzzle of Motivation

Career analyst, Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most bosses do not: traditional rewards are not as effective as you may think.

The Power of Introverts

In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized, introverts are often viewed as shameful. As Susan Cain passionately argues, introverts should be encouraged and celebrated for their extraordinary talents and abilities.

What Makes a Good Life? Lessons from the Longest Study on Happiness

According to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, fame and money are not what makes us happy. In this talk, Waldinger shares important lessons he has learned from a 75-year-old study on adult development on how to build a fulfilling life.

The Happy Secret to Better Work

Psychologist Shawn Achor argues that happiness is what inspires us to be more productive, not the other way around, in this fast-paced, light-hearted talk.

Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator

Blogger Tim Urban takes viewers on a journey through internet rabbit holes and bouts of staring at the ceiling — and encourages us to think hard about what we’re really procrastinating on before we run out of time.

How to Make Stress Your Friend

Amid the public health villainization of stress, health psychologist urges us to see stress as a positive and implores us to reduce stress by reaching out to others. New research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case.

The Danger of a Single Story

Renowned Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie tells the story of how she found her voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person, country, or event, we risk misunderstanding and misrepresenting.

Your Elusive Creative Genius

Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, shares the radical idea that instead of a rare person being a genius, we all have a genius within ourselves.

The Power of Vulnerability

Brené Brown studies courage vulnerability, shame, and empathy. In this poignant talk, she shares insight from her own research, insight that sent her on a personal quest to better understand herself and her own humanity.