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Motivational Monday TEDx of the Week

"10 ways to have a better conversation.”

August 31, 2020 10:52 AM
Looking for a dose of inspiration to start your week? No need to look any further. Each week, we curate talks on topics that matter NOW for all of us related to resilience, self-care, dealing with uncertain times, as well as ways to stay connected, inspired, and grounded when the earth beneath us is shifting.

Today's talk is 10 ways to have a better conversation by Celeste HeadleeWhen your job hinges on how well you talk to people, you learn a lot about how to have conversations -- and that most of us don't converse very well. Celeste Headlee has worked as a radio host for decades, and she knows the ingredients of a great conversation: Honesty, brevity, clarity and a healthy amount of listening. In this insightful talk, she shares 10 useful rules for having better conversations. "Go out, talk to people, listen to people," she says. "And, most importantly, be prepared to be amazed."

After you watch, we invite you to reflect on the following:
  • What resonated for you in the video?
  • What lived experiences do you have, either personally or professionally that align with the core message of the talk?
  •  As you think of your role as a student, employee, or manager what feels relevant and useful to remember?
  • What are you taking away that feels meaningful - either a new perspective, a potential action, etc.
  • How might we take better care of ourselves and each other during this time?
If you're a supervisor, consider using this talk for team building purposes! You might send the video ahead of your meeting with several reflection questions on which you'd like your staff to come prepared to speak.
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