10 TED Talks to inspire you and your events
Are you struggling creatively, stuck in a negative cycle, stressed out or feeling unfulfilled? Don’t worry, it can happen to all of us.
If you need a dose of inspiration, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve curated 10 motivating and thought-provoking TED Talks that can help you see a new perspective and set you back on track.
So, grab a cuppa, sit back and get ready to be inspired!
1. 10 ways to have a better conversation
Radio show host Celeste Headlee says we’ve stopped listening to each other. We’ve lost the art of conversation, preferring to simply state our views to the world on social media or to converse with friends via short text messages.
When you don’t listen properly you cannot reply properly – it’s why interviewers sometimes seem to ignore interesting information revealed by an interviewee and ask an unrelated question. Their mind was solely focused on what they wanted to ask next.
I’ve noticed this a lot in conversation – and experienced it myself; the other person is so hell bent on saying what they want to say, it’s obvious they’re not really listening.
As Celeste says: “We don’t listen with the intent to understand, we listen with the intent to reply.”
In a business situation, failing to listen means you could miss out on the important things your colleagues are trying to tell you.
2. A simple way to break a bad habit
We all have bad habits we’d love to break, such as smoking, junk food snacking or compulsive Facebook checking. The answer, according to psychiatrist and addiction expert Judson Brewer is ‘mindfulness’.
Instead of trying to make our cravings go away as quickly as possible, we should turn towards them and stare them in the face, eye to eye.
We should analyse exactly how we’re feeling in order to realise that cravings are simply made up of body sensations such as tension and restlessness.
In fact, when a client comes to Judson for treatment to quit smoking, he doesn’t tell them not to smoke; he wants them to smoke, but to smoke mindfully.
Paying very close attention to the experience helps the smoker to see it for what it really is. This technique is twice as effective as traditional therapy, he says. Could it work for you?
3. What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness
4. How to stay calm when you know you’ll be stressed
5. How to make stress your friend
6. The surprising habits of original thinkers
7. How frustration can make us more creative
8. Success, failure and the drive to keep creating
9. How better tech could protect us from distraction
10. This is your brain on communication
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