A Little Help from TED.com

My fascination with TED started with a 2:59 minute video about how to tie your shoes. It seems I missed a key step when I learned to tie my shoes. Now, my running shoes ALWAYS stay tied thanks to TED.

Terry Moore: How to tie your shoes

I frequently search TED.com for endless ideas and inspiration. Our LearniT! team uses TED talks to supplement our teaching because it provides other fascinating viewpoints.

Making Habits

In our Time Management webinars and classes, we emphasize that it takes 28 days to make a habit. Matt Cutts speaks to this topic on Ted.com. His 3:27 minute talk not only inspired me to want to get out of my comfort zone and try new things but I like his challenge of subtracting a bad habit from my life for 30 days.

Matt Cutts: Try something new for 30 days

Power Postures

Where does confidence come from? Amy Cuddy shares research on Ted.com about gaining confidence through changing your posture. Instead of slouching with your hands in your pockets, for example, what happens if you stand up straight with your hands on your hips in a power pose? Do you feel more powerful? Amy Cuddy claims that if you pretend to be powerful, you are more likely to feel powerful. I agree with her statement that tiny tweaks can lead to big changes. She asks that we all try a power posture for just two minutes to see if we feel more powerful.

I discuss posture in my full day Influencing without Authority webinar in a section about Assertive Communication. I’ve also referred to this video in my Get Results: Business Writing that Drive Action webinar in the lesson about giving status reports using STARR.

Two minutes before every webinar, I practice a power posture and I can tell you that it makes a difference. I definitely feel more confident with that tiny tweak to my posture.

Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are

Positive Psychology

Negativity and stress go hand and hand. In our Turn Stress into Strength webinar, we discuss ways to overcome frustration and negative feelings about work, co-workers and ourselves. Shawn Achor’s Ted talk is full of laughs and statistics on how happiness inspires productivity. This talk has me chuckling and by the end of his entertaining and informative talk, I am convinced that we can retrain our brains to see the world differently, in order to become happier and more productive.

Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work

Join us in our Professional Development classes and webinars to learn more about how small actions can lead to big changes.


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Angella Bernal is a Professional Development instructor at Learn iT!. She believes that students learn best through the practical application of technology applied to real-life situations. She achieves this by allowing student questions to guide the class to areas relevant to their environment, thus allowing for the quickest and easiest adaptation of new technology and skills.