We all have those days once in a while, when we seem to be half a step out of sync with the world. Our conversations don’t seem to go the way we want, we have no – or too many – new ideas, and our brain and hands simply refuse to be nice and play together. We know we need to zoom out and refocus, but don’t know how.
Here’s a starter kit of short and really smart talks to help you get your mojo back. Covering a range of topics—from learning to have conversations that can win you friends and allies, to why you shouldn’t be afraid to wear your beliefs on the sleeve of your well-pressed suit—these talks may have just the insight and inspiration you need.
Ten Ways to Have a Better Conversation By Celeste Headlee A seasoned radio host, journalist and interviewer, Headlee knows what it takes to have conversations that overcome personal biases and bad listening habits to really achieve a union of the minds. Perfect for building bridges and sparking a connect in an increasingly distracted and overstimulated world.
The Happy Secret to Better Work By Shawn Anchor A ‘happiness researcher’ and advocate of positive psychology, Shawn Anchor believes that we have the hard work–success–happiness chronology all wrong. This short video is a humorous take on why we should liberate ourselves from this never-ending ‘seeking’ of happiness. Refreshing!
How Great Leaders Inspire Action By Simon Sinek A British-American marketing consultant, and author of the highly acclaimed book ‘Start With Why’, Sinek reveals why a pitch – be it to your stakeholders or your customers – should not just be about data and differentiators. And why the real differentiator in what you do, is you. Empowering stuff.
A 12-year Old App Developer By Thomas Suarez A self-taught software and hardware engineer, who has been coding since he was 9 years old, Thomas Suarez delivers a short talk on how he started developing apps for iPhone. Although six years old, the 4+ minute video seems to be going strong with over 51 million views. After all, who doesn’t like a bit of inspiration from a child prodigy?
How to Speak So That People Want to Listen By Julian Treasure To be heard, and perchance, to be understood! A lot of us struggle with the feeling that we aren’t getting through. Julian Treasure, a sound and communications expert, reveals how speaking with impact is definitely achievable in clear, simple steps. And his groovy British accent isn’t hard on the ears either!
At Awfis, we’re all about energy and inspiration – and it’s not only our spaces that we’re talking about. The entrepreneurial journey is often hard, and we believe that our work environment has a role to play in making it a little bit easier to get over the troughs. Do let us know how you liked this list – and if you’d like us to do more!