WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE TED TALK?
I LOVE being asked this question because I get to be an integral part of what TED stands for: Ideas Worth Spreading.
WHAT IS A TED TALK?
A TED Talk is a powerful + persuasive presentation delivered in 18 minutes or less. Topics and speakers are vast in variety and wide in their wealth of knowledge.
In 2010, I fell in love with TED and have clocked hundreds of hours to date. TED Talks inspire my creativity, persuade me to action, and influence my hopes for the future. One day, I’ll walk that TED Talk stage.
As a self-proclaimed TED Talk Addict, I felt it necessary to curate for the cause. Here are some of my favourites:
ON THE HUMAN CONDITION
Brené Brown: The Power of Vulnerability.
When I grow up, I want to be Brené Brown — a right brained but heart-centered genius. This is the talk for you if you have a distinct aversion to vulnerability. Brené shares her unique data-driven insight into the strength of vulnerability and the human condition.
Brené Brown: Listening to Shame.
Like I said, I adore Brené. Her second talk on shame exposes some of the demons that we try to dis-empower through coaching.
Shame drives two big tapes — “never good enough” — and, if you can talk it out of that one, “who do you think you are?” The thing to understand about shame is, it’s not guilt. Shame is a focus on self, guilt is a focus on behaviour.
I adore this talk because it acts as an entry point into the internal dialogue that tells us we’re not enough. The tools clients’ learn through coaching equip them to silence these voices.
Isabelle Allende: How to Live Passionately No Matter Your Age.
Isabelle candidly speaks about the aging process and how she has trained herself to stay passionate by letting go.
“It’s great to let go. I should have started sooner. And I also feel softer because I’m not scared of being vulnerable. I don’t see it as weakness anymore. And I’ve gained spirituality.”
FOR MY CREATIVES
Shonda Rhimes: My Year of Yes.
Shonda Rhimes is a professional liar, a mother and a creative force to be reckoned with.
“The more I play, the happier I am, and the happier my kids are.”
She is a coach’s dream client — she understands the value of less work and more play in a creative’s whirlwind of a mind.
Adam Grant: The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers.
Adam Grant debunks every high school student’s nightmare: Procrastination isn’t the path to failure. In fact, it’s imperative for productivity + creativity.
“Procrastinating is a vice when it comes to productivity, but it can be a virtue for creativity. What you see with a lot of great originals is that they are quick to start but they’re slow to finish… So the lesson I learned is that to be original you don’t have to be first. You just have to be different and better.”
ON SELF CARE
Arianna Huffington: How to Succeed – Get more Sleep.
It’s a big idea from small means. Just like KD and You’s ANTI-Busy Revolution, Arianna speaks volumes about the benefit of taking time for yourself in order to be more productive:
“…They think that [lack of sleep] means that they are so incredibly busy and productive, but the truth is they’re not, because we, at the moment, have had brilliant leaders in business, in finance, in politics ,making terrible decisions.”
ON LIFE SKILLS
Celeste Headlee: Ten Ways to Have a Better Conversation.
Celeste Headlee outlines how to have frequent + incredible conversations to move towards more meaningful connections with others.
“The kind of conversation where you walk away feeling engaged and inspired, or where you feel like you’ve made a real connection or you’ve been perfectly understood. There is no reason why most of your interactions can’t be like that.”
So many of these techniques are used in coaching, and are transferable to all conversations if you so choose.
In my mind, everyone has heard or read something by Tony Robbins, Robin Sharma or Gary Vee. AmIright?
Don’t get me wrong, I love them too, but I like my inspirations to be more accessible. These are some of my close to home inspirations.
I am Erin Brown →
Erin’s primary goal is to sort through her own baggage and live a passionate, empowered life, in hopes to provide her daughter with an example to do the same. She’s an author, activist and rebellious woman. Erin’s fire to change the narrative of what it means to be a woman is capitating and compulsive. Find her spoken and written word over on her blog.
Susan Hyatt →
Susan Hyatt is Master Certified recently featured on Oprah.com, and on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). She is passionate about helping clients through individual and group coaching, retreats and her writing, to create a life that they love. You can read more of Susan’s revelations over on her blog.
Reina + Co. →
Reina was my first coach and is certified CPPC through The Coaches Training Institute. She is a coach for Heart-Centred Biz Bosses, an inspiration for Creatives and new coaches, and a savvy business woman. Reina is full of how-tos, tips and tricks that can help new entrepreneurs on their way. You can find them over on her blog.
The Imperfect Boss →
Run by my friend and fellow Canadian, Ashley Beaudin, the Imperfect Boss is a movement that pulls back the curtains on what it really looks like to be your own boss and inspire women to build brave businesses that light them up. You can follow along in Ashley’s Facebook Group for more perfect imperfections.
Signy Wilson →
Signy is a fiery leadership Canadian coach, and a fully alive advocate. She was my first CTI Facilitator when I began my journey with the Coaches Training Institute. Her ability to cut through bullsh*t with compassion paired with her courage to be authentic and vulnerable was and is inspiring. You can read along Signy’s newest adventure to find Epic Love on her blog.
Everyone’s got their faves. Here are some of mine for personal development + self-discovery.
The Desire Map; Danielle LaPorte
Anything by Brené Brown
• The Gifts of Imperfection
• Daring Greatly
• Rising Strong
The Four Agreements; Don Miguel Ruiz
Big Magic; Elizabeth Gilbert
Anything by Simon Sinek
• Start with Why
• Leaders Eat Last
Lean In; Sheryl Sandberg
Quiet; Susain Cain
How to Win Friends and Influence People; Dale Carnegie
Think and Grow Rich; Napoleon Hill
Love Warrior; Glennon Doyle Melton
Year of Yes; Shonda Rhimes
Anything by Pema Chödrön
• Taking the Leap
• The Places that Scare You
The Untethered Soul; Michael A. Singer