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Why Everyone Should Make Full Use of TEDTalks

by Priscilla Tan
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Not that Mark Wahlberg movie, silly! Founded by Richard Saul Wurman and Harry Marks in 1984, TED is a non-profit foundation dedicated to Ideas Worth Spreading. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design.

There are currently more than 1,700 TEDTalks videos and they are added weekly. Worry about not understanding them as English is not your first language? TEDTalks’ got you covered; the videos are fully translated and localized in 22 languages. There’s even a transcript available for the public. For the best viewing experience, pop by Google Play Store and download the app. And yes, it’s completely free!

The latest feature, Surprise Me brings TEDTalks to a whole new level. It factors in the duration of each video to create the playlists. Say, you have 5 minutes to spare and want to watch something funny; all you have to do is simply select your desired option and let TEDTalks do the rest.

There are 9 selections in total: Beautiful, Courageous, Fascinating, Funny, Informative, Ingenious, Inspiring, Jaw-dropping and Persuasive.

You’re getting all these information at no price. Need I say more?

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Major best-seller Chicken Soup for the Soul was a social phenomenon in the nineties. The series of books were so popular back then that even Chandler Bing was reading them. Even today, this goes to show that people are always interested in news that inspire — which explains the science behind why viral good news are so popular. Remember BatKid?

If you’re not much of a reader, but feel that you could use some inspirational bump, consider getting TEDTalks. I recommend Ruby Wax: What’s so Funny about Mental Illness? and Joe Kowan: How I Beat Stage Fright.

It’s Jaw Dropping

It’s really hard to pick a favorite TEDTalk (sort of like trying to eat one potato chip) as they are all equally great. Almost all of the videos knock your socks off. One of the best TEDTalks of all time is A. J. Jacobs : My Year of Living Biblically. The author had previously read the Encyclopedia Britannica from A to Z (bonkers!) so who better than him to spend a year following the rules in the bible? It’s wacky and worth watching.

Another provoking video is a performance by two pilobolus dancers, Pilobolus: A Dance of “Symbiosis”.

 

There’s Something for Everyone

Whether you’re a student, housewife, or even a writer who is having trouble penning a novel , you’d be silly to not leverage it.

Both introverts and extroverts should give Susan Cain: The Power of Introverts a go. It’s one of the most-watched videos of all time.

Aspiring filmmakers, J.J. Abrams is your guy. Really, I cannot stress this enough. In J.J. Abrams: The Mystery Box, he talks about his love for his late grandfather, and obsession with printmaking and boxes.

TEDTalks speakers does not consist just adults. Even kids as young as 12 are standing up on stage and sharing about their inspiring lives. Take teen activist McKenna Pope, for instance. The then 13 year old made headlines when she petitioned Hasbro to market its Easy-Bake Oven in gender-neutral colors. Wondering what the buzz is about? Head down to TEDTalks and watch this video — McKenna Pope: Want to be an Activist? Start with your Toys

 

Do you have a favorite TEDTalk?

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