We’re huge fans of TED. TED2018: The Age of Amazement begins today, and in anticipation, we’ve taken a look back at our favourite talks.

These outstanding talks are propelled by each speaker’s unique style and voice. Besides learning some amazing insights from authorities on so many different topics, we have noticed that the best TED talk speakers have a knack for stepping outside of a conventional speaking formula and letting their message take the forefront.

The Shared Experience of Absurdity – Charlie Todd

Charlie tells hilarious stories about the bizarre public scenes he’s caused, and how these strange shared moments become moments of connection.

My Stroke of Insight – Jill Bolte Taylor

A neuroanatomist describes what it was like realizing she was having a stroke and being able to study and remember every moment of the experience. It’s a wild ride.

Bryan Stevenson – We need to talk about an injustice

The human rights lawyer offers a brilliant and thoughtful talk on the challenging truths of the American justice system.

Angela Duckworth – Grit

A concise and insightful discussion of what it really takes to find success.

Illustration by Kelly McConkey