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How to spot a leader in their handwriting | Jamie Mason Cohen | TEDxUBIWiltz

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This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Do Steve Jobs and Nelson Mandela have anything extraordinary in common? Jamie Mason Cohen shows in this entertaining, thought-provoking and interactive talk that great leaders share some intriguing personality traits... in their handwriting! And what's more fascinating is that each of us also possesses some of these traits in the way we write too. What if, with some small changes in your writing strokes you could take your inner leader to its fullest potential? "You all have the power to lead, if only you pause for a moment to look inside your writing", Cohen says. It's a message with inspiring possibilities for us all. What others say: "[Jamie's] abilities are heroic and like a super hero, [he] uses them wisely. [He] has the ability to identify peoples' leadership qualities, 'promote' those qualities and send them away to be confident that they are the 'best' reflection of their handwriting." TEDxUBIWiltz Organizer, Dirk Daenen. Jamie Mason Cohen is a former film director turned high school teacher who once worked for Saturday Night Live. He is the recipient of the 2013 TED/Huffington Post international teaching award, The Sole Challenge, and a lifelong student of handwriting analysis. Cohen is an innovation expert in education who creates and applies 21st century creative learning strategies to inspire students and teachers around the world in the classroom and the conference room. Handwriting analysis gave Cohen, a shy, twelve year-old boy who was afraid of speaking in front of others the realization that he could express himself with words and that he had dreams to do it one day. From that day on, Cohen developed a passion for learning how a person's writing could reveal what makes them truly extraordinary. About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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Joshua James (11 days ago)
Why is this here?
Agung Pratikto (12 days ago)
Z for Zorro
Shruyoti Manandhar (13 days ago)
Woww i atleast have the last curvy handwriting😅😅😍
"You're thinking ahead of youself"
安藤奈美恵 (17 days ago)
Guess I'll have to change my handwriting now (・ั V ・ั)
Katie Vee (23 days ago)
I don't join my handwriting :(
Madison Hughes (28 days ago)
literally everyone procrastinates
liana tobias (29 days ago)
OMG! My handwriting has all kind of style *0*...
Faith (1 month ago)
Oh shoot I cross my t's to the left. Gotta be careful at job interviews 😂
Amon Karanja (1 month ago)
Why are people seeking to be leaders when they have not tasted servant-leadership or gone deeper being servants?
Jean-Loup Jovanovic (1 month ago)
Jawad Khan (1 month ago)
It's easy to spot a leader; they work hard and they never give up.
Aman Pratap Singh (1 month ago)
Thank god, I am learning typography !
I like this, but I can't help but feel like it also has a lot to do with the way that you were taught to write in school.
Sam Chavan (1 month ago)
Umm it's not gandi it ga-nh-di
Tania Rose (1 month ago)
Hai Team TEDx, is there a way to contact Mr. Cohen?
James Passmore (1 month ago)
I write in copperplate cursive. Does that mean I am George Washington?
Emily P (1 month ago)
This is ill conceived
shegufta sultana (1 month ago)
the gandhi example is absolutely wrong. its an example of Prophet Muhammad. At least get your facts straight before you preach in front of an audience. This just made you look so unprepared
ej yehey (1 month ago)
i imagine Donald trumps signature..
Zal Saadi (1 month ago)
I know how to pick a moron by analyzing the hypothesis they make. Can I give a TEDx talk?
Ansh Vats (2 months ago)
Gandhi 🙈 india rocks everywhere ♥️♥️ 🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳
Unnati Ü (2 months ago)
I didn't think it was as amazing as many other talks I've heard, probably because I didn't connect with the topic. But the man seems really good with the hope point, I loved the conclusion! And surprisingly the Gandhi storuly too
1stAmbientGrl (2 months ago)
Utter bunk.
Sylvain Piche (2 months ago)
I knew someone who had learned that. Apparently there is some truth behind it. But honestly I think it is a bunch of BS. Why? Because my signature have change a couple of times in my lifetime and still do. I used to write it entirely, but now i end up making it shorter and shorter, to the point of not writing my last name, only the first letter and a bunch of ripples... lol. I think it only show i am becoming more and more lazy...
Gilberto Hernandez (2 months ago)
I don´t believe what he thinks.
Omkar More (2 months ago)
learning outcome: causality and correlation are two different things
Debjyoti Sarkar (2 months ago)
Monica Marie Mandujano (2 months ago)
As unscientific and superstitious as I assume this to be on the one hand, it’s also interesting to think about how our subconscious mind may be relaying personality traits through our handwriting. A unique blueprint of our character? . . Hm
Kojo Regenbogen (2 months ago)
And other languages?
Muhammad Ahmad (2 months ago)
The story narrated by the speaker about Mahatma Ghandi actually is an incident related to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), 1500 years ago.
Ravyn Taylor (2 months ago)
I actually use the high T line in my last name as a double for underlining my first name 😂😂 I thought I was just creative! 😂
Cosy (2 months ago)
When you write a t like this T it means your a leader? I’m pretty sure it’s called good grammar
i write everthing in normal not cursive
Rishabh Sawant (2 months ago)
nice one TEDxTalk! can't wait to watch how to spot a leader based on their horoscope
Cyril Jayant (2 months ago)
I have changed my writing and learning to write cursive. How can it be compared to the writing analyzing? So the horoscope reading result is based on the belief that you choose.
Rafeliza Cabigting (2 months ago)
good talk
mimi Rodriguez (2 months ago)
Excellent e gracias!wow
mimi Rodriguez (2 months ago)
You are awesome Mr J mason
shirleen makena (2 months ago)
Z Mehraz (3 months ago)
N*gga plz..
Christina Shirley (3 months ago)
I dunno about Gandhi but the little story he told is surely of Vivekananda.
marinhamery (3 months ago)
I cant see the screen. So I couldnt follow the spech .. what a pitty!
Min Lim (3 months ago)
It's accurate for me.
S. Gray (3 months ago)
Dany Barrios (3 months ago)
This video is from 2014 and this sounded crazy. But now in 2018... The books that graphologist are writing about this are Bestsellers.
B.B. MAGAR (3 months ago)
Lahna Bre' Johnson (3 months ago)
My h looks like that
Genevieve Oh (3 months ago)
I got goose bumps as I saw my h 😢😢 I really do love composing 🎶 I'm an english major
Tistou Blomberg (3 months ago)
It would be really good if he could show science for every claim. But I do think he got that person right. I judged him on his appearance and body language instead. But I'm just as bad because I have no science backing my analysis up lol.
Sehrish Tahir (3 months ago)
This event is not related to Gandhi. You are a bad researcher. Last Prophet “HAZRAT MUHAMMAD SAW was asked by a lady about his son who eats a lot sugar”.
Piso Pinoy (3 months ago)
The findings are so general that it could apply to everyone at some point in their lives. lol
Nick White (3 months ago)
Debunked pseudoscience.
NDJT ENG (3 months ago)
A great talk. it inspired me not to criticise my students ' handwriting as many teachers do, but to give them hope, a motive to be leading their lives. This is what I am thinking of doing the first time I meet my students in September. I will ask them to write their names on the presence sheet and sign, too. We will devote the first session to deeply know each other.I will learn about handwriting analysis of course, during Summer. In this case, I will play on the psychological side and make them more motivated to learn, more eager to trust their capacities and more than that I hope to gain their trust and engage them in my classes. Thanks one million times for this great talk.
J S S (3 months ago)
My handwriting tells that i should be President of my country. But in my country only the illiterates become presidents and prime ministers.
bagariddum (3 months ago)
that's 2 in a row TED taLks that have said how great mother theresa was. going against much that i have heard about her ways, lately.
Logan Tidwell (3 months ago)
Yea this would work.... If I didn't have the handwriting of two year old
Duskpede (3 months ago)
sweeping claims about someone personality based on anecdotal evidence, seams like pseudoscience
sunny days (3 months ago)
Showing opinions and bias blew it. I've watched and studied many handwriting analysis diy reads and there's an actual system and they are all similar . This isn't even close. I feel like I just watched a name throwing speech done with arogence. Let's see if his handwriting shows 'Integrity ' , his unpracticed one.
c Only (4 months ago)
Here I thought this would be scientific. What a joke
Dead Mule (4 months ago)
Re 5 min. mark story - Really?? Sounds more like she got the job because it filled some sort of p.c. ethnic quota than 'Being herself'.
KanD Johnson (4 months ago)
Last minute is not a sign of genius It just happened to be a technical only effective in academia not real life senarios.
Michele G (4 months ago)
F-ing click bait and a waste of my time!!!
Faith (4 months ago)
I love this
Jayden Marvel (4 months ago)
I have none of those handwriting traits
dileo DJD (4 months ago)
I got about 5 mins into this and realised that there is this obsession with people to be the biggest leader, the most creative artist, highest achiever, significant master, a cheif not an Indian, any of those things. But in reality we are all setting ourselves up to be a failure of the everyday, letti g down those who need basic needs in our lives, be triumphant in daily milestones, be the hero of the normal and the life you need to be in.
Picasso VVIX (4 months ago)
Okay... So enough about me ;p
It's Feia 413 (4 months ago)
I dont find it accurate people dont write in script that much anymore and in my class our handwriting depends on our mood and the pen
Kenji Gunawan (4 months ago)
Does he somewhat looks like Ryan Reynolds?
Kenji Gunawan (4 months ago)
I made my signature when I was in Primary 3.
Alangara Abishek (4 months ago)
Interesting but not amazing.
Nandakishore Lunani (4 months ago)
All these vedios are just guess
Gil (4 months ago)
If you have this common thing in your hand writing, you have this great trait. Or a complete opposite trait. Or anything in between. Yeah.
Jimmy Gentile (4 months ago)
And if you write your name and your lines disappear it means your pen is out of ink.
LOLA_AUTENTICA (4 months ago)
My heart recognize his Truth! love this!
Josh Wulliams (4 months ago)
Wow...... lol
kevin beeler (4 months ago)
What if the handwriting is so messy you can barely read it like mine
Zoe Stott (4 months ago)
Why is it never for people who write with print letters? It always relies somewhat on cursive characteristics.
SunshineCloudyMusic (4 months ago)
I always read people's handwriting it's a lot of fun.. I say oh!! this particular person is *Creative* or this particular person is *Egocentric* or this particular person may be *Insecure* well this particular person is very *Optimistic*
Free asf (4 months ago)
This is really unreliable. Not only does he give examples of JUST cursive writing but nothing to really back up his claim with the only thing being “their successful”
Ex CIA Analyst. ctr. (4 months ago)
A very good technician but still a technician and a Communist puppet terrorist of the Soviet Union and the KGB? Those are the IYIs as Taleb would say.
Gamer’09 (4 months ago)
Isn’t all this assumption based?... you pick a few names out of millions, the rest you can imagine yourselves.
Nicole Chudnovsky (4 months ago)
Thank you
Michael Annen (4 months ago)
l don't have high T bars cuz l don't have a T in my name or lower loops etc
Dermot Rooney (4 months ago)
Face cream science. Twonk!
Dj Draiz Tha King (5 months ago)
Cicholas Nage (5 months ago)
this is like those "personality test" videos. i very much doubt that the way you write is influenced by anything in particular.
Christoph Gould (5 months ago)
I have about 3-500 different writing styles, i also wonder if hed be able to do this with graffiti tagging.
M Catherine W (5 months ago)
He is a fabulous speaker, but hard to follow everything he is explaining in order to use it for my own use.
Fire Nation Files (5 months ago)
Eric Fredrickson (5 months ago)
agree seems like astrology
Alex L (5 months ago)
Too many people with too much free time.
varick wettlaufer (5 months ago)
You know what I find fascinating? That Nelson Mandela was a terrorist and people believe he was a good guy...
Nick Nack (5 months ago)
Steve Jobs never planted bombs in public areas and killed people. Nelson Mandela (and especially his wife, Winnie) did. That's why Mandela went to prison in the first place. Terrorism. Steve Jobs made iPhones.
Jheyanneify (5 months ago)
Great presenter. he gives me hope cuz I'm shy, if he can do it I can present well too
Y Goldberg (5 months ago)
Steve Jobs was ambidextrous!
Trekkybear (5 months ago)
This might have been more accurate in the past but not so much now. Most people's writing now are influenced by how little they practice it rather than by their personalities.  The less you practice handwriting, the messier it is, and the more it changes randomly depending on your state of mind at that moment.  Most children today can't even read handwriting anymore, never mind write it.
4kassis (5 months ago)
wrong on Einstein, just google Einstein handwriting and you see how he crossed his" t"s
Oliwia Burczymucha (5 months ago)
What if signature is only 1 letter? first letter of name?
Ann Ilagan (5 months ago)
What if you write with a mix of all caps, lowercase, and cursive! LOL. Interesting video. :)

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