TED Talks

TED Talks and Why You Should Listen to Them

A great story has the ability to access your deep emotions. A great story has the power to make you the best version of yourself. A great story can deeply impact your thought process and can make you dwell into the world that is yet to be discovered. TED Talks is the platform that brings those great stories to your doorsteps. A story can be about anything. It can be about success. It can be about failure.  It can be about sadness or happiness.  But one thing that any story contains is a great emotional value that so profoundly imprints itself on the minds of people who carefully craft that emotion in their lives and will live on with that memory.

TED talks is a part of the non-profit American Global media organization TED Conference LLC, which produces and shares powerful talks by world’s most inspiring thinkers. The organization is based on the slogan “ideas worth sharing”. Founded in 1984 February 23 by Harry Marks and Richard Saul Wurman, TED covers almost all topics including technology, entertainment, agriculture, humanities, beauty, etc.

As of 2022, over 3500 TED talks, which are watched by over one billion people around the world, are available for free on its website. TEDx Talk is similar to TED conference and can be arranged as a local, self-organised, non-profit programme by obtaining a free license from TED. For more information on organising a TEDx event, click HERE.

What makes TED talks special?

The platform itself is what makes those ideas and stories worth listening to. Every speaker has a success story and every story is different.

TED talks gives a platform to every story which deserves an audience. Success through ages has changed its shape and form, from Gold to Money to Stocks. We can’t compare one’s ability to succeed with others. That is the realization that hit me when I started watching TED talks. These videos made me realize that success stories are all around us. The world may be addicted to Glitter and Glamour but what matters is your idea, YOUR idea of success.

TED talks and its way of reaching  people

TED talks as a platform is not restricted to success stories. It brings into limelight the ideas of people, their experiences, and their journey. The moments that made them who they are, the decisions that changed their lives forever.

To all those people, TED talks is a stage where they can wholeheartedly share those stories with the world.

It is also a great medium where new innovators can present their ideas from life saving inventions that can prevent human stampede to creating a multi crore business model.

Some stories will move you while some other might shake your own beliefs. One aspect of TED talks that has always given me hope to move forward in life is the people and their journeys. When you see a person sharing a personal story with which you can connect or relate, you feel satisfied, humble, grounded, vulnerable all at the same time. You take comfort in the fact that you are not alone. Someone like you out there is daring to express his or her innermost feelings regardless of whether or not they get judged for it.

The best TED talks are those which resonate with you. Not everyone is the same, not everyone is different, but each and every one is unique. The ability of a platform like TED talks is to bring those unique stories to a wider audience and encourage people to pursue their own destiny.

Every time I see or listen to someone who is telling his or her story without any hesitation, I feel inspired to tell my own. Having the ability to enthrall the audience with your narration is one of the most amazing feelings one can get.

Some of the Best TED talks that I Would Highly Recommend:-

  1. Thoughts on humanity, fame and love | Shah Rukh Khan
  2. Redefining Storytelling | Rana Daggubati | TEDxHyderabad
  3. 7 Ways to Make a Conversation With Anyone | Malavika Varadan | TEDxBITSPilaniDubai
  4. Weaving the Future | Chinthakindi Mallesham | TEDxHyderabad
  5. Harsha Bhogle: The rise of cricket, the rise of India
  6. A well educated mind vs a well formed mind: Dr. Shashi Tharoor at TEDxGateway 2013
  7. Create your own recipe for success | Sanjay Thumma | TEDxHyderabad
  8. Do schools kill creativity? | Sir Ken Robinson
  9. Tim Urban: Inside the mind of a master procrastinator | TED
  10. Why I’m done trying to be “man enough” | Justin Baldoni

About the Author

Abhinav has finished his graduation in Civil Engineering only to realise that writing is also as analytical as Structural Analysis. From finding hidden references in movies to writing them in his stories, which may one day triumph as Gandalf in Lord of the Rings, he is all about the culture of Pop Culture. He considers music as therapy and storytelling as catharsis. You can write to Abhinav at his email address: abhinavsriramoju@gmail.com

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