10 best TED Talks to help you succeed at work
Do you ever wish you had a fairy godmother who could wave her magic wand and give you the career of your dreams? How about a magic lamp housing a genie who could pop out and motivate you take the next step anytime you began to feel burnt out or unsure of career path.
While such creatures unfortunately do not exist, there is another source we can turn to for inspiration, guidance or a fresh perspective on our career path. That source is TED Talks. The product of a non-profit devoted to spreading ideas, TED Talks began at a 1984 conference on technology, entertainment and design. Today, you can find TED Talks on almost any topic, including career development. Below, we’ve listed 10 of the best.
1. How to Make Work-Life Balance Work
In 10 short minutes, Nigel March, the author and co-founder of Earth Hour and The Sydney Skinny, lays out a plan to help you find the ideal balance between family, person and work time, something that’s a definite challenge when you’re employed in the hospitality industry.
2. Embrace the Near Win
Most careers are a series of ups and downs, and those in hospitality are no different. In 12 minutes, Sarah Lewis, a successful art historian, will inspire you to look at almost-failures from a new perspective, turning them into catalysts for propelling your career forward.
3. What Makes Us Feel Good About Our Work?
Are you working for money, or something more? For most of us, the answer is the latter. This 20-minute talk by behavioral economist Dan Ariely will make you think about what you need from your career in order to feel a sense of purpose.
4. Listen, Learn… then Lead
Whether you’re currently in a hospitality management position or aspire to hold one someday, four-star general Stanley McChrystal’s insight on leadership will help you learn to build a sense of shared purpose among a diverse group of people.
5. How to Make Hard Choices
Is it time to change employers? Should you move across the country for a new opportunity? Maybe you should switch to a different industry? Hard decisions like these come up in the course of any career, and they can be extremely difficult to make. In 15 minutes, philosopher Ruth Chang will help you look at your options in a new light.
6. How to Get Back to Work After a Career Break
Whether you left the industry to become a stay-at-home parent, had to take a sabbatical to care for an ailing family member, or went back to school for a time, getting back to work can be a challenge. This 12-minute talk by career re-entry expert Carol Fishman Cohen has some valuable suggestions to make the transition easier.
7. How to Speak so that People Want to Listen
Hospitality is often about engaging and connecting with others, be they guests, co-workers or supervisors. In 10 short minutes, sound consultant Julian Treasure demonstrates several tools for speaking more powerfully and empathetically.
8. The Happy Secret to Better Work
In a fast-paced, physically demanding industry like hospitality, it can be easy to find yourself feeling uncomfortable, stressed, or even mildly panicked. However, if you condition yourself to be happy (or positive), you’ll actually become more intelligent, as well as faster and more productive at your job. Psychologist Shawn Achor explains why in this 12-minute talk.
9. Eight Secrets of Success
Do you have what it takes to be successful in your hospitality career? In a mere three minutes, success analyst Richard St. John, describes the eight essential secrets he has discovered through seven years of research and 500 interviews with successful professionals.
10. The Walk from “No” to “Yes”
Difficult situations are common when you work in hospitality, whether you’re dealing with an unhappy guest or find yourself in conflict with a co-worker or supervisor. In this 19-minute talk, William Ury, author Getting to Yes, will teach you a method for creating agreement in even the most difficult circumstance.