Podcasts are one of my favorite ways to consume content. I am a voracious reader, and one of my strengths is input. I thrive on consuming interesting information. Sometimes, due to logistics or safety, I can’t pick up a book or scan a screen. When that happens, I whip out my earbuds and click on one of these podcasts. High quality content streams into my ears. My brain soaks it up like a dry sponge. Life is good.
Edited to add:
I’ve found a few new favorites; check them out below.
I became familiar with Dave Conrey in a Facebook group we were both participating in. He was always the first guy (literally—this group was mostly women) to jump in with thoughtful, helpful resources and advice. I recently met him at a Podcast Movement meetup he organized, and I was thrilled to find out that he’s the same guy in person that he is online. He brings that to his Fresh Rag podcast every week. If you’re a creative looking to sell your work online, you’ll want to subscribe. You may even want to pick up his book!
Remember that dry sponge analogy? Nothing soaks my sponge (that sounds dirty, doesn’t it?) like an episode or two of The Unmistakable Creative, hosted by Srini Rao. Somehow, he finds the very coolest people to talk to, and he’s kind enough to let us listen in.
Michael Hyatt, This is Your Life
Michael writes and speaks extensively on the topics of leadership and productivity. He has a ton of experience under his belt, and shares it freely every week on his podcast. No matter who you are nor what you do, I’ll wager you could benefit from his wisdom. One of my favorite episodes is his top ten productivity hacks. Check out his resources on Evernote, too.
Since I originally wrote this, Michael has since rebranded his podcast, adding video and a cohost. Check it out here.
Pat Flynn, Smart Passive Income Podcast & Ask Pat
Pat Flynn started out as an architect. When studying for an exam, he posted his notes online, only to find that they were incredibly popular. When he was laid off shortly afterward, that was his foothold to begin building his online business empire. The transparency with which he did so was the key to his success (check out his income reports!). Pat’s very down-to-earth, and wants you to succeed, and that comes through in every episode.
The Smart Passive Income Podcast is the cornerstone of his broadcasting empire. He features longer-form interviews with fascinating entrepreneurs, plus some of his own best practices.
Ask Pat is a shorter podcast published 5 days a week, where—you guessed it—he answers listeners’ questions. It’s consistently great content in bite-sized chunks, perfect for listening during a short commute or while tidying the kitchen after dinner.
Copyblogger, The Lede and the New Rainmaker
Copyblogger is a mecca for online copywriters. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I really geek out on it. I absolutely love learning human psychology and clear, catchy writing how-to’s. The Copyblogger team produces incredibly high quality content, and expects you to, as well.
The Lede is a shorter podcast that covers the why and how of content marketing and related topics. The New Rainmaker talks about media over marketing. It’s cutting-edge stuff, and every episode fascinates me. Read more about it here.
Derek Halpern, Social Triggers Insider
Speaking of the wonders of psychology, Derek Halpern of Social Triggers is the master of applying the latest psychology research to online business. Each Social Triggers Insider podcast is a masterclass with a guest who is doing amazing things. You’ll always come away with concrete tips that you can put to use right away. One of my favorite episodes is this one with Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit (a book which you should buy and read right away!).
The Marching Roundtable team is Joe Allison, Tim Hinton, Mary White, John Bogenschutz. It’s like being around my smart hardcore band geek friends. They touch on all kinds of marching-related and pageantry arts topics. My favorite episodes include this one on social media, this interview with adjudicator John Howell, and these three episodes on band parents.
I know there are a ton of podcasts out there, and I’ll often dip into one for a while before I move on. But these podcasts are ones that have serious staying power on my playlist. Which ones should I add? What’s on your playlist?