I recently published an article about a podcasting app that I enjoy using called Stitcher Radio. After talking with a few people about the app I realized that a lot of people do not know what podcasting is. In this article, I am going to describe exactly what podcasting is, and why you need to listen to podcasts. I will also give you some direct links to the shows that I listen to weekly. I think that podcasting is a great way for people with little time to get great content. Did I mention that its free. OK maybe some people charge for their podcasts(I’m playing it safe), but all of the podcasts that I listen to are delivered to me for free.
What is podcasting: Imagine being able to search for any information you would like to learn about, or any topic you are interested in. I have good news that’s exactly what podcasts are. Podcasts can also be any type of syndicated radio show that is played on air or a radio station. Imagine them as on demand radio style content available around the clock, or whenever you have the time. Some shows are 5 min long; some shows last hours. Most podcasting apps allow you to search for anything, and they will have a listing of categories you can scroll through.
Why do YOU need to listen to podcasts: Because you don’t have time to sit around reading all day to learn the things you want to know, or the things you wished you would have learned when you where still in school. Also if you have an interest in a topic, but don’t think you have the time to invest in it. I think you may be able to find time to listen to a podcast while doing these things and you don’t know it yet.
- Commuting to work
- Traveling while at work
- Lunch break
- During work(as long as it’s safe and you’re not stealing time from your company!)
- Doing housework
- Driving with your family on a road trip(and everyone in the car is sleeping but you)
- During exercise
- On a plane, train, or boat
Turn off the TV: Turn off the TV one night a week and learn something. We all stare at the TV week after week watching shows at night. Sometimes you can’t even find a program you want to watch so you settle for a movie or episode you have already seen. I have an idea: turn off the TV and fire up a podcast about something your interested in, or something you have always wanted to learn. Maybe you should get on the treadmill in your bedroom, with tomorrows work clothes hanging on it, while you listen.
Why am I so passionate about podcasting: I travel for work and it gets very boring. I have started listening to many podcasts while I am at work. I have learned a great deal of information about topics I am interested in. In addition to that I have found many motivational and leadership based podcasts that inspire me weekly to do the things in life I never thought that I could.
Listed below are some of the shows I listen to on a weekly basis: The links I have provided below will take you directly to that show’s preview page inside iTunes. From that page you can read a brief summary of the show and/or start listening. Make sure you bookmark your favorites, and give your podcaster a positive review if you are enjoying listening to their work. All of the podcasts I have linked to are available for free. Alternatively if you are an Android phone user you can download Stitcher Radio and do a search inside your app for the shows I have listed. I would also like to add, you can download Stitcher Radio for almost any data phone or tablet(iPhone,iPad, Kindle. etc.).
- This Is Your Life(Michael Hyatt)
- 48 Days(Dan Miller)
- The EntreLeadership Podcast(Chris LoCurto and Dave Ramsey)
- Six Pixels Of Separation(Mitch Joel)
- How To Become A Millionaire(Jaime Tardy)
- Business Tips For Start ups By Proven Entrepreneurs(Mixergy Andrew Warner)
- Learning With Leslie(Leslie Samuel)
- WordPress Plug-ins From A to Z(John Overall & Marcus Couch)
- Podcast Answer Man(Cliff Ravenscraft)
- Your Website Engineer(Dustin Hartzler)
- Social Media Marketing(Michael Stelzner)
- The Smart Passive Income Podcast(Pat Flynn)
I hope you will take the time to check out these shows. If you do not currently listen to any podcasts, I truly believe you are missing out on a great learning/entertaining opportunity. Do you have an awesome podcast that you listen to regularly? If so, leave it in the comments and if it’s worthy of my list, I might add it.
Do you have a great App that I should know about? Do you have the next great App idea? If so please send me an email of your Apps or Ideas. Who do you know that needs to be introduced to the world of podcasting.