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If you haven’t watched a TED Talk, boy are you missing out. These talks are full of insight, advice, truth, and encouragement. I have watched so many of the most sought after TED Talks for young women and aspiring leaders. These 5 TED talks are sure to give you a new perspective on life, leadership, and yourself. Take a seat, grab some popcorn, and be ready to grow as a leader, women, and girl boss.
Your Elusive Creative Genius – Elizabeth Gilbert
This TED Talk is moving, inspiring, and surprisingly funny. This successful author of “Eat, Pray, Love” found herself in a bit of a conundrum following the blow up of her most recent book. Many friends, family members, and colleagues would voice concern over her ability to top her recent success and if it would be possible at all. In this TED talk, Elizabeth Gilbert discusses how fear can actually push us farther, make us want more, and keep us going. In short, there are benefits of fear. Gilbert goes through stories articulating how her fear has made her stronger, braver, and has allowed her to stop thinking, “it’s exceedingly likely that my greatest success is behind me.” Gilbert shares the crazy idea that there are not single individuals who are born geniuses and those are the only people who are able to succeed, but instead makes the point that we all have “genius” inside of us. If we want to move forward in our dreams and careers, we mustn’t let fear decide what we can and can not do. In order to succeed we must zone out fear and zone out external comments about our capabilities.
Watch Elizabeth’s TED Talk here.
Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders – Sheryl Sandberg
Sheryl is the COO of Facebook, the largest social networking site to date. Sandberg starts our her Talk showing us how lucky we are to have grown up in the time that we did, but that there is still an issue. She states, “women are not making it to the top of any profession anywhere in the world.” First, she shares data that women are not at the top, then she makes it personal by sharing a story of being the only women to have ever pitched a deal in a fancy, New York equity office. I love what Sandberg does next. Instead of going on a tangent blaming everyone else for this issue, she very honestly says, “I am convinced that women are dropping out.” Women are consistently underestimating their own abilities. Women are more afraid to sit at the table or get the top grade, but Sandberg says, “NO! Sit at the table, make your partner a partner, and don’t leave before you leave.” This inspiring TED Talk aims to show women that they are the ones who have to make the change in the work force. Stepping down, letting men lead when you could do an amazing job as well only perpetuates the problem of why women are not at the top.
Watch Sheryl’s TED Talk here.
Your Body Language May Shape Who You Are – Amy Cuddy
Have some tissues ready. This TED Talk definitely had me tearing up. Cuddy is a social psychologist who argues the point that not only does our body language affect how others see us, but also how we see ourselves. This really got me thinking about my own personal body language and how it affects me on a regular basis. Cuddy makes the claim that even when we do not feel confident in a situation or about our capabilities. when we “power pose” we can feel confident in ourselves. It might even have an impact on our overall success. Cuddy points out that, “when we think of nonverbals, we think of how we judge others, how they judge us and what the outcomes are. We tend to forget, though, the other audience that’s influenced by our nonverbals, and that’s ourselves.” This talk is filled with tear jerking stories, awesome advice, and a realization about myself and my body language that I may not have even thought about. At the conclusion of the talk she encourages listeners to try her idea of “power posing.” She urges the audience to share the science to others because it can significantly change the outcome of their life. This TED Talk is a must listen.
Watch Amy’s TED Talk here.