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Change your perspective – one speech at a time

“A successful talk is a little miracle – people see the world differently afterwards,”

explains Chris J. Anderson, the curator of TED Talks. TED – the non-profit dedicated to ideas worth spreading, has given thousands of people a platform for sharing their insights in engaging, 18-minute presentations. These are the top 5 most popular talks among getAbstract subscribers:

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1. In Do Schools Kill Creativity, educator Sir Ken Robinson calls for a radical re-thinking of our academically-focused, results-oriented school system. By discouraging students from making mistakes, he posits, educators stifle children’s innate drive to experiment and explore. He calls for a more holistic approach to developing students’ intelligence, which he describes as “diverse, dynamic and distinct.”

 

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2. What do highly successful leaders and companies have in common? For author and journalist Simon Sinek, it is their clear sense of purpose. Using a simple diagram called “the golden circle,” he notes that while all people and organizations can explain “what” they do and “how” they do it, they often fail to answer the pivotal question of “why.”

 

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3. Brené Brown was not a household name before she entered the TED stage in 2010. Yet her deeply personal account on how she came to study vulnerability struck a chord with millions of people, making her talk one of the top-ten TED talks of all time. We can all benefit from her advice on how to change our thinking from “I’m not good enough” to “I’m enough” through The Power of Vulnerabilty.

 

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4. You have probably read before that over 80% of communication is nonverbal. In her TED talk, Social psychologist Amy Cuddy confirms that body language indeed has a strong influence on how others perceive you – but it doesn’t stop there. Your posture also strongly affects the way you feel about yourself. In Your Body Language May Shape Who You Are, Cuddy introduces an easy “power pose,” which, after just two minutes, will increase your testosterone levels by 20% and make you feel more powerful and confident.

 

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5. Positive psychologist Shawn Achor’s talk, The Happy Secret to Better Work, also takes an inside-out approach to success. Achor focuses on developing a “positive outlook,” which research has shown can boost your productivity by 31%. He shares a few simple exercises that will help you rewire your brain for optimism. And Achor’s humorous talk, which will sure make you giggle, is a great starting point.

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