• Andrea Hartoyo

My Top 5 TED Talks

Updated: Apr 17, 2020

In the last four years or so, I've watched plenty of TED talks. I used to make time to watch at least once a day, and then it eventually became 3-4 talks a day, but I turned them into background music at work. Today I watch at least once a day during my study breaks. I love hearing people share their knowledge, thoughts and insights into various topics. My favourite topics include design, culture, and the occasional comedy and hilarity of human behaviour. Without further ado, below are my top 5 favourite talks of all time:

1. This is what happens when you reply to spam email by James Veitch

He's honestly one of my absolute favourites. I love that he's such a mischievous person by nature, and managed to make the entire room laugh out loud for a good 10 minutes. This talk made me remember that we all need to relax and laugh once in a while and do things just for the sake of fun.

2. Inside the mind of a master procrastinator by Tim Urban

I make a point to watch this talk at least twice a year. It serves as a really good reminder that we all procrastinate (when we're not supposed to), but we do it anyway. So it reminds me that while procrastinating can be so much fun (i.e. travelling through Google maps and creep on our old family home in Switzerland), we must remember to get back on track before the panic monster arrives! Also, not to procrastinate on our long-term goals, because we only have so many boxes of weeks left :)

3. Why we laugh by Sophie Scott

This talk is an absolute delight! It made me realize how important my family and friends are, and how I always laugh when I'm with them.

4. Don't ask me where I'm from, ask me where I'm local by Taiye Selasi

This talk had a big impact on me. It made realize that many people feel the same way I do. Taiye Selasi really inspired me with her three R's: rituals, relationships, restrictions. Particularly, she thought on the question "Where are you really from?" when it's really, "Why are you here?"

5. The power of vulnerability by Brené Brown

I love how funny Brené is, and her quirky but honest talk made me realize that we all must embrace vulnerability in order to develop as human beings. We must accept it and let it become a part of us, and allow others to see it so we can share connections.

The cover image is credited to an article by Lisa Hephner.

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