5 Ted Talks that can make you more productive

Our roundup of TED lectures that can improve your productivity and make you more efficien


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With over 1,400 TED talks available online each covering every topic under the sun, the TED talks can be an amazing resource for anyone looking for guidance or inspiration for running a business or becoming a better entrepreneur.

The speaker series TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) was started over thirty years ago. The series has proved to be so popular (with videos seeing over 2 million views everyday) that there are TED talks held across the globe with Cape Town, Johannesburg and Soweto hosting their own conferences. The next TEDx Johannesburg takes place on 21 August 2014 with the theme: We The People.

With this in mind we have put together roundup of  five TED talks that will teach you how to boost your productivity including how to quit procrastinating and the secrets to getting yourself motivated.

Have a look and be inspired!

1. Amy Cuddy - Your body language shapes who you are

Viewed more than 18 million times, social psychologist and body language expert Amy Cuddy's presentation shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on your chances for success.

2. Susan Cain - The power of introverts

Business and entrepreneurship is thought to be a game played best by more outgoing individuals. Author Susan Cain argues in this talk that introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated. While introverts might brainstorm best in small groups or isolation, how they do their best work isn’t important. It’s the quality and contribution of the work that matters most for all personality types.

3. Vik Nithy - Why we procrastinate

Procrastination is something most of us do at one point in our life or the other. In this 10-minute speech, 20-year-old Vik Nithy, who is a founder of three companies, seeks to answer one question: why is it that we can’t bring ourselves to do what we actually want to do? Nithy has achieved success despite being diagnosed with ADHD after finishing his school exams. Now he works to develops his passion for cognitive neuroscience, educational reform and to harness the potential of young people.

4. Dan Pink - The puzzle of motivation

New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Dan Pink explores the differences between intrinsic and extrinsic motivators, and other types of rewards. Pink explains why we need to rethink how we run our businesses, and how leaders can motivate others more effectively.

5. Paolo Cardini: Forget multitasking, try monotasking

"People aren’t just cooking anymore — they’re cooking, texting, talking on the phone, watching YouTube and uploading photos of the awesome meal they just made." In this talk, Designer Paolo Cardini questions the efficiency of our multitasking world and makes a case for "monotasking".

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