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  • Must Watch TED(x) Talks:

    Featuring motivational talks from some of the most brilliant minds in the world, TED and TEDx talks cover every topic under the sun in an easy-to-understand and inspiring way. Wonder which talks to get started on with? This collection of hand-picked talks for your viewing pleasure is a primer of 7 classic TED(x) Talks encompassing a wide range of topics and featuring impactful speakers like Susan Cain, James Veitch, and Malavika Varadan, among others.

    Find your next favorite talk with us here at TEDxNITTrichy.

    The power of introverts- Susan Cain

    Watch the talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0KYU2j0TM4

    They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. For most of you reading this, one among every three of you fall under this category. Yes, we are talking about introverts. Although they are often labeled "quiet", it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Passionately argued and filled with indelible stories from her own life to those of real people, Cain shows in her talk how dramatically we undervalue introverts, and how much we lose in doing so. Finally, she offers invaluable advice on everything from how to better negotiate differences in introvert-extrovert relationships to how to empower introverted children to when it makes sense for an extrovert to be an introvert at times as well.
    This extraordinary talk has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how introverts see themselves.

    Inside the mind of a master procrastinator- Tim Urban

    Watch the talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arj7oStGLkU

    Can a presentation about science be fun?

    What if we told you that you needed to spend the next 14 minutes listening to a presentation about how our brain manages day-to-day tasks with a specific order of operations, and how this affects our work output. Sounds dry, right?
    Let’s take this same pitch and give it to Tim Urban, an incredible presenter who knows how to deliver psychological information with a fun, humorous twist. Filled with the self-deprecating irony of his own experiences with procrastination and his skillful use of visual metaphors, we present a talk that is more like a delicious treat than a dry, informative speech on productivity.



    This is what happens when you reply to spam email- James Veitch

    Watch the talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QdPW8JrYzQ

    Have you ever gotten a piece of spam that made it past your filter and thought to yourself, “I wonder what would happen if I actually replied to this?”. Comedian James Veitch took it upon himself to do something we think we all consider sometimes: He started responding to email scammers, stringing them along. When scammers emailed him with shady business propositions—offers of gold, or bizarre inheritances—Veitch replied, expressing interest, or in some cases critiquing the specifics of the business idea. And, predictably, things got weird. What followed was a comedy of epic proportions.

    With that, we leave you with Veitch's instant-classic signoff: "Bonsoir my golden nuggets; Bonsoir."



    The orchestra in my mouth- Tom Thum

    Watch the talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNZBSZD16cY

    At about two minutes into this ten-minute performance by BeatBoxer Tom Thum, your jaw would already be hanging open, by about six minutes you would have nearly thrown your computer off your lap. The Guardian was absolutely correct when it stated Thum “appears to have swallowed an entire orchestra and several backing singers”.

    Now recognized worldwide for his obscure talent to warp and manipulate his vocal chords, Thum continues to prove to audiences that there is no sound he cannot mimic to perfection. This 15-minute showcase has the distinction of becoming the highest viewed TEDx video of all time with over 50 million views and counting!



    Why I stopped watching porn- Ran Gavrieli

    Watch the talk here: https://youtu.be/gRJ_QfP2mhU

    If we ask you how many of you have watched porn, practically all hands might go up. This is not a celebration of pornography - it’s an admission that it exists and that millions of us consume it as a deliverable.

    This guy stopped watching porn – and he wants you to know why. Gender activist Ran Gavrieli felt that most of the images he saw in porn encouraged negative, even violent, attitudes toward women, despite a recent wave of feminist porn.Watch this talk to learn how to emancipate one's self from the mental slavery that hardcore porn and it's pop culture products are trying to bring upon us.



    Top hacker shows us how it's done- Pablos Holman

    Watch the talk here: https://youtu.be/hqKafI7Amd8

    In today's digital world, data is king. And as we move more and more of our lives online, the risk of fraud and identity theft grows ever larger. In this day and age of everything from LED bulbs to toasters getting connected to the Internet, of smart homes and IoT, our vulnerability to get hacked has also skyrocketed exponentially.

    In this talk, Pablos Holman, an inventor, and hacker try to demonstrate the susceptibility of one getting hacked with real-life examples and a dash of humor. This talk shows how every system claiming to be secure might not be...how thinking differently might just lead to solving all these problems, and then some.



    7 Ways to Make a Conversation With Anyone- Malavika Varadan

    Watch the talk here: https://youtu.be/F4Zu5ZZAG7I

    You enter a room and look for familiar faces. You realize there aren't any. You try to escape the awkwardness by darting in and out of the washroom or swiping about your phone. But the thought of striking up a conversation makes you freeze because you do not know how to chit-chat. Sound familiar? Then this talk is all about you.

    This TEDx talk presented by RJ extraordinaire Malavika Varadan enlightens us with the fact that every stranger we meet could potentially be the person we can have some of our best conversations ever. As easy as it sounds, striking up a conversation is no ordinary task, but it is one that can be made easier and if you can just make note of 7 simple things.

    Watch this talk, try to open up the book of the life of any stranger that you meet, and learn the lessons you may find within.


    So here we have our selectively curated playlist of the best TED(x) talks, ranging from a wide variety of topics such as psychology to humor to hacking. Do give the videos a try. We're sure you'll love them. Till then, watch this space for more!

    Aditya Mishra
    Volunteer Organizer
    TEDxNITTrichy