Jill Bolte Taylor: My Stroke of Insight
Neuroanatomist (or brain scientist) Jill Bolte Taylor’s experienced an explosion in her brain in the form of a blood vessel. However, she was in a unique position to study her stroke. She saw her brain functions close down one after another: self-awareness, memory, speech, motion etc. Ms Taylor invested eight years into relearning how to talk, walk, and think. She is now a spokesperson for other people who have suffered from a stroke and uses her own example of perseverance in coming back from an injury to the brain as inspiration.
Emilie Wapnick: Why Some of Us Don’t Have One True Calling
Emilie Wapnick, an artist and writer, talks about how she got passionate about multiple subjects before moving on and how it caused her much anxiety as she was unsure how she could transform any of these into a professional career. She refers to these people as “multipotentialities” and asserts that they have as much a role to play in tomorrow’s workplace as those who focus on a single career choice.
Julian Treasure: How to Speak So That People Want to Listen
Julian Treasure, an expert in sound, informs the audience how to speak powerfully, providing advice on a range of sub-topics, such as speaking with empathy. He even gets the audience engaging in vocal exercises.
Amanda Palmer: The Art of Asking
Amanda Palmer learned something from her time as a street performer. She talks about the relationship that artists have with their fans and why that bond is significant. She goes into how she toured with her band and the generosity shown by their fans. They made numerous gestures, including providing home-cooked meals and offering a place to crash. She talks about this relationship and what it means for an artist to ask for something from fans.
Robert Waldinger: What Makes A Good Life? Lessons from The Longest Study On Happiness
The psychiatrist is also the director of a research programme on adult development that has been going on for some 78 years. He, therefore, has a whole treasure trove of research to tap into on what makes people happy. Most people believe that being rich and famous would make them happy but Wadinger says that the opposite is true and that the happiest people are those who invest in relationships with friends, family, and their community.
Amy Cuddy: Your Body Language May Shape Who You Are
Amy Cuddy, a social psychologist, talks about how our best language affects how we’re perceived by others, as well as how it can alter the way in which we see ourselves.
Applying to speak at TED
There’s all but one TED conference and it’s a conference that’s both costly and extremely selective. However, there have been 50,000 TEDx talks that have popped up around the world in recent years. These events, which are managed by volunteers, are open to applications from any speaker willing to invest the time. You never know, if you are passionate about your subject and are prepared to put in the effort, one day, you could find yourself on a list just like this one.