9 TED Talks For Paralegals
There are so many free educational videos out there that it can be somewhat overwhelming. Not only that, but you could find yourself going down a rabbit hole and spending too much time finding relevant content.
We’ve rounded up nine Ted Talks for Paralegals that you should be watching (not all at once!). They don’t all have to do with the legal profession because paralegal career development doesn’t just mean gaining more knowledge and skills about your particular practice area. It also includes soft skills, like gaining confidence and reducing stress.
Links and information are below.
- The World’s First AI Legal Assistant
- Four Lessons the Pandemic Taught Us About Work, Life, and Balance
- Technology Changes, the Law Follows
- How to Know if it’s Time to Change Careers
- How Juries are Fooled by Statistics
- How to Stay Calm When You Know You’ll Be Stressed
- Why Eyewitnesses Get it Wrong
- How to Build Your Confidence – and Spark it in Others
- What’s Your Happiness Score?
1. The World’s First AI Legal Assistant
Andrew Arruda is the CEO and co-founder of ROSS Intelligence, the world’s first artificially intelligent lawyer. Arruda wants ROSS to make the practice of law cheaper and fulfill the original promise of “justice for all.”
https://blog.rossintelligence.com/post/enough They’re calling out Westlaw as part of the problem in this article. It’s an interesting read.
You might think this would be about AI taking over paralegal jobs. It’s not. ROSS AI focuses on applying AI to legal research, and many law firms are using it to decrease the amount of time spent hunting for case law. And what’s really cool is ROSS AI gives this tool to legal aid lawyers for free!
2. Four Lessons the Pandemic Taught us About Work, Life, and Balance
Patty McCord, former chief talent officer for Netflix, shows us how companies used to think it was not possible to have remote workers and not possible to find balance between our work and our home life.
“Every single person who works from you – from the shop floor to the executive suite – is a grown up. But we have been operating as if they aren’t. We operate as if only the smart adults are the ones in the C-Suite.”
The results matter more than busy work.
The way to make it work is communication. What has it been before, and what should it be now? Jot down at the end of the day what worked and what didn’t work. Look at it at the end of the month to look for patterns. Wow…we have too many people on those Zoom calls. Maybe we don’t need to do X.
3. Technology Changes, the Law Follows
Mark Avsec is a partner and vice-chair of the Innovations, Information Technology & Intellectual Property Practice Group at Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff, LLP.
“When technology wholly interrupts industries, technology always wins” says Avsec.
Do we have to worry that technology will disrupt the legal industry?
4. How to Know if it’s Time to Change Careers
Former attorney, Chieh Huang, shares how to know when it’s time to move on – and what you can do to prepare.
One of the things he suggests: If you’re not interested in learning anymore, it might be time to move on.
It’s not about moving from one paralegal position to another, this talk is for people who might want to move to an entirely different profession. Some good advice he gives: don’t burn bridges!
If you like this TED Talk, check our our 15 Alternative Paralegal Career Paths.
5. How Juries are Fooled by Statistics
Peter Donnelly, an expert in probability theory and an advocate for sensible statistical analysis in the courtroom, gives his insight into the courtroom. If you’re short on time and want to skip past the deep statistical part, jump to 13:27, but then you’ll miss the discussion (albeit a little boring) on how he comes to the conclusion that experts get statistics wrong.
6. How to Stay Calm When You Know You’ll Be Stressed
As a paralegal, you’re under stress. But as Daniel Levitin explains, you’re not at your best when you’re under stress. Cortisol increases. Heart rate increases. Your thinking gets cloudy and you don’t even know it’s cloudy because it’s cloudy!
Levitin also discusses how to use a “premortem” instead of a post-mortem, which is an interesting concept of putting systems in place before the bad stuff happens, which could be helpful for paralegals.
7. When Eyewitnesses Get it Wrong
Scott Fraser is a forensic psychologist who studies human memory and how the brain processes it differently for different people. This is a must-see for those Law and Order binge-watchers!
Litigation paralegals and personal injury paralegals will find this TED Talk valuable.
8. How to Build Your Confidence – and Spark it in Others
We all need to have the confidence to have successful careers, but this talk is about more than just your own confidence. Brittany Packnett compares the soft skill of confidence to knowledge and skills and gives ways to increase your confidence level.
9. What’s Your Happiness Score?
Dominic Price talks to us about how we can find happiness, even in a year like the past year we’ve all had. For years he measured and studied how to increase productivity. The pandemic has changed his focus.
He gives an interesting quiz to check your happiness score and lays out a guide to increase your happiness score. Spoiler alert: it’s not spending more time at the office.
Next month we will be adding more TED Talks for Paralegals!
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