More thoughts from those of you waiting to attend TEDxChapmanU


Last week we talked about what makes an icon, genius, or maverick, and highlighted some of your personal responses. We also asked attendees what their favorite TED Talk was and why. In anticipation for TEDxChapmanU, here are a few of your top picks to get you in the spirit:

  • Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action

Quite a few attendees listed this TED talk as their favorite because of his use of the “golden circle” and how “people don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.” This is what “gets to the core of innovation.” Simon solidifies all of this information down to one question: “Why?” To get the answer, you can watch his TED talk on what makes an icon.

  • Jill Bolte Taylor's stroke of insight

Jill Bolte Taylor’s TED talk looks at the workings of our brains from the inside, literally, and our attendees find it “remarkable in every way.” “The image of her fitting her big soul into her tiny body” and how “she illuminates the power of the right hemisphere of our brain” make this one talk that you can’t miss. Watch her talk to take a deeper look into what makes a genius.

  • Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity

Ken Robinson’s talk about creativity is also a big favorite, as “it challenges the way we look at how we cultivate our society.” They also found inspiration in “his position on education” and “his humor and ability to convey his message.” Ken believes that “if you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.” If you’re prepared, take a look at his maverick TED talk.

Now that we’ve got you going, post other icon, genius, and maverick TED Talks in the comment section below.

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