Tedx Birmingham’s theme in 2016 was Pure Imagination. But the best talks had more to do with the truths in life. From living through tragedy to living through college, each of these talked about living life on life’s terms.
The great news is that the talks are all posted on the internet for to view and to share. Here are some of our favorites from this year:
Why I Decided To Stop Saying “This Happened For A Reason”
Amy Bickers’ ex-husband killed himself in front of her in 2009. She talks about the redemptive story arc of tragedy. Her talk is here. A good follow up would be to read Victor Frankl’s “Man’s Search for Meaning”. Share this talk with your friends that have slogged through tough things in life. This is the talk that will stick with you for a long time.
Why Focusing Too Much on Goals Is Bad
Garrison Linn is a researcher in UAB’s Quantum Materials Lab. He talks about why being goal driven is not necessarily the end all and be all to actually reaching your goals. Watch him talk about setting goals here.
Step Outside of Your Comfort Zone
Randi Pink is a writer and graduate student of creative writing at UAB who recently published a young adult novel about being black in a mostly white high school. Her novel is informed by her personal experience in a similar situation.
What makes Randi’s Ted talk so fun is her charming delivery. Click here to see her speak about going from a basically all white community to an almost all black community while getting the audience to sing.
To see more of the speakers at Tedx Birmingham, go to www.tedxbirmingham.com The talks from 2016 and past years are available there.