What is TED? This primer of 11 classic TED Talks show you the wide range of topics covered -- and introduce you to beloved speakers like Amy Cuddy, Brené Brown, Sir Ken Robinson and Chimamanda Adichie. Find your next favorite talk ...
Why these talks, Damon Lindelof, writer of "Lost" and "Prometheus"? "These are the ones that stayed with me. That I watched more than once. That I have forwarded to friends with hopes of not only expanding their horizons but stimulating conversation."
Novelist Elif Shafak says, "Even long after I listened to these talks, I noticed I was carrying the words with me wherever I traveled. I can listen to these speakers again and again, hearing something new each time."
Brandon Boyd, lead singer of Incubus, says, "I hope to one day perform live music on the moon. Perhaps if all goes according to plan, we can make a TED Talk out of it!" We eagerly await this event. Until then, here are his favorite talks.
Great TED Talks illuminate an idea. Sometimes, they do it while making you laugh. These talks will bring a smile to your face. Please note: Vigorous debate ensued among our staff about which talks to include. So we hope you’ll find something for every sense of humor.
Steve Case says, "It has been amazing to watch TED's transition from party to platform, and from a small gathering for the benefit of a few to a massive global movement. Choosing my favorite TED Talks after so many years was no easy task, but here goes ... "
A list of the talks mentioned in TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking. Chris Anderson's comments on each talk (in the grey italics) indicate why they were included in the book. Use the book index for more info.