by Phil Williams

Often, we experiencers learn from the experiences of others who are renowned in their space. Their inspiration helps us remain inspired. They provoke our thoughts. They help us think differently, which can be a challenge when our day-to-day tasks can make us out to be somewhat tunnel visioned.

Luckily, for all of us there is one type of content that is available to help us in our drive for inspiration: TED Talks. With presentations from the most brilliant minds across the world, TED Talks covers every topic from the jaw dropping to funny and informative.

So if you find you have 10 minutes to watch some of the best content available and to learn from others, we’ve compiled 10 of our favourite TED Talks. These talks are gifts that will thrill you. Watch them and you will come away with a new learning, a laugh or with your jaw hanging down at your knees.

Steven Johnson: “Where Good Ideas Come From”

Steven Johnson offers an enthralling tour that takes us from the early networks of London’s coffee houses to Charles Darwin’s long, slow hunch to today’s high-velocity web.  We often credit our ideas to a single Eureka moment but Steven Johnson shows us how history has a different story.

Susan Cain: “The Power of Introverts”

Are you an introvert? Well congratulations, people like you make up 30% to 50% of society. So why don’t we value them more? Find out your power from this eye-opening talk from Susan Cain. Perhaps you will be inspired to play and work more successfully with your friends and team mates.

Dan Gilbert: “The Surprising Science of Happiness”

Dan challenges the concept that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. What do you mean I can’t have what I want… like now!

David Hanson: “Robots that “Show Emotion”

Character robots that look and act like us. Scary? Well David Hanson has brought together robotics and art to design life-like emotion.

Marco Tempest: “The magic of truth and lies”

iPods are amazing in their own right but in the hands of Marco, they turn into magical props. A blend of cutting edge technology with the flair and showmanship of Houdini.

Do you have any favourite inspirational or jaw dropping TED talks? Share your favourites.