There’s no time like the present to inspire your life. TED, a nonprofit dedicated to offering fresh perspectives on some of the hottest and of-the-moment topics, has helped us overcome even the most stubborn of ruts with its mind-blowing videos. You’ve likely heard of the global community and perhaps seen a few of its videos here and there. (Or, if you’re like us, you may have a few favourites that you watch compulsively—no shame.) Or perhaps you’ve never watched one and don’t know where to start (there are almost 1,900 videos to choose from). So to prevent you from falling into a black hole, we put together a list of five TED Talks that are absolute must-watches for women everywhere.
Keep reading to find a TED Talk that resonates with you!
The Talk: “The Power of Introverts”
By Susan Cain
Our culture conditions us to believe that outgoing is better—often leaving the introverts out there feeling inferior and left in the dust. But, as Cain passionately argues in this personal talk, being an introvert in an extrovert’s world isn’t necessarily a bad thing. With essential talents and skills that should be celebrated and nurtured rather than shamed, introverts of the world are empowered by Cain to take pride in their tendencies that our culture tends to undervalue.
The Talk: “Looks Aren’t Everything. Believe Me, I’m a Model”
By Cameron Russell
Cameron Russell is beautiful. And having walked the runways for such prestigious brands as Victoria’s Secret and Chanel—in addition to gracing the pages of such magazines as Vogue—she makes it easy to kind of hate her. However, in this candid and deeply intimate talk, Russell initiates a refreshing conversation regarding the correlation between beauty and success within our culture—revealing that having a pretty face perhaps isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
The Talk: “One Life-Changing Class You Never Took”
By Alexa von Tobel
As the founder and CEO of LearnVest.com—a prominent personal finance and lifestyle website geared toward women—Alexa von Tobel has some serious know-how when it comes to managing your finances, especially when you’re just starting out in the professional world. In this inspiring talk from the guru herself, we learn that the overwhelming world of moneymaking and spending doesn’t have to be so stressful after all. Providing essential tips for embracing your financial A-game, von Tobel articulates the importance of investing in yourself.
The Talk: “Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are”
By Amy Cuddy
We all know how important and influential non-verbals can be in shaping our image. Body language and the way we present ourselves affect how others see us, but according to social psychologist Amy Cuddy, it also affects the way we see ourselves. Ever wonder why you didn’t nail that interview or nab that dream job? Something as simple as body posture could be the culprit. This incredible talk shares how superior posture leads to superior confidence.
The Talk: “Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders”
By Sheryl Sandberg
The fact that there is still a staggering difference between the number of men and women in the corporate world is the elephant in the room. Sheryl Sandberg—the COO of Facebook (btw)—tackles the issue head-on in this talk that explains how, as women, we can be our own worst enemies—undercutting our own chances for prestigious leadership positions. Tune in to hear Sandberg’s three powerful tips for getting the position you want.
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