Thursday, April 26, 2012

TEDTalks: Laura Trice suggests we all say thank you

 In her TEDTalk, Laura Trice expresses her passion towards two simple words: thank you. She believes that these words alone, when said genuinely, can strengthen a friendship, repair a bond, and reinforce how much a person means to you. 
During her talk, she used the example of a boy in a rehabilitation facility. His sickness was rooted in the disappointment of never having heard praise from his father. "The father told everybody else that he was proud of him, but he never told the son. It’s because he didn’t know that his son needed to hear it. So my question is, why don’t we ask for the things that we need?”questioned Trice. The answer she presents is intriguing. Trice suggests that we fear giving people a personal connection with us through telling them our insecurities and asking for praise. There are only a few things people can do with that personal information: neglect us, abuse it, and meet our needs. 
To conclude, Laura Trice challenges us to go out and be honest about the praise we need, and help others by meeting their needs. Her following hypothetical question lingered long after she finished speaking, "why do we need this? How can we have world peace with different cultures?" First, we must change the way we treat the people in our own communities. Then, she ends by thanking her audience for all that they have achieved.
Trice engaged the audience by connecting with each of them. Surely, there was no one who has never felt neglected for not being praised. She spoke professionally, like she was prepared and passionate about her topic. I think that the technique she used most often and most effectively was the use of examples and stories from her life as well as outside sources. 
I agree with Laura Trice's opinion because everyone needs to feel like they are appreciated. In some ways, saying "thank you" may change, or even save, a life. In those two words are all the things you have never said to that person. It could make them feel wanted in your life. So, I think that we should all take note of Trice's talk, for it may shape our future as a civil society.
Below is a link to the video:

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