It’s been a difficult few weeks. I couldn’t even celebrate International Podcast Day on Sept. 30 because the iOS9 update on my iPhone caused my Podcast app to crash repeatedly. It was bad, and I was getting really annoyed. Talk about first-world problems!
My podcasts are back, thanks to a system fix, so I decided it was a good time to celebrate my favorites. I’m a bit tardy, but here are the podcasts I listen to regularly.
This is Your Life is my favorite podcast. Michael Hyatt is one of my favorite bloggers and his podcast is as good as his blog. I love Michael’s practical advice, which carries over well to the podcast format. Michael also creates accompanying show notes for each of his podcasts, allowing listeners to visit his site for links and other related information. I learn a lot from Michael’s podcasts. I also get many great work and blog ideas there. If I only have time to listen to one podcast, it’s always This is Your Life.
I can’t remember where I found The Productive Woman podcast. I heard Laura McClellan speak on another podcast, but I can’t remember which one. I was immediately impressed with Laura, who is a lawyer, author and raised five children. I figured she could teach me a lot about productivity. I listened to her podcast just a couple of times before it became one of my favorites. Notice that I listed it right under my favorite podcast? There’s a reason for that. Laura’s advice is practical and her approach realistic and focused.
My students first told me I should listen to Serial podcast. So, while driving to Colorado on family vacation, I gave it a shot. I immediately was addicted. I love Serial because it mixes true crime, which is my favorite genre, with good journalism. I was glad I started listening after the season ended, so I could listen to every episode back-to-back. I can’t wait for the next series to begin. The show’s researchers recently announced the next case they’re covering. So now we wait.
In Hit Publish, Pamela Wilson shares tips for beginning online marketers. The podcast is part of the Rainmaker:FM series, which you can subscribe to as a unit. However, I don’t like all of the podcasts in the group, so I just subscribed to the ones I like.
Stefanie Flaxman is not the most well-delivered podcast host I’ve ever heard, but Editor-in-Chief is a natural fit for me. I love Stefanie’s advice on becoming a better writer, specifically in the digital age. For a mass communications professor, this podcast was an obvious to add to my list. This podcast also is part of the Rainmaker: FM series.
The Lede is a weekly content and marketing podcasts hosted by Jerod Morris and Demian Farnworth. I actually just listened to an episode of The Lede this morning. It was about whether we celebrate failure too much. The hosts made some good points that got me thinking about society’s focus on failure as a positive thing. The Lede also is part of the Rainmaker: FM series.
I am not an entrepreneur, but I enjoy Jon Naster’s podcast Hack the Entrepreneur. The podcast provides tricks, skills, etc. that help with solving business problems. I especially loved the episode with Seth Godin. What an interesting guy!
I first listened to Confessions of a Pink-haired Marketer because it’s part of the Rainmaker:FM series. To be honest, I didn’t think I would keep listening to it. Sonia Simone’s voice bothered me a bit in the beginning, and voice is an important factor in whether I enjoy a podcast. But, I loved Sonia’s advice so much that her voice grew on me. I loved her post on Productivity for Flakes, but not because I could relate… or could I?
The HBR Ideacast is a weekly podcast from leaders featured in Harvard Business Review. I like this podcast, but some episodes can get a bit dry. I tend to delete the ones about subjects that aren’t applicable to me.
I would not want to be friends with Gretchen Rubin. Ok, that’s a bit of an overstatement, but she does seem like she could be a nag… always talking about habits, happiness and routines. She sometimes reminds me of the know-it-all kid in your elementary class. But, here’s the thing, Gretchen actually knows what she’s talking about. That’s why I listen to her life advice on Happier with Gretchen Rubin.
I began listening to this podcast after noticing the #BeingBossChat on Twitter. I enjoyed the chat so much that I decided to check out the podcast, which features Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon. The topics, which revolve around entrepreneurship are really interesting and include a variety of impressive guests. I’m still a new listener, but I’m enjoying the podcast a lot.
Listening to TED Talks is kinda a no brainer, huh? I just delete the topics I’m not at all interested in.
Bloggers all know of ProBlogger Darren Rowse, but I was surprised to learn he also hosts a podcast. Apparently it started in June, which made me feel better to know that I hadn’t missed it for that long. The podcast is another way for Darren to share his blogging expertise with the audience. Darren has a ton of crediblity on the subject, so it’s nice to learn from someone who knows best.
Can you tell that I love leadership podcasts? Manager Tools is a weekly podcast about becoming a more effective manager and leader.
This may be my dirty little podcast secret. I love Get-It-Done Guy. Stever Robbins’s advice on working less and doing more is practical and his delivery cracks me up. Stever’s podcast is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips series, which also hosts Grammar Girl. Some of you who know me may be surprised that Grammar Girl podcast is missing from this list. I just can’t learn about grammar from a podcast. I read the Grammar Girl blog instead.
I know this may seem like a lot of podcasts (and maybe it is), but the great thing about podcasts is that you can just leave them there until you have time to listen. I listen to podcasts while I get ready for my day, while I do housework and during my commutes. I feel more productive when I can learn something while I’m doing routine daily tasks. And, of course, I feel frustrated when my app doesn’t work and I can’t. But I’m going to let that go now.
I hope you found something here that you will consider adding to your podcast list, which leads me to my big question:
What podcasts do you listen to?