Top 5 TED talks to watch in 2020

The best TED talks you should watch right now

When StudyFast founder, Jordan Harry, spoke at a TEDx event organized by the University of Bath in 2018, little did he know how many people it would reach!

Initially performed in front of an audience of fewer than 50 people, the TED talk has now been viewed over 2 million times on YouTube.

The 10-minute talk titled “How to Read a Book a Day” summarises some of the key methods you can use to improve your reading speed. From looking at three habits holding back your reading speed, to showing you how to read and understand a book quickly, we hope this talk has helped many people with their reading!

But enough about us!

To celebrate the talk surpassing the milestone of 2 million views, we have compiled a list of some of our favourite TED talks that we are loving right now.

Take a look at our top five TED talks below:


Sleep is your superpower – Matt Walker

We are never going to argue when someone says we should sleep more! Not setting an alarm for the morning and getting a good night’s sleep is one of the world’s most underrated pleasures, so we love that this talk highlights how important sleep is.

Sleep scientist Matt Walker discusses the impact that sleep, and lack of sleep, has on our minds and bodies. And he shows us some fascinating results. Although you could guess that not sleeping enough would impair your brain capabilities, it is shocking to see just how much of an effect it has on your memory and learning capacity.

In short, it underlines that there’s no point working all day to learn new skills and improve your memory if you don’t take the time to switch off and sleep!


The brain-changing benefits of exercise – Wendy Suzuki

Getting tired and sweaty from working out- some people love it; some people hate it! However, this talk shows that exercise of any kind at any level has benefits for everybody.

Neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki demonstrates how exercise can improve and revitalize your mood and brain capacity. Even a brisk walk several times a week is enough to boost your focus, memory, and happiness, and Suzuki explains the science behind this.

What we loved most about Suzuki’s talk, was that she essentially worked out the benefits of exercise from her own personal experience. She noticed an improvement in her own concentration and work once she began exercising, sparking her interest to research this area further.

Consequently, she brought all her passion on this subject to her talk, even managing to include a mini-exercise class towards the end to reinforce her message!


How language shapes the way we think – Lena Boroditsky

This is a fascinating talk that really makes you think about language and how we communicate.

We all speak at least one language, but we often don’t take time to appreciate how truly diverse language can be. A word that we might commonly use in English may not exist at all in another language, while another language may use several different words to express variations of something we would communicate with one word.

Cognitive scientist Lena Boroditsky explores how language changes the way we perceive and think about things.

She uses examples such as an Aboriginal community in Australia that doesn’t use left and right, but instead uses cardinal directions (i.e. north, south, east, west) for everything that, when translated, would be completely out of place in English.

The talk highlights how powerful language really is and how it can have a major impact on our behaviour. It will make you question everything you think you know, but that is why we love it!


3 ways to measure your adaptability- and how to improve it – Natalie Fratto

We are always looking for ways to improve but, as venture investor Natalie Fratto’s talk shows, it’s not just about being more knowledgeable.

In fact, she emphasizes the importance of adaptability and flexibility. Being able to respond to circumstances and being willing to explore new opportunities to advance yourself and your business are qualities that Fratto says we should focus on.

You never know what’s around the corner, so we think Fratto’s talk and her tips on how to become more adaptable are important and relevant viewing for us all!


How to get your brain to focus – Chris Bailey

I think we have all had times when we struggle to concentrate and focus on a task! Especially now we have so many devices and apps distracting us, it is increasingly difficult to block out the noise and complete our work.

In this talk, Chris Bailey looks at how we can improve our focus and become more productive in a day.

He identifies the fact that our brains are too stimulated and crave distraction, from our phones and social media for example, which prevents us from being as productive as we can be. With tips and explanations on how to get more focused, as well as looking at how to become more creative by letting our mind wander, this talk is a must-see for anyone struggling with their productivity!

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