Cathy Marriott

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Communication is the key

I watched Kevin Breel this morning on The Today Show which brought me to Ted.com. I didn't know TED existed and I'm just beginning to learn more about it. Just wanted to shout out that I'm so thankful to be part of this website and look forward to the conversations and sharing of stories and ideas. Feeling blessed today!

  • Oct 18 2013: Welcome!

    There are many ideas, debates, and questions in the conversations area. Each represents an opportunity for you to share your thoughts, opinions, and knowledge in a positive way. Each time you read a post or consider providing feedback of some kind, you are forced to think in ways and about things you may not normally think about. In my opinion this will expand your mind and sharpen your communications skills.

    Many of the conversation providers and responders are experts in their field, people with a great breadth or depth of experience, or just folks that have some wisdom to share about life's journey. You can do as much or as little as you wish, participate on your own schedule, and contact some fascinating people around the world.

    Maybe I am the only one that didn't know this right off, but you can also directly comment on talks in a blog associated with each talk.

    This forum is a great place to get ideas, brainstorm, and see how well your arguments support your case for some truth.

    By the way, I agree with your idea topic. Communication is the key to solving a lot of problems, defusing a lot of hostility, and finding a shared peace.
    Welcome!
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    Oct 18 2013: Hi, Cathy: A few months ago, I had the same feelings you now have. And still I enjoy them (and I hope that'll never end). I am very grateful to all Ted's community members, to the unknown for me ones too, for the nice and positive reception I received from them.
    During this time I've had have had the opportunity to hear about and watch things that would otherwise not have known. It's true that sometimes I was wrong, other times my bad English sometimes not allowed to express my ideas properly. Maybe sometimes I've been misunderstood, may be.
    But, and this is the most important for me, I have always been treated with great respect, and friendship.
    So from my humble position of eternal -and not very good :)- student, newly arrived at TED, I sincerely say you're welcome and I'm sure that most who now somehow are your friends, we are pleased to meet you. Welcome Cathy.
  • Oct 12 2013: hey cathy and everyone ...i joined this site today itself....can you please tell me how to explore this site in best and how to engage in convesations.
    thank you very much..:)
    • Oct 12 2013: Hi Gaurav! Welcome!

      A great way to explore the site is to watch the videos featured each morning......TED will usually post a couple of videos to the right of the featured video, which also pertain to the same subject. That way you can learn about one subject from different perspectives.

      Scrolling through the conversations will give you an idea of who TED members are. If you read through the comments in a particular conversation and someone's comment resonates with you because you think the same as them, you can click on their profile and see what their favorite talks are, this is a great way to learn of past videos that are worth watching.

      You can also search the videos........let's say you want to see if any videos by "comedians" or "landscaping design" or "greening the earth" or "art"..........you type that in the search box on top, and all the talks and conversations on that subject will come up.

      You can also search the conversations specifically on top of the avatar wall.
      Type in a subject, and you'll get all the conversations that have ever been hosted on that subject.

      Happy viewing, and don't be afraid of joining the conversations. Just click the red "reply" box next to the person's name when you want to reply directly to someone, or write your own contribution on the top empty box of the page.

      Happy reading and viewing!!!
      I'm Mary
      • Oct 13 2013: very very thank you...:)
        yes i m looking forward to keep myself engaging in conversations....:)
        if i want to join u ...then how may i suppose to do it....because when i click on your name.....i got different proflies...
        • Oct 14 2013: You are welcome.
          Ted gives us the option of having our profiles opened or closed. I chose to have it closed.
          But you are welcome to talk to me in whatever conversation you see me participating. It's a public forum, so everyone is welcome to contribute, and to reply to anyone they wish.

          Little by little you will learn about the TED members, their professions, and their field of expertise. I, for example, am in the field of education. There are many engineers, IT professionals, armchair philosophers, and coffee drinkers. :)

          It's an interesting site, and you will learn much about all kinds of subjects. So don't be shy, and feel free to take the initiative and engage others in conversations.
      • Oct 14 2013: yeah ..sure i will try ....well what kind of educationist you are.....i mean professionally...??
        • Oct 15 2013: I educate children at the primary level of schooling.
          How about you?
          What do you do?
      • Oct 16 2013: i am pursuaing engineering mechanical stream.
        • Oct 19 2013: If you type "mechanical engineering" in the search box on top to the right, a list will display of TED talks related to that subject. I think you will enjoy the selection very much.
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      Oct 19 2013: Welcome!
  • Oct 11 2013: Cathy, welcome!!

    Enjoy the site, and the conversations.

    Here are a couple of my favorite talks.......the first one from Jill Bolte is what brought me to TED.

    Amazing..... http://www.ted.com/talks/jill_bolte_taylor_s_powerful_stroke_of_insight.html

    Inspiring.... http://www.ted.com/talks/amy_purdy_living_beyond_limits.html

    Fun.... http://www.ted.com/talks/bobby_mcferrin_hacks_your_brain_with_music.html

    When you see a TED talk you like, put it in your favorites......that way, if you want to remember a talk, and you just can't think of the presenter, putting it in favorites helps out a lot. That's just a little suggestion to you as a newcomer.

    See you around TED!!! I'm Mary ♥
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      Oct 11 2013: Good Morning Mary!
      Thank you so much for taking the time to welcome me and share your favorite talks. This is all great therapy and I'm so happy I've found TED and able to connect with amazing people like yourself. Have a Blessed Day!

      Cathy
      • Oct 11 2013: You are very Welcome!
        Have a Blessed Day Cathy!!

        Mary♥
  • Nov 10 2013: Hi Cathy

    Welcome! I understand how you feel. I stumbled upon this website when I was doing research for a project in philosophy and my first TED talk was Our buggy moral code by Dan Ariely. I loved the video and was amazed that an entire website was devoted to spreading knowledge on such interesting and diverse topics such as this one.

    I've been watching videos ever since and I recently attended a TEDxUConn event about 2 months ago and hopefully I will be going to many more!

    I told every living soul about TED after I heard about it and hopefully you will too!

    Enjoy
  • Oct 19 2013: Aloha Cathy, I was going to mention three lovely ladies I know you will enjoy here on Ted but I see you have already met them. There are of course more but even if you never met another one, the three you have just met will nourish your soul beyond your wildest dreams if you open up to them. I leave you in very capable hands. Good night ladies. Enjoy..
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  • Oct 18 2013: Cathy,

    Welcome I ami relatively new myself. The way I got started was looking at the conversations and talks.

    On the talks, I went to the themes and started looking at the talks in the themes I was interested in.

    On conversations, I started by looking at the topics and clicking on topics I was interested in. Then I started looking at the featured, most recent and most active.

    Looking forward to your opinions and thoughts.
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      Oct 18 2013: Wayne,
      Your story of how you became a "tedster" seems common, and your participation is appreciated:>)

      I was introduced to TED by a friend who sent me the link to the Jill Bolte Taylor talk, which was very interesting. "TED conversations" was not a feature when I connected about 4 years ago, so I participated in the comment section under a talk....then found the theme blogs, participated in a conference with "live stream", and share lots of e-mail connections with people I have connected with on another level.

      It is all fun, entertaining, educational, and I LOVE the connections with people around our world:>)
  • Nov 8 2013: I met Kevin at the NAMI-PA (the Pennsylvania affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness) conference a couple of weeks ago, towards the end of October. He's amazingly insightful for one so young. He's got a splendid, wry sense of humor and, unlike some athletes, doesn't brag about his accomplishments. It's wonderful to see someone from another country get involved with us Americans in mental-health advocacy and education! Many others in his generation will see him as a role model, and he certainly deserves that.
  • Nov 7 2013: Pinging this conversation...

    How is communication the key?
    What does it take to communicate ? (contrasted to just each talking and listening)
    How to focus (refocus) and keep focus on the key topic ?
    How to catalyze communication whit those who do not want to communicate?
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    Oct 18 2013: Hello Cathy, and although it has been said several times on this thread, I write it again....WELCOME to TED conversations:>)

    I totally, wholeheartedly agree with you....communication is the key with almost every interaction we have in the life adventure! TED provides an important service by facilitating the presentation of talks, and conversations which impact all of us in this earth school that we share. It is a WONDERFUL opportunity to connect our world... glad you are here:>)
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    Oct 11 2013: Hi Cathy - A warm welcome to you!

    Looking forward to hearing your opinions and thoughts.

    Allan :-)