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Best tiny TEDTalks (2 to 7 minutes)

A list of best TEDTalks under 5 minutes, for those who think 18 minutes is a short time to talk about an idea

Matt Cutts: Try something new for 30 days | TED Talk

Is there something you've always meant to do, wanted to do, but just ... haven't? Matt Cutts suggests: Try it for 30 days. This short, lighthearted talk offers a neat way to think about setting and achieving goals.

Derek Sivers: How to start a movement | TED Talk

With help from some surprising footage, Derek Sivers explains how movements really get started. (Hint: it takes two.)

Arianna Huffington: How to succeed? Get more sleep | TED Talk

In this short talk, Arianna Huffington shares a small idea that can awaken much bigger ones: the power of a good night's sleep. Instead of bragging about our sleep deficits, she urges us to shut our eyes and see the big picture: We can sleep our way to increased productivity and happiness -- and smarter decision-making.

8 secrets of success

Why do people succeed? Is it because they're smart? Or are they just lucky? Neither. Analyst Richard St. John condenses years of interviews into an unmissable 3-minute slideshow on the real secrets of success.

The best gift I ever survived

Stacey Kramer offers a moving, personal, 3-minute parable that shows how an unwanted experience -- frightening, traumatic, costly -- can turn out to be a priceless gift.

Nilofer Merchant: Got a meeting? Take a walk | TED Talk

Nilofer Merchant suggests a small idea that just might have a big impact on your life and health: Next time you have a one-on-one meeting, make it into a "walking meeting" -- and let ideas flow while you walk and talk.

Laura Trice: Remember to say thank you | TED Talk

In this deceptively simple 3-minute talk, Dr. Laura Trice muses on the power of the magic words "thank you" -- to deepen a friendship, to repair a bond, to make sure another person knows what they mean to you. Try it.

Derek Sivers: Weird, or just different? | TED Talk

"There's a flip side to everything," the saying goes, and in 2 minutes, Derek Sivers shows this is true in a few ways you might not expect.

Jill Shargaa: Please, please, people. Let's put the 'awe' back in 'awesome' | TED Talk

Which of the following is awesome: your lunch or the Great Pyramid of Giza? Comedian Jill Shargaa sounds a hilarious call for us to save the word "awesome" for things that truly inspire awe.

Terry Moore: Why is 'x' the unknown? | TED Talk

Why is 'x' the symbol for an unknown? In this short and funny talk, Terry Moore gives the surprising answer.

Terry Moore: How to tie your shoes | TED Talk

Terry Moore found out he'd been tying his shoes the wrong way his whole life. In the spirit of TED, he takes the stage to share a better way.

Johnny Lee: Free or cheap Wii Remote hacks | TED Talk

Building sophisticated educational tools out of cheap parts, Johnny Lee demos his cool Wii Remote hacks, which turn the $40 video game controller into a digital whiteboard, a touchscreen and a head-mounted 3-D viewer.

David Pogue: 10 top time-saving tech tips | TED Talk

Tech columnist David Pogue shares 10 simple, clever tips for computer, web, smartphone and camera users. And yes, you may know a few of these already -- but there's probably at least one you don't.

Joe Smith: How to use a paper towel | TED Talk

You use paper towels to dry your hands every day, but chances are, you're doing it wrong. In this enlightening and funny short talk, Joe Smith reveals the trick to perfect paper towel technique.

Marco Tempest: The magic of truth and lies (and iPods) | TED Talk

Using three iPods like magical props, Marco Tempest spins a clever, surprisingly heartfelt meditation on truth and lies, art and emotion.