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Books from influencers used to stating their cases 18 minutes at a time.

From its 1984 Silicon Valley origins, TED Talks has grown from a tech-based annual conference into a worldwide streaming phenomenon. The talks themselves now cover broad topics, ranging from scientific theories to management strategies, marketing innovations to sociological insights. Thousands of talks are now watched of millions of viewers worldwide. And, understandably, many speakers are capable of extending their insights well beyond the 18 minutes allowed on the platform. Here are some books by some well-known TED Talkers.

  • Why do some businesses achieve long-lasting success and others don't?

  • Research professor and TED talk phenomenon Dr Brené Brown reveals how to choose courage over comfort, so we can step up, make a difference and dare to lead.

  • What do we really need to know in today’s world? In twenty-one bite-sized lessons, Yuval Noah Harari explores what it means to be human in an age of bewilderment

  • Why are some people and organisations more inventive, pioneering and successful than others?And why are they able to repeat their success again and again?

  • A groundbreaking view of happiness, on how to seek joy from our surroundings, by the founder of the blog The Aesthetics of Joy and the former Design Director of the global innovation firm IDEO New York.

  • What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us Sapiens? This bestselling history of our species challenges everything we know about being human.

  • The leading voice on emotions offers a revolutionary approach that enables us to understand and embrace difficult emotions without letting them derail us.

  • Poke the Box is a call to action about the initiative you're taking-in your job or in your life. Godin will help you contribute more, risk more, and face the possibility of failure without dread. Poke the Box just may be the kick in the pants you need to shake up your life.

  • The Organized Mind will teach you to function better, go further and find more time to do the things you actually want to do.

  • One rainy afternoon in Istanbul a woman walks into a doctor's surgery.  'I want an abortion', she announces.  She is nineteen years old, and unmarried.  What happens that afternoon is to change her life, and the lives of everyone around her.

  • Sapiens showed us where we came from. Homo Deus shows us where we're going.

  • When we stand alone, we find ourselves. This is a book about true belonging, not fitting in, from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Rising Strong.

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