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11 TED TALKS for PHOTOGRAPHERS AND OTHER CREATIVES

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Trying to grow your photography business? Or perhaps you’re a blogger, writer, designer, or artist. If your craft comes easily to you … but the business side of things doesn’t … then know you’re in good company.

As artists, we’re great at creating, designing, and dreaming. But often, we struggle with self-confidence, grit, and perseverance in the face of defeat. Yet, these are the things we need most in order to succeed with our businesses.

So, grab a cup of coffee … sit back … and be inspired. These TED talks are some of my absolute favorite tools we can use for developing the qualities needed to succeed with a business in the arts.

 

1. YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO DEVELOP YOUR SELF-CONFIDENCE …
The skill of self-confidence // Dr. Ivan Joseph

Without the skill of self-confidence, we’re useless. But it’s possible to build it. (Phew.)

 

2. YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO STAND LIKE SUPERWOMAN …
Your body language shapes who you are // Amy Cuddy

The easiest life hack for confidence … EVER. Change your body language and posture and you can transform your life and business.

 

3. YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO (SUCCESSFULLY) DEAL WITH STRESS …
How to make stress your friend // Kelly McGonigal

Are you feeling stressed out about your business? And are you stressed out about being stressed? Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us change our mind about how we look at the stress in our lives and businesses.

 

4. YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO ASK …
The art of asking // Amanda Palmer

It’s amazing what can happen when you just … ask.

 

5. YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO TRY LOTS OF DIFFERENT IDEAS …

The surprising habits of original thinkers // Adam Grant

Originals are afraid of failing … but they’re even more afraid of failing to try. Our biggest regrets are not our actions … but our inactions.

 

7. YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO HAVE GRIT …

Grit: The power of passion and perseverance// Angela Lee Duckworth

Some of the strongest performers aren’t always the smartest ones. It’s those with passion, stamina, and sticking with a goal … for YEARS.

 

8. YOU MAY HAVE TO LEARN TO EMBRACE THE GENTLE POWER OF BEING A HIGHLY SENSITIVE PERSON

The gentle power of highly sensitive people // Elena Herdieckerhoff

Many artists are highly sensitive people. As such, we are naturally equipped to connect with our photography clients and create moving imagery for them. However, there are challenges that come with being a sensitive person … particularly when trying to run a business.

 

9. YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO BE DIFFERENT THAN OTHER PHOTOGRAPHERS. TO DO THAT, YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO BE YOURSELF …
The art of being yourself // Caroline McHugh

We are fantastic at being ourselves when we’re kids. But it gets harder as we get older.

 

10. YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO LEARN HOW TO HAVE GREAT CONVERSATIONS …
10 ways to have a better conversation // Celeste Headlee

Technology is partly to blame for our inability to effectively communicate today. But when running a business, we NEED good communication skills. We need to know how to talk to our clients … and how to listen to them.

 

11. YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO DEFINE YOURSELF …
How do you define yourself? // Lizzie Velasquez

What are your special gifts? How can you use those gifts to build a business and life that is amazing?

 

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