TED talks are a great way to learn about various topics from experts. There is a TED talk on almost every topic one can muse about. Every season, more experts, professionals, those who have experienced and survived some trauma are called to give talks on their experiences in various locations around the world.
For young professionals, issues ranging from confidence, to the pursuit of happiness in their careers and the gender equality questions are most common. Here are top TED talks that discusses these issues
- Amy Cuddy on non-verbal communication. Amy is a social psychologists. In this talk, she breaks down the immense power of non-verbal communication and how it affects our lives.
“There’s some evidence that they do. For example, we smile when we feel happy, but also, when we’re forced to smile by holding a pen in our teeth like this, it makes us feel happy. So it goes both ways. When it comes to power, it also goes both ways. So when you feel powerful, you’re more likely to do this, but it’s also possible that when you pretend to be powerful, you are more likely to actually feel powerful.”
- Angela Lee Duckworth on the power of passion and perseverance. We have all heard the saying that talent without hard work is nothing. In this talk, Angela explained that the only way to achieve long term goals is by perseverance, hardwork and grit, not by talent, intelligence or good looks. “In all those very different contexts, one characteristic emerged as a significant predictor of success. And it wasn’t social intelligence. It wasn’t good looks, physical health, and it wasn’t IQ. It was grit.”
- Angela Lee Duckworth’s talk is closely followed by this talk by Larry Smith titled Why you will fail to have a great career. While Angela talked about the power of hard work and grit, Larry emphasized on all the excuse we make, the reasons we convince ourselves we can’t work hard to pursue our dreams. “You’re going to fail, because — because you’re not going to do it, because you will have invented a new excuse, any excuse to fail to take action, and this excuse, I’ve heard so many times: “Yes, I would pursue a great career, but, I value human relationships — more than accomplishment. I want to be a great friend. I want to be a great spouse. I want to be a great parent, and I will not sacrifice them on the altar of great accomplishment.”
4. Clinical Psychologists Meg Jay gives a bold message to young adults about wasting their 20s. The 20s are when the brain rewires itself for adulthood. Our 20s are when we learn everything we will need for adult hood. In adult development, our 20s are the crucial years in adult developments. Don’t be defined by what you didn’t know or didn’t do.
- Sheryl Sandberg gave a provocative talk on the gender gap. The talk was a summary of her Lean In (a.k.a. The Feminist Manifesto): Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders. Although we have women doing more than they did in the past century, women are not getting to the top of careers, and professions they chose.