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Event leadership | 26 March 2015

5 TED Talks To Inspire Event Attendees

Rachel Siford

TED, Technology, Education and Design, is a nonprofit organization that aims at uniting people who want a deeper understanding of the world we live in. Thousands of intelligent, inspiring individuals have spoken at TED conferences around the world.

For those #eventprofs who are looking for a way to inspire attendees, look no further! Here is a list of talks that are sure to open your attendees’ minds and get them thinking about new and innovative ideas!

1. Brené Brown: The Power Of Vulnerability


Brené Brown, called a “researcher-storyteller,” researches vulnerability. Her talk focuses on expanding perceptions of what it means to be vulnerable and why it’s important. Brown argues that shame is an indicator of vulnerability. Furthermore, in order to truly feel a sense of belonging, you have to believe you are worthy of it. This TED talk will leave every attendee feeling like they just gained a great piece of life advice, and who doesn’t need that?

Furthermore, it demonstrates the need for business leaders to create a work environment where employees feel they can be at least somewhat vulnerable. Perhaps the best way to do this is to demonstrate a bit of vulnerability yourself.

2. Deb Roy: The Birth Of A Word



Deb Roy, an MIT researcher, has a unique video recording system in his house. Over the course of three years, he filmed 8-10 hours a day, amassing 90,000 hours of video footage and then brought it to his lab at MIT. He did this to research how his infant son learned language.

He studied every word his son learned and made amazing discoveries about the correlation between caretaker language and child language. This TED Talk is perfect for start up events since the study of language has becoming increasingly popular among the tech world. Apps like Wibbitz that speak news to users rely machine learning software that can be improved upon based on our understand on how humans learn language. It’s a great talk to get potential innovators thinking.

3. Amy Cuddy: Your body Language Shapes Who You Are

Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows that non-verbal language has a huge impact on our lives and on how others perceive us. Even emoticons can have an impact on our interaction with other people. Cuddy goes on to discuss how various forms of non-verbal communication can have gender implications. This is a much watch talk for attendees who may be interested in business networking. As Cuddy’s presentation can provide a road map for the kind of body language that is most effective at communicating confidence, while still being welcoming.

4. Isabel Allende: How to Live Passionately–No matter your age


Isabel Allende talks about her fears as she ages and encourages everyone to live passionately. This invigorating presentation about aging and the journey of life will convince attendees  that they can do what they dream of doing, no matter their age.

This particularly inspiring video is perfect for entrepreneurial events. It will encourage attendees to have the courage to follow their passion regardless of their age. It’s never too late to do what you love, that’s the main point of Allende’s presentation.

5. Angela Lee Duckworth: The key to success? Grit



After leaving a very demanding job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth became a seventh grade math teacher. She realized IQ was not the only factor in determining her students’ success. She says the key to success is grit.

Passion and perseverance toward long term goals is the key to success. While intelligence is certainly important, Duckworth argues having the drive to work day in and day out is most key.

Attendees will be inspired to get to work after watching this TED Talk, as Duckworth explains the core values that a person who wants to be truly successful should have.

We know that Inspiring attendees is just one part of every busy event organizer’s job. That’s why Bizzabo created a completely free white paper on event planner terms design for new and advanced organizers alike. To download it, just click the button below!

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