6 TED Talks for Real Estate Agents Who Need Some Inspiration

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The days as an agent are long. And sometimes, it can be hard to get back up and get right back at it again — especially if you’ve just lost a deal or experienced some other setback.

Are you looking for some inspiration after a long and grueling day? Just need a little motivation or a break from the daily grind?

These 6 TED Talks for real estate agents can help

  1. “How to Make Work-life Balance Work”

Achieving solid work-life balance — especially as a busy agent — is no easy feat. In this presentation, Nigel Marsh talks about drawing the line between personal and professional, as well as some helpful tips for making it happen.

  1. Barbara Corcoran’s “Rethinking Failure”

Who better to learn from than the queen of real estate herself Barbara Corcoran? In this 2013 TED Talk at Barnard College, she dives into her initial failures and how they drove her, inspired her, and helped her build the career she has today.

  1. “Smash Fear, Learn Anything”

Presented by productivity expert Tim Ferriss, this one is all about overcoming career fears, cultivating new skills, and making the most of your time. If Ferriss’ best-selling book is any indication (“The 4-hour Workweek”) — there are some serious career hacks to be learned here.

  1. “All it takes is 10 Mindful Minutes”

In the thick of busy season and feeling ready to pull out your hair? Listen to this TED Talk by Andy Puddicombe. The mindfulness expert goes into quick strategies for centering yourself, refreshing your mind, and revitalizing your spirit — no matter what your day might be throwing at you.

  1. “Never Split the Difference”

Tired of haggling over prices and concessions? Want to be a better negotiator? Chris Voss’ “Never Split the Difference” talk can light the way. A former FBI hostage negotiator, Voss dives into his personal negotiating strategies — as well as how to translate them to your own career with confidence.

  1. The Real Estate Deal that Could Change the Future of Everything”

Hosted by Ben Miller — co-founder of the real estate investing platform Fundrise — this TED Talk covers technology’s place in the real estate world, as well as what it holds for the industry’s future.

Amy Cuddy’s “Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are” talk gets an honorable mention. Many agents (and just sales pros in general) say it’s helped them close more deals and sign more clients. At only 21 minutes, it can’t hurt to try, right?

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Aly Yale

Aly J. Yale is a freelance writer focusing on real estate, mortgage, and the housing market. Her work has been featured in Forbes, Bankrate, The Motley Fool, Business Insider, The Balance, and more. Prior to freelancing, she served as an editor and reporter for The Dallas Morning News. She graduated from Texas Christian University's Bob Schieffer College of Communication with a major in radio-TV-film and news-editorial journalism. Connect with her at AlyJYale.com or on Twitter at @AlyJwriter.