TED Talks are awesome. They are intellectually stimulating and wildly entertaining. They can also be used for self-improvement.
Here are eight TED Talks that are both enjoyable to watch and useful in helping you boost your confidence in any situation.
1. Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are
We all know that body language impacts the way others perceive us. What isn’t so obvious is that our body language also alters the way we feel about ourselves.
To be your most confident self at your next interview, try some of Amy Cuddy’s power poses. Sure, you’ll want to think about your body language while you’re meeting with the hiring manager, but consider it before the interview, too. Being in the right mindset before you go in could be just what you need to be the best version of yourself.
2. The Optimism Bias
It turns out that optimism, kind of like power poses, actually changes our body and can affect real life outcomes. It can lower stress and keep us motivated, along with numerous other benefits. In even better news, many of us are naturally inclined to be pretty optimistic.
What we have to watch out for, according to Tali Sharot, is not letting ourselves lose sight of reality. We need a healthy dose of both optimism and precaution to set ourselves up for success. A good thing to keep in mind no matter what stage of the job application process you’re in.
3. How to build your creative confidence
Is your school or workplace divided into “creatives” versus practical people? Yet surely, David Kelley suggests, creativity is not the domain of only a chosen few. Telling stories from his legendary design career and his own life, he offers ways to build the confidence to create
4. The Skill of Self-Confidence
As the Athletic Director and head coach of the Varsity Soccer team at Ryerson University, Dr. Joseph is often asked what skills he is searching for as a recruiter: is it speed? Strength? Agility? In Dr. Joseph’s TEDx Talk, he explores self confidence and how it is not just the most important skill in athletics, but in our lives.
5. Meet Yourself: A User’s Guide to Building Self-Esteem
Niko Everett would like to introduce you to someone she thinks you should know-YOU! As the founder of Girls for Change, Niko has helped many young teens transform their communities and themselves by holding up a powerful mirror. In this engaging talk, Niko will demonstrate how anyone- from boys and girls to grown men and women can get a glimpse into their own transformational looking glass too. Inspirational and empowering.
6. Do what you love (no excuses!)
Entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk gives a shot in the arm to dreamers and up-and-comers who face self-doubt. The Internet has made the formula for success simpler than ever, he argues. So there’s now no excuse not to do what makes you happy.
7. How To Find And Do Work You Love
Scott Dinsmore is a career change strategist whose demoralizing experience at a Fortune 500 job launched his quest to understand why 80% of adults hate the work they do, and more importantly, to identify what the other 20% were doing differently. His research led to experiences with thousands of employees and entrepreneurs from 158 countries.
8. Inside the mind of champion athletes
Developing strategies and techniques to get athletes minds in the best possible condition for optimal performance is increasingly important for sports teams and coaches. Martin Hagger provides an overview of the kinds of techniques that elite athletes use to prepare psychologically for their sport, give details of the scientific research into these techniques and how they work, and how the techniques might be used by competitive athletes and coaches to maximise performance
Are you a fan of TED Talks? Any that I missed that you think relate well to boosting your confidence?