TED talks (which stands for technology, entertainment and design) are an inspiring way to learn new things from the greatest mind in the world. They can teach you about things you never even know you needed. Here are 8 TED Talks from life inspiring women that you can apply to your career:
1.Kelly McGonigal: How to Make Stress Your Friend
Stress, at this point we all know, is not good for our long-term health. In time you may feel like your whole world can come crashing down, but it’s now made its way to become a health enemy… or has it? Psychologist Kelly McGonigal explains how research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case and urges us to see it as a positive.
2. Laura Trice: The Power of Saying Thank You
In this quick 3-minute talk, Dr. Laura Trice explains the power of the magic words “thank you” . These powerful (yet often overlooked) words can work magic. They deepen relationships, repair friendships and ensure others exactly what they mean to you. This is a must for any workplace.
3. Sarah Lewis: Embrace the Near Win
“At her first museum job, art historian Sarah Lewis noticed something important about an artist she was studying: Not every artwork was a total masterpiece”. Lewis in this Ted talk asks us to consider reflect on the importance of the near win. You know, those times when we are so close that we can taste it, but it doesn’t come full circle? We’ve all been there. On our road to success, Sarah gets us to think about why this actually pushes us forward.
4. Elizabeth Gilbert: Success, Failure and the Drive to Keep Creating
You may know this woman as the author of the best-selling book, Eat Pray Love, but before she was an award-winning author she was had many encounters with failure. In this awesome talk, Elizabeth explains why success can be as unsettling just as much as failure and it can teach us many lessons.
5. Shelli Varela: Why The Way We Think About Limitations Is Wrong
Shelli Varela discusses how our perception of our limitations impacts our true potential. As the first female firefighter in Mississauga Ontario, she made history. This inspiring woman (and talk) will surely give you the inspiration and empowerment you need today.
6. Alison Ledgerwood: Getting Stuck in The Negatives (and How to Get Unstuck)
Why does failure seem to get stuck in our minds, more than success? Psychologist, Alison Ledgerwood explains how when bad things happen, the feelings tend to stick around longer as opposed to the positive feelings we experience after something good happens to us. Not to worry, she also tells us how to turn that around!
7. Laura Sicola: Want to Sound Like a Leader? Start By Saying Your Name Right
How does your delivery sound when you are making tough decisions at work? Does it back it up, or does it undermine you? Watch as the empowering Laura Sicola’s talk to learn how to hone your “vocal executive presence” and make your desired vocal impact!
8. Ruth Chang: How to Make Hard Choices
We are always going to have to make hard decisions, and they can be difficult to overcome. philosopher Ruth Chang tackles this problem many of seem to face, she says we think about these daunting and stressful decisions the wrong way. In this talk, she offers a powerful new framework for shaping who we truly are and how we can make these hard choices.