6 TED Talks to Watch Before Turkey

The Best TED Talks to Watch When You're Stuck Traveling
by Ally Freed
November 24, 2016
Thanksgiving inevitably comes with downtime, whether it's the hours waiting for turkey to roast or a flight delay. Here are 6 TED talks to inspire you while you wait for whatever the holiday has to offer.
Known as “ideas worth spreading,” TED talks are great for busy career women. They’re entertaining, concise, and loaded with valuable information that can be applied to your own life. 

Another bonus of watching TED talks? You’ll have something to do while baking Grandma’s favorite pie and you’ll be loaded with information for your dinner table conversation with Uncle Steve. Let’s get started before the pie starts to burn!


Have you wondered why humans crave connection or why everything in the world can seem right again when you’re with “your people?” This talk will leave you thinking about the transforming power of being a human being: our ability to empathize, belong, and love. 
Most meetings cover the details of decisions, but have you ever stopped to ask yourself why the decision was made in the first place? According to Simon Sinek, asking why is the secret to leadership. His simple model inspires leaders to think deeply about purpose.  You’ll never think about why – or leadership - the same way again.
So your life may not be the fairytale you always imagined, but maybe that’s okay. Maybe it’s even good for you and will make you truly happy. Dan Gilbert challenges the fairy tale story with truth that happiness isn’t found in getting everything we want. You’ll learn about your powerful inner tool – your “psychological immune system” – a tool you can utilize to bring true happiness to your life.
Ever wonder if the Victoria’s Secret Angels are a different breed of human? It’s easy to feel discouraged when media bombards us with images of what women “should look like,” but realize you’re not seeing the whole picture. It turns out the models are on our side. Cameron Russell, an accomplished model, confesses to winning “the genetic lottery” in an industry with an unattainable standard of beauty. She gives inspiration to women everywhere that beauty is more than meets the eye.
Is it possible to find a work-life balance as a busy career savvy woman? Nigel Marsh would argue yes. Better yet? It doesn’t require a radical life change, but rather small investments in the right places. This talk will leave you hopeful knowing you don’t have to choose one or the other – women really can have it all. 
If you’re a 20-something, listen up. Psychologist Meg Jay defines your current decade of life as “the defining decade.” Her research found that the choices you’re making right now are laying the foundation for your future in big ways – personally and professionally. This talk is a wake-up call to 20-somethings everywhere, and it’s one you’ll want to share with friends again and again.
Let us know which TED talks you’d recommend in the comments below!