Day 86: Do you hate attending meetings? Maybe you suffer from MAS.

Day 86- Do you hate attending meetings- Maybe you suffer from MAS

If you are like most people the thought of attending a meeting probably fills you with a certain degree of dread. Meetings can easily chew up half a day and leave you none the wiser at the end of it.  In his Ted talk “How to save the world (or at least yourself) from bad meetings” David Grady has some suggestion to offer on how to stop on how to stop meetings from  being such a drain on our energy and time. “Every day, we allow our coworkers, who are otherwise very, very nice people, to steal from us” says David Grady. No, he is not talking about stealing our money (well maybe this could apply indirectly) nor is he talking about stealing physical goods, David is referring to our time being stolen by attending inefficient meetings. If we know meetings waste time, why attend? David says that most of us are afflicted with this condition called Mindless Accept Syndrome, or affectional shortened to MAS.  We go to the meeting, … [Read more...]

Day 84: Want to raise entrepreneurial kids? Don’t give them pocket money!

Day 84- Want to raise entrepreneurial kids- Don’t give them pocket money!

Ted speaker Cameron Herold thinks that we need to keep an eye out for kids with entrepreneurial skills. He believes that we need to nurture those skills, just like any other life skill. In his Ted talk “Let’s raise kids to be entrepreneurs” Cameron talks about why giving kids pocket money could be sending out the wrong message. Why giving kids pocket money can send out the wrong message Cameron doesn't believe in giving his kids pocket money, he believes it sends out the wrong message and breeds kids to expect a paycheck each week. It’s the ‘job’ mentality. Now, that’s fine if you are not raising your kids to be entrepreneurs, but if you are, your kids allowance could be one of the most significant business lessons of their life. Cameron doesn’t give his kids pocket money in the traditional sense but he does give them opportunities to earn money. He teaches his kids to look for opportunities around the yard and house for things … [Read more...]

Day 83: Have you stopped and looked at the clouds today?

Day 83- Have you stopped and looked at the clouds today-

Can I ask you something? When was the last time that you looked up at the clouds?  I am not talking about a quick glance upwards to check the rain status.  No, I mean the last time that you really just looked up to appreciate the beauty of the clouds. Gavin Pretor-Pinney, founder of the  Cloud Appreciation Society, thinks that clouds are unfairly  used for a doom and gloom metaphor and has decided to uses his Ted talk to show us some pictures to change the perception. Are clouds really used as a metaphor for doom? When someone is depressed “they’re under a cloud” when bad news is approaching “there’s a cloud on the horizon.”  Until I watched Gavin’s Ted talk I had never really thought about clouds as being seen as a bad thing. Then again until I watched Rives talk a few days ago I never thought that 4 a.m. was such a historical shorthand for bad things. A cloudy night at 4 a.m. must be really bad news then! Gavin says that … [Read more...]

Day 82: Changing the world one laugh at a time

Day 82- Changing the world one laugh at a time by Website Confetti

Ted speaker and comic Liza Donnelly has found a way to get discussions happening about modern life.  In her Ted talk “Drawing on humor for change” Liza shares with us some of her comics about female empowerment. Liza is a cartoonist who uses her comics to discuss the gender inequality and stereotypes. Her cartoons are witty, relatable but also have something to say. It’s the kind of topics that perhaps we aren’t talking about, or don’t always know how to articulate to get the message across, but Liza pushes through those barriers with humour. For the past few days I have been publishing posts for my 365 Days of Ted challenge around the theme ‘Ted talks to make you giggle.’ Some of the talks have been really just that, designed to make you laugh, but other talks have been bundled with humor and an important message. Humor doesn’t cheapen the message To date, I have watched a Ted talk every single day for the past 82 days and I … [Read more...]

Day 81: Are you human? Are you sure?

Day 81- Are you human- Are you sure- by Website Confetti (2)

Do you ever have moments in life that you might do something odd, purposely or accidental, that makes you think that you must be the only person to have ever done such a thing?  Maybe it’s so cringe worthy that you have to actually question whether or not your human. Melodramatic? Maybe, but  Ted speaker Ze Frank has compiled a bunch of questions to help determine whether or not you are human. It’s the human test. Ze Frank (I love his name) presents a kind of game show style quiz format to the backdrop of this universe sci-fi type music in his Ted talk “Are you human?” Ze asks the audience to raise their hand if they agree with any of the criteria he has compiled for his human test such as; Have you ever made a small, weird sound when you remembered something embarrassing? Have you ever broken something in real life, and then found yourself looking for an "undo" button in real life? On the surface Ze’s talk could be seen … [Read more...]

Day 80: Are you guilty of overusing the word awesome?

Day 80- Are you guilty of overusing the word awesome- compiled by Website Confetti

Have you ever noticed that the word awesome is used quite a bit? Maybe you yourself are an “awesome” word user?  If you are, how many times have you referred to something as awesome today? Be honest, like really honest, have any of the things that you have referred to as awesome actually been awesome? Comedian and Ted speaker Jill Shargaa seems to think that there is a massive overuse of the word and after listening to her hilarious Ted talk “Please, please people. Let’s put the ‘awe’ back in awesome.”   I kind of have to agree with here. Define awesome? There can be no discussion of the the overuse of the word “awesome” without getting into the definition of the actual word. Jill says that Webster’s dictionary definition is  “awesome: as fear mingled with admiration or reverence,a feeling produced by something majestic.”   Do you still think that the last think you called awesome is truly awesome? Is the mundane awesome? Jill … [Read more...]

Day 79: Can we please rebrand 4 a.m. ?

Day 79- I think we need to rebrand 4 a.m by website confetti

Have you ever noticed that 4am is the one hour of the day that is most commonly associated with mishaps?  Ted speaker Rives certainly has and in his eight minute Ted talk “The 4 a.m. mystery” Rives  gives us some insight behind this enigma. The 4 a.m. shorthand Song lyrics, movies, authors, conversationalist and society must have all unanimously decided that 4 a.m would be shorthand for “inconveniences, mishaps and yearnings” says Rives. “For a time that I find to be the most placid and uneventful hour of the day, four in the morning sure gets an awful lot of bad press” When did this begin? Rives backs up this claim with a number of  examples, comic strips, historical events, paintings and even  a clip of The Simpsons all depicting four in the morning as this horrible time to be awake.   It really is fascinating when you actually think how often 4 a.m. is used to reference bad things. Rives also goes on to explain what he … [Read more...]

Day 78: Connected, but alone?

Day 78- Connected, but alone-

Can I ask you a question? A personal one? Do you think that the internet has enriched your life? Do you think that it has made your social connections stronger or has it made you feel more alone?  In 2012 Sherry Turkle used her Ted talk to put forward the notion that although the internet has made us all connection, we can still feel very alone. Connected, but alone? The title of Sherry’s ted talk is Connected, but alone? Think  about that for a moment. Never in history have we been more tangled in each other’s lives. We get  real time status updates, of important, and not-so important (but entertaining)  milestones such as birth announcements or the fact that Jimmy from work just polished off the entire first season of Breaking Bad in one day. Kudos to him. We are also bystanders witnessing blossoming romances as love notes are swapped through status updates.  We congratulate the happy coupling, aww you two are so sweet. We … [Read more...]

Day 77: Is it okay to Facebook my friends during work hours?

Day 77- Is it okay to Facebook my friends during work hours by website confetti

Is is acceptable to contact your family and friends during work hours? Should workplaces  create a modern work environment were personal and professional life can coexist.  Ted speaker Stefana Broadbent seems to think that this is where society is headed in her Ted talk “How the internet enables intimacy.” I agree with parts of Stefana’s talk. The internet is great for intimacy. It can break the barriers of location and help strengthen the bonds of family and friends who are separated by oceans. Distance is no longer an issue in maintaining emotional connections. My grandmother died when I was around ten years old. She lived overseas and we only ever met in person when I was three.  I don’t really remember ever actually remember seeing her in flesh.   We used to write aerograms to each other, but it would take weeks for the letters to arrive. If video chatting had existed back them that whole experience would have been … [Read more...]

Day 76: Using spoken word to figure stuff out

Day 76- Using spoken word to figure stuff out

Continuing on with my 365 Days of Ted theme week on poetry slam is a post about spoken word artist Sarah Kay who uses her Ted talk to talk about the power of self-expression. Sarah Kay kicks off her Ted talk with a spoken word piece, “If I should have a daughter”  It’s a heartfelt piece that shows both the beauty and painful moments that make up life as a whole.  It’s rawness and truths brought the audience to the first standing ovation of the Ted talk. Finding your vehicle for self-expression This wasn't a Ted talk just about a spoken-word piece from a mother to daughter. It was  a Ted talk about using poetry as a way self-expression and  empowerment.  Sometimes we struggle to make sense of things and when this happens to Sarah she puts pen to paper to find the answers. Sarah says that spoken word poetry is not necessarily the ideal art form, but it is the art form that is accessible to everyone.  Expression through film … [Read more...]