Posts Tagged ‘TED’


With hubby out of town, my son off at camp, and my younger daughter at work, I got to spend my Saturday morning with my oldest daughter.

It was a time together as it often is … she, a Psychology major, and myself, her Psychological guinea pig mom who lives (academically) vicariously through her. According to Myers Briggs we are personality twins, sporting INFJ (introverted, intuitive, feeling, judging). This personality similarity gives us connection, and due to it, there is nothing more normal for the two of us than to problem-solve life together.

And that is what we did this past Saturday morning.It was then, yesterday morning, that she shared a video with me, that I have chosen to share as my guest post today.

The following video (cleverly animated) features the voice of Dr. Brené Brown.

According to Wikipedia, Ms. Brown’s “… research focuses on authentic leadership and wholeheartedness in families, schools, and organizations. Her 2010 TED talk The Power of Vulnerability, is one of the twenty most watched TED talks, with over 15 million views (and I highly recommend it, as I am listening to it while I type)!

This video is short, sweet and it will help us, whatever Myers Briggs personality we are, to connect with others.

“What makes something better
is connection.”
Dr. Brené Brown


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Every once in a while I check out the visual list of top watched videos on YouTube …

I work in a high school, I am a mom of a houseful of teens, and so I desire to be as current and aware of the culture that these teens live in as is humanly possible on my end.

Last weekend I was was drawn to a particular video on the list … not because of the number of views (although over six million is a significant number of views), but because I recognized the face … the face of the man whose shared gift impressed me most at the opening ceremonies of the 2010 img_2012Vancouver Winter Olympics.

“We Are More” is a spoken word poem that Shane Koyczan shared at that opening ceremony. With words and passion he defined all that is the nation of Canada, leaving our nation so stirred by national pride one could have mistaken us for our neighbors to the South. My favorite line from his poem was “so don’t let your luggage define your travels.”

And in the video I watched last weekend, he unpacked more baggage that we humans sometimes allow to defined define us … bullying.

In the first video is Shane speaking at the filming of his TED video of his entire poem. Although it is over twelve minutes, I recommend you watch that one!

This, second video is shorter (about seven and a half minutes), more visual, and I have included it because it is the one with over six million views (it is also the ‘cleaner’ video, the first has one line that ‘may’ be offensive to some) … I still recommend the first one … but, if you are short on time, go with number two … BUT spoken word is best heard when you can see the passion in the speaker speaking … just sayin’

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As I was preparing (mentally) for a high school homeroom activity, and a staff retreat, I was drawn to a title for a TED video, “The Power of Introverts.” I knew that in both the homeroom activity and the staff retreat the goal would be from the perspective of “group think,” meaning that the goal was for mingling, connecting socially, getting to know each other … and all within groups that have been pre-assigned, scripted and designed for the extrovert that we should all aim to be in this life … blech!

Susan Cain’s TED talk inspired and encouraged me greatly … to be me … who God created, empowered and desired me to be.

TED introduces Susan Cain in this way:

“In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated.”

This video is a daunting twenty minutes long … please, please, please click on the link, and watch just three minutes! The first three minutes are the ones that any introvert could relate to, and any extrovert needs to know.

caring for introverts

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