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TED Talk Review: How Do You Make Toast?

Every month we host a Troubadour-sponsored TED+Beer Meetup event at The Grove Dallas Coworking space in Dallas, TX. We introduce ourselves, watch a Troubadour-selected (read: likely a data or research based) TED talk, enjoy a cold beverage, then discuss the talk – we share opinions, raise questions, and look at implications on our lives and the world. It’s an hour of thoughtful discussion and if you are in the downtown Dallas area we’d love to have you join us! Look for TED+Beer sponsored by Troubadour Research & Consulting on The Grove Dallas’ Meetup page to find information for the next talk and RSVP.
 

The Talk:

 

The Discussion:

 
    • Value in the paper and pen method
        • Evidence of change: No CTRL+Z (undo), even pushed aside ideas offer value in documenting
        • Tangible objects: Easy to reorder, re-evaluate, and refine ideas/nodes
        • Free flow: Set own restrictions, easier to take any form – write any color/direction/etc you want
 
    • Working in silence
        • Democracy: Everyone’s voice is heard, difficult for one person to overpower others
        • Pure read: Go with your intuition, less likely to smother your opinion based on others’ thoughts
 
While this month’s TED Talk is shorter than most we show, it yielded a large discussion that grew to cover our own individual processes by which we work through a task. In this age, it seems most often we jump into projects through a digital platform – whether it be a Word document or one of many online apps – to work through a thought process regardless of team size. Why did this change happen? Convenience or effectiveness?
 
There is no denying that there are certain advantages that going digital provides, like being able to work with others on a task regardless of geographical location. However, even with people working in the same office we can still fall into the digital trap. Wujec shows that when we gather in a room, each lay out our ideas, then work together to create a solution or plan, a top plan emerges and everyone is more likely to feel on the same page.
 
This talk has left a huge impression on me that I strive to implement in my own life – personal and professional. Even working as an individual through a problem, I feel better about my process and ultimately the outcome when I sit down with pen and paper and write down my thoughts. Mind mapping was something that was brought up by several TED+Beer attendees and came highly recommended. While that is a greater art form, it all starts with writing out your thoughts.
 
 
What is your opinion? Have a process you would like to share?
Let us know in the comments & on social media!

 
 
Since our awesome Chief Research Officer Stephanie Vance has a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology, we enjoy showing TED talks that aren’t only data and research related but also have a psychology spin. Previously we have screened The psychology of evil given by 1970s Stanford Prison Experiment leader Philip Zimbardo.
 
Disclaimer: there are some highly graphic images and discusses a very sensitive topic. That said, it is a fantastic talk that explores evil and heroism. The graphic images are largely shown in a row and could be skipped over if desired without taking away from the overall talk too much.
 
 
Brianna Boyer Troubadour Research and Consulting
Brianna Boyer is a Research Analyst for Troubadour Research & Consulting, a research and analytics consulting company that emphasizes the story over the data. Brianna does data processing and analysis for Troubadour. Brianna can be found on Twitter @BriMeetsStats and LinkedIn.

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