Feel like getting inspired, motivated or just looking for a feel-good cry? Look no further.
While there are countless TED talks available to watch online, there are few that really stand out above the rest and push you to think in a completely unique way. We recently asked our fave local ladies for the best TED Talk they’ve ever seen. So, sit back, relax and get ready to listen to some of the most courageous and fascinating people in the world. Each talk is shorter than 30 minutes, so feel free to bookmark for later.
1. “The Price Of Shame” — Monica Lewinsky
“Monica Lewinsky has been shamed and publicly humiliated for decades now. She says, and I agree, that compassion and empathy will be the thing that saves us. Why don’t we care about what happens to women we bully?
She encourages viewers to take a hard look at the digital age and calls for greater accountability for our actions online. If anyone feels ashamed about their past or faces humiliation now, Monica gives them hope. She encourages them to write a new ending to the story, to their story.” – Shalini, 24
2. “My Year Of Saying Yes To Everything” — Shonda Rhimes
“I love Shonda Rhimes. Team Shondaland. Team late-night red wine. Team strong and powerful, career oriented, bada$$ boss lady. You can imagine my excitement when I saw that in addition to her critically acclaimed film and television career (Grey’s Anatomy, anyone?), Rhimes came out with her own TED Talk. For a year, Shonda forced herself to say yes to everything that pushed her out of her comfort zone — and listening to her talk, is everything you need to see today!” – Harshi, 26
3. “Your Body Language May Shape Who You Are” — Amy Cuddy
“Sit up straight for this one. No really, social psychologist, Amy Cuddy, wants you to adjust your posture because it could change your life. If you’ve ever found yourself in an office washroom posing like Wonder Woman before a big meeting with the boss, you’re probably familiar with Amy Cuddy. “Fake it until you become it” is something I tell all my friends who struggle with confidence.” – Taliya, 22
4. “We Should All Be Feminists” — Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
“We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls, “You can have ambition but not too much… otherwise you will threaten the man.” You may not have heard of this Nigerian author or read her (brilliant) books, but you’ve definitely heard at least part of her renowned talk on feminism. If you’ve listened to Beyonce’s Flawless, you’ll remember the voice that says, “We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller”? That’s her.” – Shehani, 24
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