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Below are some of the most popular TED talks on the subject of mentorship.

The Gift and Power of Emotional Courage

A must-watch for any life coach is South African psychologist Susan David’s investigation of emotional agility, which has received more than 9.8 million views. She claims that more than 30% of us suppress our negative emotions in reaction to what she considers a tyranny of happiness in our culture. To effectively coach clients, it’s essential to make room for the complete spectrum of human emotions.  

Building Trust and Emotional Safety

Brown’s work was propelled into the public eye by this humorous, wise, and moving lecture on vulnerability, which continues to rank highly on the list of the 25 Most Popular Ted Talks of All Time. An author, researcher, and storyteller, Brené Brown has spent 20 years researching how individuals might live and lead more wholeheartedly. Brown’s first TED Talk from 2010 is a must-watch if you haven’t already. She discusses how the body of studies fundamentally broadened her view and impacted how she lives, loves, works, and parents in it.

The Urgency of Intersectionality

Kimberlé Crenshaw, a legal scholar and activist, examines the idea of intersectionality and shows the effects of having several marginalized identities in society and how discrimination and oppression affect our capacity to flourish. A culturally sensitive coach reacts to the worldviews and experiences of their clients. We must know how other people’s viewpoints and life experiences may vary from our own to mentor them effectively. Our identities, including gender, color, class, sexual orientation, and physical ability, must each be considered as we traverse society. 

Future Visioning and Goal Setting

Robert Waldinger, a psychiatrist, delves into the evidence of what keeps people happy and healthy. It’s not what the majority of us believe. His research followed a cohort of Harvard graduates for more than 70 years and provided a wealth of information on what “success” really entails. Listen to Waldinger’s lecture if you want to learn which values, objectives, and experiences are most likely to make coaching clients happy and prosperous in the long run.

Essential Questions to Ask Your Future Self

The questions we should ask ourselves as we move toward our desired future are the focus of psychologist Meg Jay’s talk. She starts by looking at why many people find it so challenging to make decisions that will benefit us in the long run.

According to philosopher Derek Parfit, people overlook their future selves because they lack belief or imagination. Caring about or advocating for a hypothetical future self is difficult. Jay explains how we might identify and close this empathy gap inside ourselves.

The Art of Powerful Questions

In this provocative discussion, Allen Saakyan explores how we can grab and retain people’s attention in a world that is oversaturated with information. He remarks on how proper questioning can shatter through surface-level dialogue and get to the deeper issues.

10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation

Celeste Headlee, a journalist, speaker, and author, lists her top 10 criteria for a productive discussion. She provides straightforward tactics you can use in forthcoming customer meetings and every subsequent conversion. She skillfully explains the distinctions between speaking to be heard and listening to comprehend.