You’ll want to sit down with a cuppa for this blog post. Not because I am going to write much, but because I want to show you 5 awesome and inspiring TED talks that if you haven’t already seen, will be worth your time.

1. Susan Cain: The Power of Introverts I have linked to this one before, but am going to do so again, as it is fab. For those of you who are introverts, think you might be introverts, or know an introvert, Susan Cain articulates exactly what it means. Have a look at my post on being an introvert here.

 

2. Monica Lewinsky: The Price of Shame This talk made me laugh and cry, and think very hard about the public humiliation which has now become so commonplace on-line. Lewinsky refers to herself as the “Patient Zero of losing a personal reputation on a global scale almost instantaneously.” I am not sure that it would be possible to watch this talk without compassion and empathy for what she went through. Brave, thought-provoking and inspirational.

3. Meaghan Ramsay: Why Thinking You’re Ugly Is Bad For You. My daughter told me the other day that she didn’t want to eat another sweetie as she didn’t want a fat tummy. I don’t know where she got the idea that a couple of sweets would give her a fat tummy, because she never heard it from me, nor from my husband. She is 4. 4 years old. And it broke my heart because this is just the beginning. I have written about boosting children’s body confidence for Jump! Parents magazine. But it isn’t just about the kids. It is about us, as women, as well. Earlier this year I wrote about how our inner critic is the harshest judge of our appearance, and how limiting that is. Watch this talk, listen to the examples she gives, and let’s collectively give ourselves a break. For our sakes. And for the next generation’s sakes.

 

4. Kirsty Walker: The Imposter Syndrome. I might have mentioned imposter syndrome a few times. I might even have written a little book about it. Here is a great talk from a former political journalist where she describes what it feels like, and how women are letting it get in the way of their success. The sound quality isn’t great, but it is an interesting talk. (If you want my book on imposter syndrome you can get it for free by signing up below).

 

5. Chris Hadfield: What I Learned From Going Blind In Space. I was going to only link to TED Talks done by women. But number 5 in my list of awesome and inspiring TED talks is a man. Chris Hadfield is a Canadian astronaut, particularly famous for recording a wonderful cover version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity (I have also linked to that below, as a bonus). In this talk he talks particularly about overcoming fear. He also describes, so beautifully, what it is like to go into space. Even if you are not in the least bit interested in space travel, or science, I defy you not to find this talk fascinating and inspiring, the story of a little boy who decided, aged 9, that he wanted to be an astronaut, and JFDI.

 

And here is his visually mesmerising cover version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity:

 

I hope you have enjoyed today’s post, are feeling inspired and quite possibly a bit spaced out if you watched the last video.

What talks would you recommend?

 

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