Top TED talks on My List (in no particular order)
Amy Cuddy: YOUR BODY LANGUAGE SHAPES WHO YOU ARE
What is it: The way you carry yourself impacts your brain chemistry
The speaker, Amy Cuddy, is a Social Psychologist. What she discovered in her research is that pretending you are confident actually makes you more confident. You’re posture changes your hormones. “Power posing,” like standing upright with your hands on your hips or a victory pose like a sprinter winning a race, actually decreases cortisol in the body. Cortisol is a stress hormone.
Why it’s on my list: Brutally Honest answer – I believe science. This talk shows the science behind what I already believe. Happiness is a choice. Confidence is a choice. Almost every part of your attitude and emotion is a choice. This talk teaches you how to become happier and more confident using your own body and brain chemistry.
Kelly McGonigal: HOW TO MAKE STRESS YOUR FRIEND
What is it: The way you think about stress changes how the stress affects you.
Kelly McGonigal, a Health Psychologist from Stanford did some research that suggests that stress is only be bad for you if you believe it is. In other words, worrying about stress is more stressful that the stress itself.
Why it’s on my list: It’s not just happiness that is a choice, feeling stress is, too. Just like Amy Cuddy (above) teaches you that your body influences your mind, your mind influences your body, too.
Simon Sinek: WHY GOOD LEADERS MAKE YOU FEEL SAFE
What is it: This guy wrote a book called “Leaders Eat Last.” I highly recommend it (well except for the last 2 chapters, which meandered a bit). This talk goes into detail, but I think that the following quote from Herb Kelleher of Sothwest Airlines explains it.
“Employees come first and if employees are treated right, they treat the outside world right, the outside world uses the company’s product again, and that makes the shareholders happy. That really is the way that it works and it’s not a conundrum at all.” – Herb Kelleher
Why it’s on my list: In the post 80’s business environment it is a breath of fresh air to see someone talking about taking care of employees rather than laying them off.