8 TED Talks to strengthen your soft skills

8 TED Talks to strengthen your soft skills

Improving soft skills like communication and empathy requires continuous learning. These TED Talks can help

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Don’t fail fast – fail mindfully


Speaker: Leticia Gasca

“When we excessively punish those who fail, we stifle innovation and business creation, the engines of economic growth in any country,” says author and entrepreneur Leticia Gasca. Although the tech industry shouts “fail fast” from the rooftops, many people hide their own painful failure stories because they feel guilty or ashamed. In this TED Talk, Gasca shares her own story and explains how being open and vulnerable made her realize life lessons she wouldn’t have been open to learning without embracing her whole past – the good, the bad, and the ugly. It’s an excellent argument for why sharing your failures makes you stronger.

Why you should bring your whole self to work


Speaker: Dan Clay

There is no one way to be a leader, Dan Clay says in his TED video. It’s a lesson he himself learned at a point in his career when he was trying to tone down his true personality to fit into the mold of what he thought a leader should be. When his alter ego went viral, Clay learned that there’s a fine line between adapting to your environment and disguising who you are from your peers. He encourages everyone to see what it’s like to bring more of your whole self to work.

Want to change the world? Start by being brave enough to care


Speaker: Cleo Wade

Artist and poet Cleo Wade recites a poem she wrote for a newborn baby with powerful wisdom for people of all ages. She explains big and small ways everyone can make a difference in their lives and in the lives of others: “Start be being a better listener. See people. Ask how they are doing and listen to what they say. You may not win an argument, you may not change a mind, but if you choose to, you can always achieve the triumph of radical empathy,” she says. Many of her lessons relate to creating a more meaningful life.

How to disagree productively and find common ground


Speaker: Julia Dhar

Julia Dhar knows a thing or two about how to disagree productively: She is a former world debate champion. She explains that many people are afraid to get into an argument, so they don’t get involved in conversations at all. Opting out completely kills collaboration. Dhar outlines three tried and true techniques from her debate days to help people hone this essential skill and start to find common ground.


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