Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Day 293: Favorite TED Talks 9: Love

Love is a hard topic to explain in a TED Talk. However, Helen Fisher does this beautifully. She uses the context of love from both biological and anthropological perspective in this wonderful TED Talk. I am not writing more here as it will be fun watching and listening to her. 

A special dedication to my favorite people on their lovely anniversary. May they grow in love- today and forever. 

Monday, March 21, 2016

Day 292: Favorite TED TALK 8: The power of introvert

I am always excited when someone talks about how much they loved reading and using that as a group activity. I love it when someone decides to take a different turn between their career to pursue their passion and also comes out successful in that. Well, here is one such lady- Susan Cain. Trained as a lawyer, she worked for a while and then took a break to pursue her long time passion- writing. In this TED Talk she talks about the power of introverts (that is her book too).

What I liked about this talk is her narration. It was about the aspect of looking at both sides of the spectrum with same respect as we are all human beings traveling the same long journey in our own unique way. Do watch this one and let me know your thoughts!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Day 291:Favorite TED TALK 7: Try something new for 30 days

Matt Cutts is a software engineer at Google. Yes. So, what is so special about this TED Talk. Well, the talk is special as the topic is inspiring and interesting. He has not delivered the usual 18-20 min talk.Yes. This is not a 18-20 min TED talk but in fact very short. However, the point made is very interesting and has inspired me to think about doing something for a short term to either change my old habit or start a new one. It is brilliant.

Hopefully you guys will like it too and probably might just follow something for 30 days.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Day 290: Favorite TED TALK 6: The golden circle with 'why'

Simon Sinek is a motivational speaker and author. I did not know about him until I saw his TED Talk a couple of years ago (I think in 2010 or 2011). This is also a talk that I will never forget and have watched it many times. He is the proponent of the 'golden circle'.

I think he gives a terrific presentation that I don't want to spoil it for you here by giving more info.

All I want to tell you is we need to always ask 'the why'.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Day 289: Favorite TED TALK 5: If I should have a daughter

"I write poems to figure things out"- Sarah Kay

Well, she spoke my mind when she said this in her TED talk way back in 2011. I took to writing poetry from a young age only because it helped me figure things out. This young poet writes - spoken word poetry (similar to theatrical style) and this is one of my most favorite TED Talks. I have heard this over and over again to just listen to her poetry.

I would like to dedicate this every little girl I know and this is one of my most favorite TED Talk hands down. A terrific performer, brilliant poet, kind and beautiful lady.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Day 288: Favorite TED TALK 4: Conversations- is it a dying art?

One of the best things I have learned in my PhD is that doing research from an interpretive paradigm is the hardest of all (of course, critical paradigm too). The reason is because both these paradigms involves tools for research that requires us to 'listen'. It also teaches us that 'we' are not always the be all and end all of everything, there is so much more out in the world that is waiting to be explored. Thanks to my wonderful chair and other exceptional committee members, I have had the best classes in understanding this tool called 'interviewing'. I have also learned that we can be better at interviewing only with more interviewing and more practice. One of the most crucial skills here is to listen and also take a conversation forward. Unfortunately, in today's day and age, we end up hustling through conversations and not being able to continue a meaningful discussion with most people. As much as we have moved forward with technology and other sophisticated means of communication, we have lost the art of conversations over time. I am not against the whole texting context but the way we have conversations (without offending) is becoming hard. Pre-FB era would have had us sitting down with a group in a local tea or coffee shop or the barber shop, or even outside by the side of a tree or a park and have discussions on random topics. These conversations weren't just restricted to everyday complaints or office/personal stress and gossip but on topics that helped forge new meanings and ideas.

This may not be a best talk and nor is the speaker any more eloquent than a few other speakers at TED but this topic has some big value and hence this is listed under a few of my favorite TED talks. The speaker, Celeste Headlee worked as a radio host and writer and here she discusses some of the 10 rules to get back to this lost art of having conversations. The ones shared by her are a few of the important things to remember while conducting interviews (my PhD classes). Do watch it to learn more about how to have a good conversation.

By the way, this was filmed in May 2015. 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Day 287: Favorite TED TALK 3: Are you a procrastinator ?

I have always followed this wonderful blog called 'Wait but why?'. This is an interesting blog as it uses very wry sense of style in his writing and uses stick figures to illustrate the blog. As an internet sensation, this blog has some great page views and is even followed by some top giants of tech world. He writes about a lot of topics and his writing style is very 'straight forward'. This TED Talk is one of the best in the recent times. He just keeps you glued to this session and as this is very recent (filmed in Feb 2016), this kind of also is 'timely' for me. I watched it just today:)

I am sure all of us have had instances where your procrastination has caused more issues and there might have been different ways in which we bring out this trait in us. For sure, I am one (sadly) in certain things that I wish I am otherwise. I do get my work done but I sometimes let that little monkey (as mentioned by Tim Urban) take over the steering wheel of my mind. Now, this talk is very interesting not just because of the topic, "Inside the mind of a master procrastinator" but is his style of presentation.

An engaging and brilliant discussion that gave a small whack to my 'mind'. Well, yeah, it was interesting to see how that little monkey takes our mind for a ride and stress rises up when we have an unwanted visitor- panic monster. This TED Talk also kind of revealed how deadlines play a crucial role in understanding the ways in which one can avoid procrastinating. Just like how I decided to keep a challenge to help me write everyday - by having a blog page and also a journal, it makes me reduce the chances of procrastination (sometimes I don't !) and make it easier to keep that monkey at bay.

Do watch this and I'm sure you will totally enjoy this session.