TED Talks to Help Increase Your TOEFL or IELTS Listening Score

There are so many great TED Talks out there, but not all TEDs are created equal. The following list is TEDs that have helped our clients successfully achieve their TOEFL and IELTS listening section goals. This only scratches the surface, and I will be adding more on a regular basis so sign up for our newsletter and receive updates when we add new useful material to our site.

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Good luck on your next test and I hope you enjoy the TEDs!

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Tracy Chevalier: Finding the Story Inside the Painting 

Janet Echelman: Taking Imagination Seriously

Wanuri Kaihu: Fun, Fierce and Fantastical African Art

Titus Kaphar: can art amend history

Dustin Yellin: A Journey Through the Mind of an Artist

Business and the Economy

Shawn Achor: The Happy Secret to Better Work

Dan Ariely: What Makes us Feel Good about our Work

Nick Hanauer: The Dirty Secret of Capitalism and a New Way Forward

Michael Metcalfe: A Provocative Way to Finance the Fight Against Climate Change

Kate Raworth: A Healthy Economy Should Be Designed to Thrive Not Grow

Simon Sinek: Why Good Leaders Make you Feel Safe

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Monica Araya: A Small Country with Big Ideas to Get Rid of Fossil Fuels

Ellen MacArthur: The Surprising Thing I Learned Sailing Solo Around the World

Chris McKnett: The Investment Logic for Sustainability

Health and Biology

Mick Cornett: How an Obese Town Lost a Million Pounds

David Epstein: Are Athletes Really Getting Faster Better Stronger

Graham Hill: Why I’m a Weekday Vegetarian

Sandeep Jauhur: How Emotions Change the Shape of Your Heart

Rishi Manchanda: What Makes us Get Sick? Look Upstream

Anil Seth: Your Brain Hallucinates Your Conscious Reality

Wendy Suzuki: The Brain Changing Benefits of Exercise

Guy Winch: How to Turn off Work Thoughts during your Free Time

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Society and Culture

Johanna Blakley: Lessons from Fashion’s Free Culture

Brene Brown: The Power of Vulnerability

Susan Cain: The Power of Introverts

Matt Cutts: Try Something New for 30 Days

Bruce Feiler: Agile Programming for Your Family

Ingrid Fetell: Where Joy Hides and How to Find It

Malcolm Gladwell: Choice, Happiness and Spaghetti Sauce

Adam Grant: Are You a Giver or a Taker

Graham Hill: Less stuff, More Happiness

Pico Iyer: Where is Home

Jia Jiang: What I learned from 100 Days of Rejection

Grace Kim: How Cohousing Can Make Us Happier and Live Longer

Michael Kimmel: Why Gender Equality is Good for Everyone, Men Included

Anne Lamott: 12 truths I learned from Life and Writing

Isaac Mizrahi: Fashion and Creativity

Mia Nacamulli: The benefits of a bilingual brain

Nicola Sturgeon: Why Governments Should Prioritize Well-being

Ken Robinson: Do Schools Kill Creativity

Trevor Timm: How Free is Our Freedom of the Press

Gala Marija Vrbanic: The New Reality of Fashion is Digital

Jay Van Bavel: Do Politics Make us Irrational


Shohini Ghose: A Beginner’s Guide to Quantum Computing

Suzanne Lee: Why Biofabrication Is the Next Industrial Revolution

Eli Pariser: Beware Online Filter Bubbles

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