This page provides some inspiring talks.
- How boredom can lead to your most brilliant ideas (by Manoush Zomorodi, April 2017 at TED2017)
Do you sometimes have your most creative ideas while folding laundry, washing dishes or doing nothing in particular? It’s because when your body goes on autopilot, your brain gets busy forming new neural connections that connect ideas and solve problems. Learn to love being bored as Manoush Zomorodi explains the connection between spacing out and creativity.
- Think Fast, Talk Smart: Communication Techniques (by Matt Abrahams, Published on Dec 4, 2014)
Communication is critical to success in business and life. Concerned about an upcoming interview? Anxious about being asked to give your thoughts during a meeting? Fearful about needing to provide critical feedback in the moment? You are not alone! Learn and practice techniques that will help you speak spontaneously with greater confidence and clarity, regardless of content and context.
Anxiety is normal and natural. anxiety is good to some extent, it makes us focused, so we are not going to overcome it, we will learn to mange anxiety.
It is not a performance, there is no right answer for this, there may be better or worse public speaking, but there is no only right answer for that.
- University of Texas at Austin 2014 Commencement Address (by Admiral William H. McRaven, Published on May 19, 2014, duration: 19:26 mins)
If you do not have time to watch the whole address (about 20mins), you can watch this 6 mins good summary at HERE.
- The Scientist as Storyteller (by Kip Hodges, Published on May 12, 2011)
A great short video about the value of storytelling skills for scientists and other professionals – writing papers, presenting, etc.
Kip Hodges was a popular MIT professor for several years before he went to Arizona State University for the Founding Director of the School of Earth and Space Exploration.
- A great TED talk: The world needs all kinds of minds by Temple Grandin. There is a movie filmed according to her life, Temple Grandin (2010).
“Temple Grandin, diagnosed with autism as a child, talks about how her mind works — sharing her ability to “think in pictures,” which helps her solve problems that neurotypical brains might miss. She makes the case that the world needs people on the autism spectrum: visual thinkers, pattern thinkers, verbal thinkers, and all kinds of smart geeky kids.”