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Top 5: TED talks that will pretty much change your life

Fat Mum Slim /

You might not have heard about TED. Or have you? TED is basically ideas worth spreading, a series of conferences over time where people with the ideas they want to spread come together and share them on stage. These talks then go online and often go viral.

There are loads of them. So many that you’ll probably always be able to stumble across one you’ve never seen before. I’ve never been to a TED conference, but I’ve watched videos online. I stumble through them. The talks under 6 minutes are my favorites, simply because I get distracted easily {Oh look, what’s that shiny thing…?}.

Below I’ve shared 5 of my favourites. I love them all for different reasons. You don’t have to watch them all at once. Bookmark them and come back when you’re bored or uninspired.

Derek Sivers: How to start a movement

This is a great one for bloggers, encouraging you to be brave enough to start a movement. But even more than that, “when you find a lone nut doing something great, have the guts to be the first one to stand up and join in.” A movement takes more than one person, and you shouldn’t be afraid to follow.

Shane Koyczan: To This Day … for the bullied and beautiful

This talk is just so powerful. It’s a long one, but worth investing 12 minutes of your life to. It gave me goosebumps and made me cry, more than once.

Courageous beauty: Brittany Gibbons

“I’m not sure why anyone is calling you pretty, I just see another fat girl on the internet.” You can sense the vulnerability in her voice as she speaks, and I just think it’s so beautiful and brave.

Brené Brown: Listening to shame

Ever felt vulnerable? Being someone who isn’t comfortable in the spotlight, I feel vulnerable all the time living online… and even more so when online goes offline and I have to speak in public. “Vulnerability is not weakness. It fuels our daily lives. It’s an accurate measure of courage. Vulnerability is the birth place of innovation, creativity and change.”

Seth Godin: How to get your ideas to spread

Oh, I love Seth Godin. Be remarkable. Just do it.

Do you have a favourite TED talk that I should know about? If you could speak at a TED conference, what topic would you speak about?

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