There are many people in the world that follow podcasts quite faithfully – they are great for a subway ride, background noise at work, and some provide powerful messages for professionals. I’ll be honest, I’m not an avid follower of any podcasts but I love the concept of sharing ideas without location being a barrier. Whether these ideas are shared through podcasts, videos, or live streams they can provide thought-provoking conversations, something we could all probably use a bit more of.

TED Talks are not new in theory but continually produce content from individuals all around the world on a wide range of topics. We often think that there is not enough time to catch up on a podcast series or even catch a new TED Talk video – BUT if the content is important enough and relevant for our current situation we could all likely spare 15 minutes here or there. Right? While there are some mediocre TED Talks, there are also some incredibly moving TED Talks. I wanted to share a few of my favorites:

How to speak so that people want to listen | Julian Treasure

What you have to say is half the battle, the other half is the presentation – how you plan to captivate and keep your audience. Whether you are giving a class presentation, sharing your experience in an interview, or are a top executive speaking to your employees in a large annual meeting, you will want to command the room in a way that people will listen. Julian Treasure shares the seven deadly sins that individuals fall into and should avoid in order to become a powerful presence.

Know your worth, and then ask for it | Casey Brown

Salary negotiation, whether you are offered a position with a brand new organization or are looking for a raise in your current role, can be a bit daunting if you do not know how to ask for what you want. Casey Brown dives into how you can step-by-step demonstrate to your new or current employer your worth with points that will be important to them as a company.

Embrace the near win | Sarah Lewis

Have you ever been asked back for a second or third interview but were not offered the position? In class, have you ever earned a percentage point right below that grade you were striving for? Have you ever trained for months for a race and missed your PR by one minute? These events are examples of why Sarah Lewis believes you should embrace the near wins and how they can lead to increased drive and passion.

The happy secret to better work | Shawn Achor

Often as humans, we look to find a career or organization that will fit well with our personalities and hopefully lead to happiness. We think to ourselves, “if we could just obtain this position or just make this much money” then we would be happy within our professional lives and become successful. Shawn Achor shares his research on how these external pieces contribute a quite small amount to happiness and how your perspective on your work can make an incredible difference in your success.

Your body language shapes who you are | Amy Cuddy

Is your body language sending the right message in an interview setting? Many times these non-verbal cues can result in either positive or negative outcomes, depending on what these cues are saying. Amy Cuddy describes how practicing certain non-verbal cues can improve one’s confidence level and success.