There’s no denying that the end of the year can be a stressful time: the pressure to hit deadlines, host family and friends, and get organized for January. But with all that behind you, here are three podcasts that will arm you with insights to speak up about what bothers you, find stillness to reflect and reset, and head into 2019 feeling clear-minded and inspired:
What Drives Us to Speak Up with Adam Galinsky via Ted Radio Hour
Speaking up is hard, but it’s a necessary skill to take care of our emotions. Can I correct my boss when she makes a mistake? Can I challenge my friend’s insensitive joke? Can I confront my coworker who keeps stepping on my toes? Can I tell the person I love most my deepest insecurities? These are common questions we ask ourselves, says social psychologist Adam Galinsky, as we assess whether to take the risk of confrontation. He says the most powerful factor that compels us to speak up is “moral conviction.” Here he gives tools to lower your risk and advocate for yourself.
The Business of Doing Good with Lisa King, founder, Eat My Lunch via Coffee Pod
Social entrepreneur Lisa King worked for 15 years in consumer goods marketing roles, before launching her business Eat My Lunch: buy a lunch and a lunch goes to a child at a low-income school in New Zealand. Since launching three years ago, King’s model has provided more than one million lunches to 88 schools, an incredible achievement given one in four Kiwi kids live in poverty. In conversation with Emergent founder Holly Ransom, King discusses how she spotted the business need and kept up with the demand (at one-time, people were waiting for two to three months to participate).
How Singing Helps Achieve Stillness vith Megan Washington via Ted Radio Hour
If you want to quiet your mind, the last thing you might think of doing is adding more noise around you, like music. But, for Australian musician Megan Washington, singing helps achieve stillness. Washington has a stutter, so noise is her only remedy. “Singing is more than making nice sounds or feeling known or understood, somehow it’s impossible to stutter when you sing,” she said. In this eight-minute conversation, Washington confesses, “one would assume I’m comfortable in public, but the truth is I’ve been living in mortal dread of public speaking.” While Washington found comfort in singing to quiet an insecurity, music can also bring calm to cluttered minds, as listening and singing puts us in the moment.