Communication is an essential skill you need in your personal life just as much as your professional life. We have curated the best talks to help you develop this.

Dare to disagree.

Most people instinctively avoid conflict, but as Margaret Heffernan shows us, good disagreement is central to progress. She illustrates (sometimes counterintuitively) how the best partners aren’t echo chambers — and how great research teams, relationships and businesses allow people to deeply disagree.

The art of asking.

Don’t make people pay for music, says Amanda Palmer: Let them. In a passionate talk that begins in her days as a street performer (drop a dollar in the hat for the Eight-Foot Bride!), she examines the new relationship between artist and fan.

It’s not manipulation, it’s strategic communication.

Keisha Brewer is a Strategic Communications professional and CEO of the PR Alliance LLC, an entertainment and lifestyle public relations agency. She will share how effective communications can be used by all women (and men) to excel in everyday life. CEO of PR Alliance, LLC, an entertainment and public relations agency. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

Three ways to lead, tough unavoidable conversations.

The presentation will explore difficult conversations — the costs of avoiding them, the benefits of having them, & the three simple rules to leading them successfully. With Adar’s help, gang leaders and police officers in Chicago are preventing gun violence. Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland are planning for a shared future.

Your body language may shape who you are.

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy argues that “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident – can boost feelings of confidence, and might have an impact on our chances for success.

10 ways to have a better conversation.

When your job hinges on how well you talk to people, you learn a lot about how to have conversations — and that most of us don’t converse very well. Celeste Headlee has worked as a radio host for decades, and she knows the ingredients of a great conversation: Honesty, brevity, clarity and a healthy amount of listening. In this insightful talk, she shares 10 useful rules for having better conversations. “Go out, talk to people, listen to people,” she says. “And, most importantly, be prepared to be amazed.”