Your TED Talk Challenge: Week 1

Strong Women!  Hey you!  Let's damned well learn something for a change. This week we launched the Strong Women Squad TED Talk Challenge, so swing on by.  Here are the deets...

What the hell are you challenging me to do?
Dedicate 10-20 mins to YOU time by watching a new TED Talk each day.  I’ll be doing it in my lunch breaks, as a way of stepping back from endless work emails!
Which ones should I watch?
There are thousands of fantastic talks by all types of Strong Women and Men.  We’ll be putting a new recommendation up on the Strong Women Squad Facebook page every single week day, and if you want to share your thoughts on it afterwards that would be ace!
What’s in it for me?
TED Talks are a great way to enrich yourself by listening to new topics, new ideas and new points of view.  I’ve already been Wonder-Woman-posing my way through several meetings this week, and it worked!  I definitely felt more powerful, and I'll be very wary of touching my neck next time I go for an interview...  And in the second talk, which was so powerful and so TRUE that it had me thinking for days, I learnt how to be more colour brave, rather than colour blind. 
I don’t have any spare time!
Just give it a go, for one week.  You deserve a break, so take it.
Okay, fine.  Where do I go?
Our Facebook page!  We also post lots of other delicious content, so come and give it a ‘like’. (Please)

Here are the talks we watched this week if you want to catch up on any of them.  It's never too late!  And there are some really good ones below that shouldn't be missed. 

Let me know in the comments below if you had any favourites. 


Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy argues that "power posing" — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don't feel confident — can boost feelings of confidence, and might have an impact on our chances for success. NOTE: Some of the findings presented in this talk have been referenced in an ongoing debate among social scientists about robustness and reproducibility. Read "Criticisms & updates" below for more details as well as Amy Cuddy's response.


The subject of race can be very touchy. As finance executive Mellody Hobson says, it's a "conversational third rail." But, she says, that's exactly why we need to start talking about it. In this engaging, persuasive talk, Hobson makes the case that speaking openly about race — and particularly about diversity in hiring -- makes for better businesses and a better society.


All of us want to invent that game-changing product, launch that successful company, write that best-selling book. And yet so few of us actually do it. TED Fellow and Brazilian entrepreneur Bel Pesce breaks down five easy-to-believe myths that ensure your dream projects will never come to fruition.


Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses -- and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius. It's a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.


In the century-old statues that occupy Cape Town, Sethembile Mzesane didn't see anything that looked like her own reality. So she became a living sculpture herself, standing for hours on end in public spaces dressed in symbolic costumes, to reclaim the city and its public spaces for her community. In this powerful, tour-de-force talk, she shares the stories and motivation behind her mesmerizing performance art.