Clinical Psychologist Meg Jay’s first book, The Defining Decade, inspired one of the most-watched TED talks of all time – Why 30 is Not the New 20 – with over nine million views. Now she comes to the how to: Academy with a new talk on people who having shouldered greater than average hardship as children defy expectation and achieve better than average success as adults. Whether it was experiencing parental divorce or growing up with an alcohol or drug-abusing family member, the people Meg Jay will introduce us to are all survivors. She will explore what they have in common that made it possible for them to transcend the trauma of their early years and to build successful adult lives. WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ‘This extraordinary book taught me more about resilience than anything else I’ve read. With the ear of a therapist and the voice of a novelist, Meg Jay delves deep into the human condition to illuminate how we find strength after suffering. It’s impossible to read Supernormal without seeing yourself in it – and without seeing yourself more clearly too’- ADAM GRANT, author of ORIGINALS, and OPTION B with Sheryl Sandberg. Read more.
In this talk by one of the world’s leading experts in the art of persuasion, you will learn some of the tricks you need to win arguments.. Among other things, you’ll learn how to get your body language just right; perfect your timing and make your opponent feel calm, happy, and in control, as you steer him or her towards your point of view. This promises to be an indispensable masterclass in the gentle art of persuasion. Read more.
In this talk, consultant dermatologist Dr Anjali Mahto will cut through all the nonsense that we read online or in magazines, and give us expert advice on a variety of skin issues and how best to look after our skin. From morning and night-time routines, to dealing with common skin complaints such as acne, rosacea and pigmentation, to how stress, pollution and diet impact our skin and how to look after our skin at any age, Dr Mahto will provide us with a complete guide to having radiant, healthy skin for the rest of our life. She will also decode the jargon of cosmetics advertising and advise what ingredients to look for in the products we buy. Read more.
Designing Your Life, the bestseller from the founders of the Stanford Life Design Lab and teachers of one of Stanford’s most popular courses of the same name, which has changed so many people’s lives, returns to the how to: Academy. 15 years in development and tried and tested by thousands of people from students to mid-career professionals to retirees, Dave Evans’s step-by-step method teaches people how to think like a designer and build a life to thrive in. In his talk he will show us how the same thinking that created the most amazing technology, products and spaces can be used to design a career and a life that are meaningful, joyful and fulfilling, regardless of who we are or were, what we do or have done for a living, and how young or how old we are. The talk will emphasise simple techniques like reframing, prototyping and brainstorming straight from the Stanford Life Design Lab. The method is research validated, having been subjected to two academic research studies that have shown its ability to reduce anxieties around life and careers, as well as make people successful in reaching their goals. Read more.