Most Popular TED Talks Of All Time That Are Worth More Than MBA

Avantika Bhardwaj Avantika Bhardwaj
Nov 09, 2020 10 min read
Most Popular TED Talks Of All Time That Are Worth More Than MBA

There comes a time when you have to take a stand, and the most important thing you should remember is leadership skills. These things are not taught as a separate subject, so you have to learn from other's experiences. That’s where leaders are born. In today’s world when leaders are emerging from every area, then you have to understand the role of leaders. And to become a great leader, doesn’t mean you have to go to a business school.

Here’s when TEDx Talks come. One thing I like about TED Talks is, that they have answers to all your queries from around the globe in different languages. So, are schools and universities killing creativity? What makes a great leader? How can I find happiness? Is your management style effective in leveraging creativity, productivity, and change?  These 10 most popular TED Talks are worth more than an MBA and you just can’t stop sharing!

TEDx was created in the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth spreading.” It supports independent organizers who want to create a TED-like event in their own community.

1. Shawn Achor: “The Happy Secret To Better Work”

Shawn Achor
Shawn Achor “The Happy Secret To Better Work”

The fact that our parents and guardians usually say: "If you study average, then you remain average." Highlighting this theme, he says that we should rather study the outliners of moving that average to outstanding in the business world. He urges leaders to change the paradigm of seeing the business world as a place full of risks. Since 75% of job success rely on outlook, we need to reverse the formula of success and happiness. His sarcastic insights on how leaders can easily leverage the 'happiness factor' where your productivity is always a top-notch.

2. Julian Treasure: “How to Speak So That People Want to Listen”

Julian Treasure “How to Speak So That People Want to Listen”
Julian Treasure “How to Speak So That People Want to Listen”

At some point, there’s a time when you’re talking, but nobody’s listening. Julian Treasure studies sound and advises businesses on how best to use it. In this useful talk, Julian: the sound expert demonstrates the how- to of powerful speaking -- from some handy vocal exercises to tips on how to speak with empathy. A talk that might help the world sound more beautiful. Also, if you want to read a book then there’s a book by the same: “How To Be Heard: Secrets For Powerful Speaking And Listening.”

3. Jason Fried: “Why Work Doesn’t Happen at Work”

Jason Fried “Why Work Doesn’t Happen at Work”
Jason Fried “Why Work Doesn’t Happen at Work”

Work and sleep, both are common: both suffer from interruption. So, does he compare work to sleep on the same basis? He makes a point that why do we expect people to work if they are interrupted all day at the office? But, the fun part was that not blaming the social world and technology as the two factors for productivity lag, he says managers and back-to-back meetings are the toxic disrupters. He asks companies to cut back on unnecessary interruption and consider allotting them quiet time.


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4. Tony Robbins: “Why You Do What You Do”

Tony Robbins “Why You Do What You Do”
Tony Robbins “Why You Do What You Do”

Life coach Tony Robbins says self-interest is the driving force of life, and not emotions. Leaders should understand human needs, so that they can appreciate workers and, this is what shapes their ability to contribute. The science of achievement is understood, but the art of fulfillment still lacks understanding. Robbins suggests that excuses for failing are futile, and the defining factor of success is resourcefulness. So, making decisions based on a focus, giving it some meaning, and producing an emotion that inspires action.

5. Pamela Meyer: “How To Spot a Liar”

Pamela Meyer “How To Spot a Liar”
Pamela Meyer “How To Spot a Liar”

On any given day we're lied to from 10 to 200 times, and the clues to detect those lies can be subtle and counter-intuitive. Pamela Meyer, the author of Liespotting, shows the manners and "hotspots" used by those trained to recognize deception. She argues honesty is a value worth preserving. Ms. Meyer thinks that we’re facing a pandemic of deception, so she’s arming people with her tools that can help take back the truth at its stand.

6. Simon Sinek: “How Great Leaders Inspire Action”

Simon Sinek “How Great Leaders Inspire Action”
Simon Sinek “How Great Leaders Inspire Action”

In this TED Revolutionary Talk, he iterates on: “People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.” He demonstrates via some of the powerful examples which include Apple, Martin Luther King Jr., and the Wright brothers on 'How best leaders inspire their teammates to work hard.' He talks about the hiring procedure of employees, Simon says that if you hire people just because they can do a job, they’ll work for your money. But if you hire people who believe what you believe, they’ll work for you with blood and sweat and tears. Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership -- starting with a golden circle and the question: "Why?"

7. James Veitch: “This is What Happens when you Reply To Spam Email”

James Veitch “This is What Happens when you Reply To Spam Email”
James Veitch “This is What Happens when you Reply To Spam Email”

Once you step into the business world then there is a bombardment of spam mails and important mails, which are to be read. Suspicious emails: unclaimed insurance bonds, diamond-encrusted safe deposit boxes, close friends marooned in a foreign country. They pop up in our inboxes, and standard procedure is to delete on sight. But what happens when you reply? James Veitch narrates a hilarious, weeks-long exchange with a spammer who offered to cut him in on a hot deal. For James, a British Writer and Comedian, Spam mails have proven the awesome opening to have some fun, playing the scammers at their own game. His latest book “Dot Con: the Art of scamming a Scammer” (2020), is also hitting records.

8. Steve Jobs: “How to Live Before You Die”

Steve Jobs “How to Live Before You Die”
Steve Jobs “How to Live Before You Die”

This was Steve Jobs' famous ‘commencement speech’ at Stanford University, where he addressed his background and the events that led him to start a new revolution of technology in the 21stcentury. He strongly urged his leaders to have faith in what they are pursuing, to take a leap of faith, and act individually. Steve Jobs championed taking risks, stating: “Death is very likely the single best invention of life. It is life’s change agent.”

9. Sam Richards: “A Radical Experiment in Empathy”

Sam Richards “A Radical Experiment in Empathy”
Sam Richards “A Radical Experiment in Empathy”

This is a radical and often misunderstood TED Talk about the importance of putting ourselves in other's shoes. When empathy is a quality of being a good person, then it is also key to being a great leader. It helps us understand how to communicate better with and understand our superiors, peers, and employees. Never underestimate this key characteristic.

10. Tim Harford: “Trial, Error, and the God Complex”

Tim Harford “Trial, Error, and the God Complex”
Tim Harford “Trial, Error, and the God Complex”

He passes an atheist comment that how we blindly believe that God or the Supreme Power controlling this universe is not always right. Tim strongly urges people to abandon God. Often the method of trial and error produces variants that work, and we have no idea why. He argues that working to solve issues systematically is optimal. He also recommends leaders abstain from “laying down the law” and encourages them to admit when they're wrong.


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11. Amy Cuddy: “Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are”

Amy Cuddy “Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are”
Amy Cuddy “Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are”

Body language affects how others see you, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy argues that "power posing" -- standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don't feel confident -- can boost feelings of confidence, and might have an impact on our chances for success. Cuddy has researched well on body language which reveals that we can change other people’s perceptions- and perhaps even our body changes by simply changing the positions and postures.

12. Richard St. John: “8 Secrets Of Success”

Richard St. John “8 Secrets Of Success”
Richard St. John “8 Secrets Of Success”

One of the shortest and the most popular TED Talks of all time, John talks about the top 8 secrets to business success at breakneck speed. The revealing secrets turn out, aren’t nearly as secretive as we may have believed. Sometimes, even the obvious needs stating. This 3-minute video is jam-packed with useful information. Stop reading. Watch it.

13. Kelly McGonigal: “How To Make Stress Your Friend”

Kelly McGonigal “How To Make Stress Your Friend”
Kelly McGonigal “How To Make Stress Your Friend”

Stress can make your heart pound, and so when you’re stressed your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. Since stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others. She also translates academic research into practical strategies for health, happiness, and personal success.

14. Barry Schwartz: “The Paradox of Choice”

"Barry Schwartz"
"Barry Schwartz" “The Paradox of Choice”

Barry is smart, and it can be clearly seen when he takes the stage. He easily tackles the way we all think. A psychologist by profession, he confidently assesses the surest of human freedoms: the freedom of choice. While our many decisions seem to give us all the opportunity we could want, we’re actually paralyzed. Are you paralyzing your customers?

15. Amanda Palmer: “The Art Of Asking”

Amanda Palmer “The Art Of Asking”
Amanda Palmer “The Art Of Asking”

Amanda is a self-proclaimed freak with an interesting past. Educated in liberal arts and 5-year work history as a self-employed street statue gave her a unique perspective. In the wake of her success as a musician, she encourages everyone to use the revolutionary marketing secret she discovered on her path. Don’t charge money for music–just ask for it.

These 15 TED Talks inspire business leaders to take leaps in impacting the change, they have been dreaming about. Since TEDx Talks offer valuable insights, then believe this: TED Ideas are worth spreading!
You can emerge as an effective trailblazer in your office by being true to yourself and constantly learning from the information that is at your fingertips.


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FAQs

What is a TED talk stand for?

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design — three broad subject areas that are collectively shaping our world. But a TED conference is broader still, showcasing important research and ideas from all disciplines and exploring how they connect.

Are TED Talks free to attend?

Free. A large number of the talks from any TED conference will appear later in the year on TED.com. All videos on the site are absolutely free.

What is the difference between a TED talk and a TEDx talk?

The difference between TED and TEDx events is that the former takes more of a global approach while the latter typically focuses on a local community that concentrates on local voices. “Officially, the 'x' in TEDx stands for independently organized TED event - but it's more of a TED multiplied.

What makes Ted effective?

A TED Talk is digestible and focused, and acts as an opportunity for personal development. Todd Liipfert, TEC's Development Director and frequent public speaker explains that the inherent focus of a TED Talk is a key learning that can be applied when presenting at work.



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