What do we do when we need inspiration? Read something like blogs or articles, chant quotes like “Don’t give up!”, or listen to someone who’s more experienced. A great way is to learn from others. Talking about listening to experienced people … who does not love to watch TED talks! So presenting to you the 10 best delivered TED talks by women for the inspiration you need.
Soraya Chemaly: The power of women’s Anger
Soraya Chemaly, an award-winning author, journalist and activist talks about anger. She says that in a world where women are always discriminated, anger is a justified emotion. Why is it a powerful emotion, why women across the globe are taught to suppress their anger and what we might possibly lose in silence? Chemaly explores this in a thoughtful way and provokes the audience to bring an essential change. Watch here.
Meera Vijayann: Find your voice against gender violence
Source: Time for equality
Meera Vijayann, a citizen journalist, speaks about gender violence. She has won the CNN IBN Citizen Journalist award for her reporting in the aftermath of the Nirbhaya rape case. Her articles and blogs have appeared in many major media outlets. In an engaging talk, she tells her personal experiences of sexual harassment and urges the audience to raise a voice against gender violence. Watch here.
Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend
Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal works to help us understand the latest scientific findings through books, courses and workshops. Her books explore motivation, habits, temptation and procrastination. In this talk, Kelly urges us to look at stress in a positive way and use it for our benefits. In accordance to a new research, Kelly is currently working on a book on the upside of stress which discusses as to why stress is good for us. Watch here.
Ruth Chang: How to make hard choices
Ruth Chang is a professor of philosophy at Rutgers University. Her talk gains inspiration from her very own experience: whether to pursue a career in law or philosophy? She asks why some choices are so hard and talks about how these decisions shape our lives. She says that one choice isn’t always better than the other and realizing this, we can embrace the hard work of decision making. Watch here.
Amy Cuddy: Your body language may shape who you are
Amy Cuddy, a social psychologist, talks about body language, the most essential cue of nonverbal communication. How body language affects how others see us and surprisingly, how we see ourselves. Her research reveals that “power posing” can boost our feeling of confidence and also have an impact on our success. Watch here.
Susan Colantuono: The career advice you probably didn’t get
Susan Colantuono is a leadership expert. She works towards helping executives combat hidden gender bias and to think more deeply on the role gender plays. She talks about why women don’t occupy top positions in management and what women haven’t been told about leadership. Watch here.
Suzanne Talhouk: Don’t kill your language
Talhouk is a poet and language advocate. She speaks on why knowing and speaking one’s own mother tongue is important, why in a world which wants “sophistication” by speaking English, you should preserve your mother tongue. She warns that what’s lost in translation is not just a word, but much much more! Watch here.
Margaret Heffernan: Dare to disagree
Margaret Heffernan is a management thinker and has formerly been the CEO of five businesses. She has spoken on TED thrice, the best one being ‘Dare to disagree’. Other talks were ‘Forget the packing order at work’, ‘The dangers of willful blindness’. In this talk, she speaks on how people instinctively avoid conflict at work but how good disagreement is central to progress. Watch here.
Mellody Hobson: Colour blind or colour brave?
Mellody Hobson is an investment expert. Her goal is to become comfortable with the uncomfortable, that is, to have a conversation about ‘race’. She asks the audience to be colour brave, not colour blind. Because colour blindness simply means ignoring the problem. Hobson finishes with a strong message of facing it head on, to show courage and to be bold. Watch here.
Halla Tómasdóttir: It’s time for women to run for office
A change catalyst, Halla Tómasdóttir, is the CEO of The B Team. Halla has also spoken thrice, the most inspiring being ‘It’s time for women to run for office’. Others being ‘A feminine response to Iceland’s financial crash’ and ‘The crisis of leadership- and a new way forward’. Watch here.
So these were some of the most powerful and inspiring TED talks by women. And we look forward to see many more women on this platform.