Have you been feeling stuck and need to change your perspective to propel you to action? Then listening to the Ted talks listed below will be useful.
We all face setbacks from time to time. Sometimes we struggle with stress, self-sabotage or dysfunctional relationships. Whether it is an iota or massive, nobody likes being in that situation. That’s why listening to fellow women who have gone through similar or worse challenges and conquered them is important.
You get to learn one or two things and in the process, laugh and get inspired. The way the ladies convey their message too is inspiring in itself. I picked out the most outstanding Ted talks that have changed my perspective and hopefully it will do the same for you. When you’re ready, all you have to do is press play and listen.
Here are a few related articles you might want to read too:
- How to Find your Purpose in Life Tips.
- 17 Things To Do When You’re Feeling Stuck In Life.
- 12 Reasons you Wake up Feeling Tired Everyday and How to not Feel Tired After Waking Up.
- 8 Things You Should Never do in the Morning After Waking Up.
- 7 Healthy Habits to do in the Morning Before Work.
- How to Wake Up Early and not Feel Tired
- Morning Routine Ideas That will Make you Want to Wake Up Early.
- How to Start an Effective Morning Workout Routine.
- How to Wake up Early in the Morning Without an Alarm.
- 10 Life Benefits of Reading Books 20 Minutes a Day.
- How to Create an Effective Book Reading Routine.
5 best women-led inspiring ted talks that will change your life perspective
Pin me for Later! Sharing is caring!
1. How to build your confidence — and spark it in others by Brittany Packnett
Brittany Packnett is a teacher. She teaches third grade pupils from a low income background who she describes as the last people anyone would expect to have self confidence. In her talk she describes confidence as being the difference between being inspired and getting started. She continues to explain two scenarios where she built and destroyed confidence in her students..
Brittany points out two students in her classroom. She names one as Jamal, not his real name, and describes him as a brilliant but unfocused student. His worst lesson was on reading and he rarely loved reading what he had written. But once during a presentation, he read out his work so well until the whole class gave him a standing ovation.
The second student, Regina, was brilliant and active and got her classwork done before others. She would later disturb and destruct others who hadn’t finished their work. Brittany did not like her behavior. She got fed-up and once used control to get Regina to stop her ill mannerism. Brittany describes this as a moment that she will never forget because she doesn’t know if she destroyed the confidence in Regina.
For Brittany, confidence is a revolutionary change. She explains that it takes three things to build self confidence:
Brittany explains that permission births confidence, community nurtures it while curiosity affirms it. She explains it broadly in the rest of the talk. Listen to the Ted Talk down below.
2.Get comfortable with being uncomfortable by Luvvie Ajayi Jones
Luvvie Ajayi Jones describes herself as a writer and speaker who comes from Nigeria. She states that she wants to change the world by speaking up. For her, doing difficult things that need to be done is something she does and hopes that others follow suit.
She talks about how fear had kept her for ten years from describing herself as a writer. For her, fear is something that keeps one from doing and saying things that are their purpose.
She narrates her experiences of doing uncomfortable things when she turned thirty like skydiving and zip lining. When she decided to no longer stay comfortable she wrote a book. For her, comfort is overrated and she encourages us to get uncomfortable . She says that uncomfortably doing or saying things might be necessary and we shouldn’t be scared of doing them. Before she says anything hurtful,she asks herself the following questions:
- Do I mean it?
- Can you defend it?
- Will I say it with love?
If the answer to the above questions is yes, she speaks whatever she has in mind. Her Ted talk is full of humor and truths. Watch the Ted talk down below.
3. 10 ways to have a better conversation by Celeste Headlee
Celeste Headlee describes herself as someone who makes a living by talking to people. She is a professional interviewer. “We are not listening to each other and a conversation needs a balance between speaking and listening,” she says. Her 10 ways to become a better conversationalist are:
- Don’t multitask. She encourages us to be present in the moment when the person is talking and avoid being half in and half out in the conversation.
- Don’t pundicate. She encourages us to enter conversations assuming that we will learn something.
- Use open ended questions. She encourages us to use open ended questions because it encourages the other person to speak more about themselves.
- Go with the flow. She says that when thoughts come to your mind, let them go out of your mind and focus on the conversation.
- If you do not know, say that you do not know.
The best point is the ninth. Her Ted talk is full of humor too. Listen to the whole talk down below to know more about the rest of the points.
4. How to gain control of your free time by Laura Vanderkam
Laura Vanderkam describes herself as someone who writes on time management. She states that we do not build our lives by saving time. Rather, we build the lives we want and then time saves us. She continues to explain that time is elastic. Because we cannot make more time, we can stretch it to accommodate our priorities.
Listen to her tips on how you can identify your priorities and make more time for them below.
5. How to make stress your friend by Kelly McGonigal
Kelly McGonigal is a health psychologist who for years has been teaching that stress is bad. However, after going through the research that was done, she began to question if what she had been teaching was right. She believes that stress is good if we change our belief about it.
Kelly McGonigal shares some statistics that show that people who believed that stress was bad were at a higher likelihood to die from it. She says that when we change our mind about stress, we change our response towards it.
Kelly McGonigal explains how the physical symptoms of stress are more of the body preparing you to handle the challenge beforehand. According to her, stress makes one social. She explains that stress makes one seek support or notice other people going through similar challenges and prompts them to help out. She explains the uses of oxytocin and states that it is released by the body when one undergoes stress and how changing one’s belief about stress can make it easier to handle life. Watch the rest of the Ted talk down below.
I hope these ladies were able to inspire you and change your perspective in life.
Follow me on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest. Or why not subscribe to Kamencu Nelly newsletter and get personal development, mental health and lifestyle tips straight to your inbox every week?
If you have enjoyed reading this post, I would appreciate it if you share it with your friends and family.
Pin this post to read later!