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5 Ted Talks That Will Make You A Better Communicator

Understanding and speaking without double negatives is communication 101. If we want to be taken seriously by our peers, other professionals or just as human beings on this planet, it’s important to pay attention to the way we represent ourselves through our communication.

Poor communication in the workplace has an extremely negative impact that runs rampant. It hampers productivity, decreases morale and increases the risk for mistakes.

Applying more mindful practices to the way you communicate can go beyond providing better clarity within your business or proving that you received a college degree. It can also change the way you see the world.
If you’re ready to communicate in a way that creates action and builds people up, we’ve got exactly what you need. Here are five Ted Talks that will help you communicate better with just about anyone.

Amy Cuddy: Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are
Body language accounts for 57 percent of the way we communicate with others — it’s the grandest of all communication forms. It can portray the opposite of what we’re saying. It can evoke power, pride, happiness, excitement, confidence, and any range of human emotions. Cuddy explains how you can use “power poses” to build your self-esteem, particularly before you do something outside of your comfort zone.

Kare Anderson: Be an Opportunity Maker
It is incredibly easy to surround yourself with like-minded individuals; your ideas are validated but not much is learned. Anderson challenges her audience to communicate more with people who come from different backgrounds since everyone brings something different to the table, and this ultimately creates more opportunities to affect change for the greater good.“Opportunity-makers keep honing their top strength and they become pattern seekers,” Anderson said. “They get involved in different worlds than their worlds so they’re trusted and they can see those patterns, and they communicate to connect around sweet spots of shared interest.”

Nilofer Merchant: Got a Meeting? Take a Walk
“There’s this amazing thing about actually getting out of the box that leads to out-of-the-box thinking. Whether it’s nature or the exercise itself, it certainly works.”

Matthieu Ricard: How to Let Altruism Be Your Guide
Just like building up a habit, Ricard poses the idea of practicing altruism in order to best connect with the world around you. Simply practicing mindful positivity can not only change the way you see others, but can physically change the construct of your brain.

Julian Treasure: How to Speak So that People Want to Listen
“The human voice: It’s the instrument we all play. It’s the most powerful sound in the world, probably. It’s the only one that can start a war or say ‘I love you,’” Treasure said. “And yet many people have the experience that when they speak, people don’t listen to them. And why is that? How can we speak powerfully to make change in the world?”

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