Top TED Talks to get you thinking

Top TED Talks to get you thinking

When it comes to sparking debate, there's nothing quite like a TED Talk. Bringing together the top minds from all over the world, TED is a go-to for inspiration when you find you're running on empty. Here are a few of the must-watch TED Talks of recent years to get you thinking again.

Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action

Simon Sinek has cracked the code of great communication and leadership in action. What sets the great leaders - be they human beings or organisations - apart from the rest? They bypass the facts and figures and go straight to the part of the brain that controls decision making or feelings. In short: People don't buy what you do, they buy why you do it. Do you know why you do what you do?

David Christian: The history of our world in 18 minutes

One of Macquarie's own, Professor David Christian has redefined history. Blending biology, astronomy, geology, anthropology and ancient history, Christian's Big History concept explores the big questions of the universe. This 18-minute TED Talk is just a sneak peek at Christian's ambitious Big History Project, which is available for study here at Macquarie and will be launched online this year.  

Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are

Could the secret to success be in the way you sit or stand? Amy Cuddy thinks so. Nonverbal communication, or body language, is supremely influential in our judgements of others. It turns out the old adage 'fake it till you make it' rings true. Even if you don't feel confident you can portray the impression of confidence through your body language - even to yourself. If you take Cuddy's advice and practice some of these power poses before your next interview, you might just land that big promotion.

Jason Fried: Why work doesn't happen at work

In this TED talk, Jason Fried makes a compelling case for why the office isn't the best place for real work to get done. When was the last time you had three hours of uninterrupted time at work? He relates the process of meaningful work with the process of sleep: both happen in phases and you have to go through the more superficial phases to get to the truly important parts. The problem with the office is it contains too many involuntary distractions. Have a look and see if you agree with Fried's three suggestions to improve the workplace and make it the place where productivity happens.

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