Inspiring and Useful Ted Talks for Landlords

Most of us, especially landlords, need a little encouragement to take breaks from time to time so that our batteries can recharge. TED Talks for landlords to the rescue! 

It can be exhausting answering phone calls and processing applications, dealing with tenant complaints, keeping up with bookkeeping — not to mention the occasional water leak interrupting your day. I know firsthand, having been a landlord for many years myself, that at times landlords place their own priorities far down the list. 

What if, for 5-15 minutes every day, you carved out some time to be inspired, informed, and entertained? You might find you have greater energy and resources to devote to your tenants and properties. 

If I were your property management coach I’d say, ‘go grab some water (you’re likely dehydrated) and take a listen to one of the following TED Talks curated with you in mind’.

What Real Estate Taught Me About Self-Worth | Tina Caul

Our concept of worth tends to overvalue things, like homes, but undervalue the most personal things about us, like our time, our self-worth, and our view of ourselves. During this heartfelt and funny talk, which asks us to evaluate our own significance through the analogy of real estate valuations, we will discover our own worth and even be granted permission to embrace our true value.

How to Gain Control of Your Free Time | Laura Vanderkam

You don’t have time to watch this video, or do you? There are 168 hours in each week which seems like an eternity — so why do we never seem to have enough time? Where do we find the time to do what really matters? This video offers practical strategies to help find time for what really matters in life, so we can, according to this video, “build the lives we want in the time we’ve got.”

Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator | Tim Urban

Ever wonder what’s going on in the mind of those procrastinating tenants who are always late with their rent or struggle to get signed documents returned on time? Tim Urban brings a humorous look ‘Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator’. Spoiler alert: he suggests we might all need to take a hard look at our own procrastination. 

How to Manage Your Time More Effectively According to Machines | Brian Christian


Through understanding computer efficiency, computer scientists have gleaned useful strategies for us human beings. This short video dives into procrastination, scheduling, and batching tasks for better productivity. Bonus new vocabulary: Interrupt coalescing

5 Ways to Create Stronger Connections | Robert Reffkin

5 ways to create stronger connections in under 3 minutes — can’t get a better return on investment for your time. We need connection now more than ever. Building genuine relationships with people is not easy, especially in business so these tips and tricks for establishing authentic connections on the job should help.

TED Talk Playlists

There are hundreds of topics with thousands upon thousands of TED Talks available. Because you are a busy landlord below you’ll find a curated list of TED Talk playlist topics that landlords, property managers, property owners, and investors may find useful:

Other TED resources 

In addition to videos, TED also offers audio, books, and a newsletter:

Audio and podcasts

The Busy Landlord Paradox

In the first TED Talk above, Laura Vanderkamp suggests although we feel we don’t have time to spare, the time is there for the things that we make time for — and that should include the most important priority — you!

We all get caught up in the tasks at hand, the urgent and immediate that call loudly to us for attention. So it takes effort into investing time in ourselves; whether that is for self-improvement, mental and physical health goals, or even times of rest and enrichment.

The paradox:  Even for a busy landlord, using time for these important goals may actually help you become more efficient with the tasks on your never-ending to-do list and the energy to handle those urgent tasks that pop up from time to time.