Welcome to another Wednesday Exploration. This week we journey into the global world of TED, a world I know we will visit on a number of occasions over the coming year due to the sheer breadth of inspiration to be found there.

To start off, a brief introduction to TED which is probably best know as the home of TED Talks, does that ring a bell? TED describes itself as ‘a clearing house of free knowledge from the worlds most inspired thinkers’ and whether you’re a health researcher or working in clinical practice there are TED Talks for you. Some will support your personal development, some will give you inspiration and others will expand your horizons.  I can say honestly that I have laughed, cried and been astounded whilst watching Ted talks

If you would like to find out about the different aspects of TED’s work like the TEDx conferences run throughout the UK you can do this via the website. But for today I am going to focus on the talks of which there are now over 2,000. All are freely available online and last no longer than 18 minutes and therefore great to tune in to when you need a bit of down time or a cup of coffee. You can create a log in and bookmark those that you find helpful so that you can keep revisiting or sharing them.

To help you navigate through the library you can search either via curated Playlists, of which there are over 100, or by topic. The playlists are structured under the following headings

  • A better you
  • TED at a glance
  • Technology
  • Entertainment
  • Art and design
  • Science and medicine
  • Culture
  • Global issues
  • Business and work

To whet your appetite one of the playlists found in ‘A better you’ is Where do ideas come from? the 8 talks in the playlist include: where do good ideas come from; your elusive creative genius; how to start a movement; how to get your ideas to spread; where does creativity hide; when ideas have sex; embrace the remix; 4 lessons in creativity.

Other playlists include All kinds of minds. which comprises 9 talks focused on ‘powerful stories shattering preconceived notions about mental illness and posing provocative questions’ and How to be a great leader  which ‘offers surprising, nuanced approaches on how to inspire and empower others to do their very best’.

For anyone who needs to speak in public the 8 talks within the Before Public Speaking playlist are well worth watching. One of my favourites within this list is Julian Treasure’s talk on How to speak so that people want to listen.

You can follow TED on all of the usual social media channels and sign up for an email alert when a new talk is released.

Here’s a suggestion, if you want to experience the world of TED you might start by exploring the 20 most popular talks of all time which will give you a really good idea of the range and diversity of the talks.

Tempting as it may be I’m not going to link to any more as part of the fun is in exploring for yourself. If you already use TED talks or decide to have an explore I would love to know which ones you enjoy.