Looking for a bit of inspiration to lift you this afternoon? Well, one great way of finding really interesting and inspirational stories is having a look at the TED website. We love the videos they produce of talks that have been held at their conferences and events. So we’ve found the top five TED talks to watch when you’re unemployed and feeling a bit fed up.

Amanda Palmer: The art of asking

Amanda is a musician and blogger who likes to push the boundaries a bit in her art and her lifestyle. She spoke at TED on the art of asking and shared her experience of sofa surfing, crowdfunding and how well people respond when you ask for something.

Roselinde Torres: What it takes to be a great leader

Roselinde is an expert on leadership, having studied it her whole career. So if you’ve got dreams of being head of a company, or even think that you might be in charge of a team of people at any point in your career this is the TED talk for you:

Joe Kowan: How I beat stage fright

If you know that you lack a bit of confidence and the thought of standing in front of a group of people – whether five or 500 – fills you with fear, you might enjoy this talk from Joe Kowan on how he overcame stage fright to become a performer.

Diana Nyad: Never, ever give up

Sometimes when you’re looking for a job it can be really tempting to give up on your dream. But take a look at this talk from Diana Nyad who didn’t let anything get in her way of completing an extreme 100-mile swim from Cuba to Florida at the age of 64.

Andrew McAfee: What will future jobs look like?

The world is changing, we know that. But with it, jobs are changing too. Andrew McAfee is an expert in the ways that IT affects businesses and how jobs are changing as a result. Prepare yourself for the future by watching his TED talk.

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