TED Talks (Technology, Entertainment and Design) is a brand of conferences held around the world. The US-based Sapling Foundation is the initiator. The goal of the conference is to preach ideas worth promoting. Therefore, representatives from various fields are invited to speak. This allows them to present their ideas to the world. We have prepared for you 5 speeches by women at TED that will inspire you. Check it out for yourself!
Table of Contents:
- Amy Cuddy – Body language shapes our personality
- Sheryl Sandberg – Why we don’t have enough women leaders
- Elizabeth Gilbert – Your elusive creative genius
- Rosalinde Torres – What makes a great leader these days?
- Dame Stephanie Shirley – Why do ambitious women have flat heads?
Amy Cuddy – Body language shapes our personality
Does our nonverbal communication regulate how we think about ourselves? – asks Amy Cuddy, a social psychologist, during her speech. Her research shows that it does. Amy compared the behavior of people who sit upright and those who hunch over. In those in the first group, she observed hormonal changes that, as a result, affect assertiveness, self-confidence and a sense of comfort. Squarish people show more passivity and detachment. During the TED Talk, Cuddy teaches women how to adopt an open attitude and achieve more. So straighten up, pull your shoulders back and boldly reach for what you dream of! Click to see the lecture.
Sheryl Sandberg – Why we don’t have enough women leaders
Sheryl Sandberg, who is director of the Facebook’s chief operating officer and founder of the Lean In organization, wonders why fewer women than men achieve professional success. Even in the non-profit world – only 20% of leaders at the top are women. Sheryl is an advocate of women’s rights in the business world and has been working successively to remove the barriers that limit women from taking on leadership positions. During a TED talk, she encourages women to support each other and share their personal stories in the struggle for advancement. Sandberg also gives three important pieces of advice. Which ones? See for yourself. Click to see the lecture.
Elizabeth Gilbert – Your elusive creative genius
The author of “Eat, Pray, Love” looks at how we expect impossible things from artists and people perceived as brilliant. During the lecture, he draws out the radical thesis that people are not geniuses, but have genius. After the great success of her book (“Eat, Pray, Love” also lived to see a film adaptation, starring Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem), Elizabeth states: “Most likely, my success in life is behind me. What a thought. Such thoughts can push you to drink gin at 9 o’clock in the morning”… and also take away the joy of life and lead to depression. What is genius? How do you awaken it in yourself? Find out from Elizabeth’s personal and very funny statement. Click to view the lecture.
Rosalinde Torres – What makes a great leader these days?
Roselinde Torres, who is a senior partner and managing director at the consulting firm BCG, dissects the image of the great leader. The world is full of leadership programs, but the best way may be right under your nose. In a candid lecture, Roselinde describes 25 years of observing managerial methods and asks three important questions:
How do you try to anticipate a change in the business model of your life?
How diversely do you spend your time?
How quickly are you able to make a decision?
Torres believes that strong, well-prepared leaders are constantly reacting to the world around them, not just working with their face in front of a computer. Great leaders take risks and have the ability to develop relationships with people. Reselinda’s TED is a must for all women who want to become respected leaders. Click to view the lecture.
Dame Stephanie Shirley – Why do ambitious women have flat heads?
Dame Shirley Stephanie in the 1960s founded an innovative software company in the UK, employing only women, The value of her company reached $3 billion, making her 70 female employees millionaires. Even more astonishing may be the fact that at the beginning the company’s capital was… six pounds. Shirley is certainly a top IT entrepreneur. To get around the glass ceiling, she founded the company and changed her name – from “Stephanie” to “Steve.” With her usual eccentric style, she talks about her way to the top and states: “Ambitious women can always be recognized by the shape of their heads. They are flat from constant condescending patting.” Click to view the lecture.