October 17, 2017

TED talks that will improve your life

TED talks that will improve your life

Think about all the areas in which you’d like to improve. Do you want to be more creative? How about less afraid? Maybe you just want to make better use of your time.

If you don’t have the means to hire a coach to help you learn how to tackle your goals, don’t panic. For every improvement you want to make, there’s a TED talk out there for you.

If you’re ready to live a better life, check out the 10 TED talks below. You’ll walk away with all the inspiration and practical steps you need to live your best personal and professional life.

1. I want to get better at interviewing.

Watch: How To Stay Calm When You Know You’ll Be Stressed

If the thought of walking into an interview is enough to bring on the cold sweats, Daniel Levitin’s talk is for you. A neuroscientist by training, Levitin understands better than most how the brain reacts under stressful situations. In his talk, he walks the audience through a personal story that made him want to explore how he could minimize the potentially disastrous outcomes of stressful situations. Thanks to a conversation with a Nobel Prize winner, he realizes there are things he can do to accomplish just that. Watch the talk, and you’ll soon find yourself walking into an interview room with a new perspective and a better chance of getting the job.

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2. I want to be less afraid of asking for help.

Watch: Are You A Giver Or A Taker

Are you a giver? A taker? A matcher? According to organizational psychologist Adam Grant, these are the three types of people in every workplace. In this talk, Grant explains the differences between the three types and makes a case for why we need to create situations in which givers can become receivers. This talk will convince you that there’s nothing wrong with asking for help. In fact, it’ll show you that it’s better for you and your work.

3. I want to hire the best candidates.

Watch: Why The Best Hire Might Not Have The Perfect Resume

I’ve written before about why the best candidate might not become the superstar employee. This talk from Regina Hartley expands on that notion. In her talk, she distinguishes between two types of potential hires: the Silver Spoons and the Scrappers. The Scrappers, she says, are the ones who have persevered in the face of obstacles; they refused to give up even when the odds were stacked against them. If you’re looking for the candidates who will perform during moments of adversity, Hartley will show you how to spot the good hires. Read more

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