Six take-aways from TEDxClapham

Six take-aways from TEDxClapham

TEDxClapham brought together speakers from around the world to share their experiences, thoughts and advice on the theme of “the great unknown”. The sold-out independent TED Talks event took place in London this weekend.

Each speaker drew on their personal experiences to discuss how they overcame the fear of the great unknown to achieve success in their field. They encouraged the audience to do the same. From a polyglot, to a QI elf, to world record holders, the talks were wide-ranging and inspiring.

Here are my six take-aways from the day:

1. Learning a new language is easy, anyone can do it

Make the new language relevant to you, learn words and phrases which you will actually use. Search for similarities between your native tongue and the language you want to learn and study every day to see results fast.

Matthew Youlden

2. We need a more reasoned and public conversation on migration

Many newspapers and politicians spout sensationalised and often misguided information about migration in the UK. It’s important to understand the history of migration in this country and how migrants have positively impacted the fabric of our society rather than focus on scare-mongering rhetoric.

Sophie Henderson

3. Police should put crime prevention at centre stage

In the police, progress and ability is measured by the number of arrests made. Put simply, the more arrests you make, the better police officer you are. But, what if you made it your mission to prevent crimes, rather than clear up the mess after the crimes are committed? A principle which makes a lot more sense.

Stevyn Colgan

4. Do not take people at face value

People will surprise you. When choosing a team, whether it’s work related or in your personal life, do not judge a book by its cover. It is often those you least expect who will come out on top and bring your team to victory.

Laura Penhaul

5. The rules are easier to break when you don’t know they exist

Always think of your end-goal and work out the rest later. Many people will give you their opinions of why your project or idea won’t work, but if you believe in it, then defy the odds and give it a go. You never know what you could achieve.

Charlie Thuillier

6. As children we don’t know how to give up, we learn as adults

On average, a baby tries and fails to sit up 2000 times before they achieve it. Listen to the inner-child in you more often and don’t think about all the reasons why you can’t do something. Persevere, be resilient and go for it.

Esmee Gummer

Follow the TEDxClapham Twitter handle or like to Facebook page for more information. Links to all the talks will be available and posted on Twitter in the coming weeks.

Twitter: @TEDxClapham

Facebook: /TEDxClapham

Mark Terry-Lush