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Taking Control And Reducing The Risk of Burnout: Emma Kell (Transcript)

Here is the full transcript of Emma Kell’s talk titled “Taking Control And Reducing The Risk of Burnout” at TEDxKingstonUponThames conference.

In this TEDx talk, educator Emma Kell addresses the critical issue of burnout among professionals, emphasizing the importance of self-care and setting boundaries. She shares personal anecdotes and experiences to illustrate the dangers of neglecting one’s own needs in the pursuit of professional success. Kell encourages her audience to ask themselves three powerful questions to assess their life’s balance and fulfillment: what they need to live a good life, what ‘good enough’ looks like, and what legacy they wish to leave behind.

She stresses the significance of recognizing one’s limits and the value of drawing clear boundaries between work and personal life. Through humor and relatable stories, Kell highlights the common struggle with perfectionism and the societal pressures to overwork. She advocates for a more compassionate approach towards oneself, suggesting that acknowledging one’s vulnerabilities and asking for help can be liberating.

Ultimately, Kell’s talk serves as a gentle reminder that taking control of one’s well-being is essential to reducing the risk of burnout and leading a more balanced and fulfilling life.

Listen to the audio version here:


“Mum? Mum? Mum, can I just… Mum, I can’t find my… Mum, will you stop leaving me on read?” I was just checking a couple of things. By the time I closed my laptop, the teenagers had left the room.

Misunderstandings and Reminders

“Em? Emma? Em? Don’t forget Thursday’s three marmosets.” What? “Thursday’s three marmosets.” Oh, right, yeah, okay, thanks. Yeah. Hang on, marmosets? What are you on about? Don’t worry. I’ll sort it. To this day, I have no idea what my husband was talking about. Something to do with the thermostat? Anyway, he sorted it. Thank you, husband.

I live a crazy, busy life. I have a noisy, hungry job. I have loads on. Is it really reasonable to expect me to be present in a room in mind as well as in body? I mean, so what? Professional purpose, protecting your flame, so what? It’s a question my doctoral supervisor used to ask me a lot. And it was actually quite an irritating question.

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