Communication and sharing of ideas are central to our lives. Take a little bit of time to learn more about one of the digital spaces where ideas are shared: TED conferences. In its own words, TED is a nonprofit “devoted to ideas worth spreading.” Talented artists, scientists, and inventors share their thought-provoking ideas in short multimedia presentations. Challenge your own thoughts on communication by watching a few TED. Here are some recommendations:
- Julian Treasure, a leading sound expert whose work focuses in transforming communication, health, productivity, and relationships through mastery of speaking and listening, shares advice about ways to listen better: '5 Ways to Listen Better'
- Poet Ali, is a compelling performer and identifiable speaker who inspires people to approach and understand their problems from unique perspectives. 'The Language of Being Human'
- Sophie Zadeh is a Lecturer in Social Psychology. Her research focusses on non-normative families and identities in social psychological perspective: 'Are There Universal Expressions of Emotion'?
- Celeste Headlee – an experienced writer and radio host gives her a unique perspective on what makes for a good conversation: '10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation'
- Educator, Katherine Hampsten describes why miscommunication occurs so frequently, and how we can minimize frustration while expressing ourselves better: 'How Miscommunication Happens and How to Avoid It'
- You can also find videos compiled under this playlist: 'Listen Up'
After you have watched a few videos, answer these questions. Share your responses with your trainer, coach, or administrator.
What did you learn about communication?
What did you learn about your own communication?
What did you learn about communication in others?
Did any of the information you learned challenge any of your preconceived notions about communication?