Oct 10, 2017

The Best Ted Talks for Career Development

You’re focused on your career. This means you’re working hard to build your skillset, get promotions, learn new things, find the right mentor, and get the courage to ask for a raise. You’re likely reading development books, listening to podcasts (if you aren’t, check out our post 5 Great Podcasts to Help You Grow Your Career), watching videos, and reading blog posts.

It can often be difficult to find good resources in the expense of the internet. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of helpful Ted Talks for career development. We’ve watched these and found them helpful and inspiring, even though Some of the advice is unconventional and indirectly related

These talks aren’t necessarily direct career advice, and some of them are unconventional, but they’re useful in a number of ways and can be applied, easily, to your career growth and development.

Best Ted Talks for Career Development

Amy Cuddy: Your body language may shape who you are

This was an interesting talk because it focused on body language; not how it affects other people, but how our own body language affects us. Amy Cuddy presents data and experiments to show that taking a powerful stance for just 2 minutes can dramatically alter your performance and presence. She advocates faking it ’til you make it, which in this case doesn’t mean faking skills or education, but faking confidence and power until you actually feel confident and powerful.

Larry Smith: Why you will fail to have a great career

Dr. Larry Smith discusses passion, failure, and excuses. He humorously presents his stories and situations. And explores the differences between passion and interest, and how to pursue a career you’re passionate about.

Sean Achor: The happy secret to better work

If you think that you need to work harder and reach your goals in order to be happy, you’ve got it backward, according to Sean Achor. This talk explores the concept (and data behind) the idea that success makes us happy. Sean points out that our happiness isn’t as dependent on external forces as we think.

Nigel Marsh: How to make work-life balance work

“Now my point is the small things matter. Being more balanced doesn’t mean dramatic upheaval in your life. With the smallest investment in the right places, you can radically transform the quality of your relationships and the quality of your life.”

This isn’t the work-life balance troupe you hear all over the internet. It isn’t about more business policy or “balancing” 90 hour work weeks with being the perfect parent and spouse and friend and whatever else you need to be. It’s about making realistic, small changes and pushing others to do the same.

Sarah Lewis: Embrace the near win

“Mastery is not a commitment to a goal, but a constant pursuit.”

This talk is all about embracing the journey, understanding the difference between mastery and success, between pursuit and arrival. She discusses the Dunning-Kruger effect, which is the phenomena that the more you learn the more you realize you don’t know. Embrace the near-win.

Morgan Myers


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