TED talks illuminate and expand on the big ideas in our society. Their annual conference and spin-off events bring together many of the world’s preeminent technology, entertainment, and design professionals to share and discuss the great issues of our time. Real estate sits on the intersection of function and design. Many TED talks related to these subjects can help real estate appraisers grow professionally. Here is a brief list of the best TED talks to inspire professional success.
8 secrets to success
by Richard St. John
Richard St. John has spent his career interviewing the most successful people on the planet and learning what makes them tick, in their own words. This entertaining talk outlines what it means to be successful and maps some strategies to make it to the level you desire. The best way to succeed is to emulate success. The appraisal profession is no different. Check out this talk for some of the best strategies to get ahead in your position.
Grit: The power of passion and perseverance
by Angela Duckworth
Next on our list of best TED talks for appraisers is Angela Duckworth’s rousing treatise on the power of grit and determination. These valuable qualities can help you become your best self in relation to your appraisal career. Coming up with accurate estimates and choosing the right comps to use can be frustrating—but keeping calm and pushing through will mark you as an appraisal professional that folks will seek out for the hardest (and most lucrative) jobs.
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How to make stress your friend
by Kelly McGonigal
Appraisers run into all sorts of stressful situations in the course of their career. Hitting lender deadlines, getting lost on the way to a property, estimate disagreements and many other issues can ruin your day. Stress is inevitable, but it does not have to rule your life. This talk by Kelly McGonigal can help you learn how to manage career-related stress. Doing so will help you become a better appraiser and a happier person.
by Jocko Willink
Last but not least on our list of best TED talks is this inspiring presentation by Jocko Willink, retired Navy Seal and business leader. Leadership qualities are essential in every profession, especially so in real estate appraisal. Since appraisers are often dealing with properties that are worth hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars, accuracy in your estimates is a big deal. The best way to serve your customers is to take ownership of your assessments and act as a leader in your field. The lessons in this TED talk are applicable to any of your personal or professional pursuits; taking charge will get you where you want to go.
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