Inspiring speeches – my top 10

Over the last years I watched hundreds of presentations and here are my top 10 favorites:

  • Steve Jobs – How to leave before you die

“At his Stanford University commencement speech, Steve Jobs, CEO and co-founder of Apple and Pixar, urges us to pursue our dreams and see the opportunities in life’s setbacks — including death itself”.

Category:  Inspiring

Duration 15 minutes

  • Simon Sinek – How great leaders inspire action.

Simon Sinek is the author of the classic book “Start With Why” and “Leaders Eat Last”.

Category: Leadership, Inspiring

Duration 18 minutes.


  • Kelly McGonigal – How to make stress your friend
    Category: Personal developmentDuration: 14 minutes


  • Devdutt Pattanaik –  East vs West, the myths that mystify

“Devdutt Pattanaik takes an eye-opening look at the myths of India and of the West — and shows how these two fundamentally different sets of beliefs about God, death and heaven help us consistently misunderstand one another.”

Category:  Personal development

Duration: 18 minutes


  • Sir Ken Robinson – Do schools kills creativity?

“Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.”

Category: Education, Inspiring

Duration: 20 minutes


  • Susan Cain – The power of introverts

“Susan Cain speak about introverts how they bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated. In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert.”

Category: Education, Inspiring

Duration: 20 minutes


  • Dan Pink – The puzzle of motivation

Dan Pink speak about the importance of Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose.

Category: Leadership, Inspiring

Duration 18 minutes.

  •  Sheryl Sandberg- Why we have too few women leaders

    “Facebook COO (Chief Operating Officer)  Sheryl Sandberg looks at why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions — and offers 3 powerful pieces of advice to women aiming for the C-suite.”

Category: Leadership, Inspiring

Duration: 15 minutes

  • Guy Winch – Why we all need to practice emotional first aid

“We’ll go to the doctor when we feel flu-ish or a nagging pain. So why don’t we see a health professional when we feel emotional pain: guilt, loss, loneliness? Too many of us deal with common psychological-health issues on our own, says Guy Winch. But we don’t have to. He makes a compelling case to practice emotional hygiene — taking care of our emotions, our minds, with the same diligence we take care of our bodies”

Category: Personal development

Duration:  18 minutes

  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie-  The danger of a single story

“Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.”

Category: Personal development, Inspiring

Duration:  19 minutes


Bonuses 🙂

  • Allan Pease – Why men don’t listen and women can’t read maps 

Category: Funny, Relationship

Duration:  30 minutes

  • Logan LaPlante – Hackschooling make me happy

Very inspiring TEDx talk of an 13 years-old boy who started homeschooling when he was 9 years old.

Category: Education

Duration: 11 minutes

  • Alexander Kjerulf- What the heck is arbejdsglaede!?


Which one is your favorite?  What are your inspirational speeches recommendation?