The best TED Talks for better meetings & more fun at work

by Jan Scheele   ·  4 years ago  
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Quite often people ask me about my favourite TED talks for all kinds of situations. Today: how to improve your meetings at work & make work more fun!

David Grady: How to Save the World (Or At Least Yourself) From Bad Meetings

Off course the talk of David Grady cannot be missed in this list. In his funny, 6 minute TED talk he explains us the “Mindless Accept Syndrome”. He is saving you from wasting away in another boring meeting you don’t belong in.

https://youtu.be/F6Qo8IDsVNg

 

Jason Fried: Why work doesn’t happen at work

Great talk about how to be more productive at work. In this talk, Jason sheds light on the many distractions we face at work and how the office isn’t suited for creative pursuits that require large periods of uninterrupted time.

http://www.ted.com/talks/jason_fried_why_work_doesn_t_happen_at_work?language=en

 

Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work

This longtime Harvard psychologist gave a pep talk in which he argues that simply thinking positively and practicing gratitude daily can measurably boost your overall productivity. This is not just a theory; he has scientific data to prove it J.

https://youtu.be/fLJsdqxnZb0

 

Nigel Marsh: How to make work-life balance work

In this talk Nigel talks about his experience with achieving work-life balance. He also lays out an ideal day balanced between family time, personal time and productivity – and offers amazing inspiration to make it happen.

http://www.ted.com/talks/nigel_marsh_how_to_make_work_life_balance_work?language=en

 

Arianna Huffington: How to succeed? Get more sleep

The famous online media guru, Arianna Huffington gave this short and funny talk about the link between sleep and success. She touches upon the irrational race to sleep less in the tech world and how changing that can make us happier, more productive and more successful. Gave me personally some interesting insights.

http://www.ted.com/talks/arianna_huffington_how_to_succeed_get_more_sleep.html

 

Tony Robbins – Why We Do What We Do

One of the most famous motivational speakers in the world, Tony Robbins gave a TED talk a few years ago, in which he explains why he’s not interested in motivating people at all, but rather helping them understand why they do what they do and the “invisible forces” behind their actions. Haven’t seen someone with so much energy on the TED stage.

http://www.ted.com/talks/tony_robbins_asks_why_we_do_what_we_do?language=en

 

Paolo Cardini: Forget Multitasking, Try Monotasking
Is multitasking really a time-saver or a total waste of time? Professor and famous product designer Paolo Cardini gave a three minute, humoristic TED talk about this.

https://youtu.be/0YNeyBANrTI

 

Nilofer Merchant: Got a meeting? Take a walk

Am doing this also more often, when I need to make calls or have meetings with clients or partners. Research has shown the devastating effects of sitting the entire day at the office. Nilofer is giving some practical advice.

https://www.ted.com/talks/nilofer_merchant_got_a_meeting_take_a_walk