Ted talks are a fantastic source of inspiration, and with most of them lasting between 10 and 20 minutes they are perfect for watching during a break.  Whether you are after a motivational speech, a look at some of the latest technology, or a specific talk on social psychology, Ted has everything you need.  Here, we take a look at five of our favourite inspirational talks across a range of specialisms.

The talks to get you inspired.

  • Talk 1: Brené Brown – The power of vulnerability

Filmed in 2010 this talk has had over 22 million views and it is easy to see why. Brené shares insights from her research on human connection to shed some light on understanding ourselves and humanity. The inspiration in this talk comes from the human desire to better ourselves, and that starts with understanding ourselves. If you want to know how to understand the world around you, this is a definite must watch.

  • Talk 2: Elizabeth Gilbert - Your elusive creative genius

Filmed in 2009 this talk has had over 10.5 million views so far. This talk from Elizabeth Gilbert shares the idea that we all have a “genius” inside us and it is more a matter of unlocking that genius than not having one at all. This inspiring talk takes us through different ideas and views to motivate us to find our own genius.

  • Talk 3: Dan Pink – The Puzzle of Motivation

Also filmed in 2009, this talk has had almost 15 million views.  Dan Pink is a career analyst who specialises in motivation in this particular talk, looking at what motivates us to work and what gets us the best results. Dan’s talk looks at the idea that traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as original rewards. If you want to find a different way to motivate yourself, then be sure to watch this talk and see what inspires you to do well.

  • Talk 4: Simon Sinek – How Great Leaders Inspire Action

Author of “Start With Why”, this talk by Simon Sinek was first filmed in 2009 and looks at how some of the greatest leaders in history inspired those around them. With examples and different perspectives the whole way through, Sinek looks at Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers to deliver his talk in a way you can relate to. If you are after a way to inspire your workforce or yourself to do better, then this is a must watch.

  • Talk 5: Rita F Pierson – Every Kid Needs a Champion

Rita Pierson discusses the importance of relationships and forming connections in education, quoting James Comer saying that “no significant learning can occur without a significant relationship”. This inspiring talk, while based on the education scene, is applicable to all walks of life and is definitely worth a watch if you are after an inspirational message.