5 Ted Talks to Boost Your Career

TED Talks have become synonymous with inspiration in the past few years. Although the conference has roots in Silicon Valley (reflecting the Technology, Entertainment, Design acronym namesake), it has spawned countless local events and inspired millions across the globe. On a more localized level, though, TED Talks are the perfect way to spend part of a lunch hour.

Particularly as they relate to your career.

TED Talks are known for presenting unconventional advice or counterintuitive information.  When it comes to boosting your career, you can Google how to improve a résumé, the *right* way to ask for a raise, and pretty much every other career-related question you can think of. But you can’t ask what you don’t know, right? That’s where this list of counterintuitive career advice comes in. Here are some of our favorites on the list:

“Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are” by Amy Cuddy

Good posture and other aspects of body language affect how others see us, but also reflects how we see ourselves. This talk discusses how to stand and exude confidence…especially when we don’t feel confident…and how it affects testosterone and cortisol levels in our brain. And, in turn, impacting our chances for success.

“How Great Leaders Inspire Action” by Simon Sinek

This talk includes Apple, Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Wright Brothers, and how a golden circle and asking WHY can be a model for inspirational leadership.

“5 Ways to Kill Your Dreams” by Bel Pesce

We all want success, whether we define success as inventing Facebook or ShamWow. This talk breaks down the five myths that people believe, and which stop them from achieving their dreams.

“How to Make Work Life Balance Work” by Nigel Marsh

Like all the important things in life, sometimes you have to help yourself. Marsh discusses how to take the reins on how your life is compartmentalized between personal time, family time, and productivity. It sounds simple…but that’s what makes it powerful.

“The Career Advice You Probably Didn’t Get” by Susan Colantuono

You’re doing everything *right* but just not seeing results. No promotions, no movement, no nothing is helping. Colantuono has a piece of advice for anyone (not just women) on how to break through into senior and executive positions.

The overarching goal of every TED Talk is the spread of good ideas. With over 1000 videos available for viewing on the TED website, who knows which video will—literally and figuratively—speak to you.

What’s your favorite TED talk?