Ted Talk: How Do You Define Yourself?

Ted Talks are short speeches given on various topics, and many of them are really great jumping off points for discussions with youth. We will share some of our favorites here on the Club Experience Blog.

Today, I bring you one of the most popular Ted Talks, “How do you define yourself” by Lizzie Velasquez. Here’s the video description:

In a time when beauty is defined by supermodels, success is defined by wealth, and fame is deified by how many followers you have on social media, Lizzie Velasquez asks the question how do you define yourself? Once labeled, “The Worlds Ugliest Woman,” Lizzie decided to turn things around and create her own definitions of what she defines as beauty and happiness.

Lizzie is such an example of living bravely and overcoming obstacles with such a beautiful outlook on life. I used this video with my teen girls at the Club, following some conversations I’d had with them individually where they were feeling like they couldn’t ever be successful. It led to a powerful discussion, and was one of my best programming blocks at the Club.


Have you used Ted Talks at your Club? How did you incorporate them into programming? Comment below or email me at ClubXBlog@bgca.org and YOU could be featured on the Club Experience Blog!

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