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How the power of attention changes everything: Jeff Klein at TEDxGrandRapids

  • Published on Jun 16, 2014
  • As CEO of Working For Good, Jeff Klein leads marketing and business development campaigns working with the principles of Conscious Capitalism. He also serves as executive director of The Baumann Foundation and director of marketing & business development for Conscious Capitalism, Inc.
    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)

Comments • 168

  • Jenna K
    Jenna K 4 years ago +108

    I like that he isn't just saying "pay attention", but he explains how to pay attention and why to pay attention and why it is important.
    Very good ted talk to me :)

  • Konstantin Dellas
    Konstantin Dellas Year ago +29

    What he is talking about is a bigger and more powerful tool then most people can realise. R.I.P Jeff.

    • Flying Toaster
      Flying Toaster Month ago

      Yes !! but only in the caste system that includes the level called 'assholes'.

  • Kimberly Clapham
    Kimberly Clapham 8 years ago +125

    Sharing the Legacy of Jeff Klein, dreamer, entrepeneur and go getter. So grateful he passed Gaia Farm off to me....he passed on in his sleep yesterday to much surprise of his many loved ones. That makes this Monunmental achievement and Ted Talk that much more significant. Posted only 11 days before passing. With great respect and appreciation for having known this man. May he rest peacefully and guide us on.....

    • Happily Unorthodox
      Happily Unorthodox 2 years ago

      Very kind of you to leave this update. I loved his energy and this teaching lives on forever. This has inspired me to get myself together. Life is short. I have to do my TedTalk so it can live on too. ❤️

    • Imthiyaz
      Imthiyaz 2 years ago

      @Cynthia Carlisi loveeee employees

    • Chris Sterling
      Chris Sterling 3 years ago +1

      Wow. I hope his daughter is doing good. She lost a gem.

    • MO JO
      MO JO 3 years ago +3

      that's really sad - great guy, great mind, great advice

    • Cheryl Burch
      Cheryl Burch 3 years ago +2

      Working for God! Job well done.

  • Tongue-Dagger:because I speak truth

    "Attention is more important than thought because the process of thought is emotional, hence delusional and a facade of an imaginary world. Attention unravels aspects of reality; it focuses our awareness, the you about you, to novice regions of the mind; distinguishing you and your mind. It calms the turboil in the mind and is a healthy experience. It declutters our minds and changes our beliefs. Our beliefs turn to wet clay, easily moldable. With the requisite amount of deliberate practise, our beliefs change its state to water. Then, we finally are the best we will ever be."©

  • Maximilian Pollack
    Maximilian Pollack 2 years ago +15

    Such a beautiful message. I loved how he walks the walk of this entire talk. From beginning to end how he said the message and his body language, eye contact, and hand gestures boosted connection. I am grateful for this person and his message.

  • Steve Leveen
    Steve Leveen 8 years ago +52

    Jeff, you will be missed. I'm so glad you left this fine example of your wisdom and warmth for us to ponder over the years...

    • Dude
      Dude 2 years ago +9

      Bree Biazon heart attack in his sleep. Age 57. Very sad

    • Bree Biazon
      Bree Biazon 3 years ago +5

      Steve Leveen awww why did he die?

  • Andrew Slowe
    Andrew Slowe 6 years ago +22

    This is amazing! What a powerful speaker with warm hearted, in depth ideas on such a broad spectrum.

  • Morag Mcgill
    Morag Mcgill 2 years ago +27

    We lost a great person. Clear, compassionate, authentic.

  • Tetouani Said
    Tetouani Said 3 months ago +1

    We need more of this guy on the planet rip sir

  • lisaandtheword
    lisaandtheword 4 years ago +18

    Some good wisdom here. I know the dogs on my grooming table (surprise! it's haircut day for Pup!) only relax and quit defending themselves when they see you are paying attention to what they're saying (or trying their best to say, you know?) You give them info to work with and positive feedback, plus a cpl clear boundaries. Then trust builds and they relax enough to play and to think brushing isn't half bad!

  • Great Info Tv.
    Great Info Tv. Year ago

    Such great he shared, If we will overcome this issue ' lack of pay attention' everything will take a right direction and every thing will start growing..... amazing...

  • Jamie Metz
    Jamie Metz Year ago +1

    This message was great. Very insightful.

  • Diko Zimasile
    Diko Zimasile 5 years ago +10

    Wow Thank you so much for the teaching of connecting with people through paying attention.

  • varada sukanya
    varada sukanya 3 years ago +1

    Paying attention is the key to connection 👏👏👏

  • Neil Grace
    Neil Grace 5 years ago +17

    Brilliant talk, so insightful, good stuff,.. i was paying attention!

  • alonso soto
    alonso soto Year ago +1

    Llega la pasión , como lo comunica :
    Palabras , gestos corporal .
    Just great.

  • Lars Thorsen
    Lars Thorsen Year ago +2

    Happy Birthday Jeff. We miss you every day. Every time I watch this talk, I absorb a new perspective

  • Rollings93
    Rollings93 Year ago

    🤗👏 Amazing wise and inspirational. I LOVE this Passion and speech on how to reach success by connecting with people!!!

  • Ofer Bar
    Ofer Bar 4 years ago +5

    Oh my God! Wonderful and insightful speech! I am so sorry this special man is no longer among us. However, I understand he was a single parent to his daughter... Well, I hope that the daughter will carry on her father's legacy and also enrich it with her own excellence. When you have such a teacher by your side, you are meant to be successful.

  • Brenda B.
    Brenda B. 3 years ago

    Well said❤️

  • Anu
    Anu 3 months ago

    Power of attention to foster connection ✨

  • Dude
    Dude 2 years ago +2

    I’m only 6 mins in but I’m blown away by the part of asking everyone in a meeting what has their attention prior to starting the meeting. The effect this could have on productivity and creativity seems astronomical.

  • Husni Mubarok
    Husni Mubarok Year ago

    Excellent speaker...
    I am very excited the message

  • Prof.Guddala Venkatarao
    Prof.Guddala Venkatarao 3 years ago +2

    Good presentation. In simple word, it is conscience. Those who follow JK and Osho literature ca enjoy more!

    HORACIO MALOZZI 2 years ago +5

    Connection IS love and brings hapiness to us. This is the "secret".

  • samaridhi soni
    samaridhi soni 2 years ago

    Amazing thoughts
    Thanks for sharing sir

  • Ronald K. Wiley Jr.
    Ronald K. Wiley Jr. 4 years ago +14

    If only all companies were run as well as those he mentioned, We would have a holistic society that could survive without having Unions . the sad truth is, that's not the world we live in. The world we live in is dominated by greed for-profits.

    • Tamar Komla
      Tamar Komla 3 years ago +1

      The businesses he mentions are ***in this world*** 😊
      These companies provide us all with a model to follow.

  • freda thomas
    freda thomas 10 months ago

    Great talk!

  • Mark Christensen
    Mark Christensen 8 years ago +5

    Hey There Jeff!
    Super Great Job and Congrats on the Tedx Talk! Great lead in with your daughter Merrill Faye (sp?)
    We met at Conscious Capitalism 2014 in San Diego...I am a member of the AZ group! I love CC and am dedicated to promoting the movement through our HR Conference in Aug 2014...have infused speakers and theme to follow CC philosophy! I support other large regional conferences across the US...would still love to collaborate with you on speakers and on how I can support movement!

  • محمد العوادي
    محمد العوادي 4 years ago +1

    It helps a lot. Thanks!

  • Richard Church
    Richard Church 8 months ago

    We live in a fluid universe where conscious and unconscious alterations in viewpoint determine the form and scenery of our objective reality.

  • Felicia Coughlin
    Felicia Coughlin 6 years ago +5

    very well done!

  • Milan Sharma
    Milan Sharma 9 months ago

    It's a great talk for everyone

  • Renee Colbert
    Renee Colbert 2 years ago

    I enjoyed the speech it was helpful to me

  • MrYepic
    MrYepic Month ago

    I loved it, great treat!

  • Charbel Tannios
    Charbel Tannios Year ago +1

    Very nice ..👏👏👏👏
    Pay attantion is the key of deep connection .

  • Cailena
    Cailena Year ago +3

    Rest In Peace, you’re knowledge will be passed on forever

    • Tim Magaling
      Tim Magaling Year ago +1

      aww, did he pass away. Rest in peace

  • Maria Barraza
    Maria Barraza 3 years ago +1

    Awesome 👏 thank you so much.

  • Kiran S
    Kiran S 4 years ago +3

    Excellent talk. Need of the hour.

  • Chani Lerner
    Chani Lerner Year ago

    It's a great talk...

  • Jyotirmai Babu
    Jyotirmai Babu 7 years ago

    Good stright forward talk.Thank you.

  • jalaj61
    jalaj61 3 years ago +2

    just so good, thanks for sharing .

  • Lakshmi R
    Lakshmi R 2 years ago

    Greatest understanding

  • Joe Lee
    Joe Lee 3 years ago +10

    I liked the story of his child making him listen the most, made me laugh.

  • Danyal Motivation
    Danyal Motivation 9 months ago +1

    Where the focus goes energy flows...

  • Doon Oxford
    Doon Oxford 5 months ago

    people start to heal the moment they feel heard

  • Heavenest St. Cyr
    Heavenest St. Cyr 2 months ago

    Between every stimulus and response , there is a space: use it.

  • Mordechai Weinstock
    Mordechai Weinstock 5 years ago +1

    Very good!!

  • Not Again
    Not Again 3 months ago

    Im trying to pay attention i hope it gets easier with time to do so

  • Hong Chenh
    Hong Chenh 2 years ago

    i ask you a question, what attention bring in our life? is it a only power in human's life?

  • Dr. Seku Gathers
    Dr. Seku Gathers 5 months ago


  • Sayan Ganesu
    Sayan Ganesu 2 years ago

    Good talk

  • Heavenest St. Cyr
    Heavenest St. Cyr 2 months ago

    Pay attention in order to connect in order to stimulate and move

  • Jon Martin
    Jon Martin Month ago +1

    If you are interested in attention, cognitive scientist John Vervaeke goes into deep detail on his channel.

  • Fanny Ayunita
    Fanny Ayunita 2 years ago +1

    paying attention and then you get connected

  • Shujat Ali
    Shujat Ali 4 years ago +2

    Good One👍

  • Loodoon Amiin
    Loodoon Amiin 4 years ago +1

    Very good

  • N S
    N S 7 years ago +5

    amaaaaaaazzzingggggggggggggggg really!
    thank you :)

  • José Manoel
    José Manoel 3 years ago

    yes pay attention is the power in all what do

  • amin teymouri
    amin teymouri 4 years ago +2

    great/.thank you very much.

  • Bhupendra Patel
    Bhupendra Patel 2 years ago +4

    Connecting love each other like a attractions force of atom .hence proved 🤭

  • Michele Zitiello
    Michele Zitiello 11 months ago

    Thank you

  • Ray2311us
    Ray2311us 2 years ago

    It can make me a billionaire in a year or less... I know how powerful RAS is

  • Nathan Kohen
    Nathan Kohen Year ago

    You can include God in this exchange of attention, don't you think? Attention is sintome of the soul or consciousness, and He is the supreme consciousness. And consciousness is the only way to conect with Him...But you have to direct your attention.

  • Diego Hernán Guevara Madrid

    Thank you

  • Tejram Verma
    Tejram Verma Year ago +1


  • د.كاظم عبدالله

    Good very good

  • NewDawnRising
    NewDawnRising 4 years ago

    Conscious capitalism... BS we need regulations on irresponsible industries and to eliminate those companies that are not serving the social good.

  • Dugi
    Dugi Year ago

    It's not so easy to have attention blunt it's possible with proper knowing of Carl Jung theory or stoic philosophy or Tao,Bible and meditation or practicing yoga

  • Bill Bosanquet
    Bill Bosanquet 2 years ago +3

    Better to be interested than interesting

  • Rizwan Abbasi
    Rizwan Abbasi 2 years ago

    I pay attention to this video and feel asleen

  • Витек Жорикович

    Such a beautiful man...

  • lila 123456789
    lila 123456789 3 years ago +1

    Ignore this comment as this is a personal msg for someone
    Yeah when i was still a little younger, attention matters to me. I kinda liked it but only a little bit. I enjoyed the attention from guys because thats what teenage girls secretly like but i dont like being the center of attention.
    Im someone who loves selfies and things like that as well. I see girls taking selfies as their form of self expression and art.
    But as i matured, those kind of things gradually diminish in me. There's still a little but not that much anymore. My priorities changed.
    If i want to achieve something, its not really for the attention. But i can never deny that i like fancy material things because all of us do. Its just that rich ppl have already stopped appreciating fancy things cuz they can easily get them. But its not the fancy things that im really after. Idc about the money lol
    But my dreams sound unrealistic lol, and i dont want to appear like i want to sound charitable or things like that
    I understand and appreciate that you want to be needed by me. Honestly thats sweet. Its just that as much as possible, i want to prevent anything that will happen that might harm others. I know you didnt mean that. I understand that u want to make sure that i will be in your house,its just that, for me, that would be somewhat scary because idk u that much, idk how u will treat me.. Its not that i dont like u, its just that its just really scary to suddenly live with someone that u dont know that much about

    • Sai
      Sai 2 years ago +1

      lila 123456789 i’m curious about this

    • lila 123456789
      lila 123456789 3 years ago

      And i want to ask u questions abt u too as well that r more personal, its just that i know that i wont get that much answers

  • blessedarethebroken
    blessedarethebroken 3 years ago


    • MO JO
      MO JO 3 years ago

      i like your name ❤️

  • Phoenix
    Phoenix 2 years ago

    If you don't believe in God consider this... from a single point of light (One) came the big bang that created all of existence.... therefore we are all reflections of the One ... 💝💝💝🕊️🕊️🕊️🕊️

  • NewDawnRising
    NewDawnRising 4 years ago +5

    Tell me how much a company pays its workers and I will tell you if they are loved or not...

    • Doug Corporaal
      Doug Corporaal 3 years ago

      what percentage of its income does it pay it workers is the true test

    • Noma Dek
      Noma Dek 3 years ago

      This is absolutely true👋💯.

  • Siona Francesca van Dijk

    Missing you always.

  • Mandy Sookdeo
    Mandy Sookdeo 2 years ago


  • Kathleen Duich
    Kathleen Duich 8 years ago +2

    loving you and feeling you, dearest one. miss you so much.

  • yellow w.
    yellow w. 2 years ago +3

    drink whenever he says connection

  • Massive Knowledge
    Massive Knowledge 4 years ago


  • never mind
    never mind 2 years ago

    Can people only copy others on the Ted stage? Does nobody have their own personal style of verbal presentation? This may be a great talk but I can't connect with this pre packaged energy....

  • Wealthing Institute
    Wealthing Institute 8 years ago

    A sad day indeed.

  • Justin Morgan
    Justin Morgan 7 months ago

    Great analogy with a cigarettes

  • Khunn Gunn
    Khunn Gunn 4 years ago +7

    RAIN method was taught by Buddha long time ago.

  • The Teacher's Edge
    The Teacher's Edge 2 months ago


    RABBY KAZWALA 3 years ago


  • Jay Kay
    Jay Kay 8 months ago

    “Meryl-Faye”…?? = Emotional Damage!! Lol

  • Mahnaz Mahmoudi
    Mahnaz Mahmoudi 2 years ago


  • Steve
    Steve 3 years ago

    Other than saying the word attention half a dozen times in the last two minutes, this talk is great but not appropriately titled.

  • Leopold Quesada
    Leopold Quesada 3 years ago +1


  • Marouf Alajiele
    Marouf Alajiele Year ago

    انا عربي،. لا استطيع افهم شيء..ماذا يقول؟

  • Flying Toaster
    Flying Toaster Month ago

    did he drink his last last drink in the desert? or in Santa Barbara?

  • Ta Ta
    Ta Ta 4 years ago

    Are you right Guy

  • Chris
    Chris 3 years ago

    Winner, Fluffiest TED Talk Ever

  • M RC
    M RC 3 years ago +3

    I know nothing of this guy but I can tell you he was probably killed.

  • Jietze Miedema
    Jietze Miedema 2 years ago

    I payed attention to his arms and hands and did not listen mostly. That is my problem, but i did pay attention to everytnoing but not what people say. I don't know way. I just can't cocentrate on vocale voices ever since school time. Only hearing the first 5 minutes.

  • John Roque IV
    John Roque IV 3 years ago +4

    Recognize Accept Investigate Note =RAIN

  • Charles Raffaut
    Charles Raffaut 3 years ago +1

    I thought this was about paying attention . What’s is he talking about.

  • Le Tho
    Le Tho 2 years ago

    Pay attention