7 Amazing TED Talks to Inspire Creativity

What do you do when creativity is lacking? Maybe a coffee break helps you refocus, or a walk in the park gets your mind flowing. There is a ton of advice out there for how to get inspired when feeling particularly disheartened or unenthusiastic. And while I still don’t always know the best ways for me, one thing is for sure, there’s nothing like a good inspiring TED Talk to get me out of a slump and back on track. So here are 7 amazing TED Talks to inspire creativity...

Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative genius

Everyone who knows me know that Liz Gilbert is my hero and I’m obsessed with her latest book “Big Magic.” But this talk was given several years ago and is about why creatives are expected to do “impossible” things and shares her belief that instead of people being genius, people have a genius.

ADAM GRANT: THE SURPRISING HABITS OF ORIGINAL THINKERS

Adam Grant missed his chance to invest in Warby Parker, one of the most innovative and fast growing companies valued at millions. His reaction? A thoughtful reflection of “original thinkers” and why some people think more innovatively than others.

DAVID KELLEY: HOW TO BUILD YOUR CREATIVE CONFIDENCE

Kelley is a legendary innovator and the co-person behind IDEO, design thinking and more. Here he talks about how creativity isn’t for a chosen few, but instead something inside all of us.

PHIL HANSEN: EMBRACE THE SHAKE

Hansen shares his short but impactful story about overcoming challenges to live the creative life he was meant to have.

BRENE BROWN: THE POWER OF VULNERABILITY

Ok, this talk isn’t specifically about creativity but Brene (another one of my favorite women role models) talks about human connection and the issues of empathy, belonging and love - and gives an inspiring lesson to those of us who fear putting ourselves out there.

SIR KEN ROBINSON: DO SCHOOLS KILL CREATIVITY?

Perhaps the holy grail of all TED Talks, this one has nearly 41 million views and probably shows up on every “TED for creativity” list that exists. Robinson talks about what happens to children and creativity as they grow up.

TIM BROWN: TALES OF CREATIVITY AND PLAY

This talk is a compelling reflection on the fear and embarrassment that goes along with putting yourself out there. By doing funny “experiments” with the audience, he demonstrates the importance of playfulness and how it opens us up to creative thinking.

I know there are many more great talks and I’m always on the lookout for new ones… so tell me, are there any TED talks that you love particularly? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below.