The 3 Best TED Talks, According to the Curator of TED Talks

Kelsey Clark
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We're big fans of TED Talks here at MyDomaine—from the best talks to awaken your inner CEO to the presentation tips and tricks hidden in each and every unforgettable speech, we could spend hours upon hours sifting through the best life lessons, professional anecdotes, and bits of timeless wisdom embedded in each inspiring address. Which is why we were especially excited to find this piece on the best TED Talks ever, according to TED Talk curator Chris Anderson. According to Inc., Anderson has had a front-row seat for almost every speaker to grace the TED stage, making him the unequivocal tastemaker in the world of inspiring TED Talks. According to Anderson's answers to a recent Quora inquiry, these are the three most inspiring, informative TED Talks to date: 

David Deutsch: Chemical Scum That Dream of Distant Quasars

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"Here's a maverick physicist giving an eloquent argument about the power of knowledge … framed in an incredible talk, full of unexpected twists and turns," said Anderson. "Deutsch helped convince me that knowledge is far more than just a weird evolutionary trick invented by one of Earth's species."

Nancy Etcoff: Happiness and Its Surprises

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"This is one of a whole collection of talks on happiness that have really changed my thinking and … I think actually made me happier," admits Anderson. "The science of happiness is counter-intuitive. [Nancy] Etcoff offers a great summary. This playlist has many more."

Clay Shirky: Institutions vs. Collaboration

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"Back in 2005, [Clay] Shirky spoke about how the web was enabling new models that should encourage institutions to 'let go' and allow others to do some of their work for them," writes Anderson. "I think it helped convince us that we should be willing to risk giving away our best talks for free online."

Head over to the original Quora post for the full list of inspiring talks, and shop Anderson's TED Talk book on public speaking.

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