Just like the Cowardly Lion in the Wizard of Oz, not all of us are born with as much confidence as we’d like. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t learn to be confident. Confidence is a skill that when used correctly, can help you as a friend, professional, and can give you more ease of mind.
This week, as part of our January TED Talk series, we compiled a list of 5 TED Talks for confidence! So whether you’re looking to get a little confidence boost or want to change your state of mind completely, these videos are for you!
1. Your Body Language Influences the Way You Feel – Amy Cuddy
How are you sitting at your desk right now? Amy Cuddy, a social psychologist, shows us that nonverbal expressions and body language have a large effect on our perceived power dominance and confidence. Thus, Amy created a “power stance” (think: Wonder Woman), which she suggests holding for 2 minutes, in order to make yourself instantly feel more confident!
2. The Power Of Vulnerability – Brené Brown
Brené Brown, a vulnerability researcher, discovered that humans feel a greater sense of belonging and accomplishment when they have the courage to be imperfect. Brown argues that your willingness to do something when there are no guarantees, or your willingness to do something in a vulnerable state, is where we find the birthplace of joy, creativity, belonging, and love.
3. How To Build Your Creative Confidence – David Kelley
Every wonder why one day, you stopped doodling and drawing like you used to in 3rd grade? David Kelley, founder of IDEO and co-author of Creative Confidence, discovered that our society divides people into those who believe they are “creative” and those who believe they are “not creative.” Everyone has a creative side to them, but they just need to learn how to exercise it.
4. Meet Yourself: A User’s Guide To Building Self-Esteem – Niko Everett
For many people, it’s challenging to try and think of things that we like about ourselves. But when you think of other people, it’s often easy to think of something to compliment them on! Niko Everett, the founder of Girls For Change, suggests that we start writing things down that we like about ourselves so that those good feelings translate back into our self-esteem. Give it a try!
5. The Skill Of Self Confidence – Dr. Ivan Joseph
What does it take to form a national winning soccer team? Athletic Director and head coach of the Varsity Soccer team at Ryerson University, Dr. Ivan Joseph found that self confidence is the main quality that he looks for in his athletes when building a roster. Not only does self-confidence translate to success for athletes, but for it can serve as the building block for anyone who wants to succeed.