TED Talks that Inspire Us

At R|L, the breadth and depth of who we are is often influenced by others who inspire us to explore our boundaries. As we further our effectiveness, we are able to unlock and unleash more of our clients’ capabilities. We have found that TED Talks are a great resource to fill our toolboxes with inspiration, curiosity, and knowledge. Fill up a mug with your favorite beverage and watch the compelling lessons from R|L Coaches’ favorite TED Talks. We hope they inspire you as much as they have us.

Clyde Lowstuter, MCC
President & CEO | Executive Coach

Tony Robbins: Why we do what we do

The reality is that none of us operate at 100% of our capacity, yet all of us want to be significant and contribute to things of significance. In Tony Robbins inspirational Ted Talk, Why We Do What We Do, he unpacks why, at times, we excel, and at other times we hold back. His keen insights broaden our perspectives while empowering us to be the best version of ourselves. When we enable ourselves (and others) to identify and explore our emotional and behavioral roadblocks and accelerants, we shift our beliefs and behaviors to realize more of our potential. Click to Watch

Carolyn Lowstuter
Executive VP | Executive Coach

Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend

In a world of increasing volatility, complexity, and uncertainty, how you think about stress matters. In the Ted Talk, How to Make Stress Your Friend, Kelly McGonigal, a health psychologist, describes results from an 8-year, 30,000 person study, that you will find particularly interesting. Science tells us that when we change our mindset about how we view stress, it changes our physical response to stress as well. Because we respond so personally to stress, what is a stressful situation for one person, may not even phase another. Maintaining balance and composure has less to do with stressful circumstances and everything to do with the meaning and emotions you attach to stress. This week, challenge yourself to take a new perspective on stress, and make it work for you! Click to Watch

Dave Dallam
Vice President | Executive Coach

Karen Wickre: An introvert’s advice for networking

This one is not a TED Talk video, but a TED published article. Karen Wickre, former Editorial Director at Twitter, explores perhaps the most basic, most powerful, and most over-looked, concept in networking. Her concept of “loose touch” allows even the most introverted personalities to initiate and maintain connections with a diaspora of friends and acquaintances. Networking is not a tool we use to find a job, but a life skill that forms and cements meaningful relationships. And it can be developed by practicing it for only ten minutes each day. Click to Read

John Hart
Vice President | Executive Coach

Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation

Dan Pink’s TED talk about the puzzle of motivation is a compelling example of how we can easily become entrenched in practices that are ultimately a product of incorrect assumptions. In his discussion Dan illustrates the disconnect between the motivational practices of business and what science actually knows about motivation.

Simply put, we are primarily motivated by autonomy, mastery and purpose. Conversely, businesses are organized to reward performance with monetary compensation. Numerous studies have linked carrot and stick based monetary performance systems with decreased performance in all but the most rudimentary mechanical jobs.

As a coach at RL I have the opportunity to help people achieve optimal performance. Autonomy, mastery and purpose are core themes that are consistently at the center of motivation for high performing individuals. At RL we are focused on producing “uncommon results.” Tapping in to the energy that surrounds intrinsic motivation is an accelerator that enables growth and success. As a coach I am grateful to partner with our clients to help them to connect with the power that comes from internal motivation. Click to Watch

Kathryn Hartrick
VP General Counsel | Executive Coach

Mike Robbins: The power of appreciation

Everyone wants to feel like what they say and do matters. In this engaging presentation, Mike Robbins talks about “The Power of Appreciation.” There’s a distinction between “recognition,” that focuses on results/outcomes, and “appreciation” that recognizes who we are. Understanding the distinction results in creating better, more meaningful relationships. When you genuinely express appreciation to someone it’s about letting the person know that you see them, you hear them, and what they say and do matters to you and your organization. Click to Watch

Ron Hirasawa
Vice President | Executive Coach

Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability

I often tell the story about Brené’s lack of confidence in presenting to others in graduate school, and telling her advisor she was just not cut out for it. And that she was thinking of quitting graduate school because of this.

Her advisor reassured Brené that she had everything it takes to succeed, and to just “fake it until you make it”. Brené took herself in hand and pushed through her anxieties to great success, which we can all see firsthand in her TED talk about the value of being vulnerable with others.

“Fake it until you make it” has great value when trying a new behavior as a coachee. You may not feel confident at first, but your confidence grows with practice and repetition. Click to Watch

Pat Mater
Vice President | Executive Coach

Julian Treasure: How to speak so that people want to listen

Do you ever feel that people aren’t listening to you? Why is that? Julian Treasure, a sound coach (yes, it’s a thing), reminds us that the human voice is the most powerful instrument we all play. If we have some bad habits, we need to get rid of those first so people can hear our message (negativity, complaining, exaggeration, the confusion of facts with opinions, etc.)

He then moves on to how you say what you say and its impact on whether your message is heard. People prefer voices, which are rich, smooth, and warm. If your voice isn’t naturally that way, you can learn how to make it so. He also gives some practical exercises to warm your voice to be able to present your message in a way so that people will listen. And isn’t that what we are all trying to achieve? Click to Watch

Susan Snowden
Vice President | Executive Coach

Amy Cuddy: Your body language may shape who you are

Is anything as loud as body language? Everyone has sat through a group presentation and wondered why some members of the group stand apart. Somehow along the way the group splinters between people who show up and people who don’t. In Amy Cuddy’s Ted Talk, Your Body Language may Shape Who you Are, she discusses how our posture and our beliefs can change other’s opinions about us as well as our own physiology. Our posture can help change our attitude. This mindset is everything. If you believe and work, and keep believing and working the chances that your belief will become reality are great! Click to Watch


What’s your favorite TED Talk? Let us know in the comments.


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