Your TED Talk Challenge: Week 4

Week 4 of the Strong Women Squad TED Talk Challenge was one of my favourite yet: with funny women, inspirational women, uplifting women and some beautiful spoken word poetry thrown into the mix...  Which was your favourite?

Here's a reminder of what this is all about...

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 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! 

Monday

Internationally-known body activist, model and entrepreneur, Ashley Graham, describes her journey into fashion industry stardom. She doesn't leave out any gritty details, as she describes the challenging and rewarding progression toward becoming her own role model. Inspiring body confidence in the next generation, Ashley expresses the need for the universal embrace of body diversity as beauty paradigms continue to shift.

Tuesday

Athlete, actor and activist Aimee Mullins talks about her prosthetic legs -- she's got a dozen amazing pairs -- and the superpowers they grant her: speed, beauty, an extra 6 inches of height ... Quite simply, she redefines what the body can be.

Wednesday

"If I should have a daughter, instead of Mom, she's gonna call me Point B ... " began spoken word poet Sarah Kay, in a talk that inspired two standing ovations at TED2011. She tells the story of her metamorphosis -- from a wide-eyed teenager soaking in verse at New York's Bowery Poetry Club to a teacher connecting kids with the power of self-expression through Project V.O.I.C.E. -- and gives two breathtaking performances of "B" and "Hiroshima."

Thursday

In this inspiring talk, model Iskra Lawrence asserts that we all need to be taught how to look after ourselves mentally, physically, and emotionally and encourages us to invest in ourselves right now. She gives examples of self-care techniques like the mirror challenge and the gratitude list that work for anyone, any age, anytime. If we learn self-care and practice self-care, then we can gift self-care to others.

Friday

"I have cerebral palsy. I shake all the time," Maysoon Zayid announces at the beginning of this exhilarating, hilarious talk. (Really, it's hilarious.) "I'm like Shakira meets Muhammad Ali." With grace and wit, the Arab-American comedian takes us on a whistle-stop tour of her adventures as an actress, stand-up comic, philanthropist and advocate for the disabled.