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Ted Talks


By Jambo Truong


Following creating my own talk for the Ted-x stage, I wanted to share these talks with you and invite you to share the talks that inspire you.


  1. Brunee Brown - The power of vulnerability 
  2. Shaka Senghor- Why our worst deeds don't define you
  3. Ken Robinson - How schools kill creativity 
  4. Maysoon Zayid- I got 99 problems and palsy isn't one of them 
  5. Jill Bolte Taylor- My stroke of insight 


Brunee Brown - The power of vulnerability 


This was my first TED talk. I watched it the first time and cried, watched it again immediately and ten shared it with as those I cared about. It was plain language as to how to tap into one of my shadows instead of always having to appear as though I know what's going on to strong enough to cope with life's challenges. 

The permission to vulnerable meant I was entitled to relax. Once relaxed I could feel my way through things.


Shaka Senghor- Why our worst deeds don't define you


When I was growing up I was very angry. That emotion was repressed and I retaliated by being violent, stole, vandalised and ate myself (or not) to various sizes, I abused drugs, alcohol and sex. I smoked. I attacked my parents, lovers and others whom I cared about...and who cared about me! I also got kicked out of private school....

If I wasn't given more than a 2nd chance I would not have gained a degree, be mentored by some of the worlds leading practitioners not would I have been able to set up my socially conscious enterprises...

“What is wrong with you?” was a question I was often asked when I was growing up...... Along with “when will you grow up and become an adult?” These questions poses a 'seriousness' to my approach to life and I can still feel that attitude filter into my social and intimate life. It's almost a little harder for me to just relax, why do things always have to always be so serious? So strategically planned?! 

The questions I was consistently asked were because I was being compared to my cousins and peers who were extremely academic. Hence I began to integrate a suspicion that to be a good boy (and do well in life) I must be very serious about what I'm doing. What was the result in this? The fun was taken out of the learning. 

I speak 3 languages fluently and at school I was pretty good at another 4! But I can't remember those languages. When I track why this information is not stored in my memory I recognise that it was probably because I was unable to enjoy the languages. Nothing is enjoyable if you only know how to say 'excuse me' get to the toilet....

As an adult I am still working on keeping the fun in my healing...


Ken Robinson - How schools kill creativity 


This mind blowing talk reminded me of the importance of using humour I get your message across. Also that by being my authentic self I had humour within me. It wasn't something that needed to be 'learned'. This talk also asked me to be humble about my own problems and to accept that what was 'different' about me were precisely the hints I should use to sell myself as a practitioner, put on the table as a romantic lover and emanate amongst the friends whom I knew already loved me...


Maysoon Zayid- I got 99 problems and palsy isn't one of them 


I loved this talk because I can relate to the experiential awareness of my own anatomy as I go through various stages of my healing. My control around eating, my hormones that make me feel so tired or stressed or my mental capacity to dream goals and ambitions. I enjoy internally tracking what goes on for me and am still learning I trust that the inner voice is the correct one. 


Jill Bolte Taylor- My stroke of insight 


This talk reminded me to observe instead of react…

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