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TED in 3 minutes

Hungry for inspiration but short on time? Watch these snack-sized talks.

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  1. 3:27
    Matt Cutts Try something new for 30 days

    Is there something you've always meant to do, wanted to do, but just ... haven't? Matt Cutts suggests: Try it for 30 days. This short, lighthearted talk offers a neat way to think about setting and achieving goals.

  2. 3:26
    Camille Seaman Photos from a storm chaser

    Photographer Camille Seaman has been chasing storms for 5 years. In this talk she shows stunning, surreal photos of the heavens in tumult.

  3. 3:30
    Richard St. John 8 secrets of success

    Why do people succeed? Is it because they're smart? Or are they just lucky? Neither. Analyst Richard St. John condenses years of interviews into an unmissable 3-minute slideshow on the real secrets of success.

  4. 3:29
    Carolyn Porco Could a Saturn moon harbor life?

    Carolyn Porco shares exciting new findings from the Cassini spacecraft's recent sweep of one of Saturn's moons, Enceladus. Samples gathered from the moon's icy geysers hint that an ocean under its surface could harbor life.

  5. 2:59
    Terry Moore How to tie your shoes

    Terry Moore found out he'd been tying his shoes the wrong way his whole life. In the spirit of TED, he takes the stage to share a better way.

  6. 3:17
    Rives A story of mixed emoticons

    Rives tells a typographical fairy tale that's short and bittersweet ;)

  7. 3:50
    Damon Horowitz Philosophy in prison

    Damon Horowitz teaches philosophy through the Prison University Project, bringing college-level classes to inmates of San Quentin State Prison. In this powerful short talk, he tells the story of an encounter with right and wrong that quickly gets personal.

  8. 3:17
    Stacey Kramer The best gift I ever survived

    Stacey Kramer offers a moving, personal, 3-minute parable that shows how an unwanted experience — frightening, traumatic, costly — can turn out to be a priceless gift.

  9. 3:09
    Derek Sivers How to start a movement

    With help from some surprising footage, Derek Sivers explains how movements really get started. (Hint: it takes two.)

  10. 3:05
    Stewart Brand What squatter cities can teach us

    Rural villages worldwide are being deserted, as billions of people flock to cities to live in teeming squatter camps and slums. Stewart Brand says this is a good thing. Why? It'll take you 3 minutes to find out.

  11. 3:28
    Nilofer Merchant Got a meeting? Take a walk

    Nilofer Merchant suggests a small idea that just might have a big impact on your life and health: Next time you have a one-on-one meeting, make it into a "walking meeting" — and let ideas flow while you walk and talk.

  12. 3:18
    Dean Ornish The killer American diet that's sweeping the planet

    Forget the latest disease in the news: Cardiovascular disease kills more people than everything else combined — and it’s mostly preventable. Dr. Dean Ornish explains how changing our eating habits can save lives.

  13. 3:29
    Laura Trice Remember to say thank you

    In this deceptively simple 3-minute talk, Dr. Laura Trice muses on the power of the magic words "thank you" — to deepen a friendship, to repair a bond, to make sure another person knows what they mean to you. Try it.