3 TED Talks That Will Boost Your Communication Skills
Updated: Apr 30
Communication is key, but it can be difficult to connect with others in a meaningful way.
There is a lot that goes into being able to effectively communicate your ideas. It takes some conscious thought and effort to be able to get your point across effectively. However, it’s more nuanced and complicated than just learning how to give a great speech. There are many different things you need to do in order to be successful.
In order to be a successful public speaker, you need to have a clear message, effective delivery, and an audience that is engaged. There are many different things that you need to do in order to achieve these goals. Interestingly, most of the advice on speaking starts with listening. I would post more videos here, but these are the ones I like the most.
Some of the advice that can be found in 3 TED Talks on communication skills includes:
1. How Great Leaders Inspire Action
Simon Sinek is a business speaker who has written books and given speeches on topics such as leadership, innovation, and how to be successful. In this TED Talk, he discusses the concept of the golden circle, which is a model for communicating the vision to others. He says leaders must first understand and communicate the “why” behind their mission before ever explaining what they will do or how they will do it. This way of thinking inspires others to action and makes them feel like they are part of something larger than themselves.
2. The Power of Vulnerability
In her book, “The Gifts of Imperfection,” Brene Brown discusses the idea that we need to be vulnerable in order to connect with others. She spent six years speaking with people and found that vulnerability is at the core of many struggles with worthiness and also the birthplace of joy, creativity, and belonging. If we are not willing to be vulnerable, it is difficult to form meaningful connections with others. Brown explains that connection is what gives us purpose and meaning in life.
3. 5 Ways to Listen Better
According to Julian Treasure, “listening is our access to understanding.” He believes that when we listen consciously, we always create understanding. To be a better listener, he suggests that we pay attention to our filters and adjust them to fit the context and what we are listening to. To be able to do that he suggests practicing silence, hearing different sounds, being open to different perspectives, and physically adjusting your position.
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