A few months ago I blogged about 5 interesting and inspiring TED talks. Later than expected here is the follow up post.

I can’t tell you how much access to TED has enhanced my life in the last couple of years. How lucky are we to be able to sit down whenever we want and choose from hundreds of amazing speakers to listen to?

We get to hear from sports stars, people from the entertainment industry, personal development leaders, academic superstars, business leaders and political experts. I try and watch one most days, but sometimes save them up and have a late night binge. I particularly like picking one at random on a subject I know nothing about and just learning.

Anyway, here are 5 more inspiring TED talks for you to enjoy. Would love to know your thoughts on them.

  1. Reshma Saujani: Teach Girls Bravery, Not Perfection

This is a great talk by the founder of Girls Who Code where she discusses the differences between how society expects our girls to behave compared to boys or what she calls, “the socialisation of perfection”. I think we can learn a lot from it both if we are parents of daughters but also as women ourselves – could our perfectionism be getting in the way of our bravery? Are we playing small due to a fear of not being perfect?

2. Amy Cuddy: Your Body Shapes Who You Are

Amy Cuddy is a social psychologist and in this talk discusses the effect of your body language on your own self confidence and the possibility of using your body to fake it til you make it. This TED talk has become a classic and once you have watched it you will understand why. Your posture will have improved as well. I am currently reading her fabulous book, Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges
at the moment, and can thoroughly recommend it.

3. Tim Urban: Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator

If you have a tendancy to procrastinate you will find yourself nodding and laughing along with this talk. And if you aren’t a procrastinator you will find it interesting. I have talked before about being a natural procrastinator but have also written about when procrastination could be a help. Tim Urban talks about the efficiency of procrastinators when they have a deadline, but the dangers of procrastinating when there is no deadline.I am sure wherever you are on the procrastination scale you will enjoy this talk.

4. Carol Dweck: The Power Of Believing That You Can Improve

I have linked to this before in my post Mindset Fundamentals, which, if you enjoy this talk you might like to go and read. At the very basis of mindset is the idea of choice – how do we choose to react to challenge. Closely linked to this is the belief we have in and about ourself.

5. Brené Brown: The Power Of Vulnerability

I lost count of the number of people who were surprised I hadn’t included this talk in my last list of 5 inspiring TED Talks. I could easily have done as it has long been one of my favourite talks. And is about subjects close to my heart: self-worth, courage, compassion, shame. I suggest you find a quiet spot to watch this one and give yourself some time afterwards to think about it.

It has been hard, again, to narrow the selection down to 5 inspiring TED talks.

I hope you have enjoyed these as much as you enjoyed the last post on the subject. And if you haven’t looked at the last post on inspiring TED talks you can find it here.

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