Technology. Entertainment. Design.
Do those words mean anything to you? If not, they should. The first letter of each of those words creates the acronym that has swept the globe, TED.
TED is a non-profit organization with the tagline: “ideas worth spreading.” Ideas are spread by speakers that are given a platform to deliver a short speech about an idea (typically 18 minutes or less). The speeches are delivered to an audience at a conference or TEDx event, but are also recorded and shared online.
I’ve been watching TED Talks for about a year now, but TED is not new by any means. TED was formed in 1984 and initially covered the three topics that create the name, but now almost all topics are covered. Within the library of 1700+ Ted Talks posted to http://www.ted.com, you will find talks about career advice, scientific research and new entrepreneurial ventures.
Here are 3 reasons you should start watching TED Talks:
- You will be inspired. Some talks are delivered so well about topics so deep, that you just might find a spark within yourself. Maybe you’ll be inspired to finally do that thing you’ve always wanted to do. You’ll definitely find inspiration in ‘The difference between winning and succeeding’ by John Wooden.
- You will be entertained. The speakers are carefully chosen by TED and are usually among the best at their respective topic. Because of that, they are able to deliver the idea better than anyone else. Some are humorous, some are dramatic and some are powerful. One way or another, you will be entertained. If you’re into social media, you’ll be entertained by ‘Gotta share!’ by Improv Everywhere.
- You will be informed. TED Talks are a great way to learn something new. I’ve never had the desire to learn about the magnificence of spider silk, but it was easy to watch the 15-minute speech about it. You’ll find many fascinating topics regardless of what you’re interested in, and odds are you’ll open your mind to other bits of information. Ever wonder why we use “x” in mathematics? Watch ‘Why is ‘x’ the unknown’ by Terry Moore.
There are many easy ways to view the talks. You can watch them on Netflix, YouTube or TED.com. Just remember that any time you see those bold, red letters and have the time to watch a few talks, it will be time worth spending on “ideas worth spreading.” When you do watch some TED Talks (or if you’ve been watching) be sure to let me know if you have any favorites!
Thanks for reading!
Here is a list of my top 5 favorites (in no particular order):
- Be passionate. Be creative. Be your best. by Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly
- A life lesson from a volunteer firefighter by Mark Bezos
- Never, ever give up by Diana Nyad
- The art of misdirection by Apollo Robins
- Optical illusions show how we see by Beau Lotto