My Favorite TED Talks

Like a lot of other people, I enjoy a good TED talk. Here are my favorite ones.

Benjamin Zander: The transformative power of classical music.
This guy’s energy and passion is great. The story he opens with has really stuck with me and I think about it a lot with the work I do. It’s about the two salesmen that went to Africa in the 1900s to find out if there’s an opportunity to sell shoes. One writes back saying it’s hopeless, they don’t wear shoes. The other writes back saying it’s a glorious opportunity, they don’t have shoes yet.

Eva Vertes looks to the future of medicine. 
Clearly someone who is going to do quite a bit to change the world. I love the way she questions in search of an answer. I think more than anything, I enjoyed the way she describes her thought process.

Susan Cain: The power of introverts.
As an introvert a lot about what she said resonates. I’m still making my way through her book, Quiet, and am really enjoying it. She makes some good points, however, I think there’s a risk of introverts using them as excuses to not push themselves beyond their comfort zone. I know I do sometimes.

Stanley McChrystal: Listen, learn…then lead.
I found this talk to be really inspiring in many ways. I really like the point he makes about how leadership isn’t a talent or a gift, it’s a choice and that it’s not complex but is difficult to do well.

Frank Gehry asks “Then what?”
One thing you notice after awhile about creative people, even those that are the best in their field and very accomplished, is that they keep asking themselves what’s next. I love that.


  • Evelyn Chin

    I liked General McChrystal’s talk on leadership.  Listen.  Learn. Lead.