Most Impacting Ted Talks

I love Ted Talks, and other Ted-like venues. They have become the pulpit of the globalized world. I have been exposed to great idea shapers, and I wanted to share with you some of my favorites. Here’s my top 5:

5. Seth Godin: How to get your ideas to spread

This 17 minute video shows why Godwin is the leading marketing guru of today. In a information saturated world, we must be remarkable (or even weird) to stand out.

4. Nancy Duarte: The secret structure of great talks

From the “I have a dream” speech to Steve Jobs’ iPhone launch, all great presentations have a common architecture. In this talk, Nancy Duarte shows the underlining architecture for every great speech.

3. Jeff Shinabarger: Black Friday and the Endless Cycle of Want

Our family watched this on Black Friday and generated a great discussion about materialism and service. Jeff makes a great point that if we don’t know what enough is, we will always want more. If we don’t, every time we hang out with people who have more than us, we’ll want more. And every time we hang out with someone that has less than us, we will feel like that we need to simplify our lives. Yet the enough for you is not the enough for me. It’s easy to draw the line for others, but hard to draw the line for ourselves. When we choose to live with less, we gain the opportunity to give more. Ultimately, generosity is the key to freedom in a greedy world. Great stuff!

2. Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are

Amy quickly and convincingly reviews the latest science to show how our body posture directly influences our heads and hearts. The old theologian, Augustine, would have agreed but probably would have put it differently, like James K. A. Smith says: our liturgy trains our hearts just as much as our worldview. I find these new findings extremely helpful in how people are actually discipled and formed as people.

1. Mark Driscoll: Tribalism & the Evangelicals

I love charts! Driscoll basically states that Evangelicals are no longer one tribe (as in the days of Billy Graham). Based on Seth Godin’s work, Driscoll developed key question chart to help navigate the divided world of Evangelicalism. So based on your answers determines who is your tribe, and who are your tribal leaders.

  • Are you Reformed or Arminian?
  • Are you Complementarian or Egalitarian?
  • Are you Charismatic or Cessationist?
  • Are you Missional or Fundamental?

For more great videos, my buddy Denny Burk posted his favorite from 2013. I have to say that I never get tired watching It’s Not About the Nail. I laugh every time!

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