Category Archives: Funny

Arianna Huffington: How to succeed? Get more sleep

In this short talk, Arianna Huffington shares a small idea that can awaken much bigger ones: the power of a good night’s sleep. Instead of bragging about our sleep deficits, she urges us to shut our eyes and see the big picture: We can sleep our way to increased productivity and happiness — and smarter decision-making.

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Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work

We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards? In this fast-moving and entertaining talk from TEDxBloomington, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that actually happiness inspires productivity.…

My take:

“Train your brain to be happy”

I can relate to many points in this talk, except maybe (spoiler alert: there is no unicorn in my family!). The pursuit of happiness is a driver for many. How to get there is a maze to most and frankly if it was easy, we would all know it by now, right? right? or is that so!? Shawn Achor offers an unusual perspective, certainly opposite to one that gets many people out of bed every morning, namely “work harder to be succesful, then you’ll be happy!”. He claims we should do it backwards (and makes a living out of it). I think this is relevant to all businesses as it may hold a key to increase our work productivity, work quality and career success!

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Sebastian Wernicke: 1000 TEDTalks, 6 words

Sebastian Wernicke thinks every TEDTalk can be summarized in six words. At TEDxZurich, he shows how to do just that — and less.

 My take:

I find the ability to express what you really mean in few words very powerful. Expressing an idea in 6 words or less can be quite challenging though. But similarly with the “elevator speach” technique, it forces one to focus on the core message, what you what your audience to take away.

That could be very useful for email titles for instance. How much time would you save on a daily basis if all emails in your inbox had meaningful titles? I would bet you would be much more efficient!

Take a look at any decent news website and notice the number of words in article titles… Titles lenghts since December 2010 are generally between 3 and 11 words, with an average of… very close to 7 words! So it would seem professional writers do know our attention drops after just a few words…

Now after this long statement… if I had to find a short description for this talk I would probably go for : “Tell You Stories in 6 Words” or “”6 Words Can Say It All”.

Try! I find it rather fun. (6 words again…)

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