The Handbook
The Handbook

Let’s talk about TED, baby! Every year we say to ourselves, this is our year, as we fumble over New Year’s resolutions that we know we likely won’t keep. Well, to make sure your 2019 gets off to the best possible start, The Handbook is giving you all a little homework in preparation. We urge you all to have a listen to our top ten inspiring TED Talks. Hopefully they will enlighten you a little at the very least, and inspire you to make some impressive changes in 2019…

Three Ways To Practice Civility 

In a word of people not saying thank you when you hold open the door and queue jumpers being at large, this TED Talk paves the way for civility, courtesy of Journalist Steven Petrow. During the talk, Petrow looks for answers in the original meaning of the word, showing why civility shouldn’t be dismissed as conversation-stifling political correctness or censorship.

The Danger Of A Single Story

This touching TED talk by Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie pushes judging books by their covers to the sideline, with its discourse that explores what happens when complex human beings and situations are reduced to a single narrative: when Africans, for example, are treated solely as pitiable poor, starving victims with flies on their faces.

How To Make Stress Your Friend

Let’s face it, stress has never been anyone’s friend, but how about if there was a way to change the dynamic? Make the stress that we dread, work for us, instead of against us. Through the knowledge of health psychologist Kelly McGonigal, known for her popular explanation of scientific research, this TED talks illuminates a study that assessed people’s feelings of stress, their attitude towards stress, and correlated against public death records.

Me Too Is A Movement, Not A Moment 

Tarana Burke was a woman accustomed to seeing sexual violence in her community and so, in light of this, she decided to make a change in 2006. Her TED Talk ‘Me Too Is A Movement, Not A Moment’ makes a powerful call to dismantle the power and privilege that are building blocks of sexual violence. She says: “We owe future generations nothing less than a world free of sexual violence […] I believe we can build that world.”

The Art Of Asking

Too many people are afraid to ask for what they want. Why because people are afraid of awkward encounters and being turned down. So the saying goes, “if you don’t ask you don’t get”. After all, Father Christmas can’t give you what you want unless you put it in your letter to the North Pole. Here Amanda examines this problem through the relationship between artist and fan.

An Astronaut’s Story Of Curiosity, Perspective And Change

If you’ve tuned into Life on Netflix lately, you’ll be just as intrigued/ terrified about the life of an astronaut as we are. I mean, does it really entail Mars microorganisms turning into monsters and being blasted off into deeper space? In this TED talk, Leland Melvin tells the story of the challenges he’s accepted and the opportunities he’s seized — and how they led him to the International Space Station and a whole new perspective of life on earth.

How To Spot A Liar

Spotting a liar is an essential skill that frankly we could all do with possessing, whether it is in the workplace or in our personal lives, no one needs or wants to fall victim to someone else’s lies. Here are some sure-fire ways to avoid those snakes in the grass… ssssssss!

Why We Do What We Do

Tony Robbins discusses the “invisible forces” that make us do what we do ricocheting between thoughts, behaviour and action, exploring six basic, universal needs that make us tick and drive all human behaviour. Like a palm reader on a platform, Tony Robbins will have you hooked!

Looks Aren’t Everything. Believe Me, I’m A Model

Looking highly seductive at 16-years-old was pretty much how Cameron Russell began her career. In this enlightening and poignant TED talk, the model talks about how her winning of a “genetic lottery” didn’t lead to a particularly easy ride through life.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Orgasm

If you can attempt to get your minds out of the gutter, just a little, you’ll realise that this Mary Roach TED talk is actually super interesting – sexy stuff aside. Roach delves into different types of orgasm based on neurology and looks into obscure scientific research, some of it centuries old, to make 10 surprising claims about sexual climax, ranging from the bizarre to the hilarious.