7 INSPIRING TED TALKS FOR COACHES
7 inspiring ted talks for coaches
Let’s be honest— there is a lot of crap on the interwebs these days. Plenty of folks are ruthlessly competing for your eyeballs and very few of them offer content worthy of your time and attention. Luckily for the more discerning web-surfer, there are TED talks.
At TED.com, you will find 1,400 videos of passionate speakers presenting their ideas at various TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conferences around the world. As stated in their tagline, the goal is to SPREAD IDEAS. Each video offers bite sized nuggets of wisdom and innovation (the videos are typically around 18 minutes in length) from some of the smartest people on the planet. The headline on their search page even says ‘Great talks to stir your curiosity’. CURIOSITY! I knew I liked those TED folks.
The various topics for TED include technology, design, business, science, education, global issues, and entertainment. As you might have guessed, the search term ‘golf’ doesn’t turn up very much. Nothing, in fact. But many of the inspiring ideas discussed are easily applied to the business of coaching.
Below I have compiled seven TED talks that are sure to provoke thought for coaches. Why seven? Because I don’t expect you to watch all 140 minutes in one sitting. So they are divided up into a week of TED talks for Curious Coaches. I once heard the Co-Founder of TPI, Dave Phillips, say that he made a habit of watching one TED talk on his iPad every night before bed. I encourage you to do the same thing this week. Watch each of the videos with your ‘coach’s hat’ on, or perhaps just your ‘golfer’s hat’. You’ll see that each speaker’s message contains innovative concepts to be applied to any form of performance and education.
7 days. 7 awesomely inspiring TED talks for golf coaches. Enjoy.
TUESDAY JOHN WOODEN:
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WINNING & SUCCEEDING
TED SYNOPSIS: With profound simplicity, Coach John Wooden redefines success and urges us all to pursue the best in ourselves. In this inspiring talk he shares the advice he gave his players at UCLA, quotes poetry and remembers his father’s wisdom.In our first TED talk, Coach Wooden shares his definition of success.
WEDNESDAY SIMON SINEK:
HOW GREAT LEADERS INSPIRE ACTION
TED SYNOPSIS: Simon Sinek presents a simple but powerful model for how leaders inspire action, starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers — and as a counterpoint Tivo, which (until a recent court victory that tripled its stock price) appeared to be struggling.
THURSDAY ANGELA DUCKWORTH:
‘TRUE GRIT’ CAN PERSEVERANCE BE TAUGHT?
TED SYNOPSIS: Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Angela studies non-IQ competencies that predict success both academically and professionally. Her research populations have included West Point cadets, National Spelling Bee finalists, novice teachers, salespeople, and students.
FRIDAY SUGATA MITRA:
TED SYNOPSIS: Indian education scientist Sugata Mitra tackles one of the greatest problems of education — the best teachers and schools don’t exist where they’re needed most. In a series of real-life experiments from New Delhi to South Africa to Italy, he gave kids self-supervised access to the web and saw results that could revolutionize how we think about teaching.
SATURDAY DAN PINK:
THE PUZZLE OF MOTIVATION
TED SYNOPSIS: Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don’t: Traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories — and maybe, a way forward.
SUNDAY DIANA LAUFENBERG:
HOW TO LEARN FROM MISTAKES
TED SYNOPSIS: Diana Laufenberg shares 3 surprising things she has learned about teaching — including a key insight about learning from mistakes.
MONDAY MIHALY CSIKSZENTMIHALYI:
FLOW, THE SECRET OF HAPPINESS
TED SYNOPSIS: Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi asks, “What makes a life worth living?” Noting that money cannot make us happy, he looks to those who find pleasure and lasting satisfaction in activities that bring about a state of “flow.”
With so many TED talks available on their site, I have undoubtedly left off some good ones. If you have any suggestions, please leave them in the comment section below. Also, be sure to use the Social Media buttons below to pass these great talks on to other coaches.
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