1. Andrew Stanton: The clues to a great storyFilmmaker Andrew Stanton ("Toy Story," "WALL-E") shares what he knows about storytelling and the shape of it. He gives a clear explanation for why we need to ‘show and not tell’ in our storytelling: “Give readers 2+2. Not 4.”
2. Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative genius"Eat, Pray, Love" author Elizabeth Gilbert talks about the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses -- and the anxiety surrounding the “muse”. She reminds us to keep showing up to work, regardless.
3. Susan Cain: The power of introvertsIt’s exactly what it says on the tin. As an introvert, this talk was revolutionary and I bought the book afterwards (also fascinating). We are often told what is ‘wrong’ with being an introvert and about the stigmas attached to it. But Susan opens up the reality of introversion (not the same as being shy), and empowers it. A MUST for all, introverted or not.
4. Shane Koyczan: "To This Day" ... for the bullied and beautifulPoet Shane performs his spoken-poem about bullying, taken from his video that went viral. A fantastic poem, which touched me in so many ways (see my previous post here). If you ever need to read fiction to an audience, I would suggest watching Shane and how he brings life to words. He doesn't recite words; he lives them. Another favourite poem of mine is The Crickets have Arthritis.
What's your favourite TED talk? Are there any I've missed?