How Do you Define Yourself?

 
 

This TED Talk was specially selected to support lessons from Chapter 3 "Enhancing Emotional Intelligence" of the Diplomatic Planner, as part of supplementary learning and development in your emotional intelligence training. 

 Lizzie Velasquez

Lizzie Velasquez

SYNOPSIS

Born with a rare disorder that prevents her from gaining weight, Lizzie Velasquez has faced more negativity and bullying than most. Over time, she's developed a simple but effective coping mechanism. "Tell me those negative things," she says. "I'm gonna turn them around and use them as a ladder to climb up to my goals." In this funny, personal talk, Lizzie shares her story – and the tools to help people reject hateful perspectives while embracing self-definition.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Elizabeth Anne Velásquez is an American motivational speaker, author, and YouTuber. She was born with an extremely rare congenital disease called Marfanoid–progeroid–lipodystrophy syndrome that, among other symptoms, prevents her from accumulating body fat and gaining weight. Her conditions resulted in bullying during her childhood and ultimately inspired her to take up motivational speaking.