I'm sure most of you have heard of TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design), a collection of incredibly powerful talks, all available for free and covering a range of topics – from leadership, success and motivation, to deep sea creatures, spoken word poetry and magic tricks. The first TED conference was held in 1984 and its on-line iteration, TEDtalks, has been running since 2006.
With so many talks and so many topics, TED can be quite daunting, so for your weekend enjoyment, Phil and I have put together a short list of our favourite TEDtalks. These have intrigued us, inspired us, made us laugh, and influenced the way we approach our day-to-day lives.
Sir Ken Robinson – Do schools kill creativity?
There is a reason this is the most popular TED talk of all time...
Through an encounter with the world's most poisonous jellyfish (I'm already having nightmares), 60+ year old extreme distance swimmer Diana Nyad learns that it's not about the destination, it's about the journey. By the way, her journey is an attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida... that's a looooong way.
"Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don't: Traditional rewards aren't always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories — and maybe, a way forward."
How would you solve the candlestick problem? Can you see the big picture??
"Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success"
The above can be true in every aspect of your life, from work and social situations to your performance in the gym.
Did you watch Diana Nyad's first talk? Pretty amazing, right?! Even more amazing is her later talk. At the age of 64, Diana Nyad completed her swim from Cuba to Florida, a task that many MANY people before her, of all ages and backgrounds, had attempted and failed to do, proving that age is nothing but a number and there is little that a solid mindset and support from your friends, family and a few experts(!), can't overcome.
We know that this is a bit obvious and that many of you have probably seen this before, but.... watch it again! No self-respecting CrossFitter's list of the best talks would be complete without this gem from John Wooden. With such eloquence, elegance and simplicity as to leave me speechless every time I watch it, Wooden explains the difference between winning and succeeding – contrary to popular belief, they're simply not the same thing.