Whether I’m preparing for my day, cleaning, driving, or exercising, I likely am listening to an audiobook or a podcast.
I love podcasts because they’re an easy way to learn when you physically cannot read a book. I feel more productive when I can learn something while I’m doing routine daily tasks. They also help get my brain working and result in some pretty creative ideas.
I frequently am asked about my favorite podcasts. I get this question more often now that podcasts seem to be making a comeback in popularity.
While the list changes as I try new things (some of which I keep, others I move on from), here are my favorite podcasts:
THE CHRIS LOCURTO SHOW
Individual and organizational leadership really are the topics of The Chris Locurto Show, but Chris presents the information in almost a self-help format. He wants to help you be your personal best, and it comes through in his teaching. I didn’t have high hopes when I first subscribed to this podcast, but I thought I would try it because I heard Chris’s name dropped on another podcast. Chris sounds a bit like a football coach, but his advice is practical and can be applied immediately. This one will stay on my list.
CONFESSIONS OF A PINK-HAIRED MARKETER
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 love Sonia’s advice so much that her voice grew on me. I loved her post on Productivity for Flakes, but not because I can relate… or can I?
Sonia Simone also hosts this podcast as part of the Rainmaker: FM community. She interviews experts on marketing-related topics. This podcast provides a ton of great advice, straight from the people who know.
CRAIG GROESCHEL LEADERSHIP PODCAST
Craig Groeschel’s leadership podcast was bound to be a hit for me. The podcast still is young, having just started in January, but Craig is my pastor and I love the way he teaches. He clearly tries to really focus on leadership during these episodes, not bringing in much at all about his ministry, which is a nice difference from listening to his sermons. I must have paper available when I listen to Craig’s podcast because I want to take notes the entire time. That’s an excellent sign.
HACK THE ENTREPRENEUR
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!
HAPPIER WITH GRETCHEN RUBIN
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.
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.
ONLINE MARKETING MADE EASY WITH AMY PORTERFIELD
I really didn’t want to add another podcast to my already long list, but Amy Porterfield’s name just kept coming up in my listening and reading. I figured out why once I listened to Online Marketing Made Easy with Amy Porterfield. Not only does Amy have great tips and guests who speak about online marketing, she also provides supplemental cheatsheets for most topics. I love a handy dandy handout! I use the information from Amy’s podcast to better my own online efforts and incorporate a lot of what I learn into my classroom lectures.
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.
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 don’t love the second season as well as the first, but I still listen. I have high hopes for a third season.
Listening to TED Talks is kinda a no brainer, huh? All of these topics are presented by experts in some of the most creative ways out there. The storytelling is amazing too. I don’t find every talk interesting, but I just delete those topics.
THE COLLEGE INFO GEEK PODCAST
I spent my days with college students, so I subscribed to The College Info Geek podcast thinking that it could give me some insight into their minds. I also hoped the podcast could enlighten me about how to help my students establish some best practices during their four years in college. What I didn’t imagine was that I would learn a lot myself from Thomas Frank’s strategies on how to be the best possible student. The podcast sometimes gets a bit long and off topic, but I enjoy it overall.
THE PORTFOLIO LIFE WITH JEFF GOINS
I just found The Portfolio Life, which is about what you do, but, more importantly, who you are. I didn’t take to other Jeff Goins podcasts that I listened to, but I love this one. I was so impressed with the first couple of episodes that listened to that I’m pretty sure it will stay on my list.
THE PRODUCTIVE WOMAN
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. Laura’s advice is practical and her approach realistic and focused.
There are some topics that I just never tire of learning about. Productivity is one of those subjects, and Mike Vardy is the man. The Productivityist podcast gives listeners advice about productivity, time management, habits, and workflow. I love every nerdy minute of it.
THIS IS YOUR LIFE WITH MICHAEL HYATT
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.
WHAT SHOULD I READ NEXT?
What Should I Read Next is the new podcast of my favorite book blogger, Anne Bogel, otherwise known as Modern Mrs. Darcy. I love Anne’s blogging style, and her podcast is just as unique. Ironically, Anne and I do not enjoy the same genres of books. So, while I love reading her blog, I usually don’t agree with her book reviews and often don’t find myself willing to even consider some of the books she recommends. That’s where the podcast suits me well. It has all of Anne’s style with book recommendations from a variety of reader types. Guests on the show discuss a book they love, a book they hate and what they’re reading now. I’m always so impressed that Anne seems to have read most (all?) of the books they discuss.
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 let them gather until you have time to listen. You also don’t have to listen to every episode by a single podcaster if the topic and summary don’t interest you.
I hope you found something here to add to your podcast list, which leads me to my big question: