#1 The Secret Of Becoming Mentally Strong (Speaker: Amy Morin)
“Good habits aren’t enough. It only takes one or two small habits to really hold you back.”
Amy Morin starts off by sharing how everyone has a friend that seems to have a perfect life, and how we kind of don’t like that person. She goes on to highlight how our bad habits cost us our mental strength. Stop resenting other people for their success.
The 3 kinds of disruptive beliefs that rob us of our mental strength:
- Unhealthy beliefs about ourselves. We tend to feel sorry for ourselves and this keeps us stuck on problems. Stop hosting your own pity party!
- Unhealthy beliefs about others. There are very few things you HAVE to do. Stop giving away your power. Other people cannot control you, you make your own choices.
- Unhealthy beliefs about the world. The world does not owe you. Neither will success fall into your lap. Life isn’t always fair.
Key Takeaway: Get rid of your unhealthy beliefs.
#2 How To Speak So That People Want To Listen (Speaker: Julian Treasure)
“We prefer voices which are rich, smooth, warm, like hot chocolate. But if that’s not you, it’s not the end of the world.”
Julian Treasure gets straight to the point. His 7 deadly sins/habits of speaking:
- Gossip: Stop speaking ill of someone who is not present.
- Judging: It is hard to speak to someone when you know you are being judged.
- Negativity: No one likes speaking to someone that’s negative all the time.
- Complaining: Stop spreading your misery.
- Excuses: Take responsibility for your own actions.
- Lying: It sometimes comes in the form of exaggeration.
- Dogmatism: Confusing facts with opinions.
Things that can help you make your speech powerful:
- Honesty: Be truthful but tactful at the same time
- Authenticity: Be yourself
- Integrity: Do what you say, be someone people can trust
- Love: Wish people well
Julian Treasure goes into the details of one’s voice itself, such as the depth of our voice, the way our voice feels, our pace, pitch, and volume. He also brings you through the 6 vocal warm-up exercises he does before every speech.
Key Takeaway: The sound of your voice might give you an advantage, but nothing beats listening to someone who means well and only speaks the truth.
#3 The Happy Secret To Better Work (Speaker: Shawn Anchor)
“Your brain at positive is 31% more productive than your brain at negative, neutral or stressed.”
In the first minute, Shawn Anchor gets you smiling at your laptop screen as he recalls a childhood memory we can all relate to.
He shares that our long-term happiness is not dictated by reality or the external world, but rather by the way we view and process the situation. For example, 75% of job success is predicted by your optimism level, your social support and your ability to see stress as a challenge instead of a threat.
We perform better when we are positive. Here are 5 ways to train your brain to become more positive:
- Write down 3 new things you are grateful for
- Journal about one positive experience you’ve had
- Exercise so your brain understands that your behavior matters
- Meditate to learn to focus on the task at hand
- Perform random acts of kindness
Key takeaway: Positive psychology is everything. Success does not always mean we will be happier.
#4 Every Kid Needs A Champion (Speaker: Rita Pierson)
“One of the things we never discuss, or rarely discuss, is the value and importance of human connection.”
Here’s one for all you parents or parents-to-be out there. Know of one teacher who made an impact in your life and you still remember them after all these years? What was something that made them stand out? It is often the human touch that comes along with their basic teaching.
Rita Pierson has been an educator for more than 40 years. She shares things you might know at the back of your head but don’t realize or can’t put into words. Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like. Even as adults, simple things like apologizing make a difference to a child’s learning. Teach your students what you want your children to be taught.
Key Takeaway: Realize the importance of human relationships.
#5 Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe (Speakers: Simon Sinek)
“We call them leaders because they will choose to sacrifice so that their people may be safe and protected and so their people may gain.”
Something to take note for all leaders out there, no matter how few or how many people are under you.
Simon Sinek talks about sacrificing the numbers to save the people, rather than sacrificing people to save the numbers. “It is all better that we all suffer a little, than any of us have to suffer a lot.”
It’s the leader that sets the tone. We all know that. Leaders should make the choice to put the safety of people in the organization first. When your employees feel safe, they will not spend time and energy to protect themselves from each other. Talent and strength can be combined to achieve more.
Trust and cooperation are important. However, they are feelings that cannot simply be carried out immediately as instructions. It takes time to forge a bond, to build that level of trust and communication. This often comes with feelings of safety and protection.
Leadership is a choice, not a rank.
There you have it, 5 great TED talks by inspiring speakers that are worth your time.
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