“This was the best TED Talk ever.”
“My favorite yet!”
“I loved this! It totally spoke to me.”
After a lapse of a few months, I found this morning a slot to share at all-school meeting a TED talk– and when I announced this, the room broke out into genuine applause. This is a very charming and sweet connection I am sharing with my St. Gregory students, one I will miss greatly: our shared “fandom” for TED talks.
After viewing, we had a great ten minute all-school conversation. First we focused upon the content– what is the relationship of happiness and productivity, how do we “filter” our experience, what are the five techniques for developing a positive outlook and happiness attitude, and do we agree with these five?
The five techniques to shift your attitude, enhance your happiness, lift up your filter, and strengthen your productivity:
- Express gratitude daily; deliberately choose to write or say thank you and express appreciation for what you have.
- Practice random acts of kindness.
Then we shifted to form: what made this talk so effective. Humor of course was the most important element, but we also discussed the way the presenter himself modeled a positive affect, and the way he used a personal story at the outset to build a sense of connection with his audience.
Take the twelve minutes for viewing this one: It is a very funny talk with a very meaningful message.