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TED Talks are short presentations given by expert speakers on any number of topics from around the world. Originally, they covered Technology, Entertainment and Design (hence the acronym), but now they encompass pretty much all topics worth talking about or, rather, 'ideas worth spreading'. There are many interesting and thought-provoking TED and TEDx talks out there that help you to take a step out of the day-to-day and refresh your thinking about your life and career. Have a look at these 5 inspirational Learning & Development TED Talks shared by our in-house L&D Associate, Becca.

10 ways to have a better conversation  - Celeste Headlee has worked as a radio host for decades, and she knows the ingredients of a great conversation: Honesty, brevity, clarity and a healthy amount of listening. In this insightful talk, she shares 10 useful rules for having better conversations. "Go out, talk to people, listen to people," she says. "And, most importantly, be prepared to be amazed."

 

What I learned when I conquered the world's toughest triathlon - Minda Dentler is a polio survivor committed to inspiring people to move beyond their fear of failure and achieve their goals.

 


 

The Power of Listening - William Ury explains how listening is the essential, and often overlooked, half of communication. His stories of candid conversations with presidents and business leaders provide us with impactful lessons, such as understanding the power of a human mind opening up. He asks us to join a listening revolution, and promises that if we all just listen a little bit more, we can transform any relationship.

 

 

Where Passion Comes From - Passion is an output of vision. When we feel that our efforts are contributing to a greater purpose, we feel passionate. But we're not all visionaries - so when we find a vision that resonates with us, our responsibility is to contribute our individual gifts to help bring that vision to life.

 

 

You are contagious  - Vanessa van Edwards: Leading Behavioural scientist specialising in science based body language. This talk highlights how our behaviours effects the way people perceive our confidence in person and over the phone.

 

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