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Top TED Talks you MUST watch for motivation, inspiration and perspective

Who doesn't enjoy an insightful TED Talk?


I firmly believe that your voice is your power. And your story is valuable. Using your voice is essential. Whether orally or in writing, we should not be silenced. Likewise, giving others the room to use their voice and share their stories connects us. It opens our eyes to realities we could only dream of. It slowly breaks down the barriers built by prejudice. It fosters compassion.

Gone are the days of listening only to those in our intimate circles. In our increasingly digital age, we are ever closer to the hearts and stories of others far and wide. Through TED Talks, we hear tales from all over the globe about any and every topic.

The best TED Talks that will inspire you

In this post, I'll be sharing some great TED Talks that are sure to motivate and inspire you! If you enjoy gaining new perspectives and hearing the stories of others, here are some great TED Talks to get you started!

Featuring topics ranging from confidence and courage to racial injustice and gang life, these TED Talks are sure to leave you with much food for thought.

Using your voice is a political choice | Amanda Gorman

For anyone who believes poetry is stuffy or elitist, Amanda Gorman - the youngest inaugural poet in US history - has some characteristically well-chosen words. Poetry is for everyone, she says, and at its core it's all about connection and collaboration. In this fierce talk and performance, she explains why poetry is inherently political, pays homage to her honorary ancestors and stresses the value of speaking out despite your fears. "Poetry has never been the language of barriers," Gorman says. "It's always been the language of bridges."

Confidence Vs Courage | Kayode Ewumi | TEDxPeckham

Kayode Ewumi explains his journey and how he discovered his own courage to pursue his ambitions. Whilst in his final year at Coventry University, Kayode decided to create a vine account and start making videos. After graduating from Coventry University in 2015, Kayode and his childhood friend (Tyrell Williams) bought a camera, developed a character from his vine account and decided to shoot a mockumentary.

How The Worst Day Of Your Life Can Change Your Life forever. | Cassandra Lokko | TEDxPeckham

Cassandra Lokko delves into various aspects of her life that has helped her carve the path to where she is now in life. Cassandra Lokko is a social influencer and entrepreneur who has harnessed her life experiences into weekly content for her Lifestyle, Faith & Inspirational channel on YouTube. Cassandra wants to inspire young people globally to understand that no matter where they start they can be whoever they want to be. Cassandra aims to help them turn their pain into purpose!

Creating a (digital) seat at the table | Patricia Bright | TEDxPeckham

Patricia aims to encourage and uplift her 2 million plus subscribers to overcome a variety of obstacles that they may face. Patricia Bright is now one of the leading social media influencers in the beauty industry, with over 3 million followers on YouTube, and over 200 million views on her social media platforms combined. Patricia has overcome a variety of obstacles along the way, and aims to encourage, uplift, and inspire her followers with her content online.

Inside Us All | Sophia Thakur | TEDxSurreyUniversity

In this talk Sophia celebrates our individual ‘ordinary’. Through personal anecdotes, Sophia tackles the issue of identity and urges us not to be constrained by societal norms. It is an autobiographical account of what it's like to be a motivational speaker, but a hard core raver at the same time.

Get comfortable with being uncomfortable | Luvvie Ajayi Jones

Luvvie Ajayi Jones isn't afraid to speak her mind or to be the one dissenting voice in a crowd, and neither should you. "Your silence serves no one," says the writer, activist and self-proclaimed professional troublemaker. In this bright, uplifting talk, Ajayi Jones shares three questions to ask yourself if you're teetering on the edge of speaking up or quieting down -- and encourages all of us to get a little more comfortable with being uncomfortable.

Follow the leader | Suli Breaks | TEDxHousesofParliament

Suli Breaks is one the UK's leading spoken word poets who captivates audiences and peers alike with his phenomenal wordplay. This piece was especially created for TEDxHousesofParliament 2014 to close the show.

Black Panthers White Lies | Curtis Austin | TEDxOhioStateUniversity

What made the Black Panther Party successful, as well as politically dangerous? In his very personal talk, activist and historian, Dr. Curtis Austin tells his story of being labeled a 'felon' as a result of his research on the Black Panther Party. Dr. Austin details the major successes of the Black Panther Party and the key action behind those successes. Using his personal experience, years of research, and some gruesome realities, Dr. Austin contextualizes the recent outcry by people across the United States against the legacy of the Black Panther Party and the Black Power Movement.

Leading and leaving the London gang world | Karl Lokko | TEDxLondonBusinessSchool

Karl Lokko talks about the importance of community and his transition from a gang member to a community leader, creating a therapeutic rehabilitation center for youth. Karl is a 25 year old former gang leader who has now turned his life around. He has managed to harness his life experiences which has propelled and uniquely situated him as an activist/influencer within the U.K.

I hope you've enjoyed listening to these different perspectives and connected to the vision of the speaker. Feel free to share your thoughts and comment some of your favourite TED Talks!

- Faithful xoxo


About the Author:

Faith Olajuyigbe Poet

Faith is a Birmingham based writer. She has a background in drama with a focus on writing poetry, blogs and more.

Through her work, she explores themes such as love, life, faith, passion and purpose. Faith is a true creative at heart and also enjoys videography and editing.

Her debut poetry book, Words of Faith, is available to purchase in store and on Amazon.


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