Do you watch TED Talks? I have dabbled in them in the past, but recently I’ve gotten into them in a big way.
I’d been going through a bit of a funk due to being very run down after a busy, busy summer, falling out of my exercise routine, finding out I have to move out of my house (yes, moving AGAIN), and a few other things besides. After having a fat whinge over the phone to my mum, she sent me a link to a TED Talk that I’d heard about but had never seen: Amy Cuddy’s talk on how body language shapes who we are. I then went on a TED Talk binge, mostly listening to talks from successful, influential and interesting women as a way to pep me up and motivate myself out of a lull. For this post, I’ve rounded up my favourites.
This talk could not have come my way at a more appropriate time. I’ve always subscribed to the motto of ‘fake it till you make i’t, but Amy Cuddy takes it one step further to ‘fake it till you become it.’ There’s some really interesting insights in how the way we subconsciously behave influences our perceptions of both ourselves and others. I’ve got her book on my ‘to read’ pile.
I loved this one so much that I went out and bought Shonda’s book. I’m a massive fan of all things Shondaland – so that’s Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, previously, Private Practice. This talk and Shonda’s book are both call outs to saying yes to the things that scare us. It doesn’t hurt that they sound and read just like a Meredith Grey or Olivia Pope monologue.
I remember reading Eat, Pray, Love as an older teenager and just not getting what all the fuss was about. Some lady went to Italy and ate, India and prayed, and Bali and found love – big deal. Looking back, I was just too young for Elizabeth Gilbert’s story to mean anything to me, and now it’s become a cliche. However, with her follow up novel, The Signature of All Things, Gilbert proved that she did indeed have creative and writing chops. Now, her manifesto on creativity, Big Love, is a much adored bestseller. This talk is a really interesting take on how everyone is creative, and how to access latent creativity. I really think she’s onto something.
Do you have a favourite TED Talk? I’m on the lookout for recommendations! x