5 Great Brain-Boosting Online Talks

March 16, 2014
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The Internet is not just the home for humanity’s worst behaviors, it also houses good things, like cat videos and free talks like on TED, that help you boost your brain power. Never before has so much knowledge (good and bad) been available so readily – and most of them for free too. We’ve gathered here 5 great online talks to boost your brain:

Do Schools kill creativity by Sir Ken Robinson

One of my favorite talks so far, Sir Ken Robinson tackles the touchy subject of schools. He asserts that we have been placing a lot, in fact all our attention on the academic side of school and leaving out the creativity side of things.

Everything you need to know about Finance and Investing in under an hour by William Ackman

I love listening to talks from Big Talk. I especially love this talk because it explains finance and investing in simple terms that I can wrap my head around. Love it.

What makes us feel good about our work by Dan Ariely

Dan Ariely has always been interested in what motivates us and in this super interesting talk he asks us what makes us feel good about work. If you’re in a position where you need to hire and keep employees motivated, this is definitely a talk you should listen to.

Your body language shapes who you are by Amy Cuddy (21 minutes)

Can how you sit, walk, or other body language affect who you are? Social psychologist Amy Cuddy asks, “Do our non verbals govern how we think and feel about ourselves?” She tackles how ‘power posing’ – standing in a posture of confidence (even when we don’t feel it) – can actually affect our physiology. So, turns out your Aunt Edna was right when she kept telling you to “sit up” at the dining table.

The Power of Vulnerability by Brené Brown (20 minutes)

This is a powerful talk that you probably won’t watch because of the word vulnerability in it. Brené Brown is a researcher who studies human connection. Her research led her to discover people she classified as wholehearted people because they had a few characteristics in common such as courage, compassion and connection. But aside from those characteristics these people also fully embraced vulnerability. One simple word with a ton of meaning behind it. This talk will change the way you look at human connection.

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