- Thursday, 18 October 2018

Three TED Talks You Should Listen To Today

sneak peak: some of the best TED talks I've listened to lately: 'You Are Contagious', 'Why Being Nice to your Coworkers is Good for Business', and 'Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator'

TED Talks Daily, Three TED Talks You Should Listen To Today, imogen molly blog, www.imogenmolly.co.uk



TED Ideas worth spreading, Three TED Talks You Should Listen To Today, imogen molly blog, www.imogenmolly.co.uk


I'm a big fan of podcasts, as are many people. I listen on the tube, I listen in the gym, I listen when I'm doing life admin at home, I listen to make myself forget I'm doing parkrun - I listen a lot. There are a whole lot of podcasts I enjoy and I intend to do a full blog post on exactly that soon, but recently, I have listened to a few particularly notable TED talks. Yep, you guessed it, I'm about to share them with you.

1. You Are Contagious - Vanessa Van Edwards, TEDxLondon 2017
There are any number of TED talks about fascinating ideas or exciting concepts. Not too many of them have scientific research or evidence-based support to give some weight and context to said fascinating idea. This one does, and it's all about body language and micro-expressions and tone of voice and it's one of the best I've seen/listened to in a while. (This is the first one in yonks that I watched rather than listened to, and I'm glad I did because for some bits it helps.)

2. Why Being Nice to Your Coworkers is Good for Business - Christine Porath, TEDxUniversityofNevada 2018
This was originally titled 'Do Nice People Finish Last or Best?', and was renamed 'Why Being Nice to Your Coworkers is Good for Business' when it was put on TED Talks Radio and the TED Talks Daily podcast. I think its new title is much more fitting, because it goes straight in and answers itself really clearly and, again, with facts-based findings (and that's actual facts, not #factsarefacts facts, for any fellow Circle fans out there). It's not just relevant to the workplace - watch/listen to this and let it influence your interactions with other people.

3. Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator - Tim Urban, TED 2016
It's funny, it's informative, and it's alarmingly relatable. I used to procrastinate more than anyone I knew (literally anyone I'm not even exaggerating), and now I surprise myself on a semi-regular basis with how productive I can be and how much I can cram into my day. Hey, I'm doing 21 blog posts in 30 days alongside a 9-5, other hobbies, and a social life - if procrastinatey 16-year-old me could see me know, she'd probably use it as an excuse to research behavioural psychology instead of doing her horrible maths homework (although she did always manage to do it just in the nick of time, kids - even if it was the class right before it was due). Long story short, this is a fantastico talk and again benefits from being watched rather than simply listened to - the illustrations are too good to miss.

What did you think of these? Do you have a favourite TED talk? Let me know!

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