7 TED Talks that will make you a better recruiter

The best recruiters all have one thing in common: they never stop learning

Firefish Recruitment Software have handpicked seven of their all-time favourite recruitment-relevant TED talks (each one no longer than 15 minutes!), helping any recruiter to feel more confident at work, get more done, and generally become that bit better at the job.

  1. For improving your candidate relationships


Relationship building is absolutely key in recruiting – which is why every recruiter should watch this TED talk on how to improve the conversations you’re having with them every day.  Celeste Headlee highlights how small habits can impact our flow of conversation and ultimately our relationships with candidates.

  1. For perfecting your recruitment sales pitch


This TED talk from Simon Sinek is useful for any recruiters looking to perfect their sales pitch when they’re looking to pull in new business leads.

  1. For HR teams dealing with talent shortages


Regina Hartley, VP of Human Resources at UPS shares her thoughts on how a good in-house recruiter will screen a CV and look for the most relevant experience, but an exceptional one reads between the lines too.

  1. For creating a high-billing office environment


Andrew Sillitoe is already a firm favourite amongst recruiters, and with good reason. He has done some fantastic talks on team management (some of which are specifically targeted at recruitment teams).

In this particular talk – ‘How to create a high performance culture’ – Andrew speaks about the importance of establishing your company story, understanding your positioning and putting this at the core of everything you do.

  1. To help you make more successful phone calls


This talk from Julian Treasure has some really actionable advice for handling how you speak to others, especially on the phone – something recruiters are all too familiar with!

Treasure warns of the 7 deadly sins of speaking that turns people off from listening to what we have to say, and conversely the 4 cornerstones that we can stand on if we want our speech to be more powerful.

  1. To increase confidence and resilience at work


In this animated discussion, Cuddy talks about the huge effect a few minutes of ‘power posing’ each morning can have on our day. Boosting both your own confidence and encouraging those around you.

This is a particularly good talk to send on to candidates prior to employer interviews too – not only will it increase the chances of you making the placement, but you’ll score brownie points with the candidate too.

  1. For managing stress and increasing productivity


This fascinating talk from health psychologist Kelly McGonigal encourages us to ‘own’ times of stress by thinking of them as helpful to our productivity rather than something that should be feared.

Your natural response to stress (for example, an increasing heart rate) is your body’s attempt to help you rise to a particular challenge. Embrace this, and McGonigal’s data suggests it could help you live longer too!

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