Have you ever investigated the amazing world of Podcasts?
They are like conversational radio shows you can listen to at your own convenience. Podcasts are my go-to choice for fun, interesting, educational or inspirational insights. If you think about it, you might have a favorite entrepreneur, author or blogger, but now, you have a chance to listen and put a voice to their words.
Some podcasts participants are so knowledgeable and articulate in their insights, it’s like an entire book of tips and quotes to be treasured. Every podcast I listen to, opens my mind to a new direction of possibilities.
You can find tons of informative, thought provoking or simply humorous podcasts on every subject. Chances are that you regularly watch Youtube videos and read interesting articles, but it’s a great way to slip in some learning or entertainment while you are doing tasks where your ability to consume visual media is compromised. E.g.: On a walk or run, driving distances or while chopping vegetables.
The best part – they are free, and there’s a native app on most new phones so it’s literally on your fingertips. ( You could also pick free Apps like SoundCloud.)
Don’t think you have the time to listen to lengthy podcasts? Here’s a fun tip!
The podcast apps allow you to save time by increasing the listening speed. On an Apple device, tap the screen while the podcast is playing and then tap the little 1x icon to change speed to 1.5 or 2x. My preferred speed is 1.5x which reduces a 20 minute talk to 15 minutes and I oftentimes use 2x while ads are playing.
Make 2017 your year of learning and inspiration with Podcasts.
If you are interested in creativity, marketing, entrepreneurship or career inspiration, start below with our recommendations on 5 inspiring podcasts by women:
ABC News Chief Business, Economics and Technology Correspondent Rebecca Jarvis hosts this relatively new podcast where she interviews leading women across industries on their success stories and struggles. With real conversations with interesting people, great questions and genuine sparks of inspiration this is the go-to podcast if you need some motivation in life.
Start with: Her conversation with Wende Zomnir, the co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Urban Decay the internationally renowned beauty company, where they discuss resourcefulness in life and career, amongst other things. Wende’s honest confession of how she got her first lead is an interesting example of her resourcefulness/creativity and doing whatever it takes.
Her key take away- a good product is not enough in business. You need to have a great infrastructure and partners to make it work.
This upbeat Singer, songwriter interviews successful creatives and shares their good habits to inspire you to start taking action to turn your creative passion into a full time career. She repeatedly gives great insights on reverse engineering your way to success and make a living doing what you love.
Start with: Episode – What can you do today?
If you need a pep talk in moving forward with your dreams, these 42 minutes are worth it! She describes how making flan and honing your craft could be a ticket to success.
Wait, what is flan?
I also love the sentiment- “It’s really important for you to be able to show to your children that people get to grow up and love their life and what they do, and work doesn’t have to be a grind.” This podcast is a gem from start to end.
An Emmy nominated business analyst for CBS News and the host of a nationally syndicated radio show, Jill Interviews renowned financial experts and best-selling authors on her podcasts and along with them, endeavors to demystify controversial money and investing issues.The conversations however cover way more than just finance and leave you with brilliant thoughts and insights to ponder over.
Start with: Episode 2 – ‘Fail more, reinvent yourself’, Jill’s interview with serial entrepreneur, American hedge fund manager, author, podcaster James Altucher
Beginning with his prep routine before a networking event (watching stand-up comedy for handy jokes and reading up on attendees), to asking us to embrace this fast pace of change by planting seeds of learning everyday, James touches on a multitude of topics.
His financial tip: Nobody owns up to their mistakes but the reality is that nobody can beat the market. In the investing world, failure is a constant. Success is rare. Give yourself permission to fail.
Do listen. You will be blown away by the simple “plus, minus, equal to” concept.
Jenna Kutcher’s style of delivering makes you feel like you are conversing with a good friend.
In every episode, you are left with tangible take-aways and practical tips for business and life. She encourages being uniquely you while you handle life, business and all that happens in between.
Start with: Episode 1 – ‘Authentic Social Media Marketing’ with Jenna Kutcher
Her maiden voyage in the world of Podcasting, this episode offers a host of thought provoking insights on Social Media marketing, starting with “Your social media needs to be your handshake every time (with your audience).”
When all of us are using the same equipment, templates and resources, what makes you stand out? Join her as she explains her quest to help people find their Mac and Cheese.
Being Boss with Emily Thompson & Kathleen Shannon
A podcast on how to be a boss in life and career. When you listen to these two friendpreneurs chatting, their chemistry and conversational tone makes you feel in their presence, like they are talking with you. Their podcasts are a creative blend of entertainment and actionable tips and range from business advice to first time moms to prioritizing relationships in work and life.
Their minisodes can give you a quick glimpse into a variety of topics.
Start with: Minisode – ‘How to increase Visibility’ where they discuss the 3 C’s of Visibility.
Or Minisode – ‘Collaborating with a friend’ where they discuss advantages and pitfalls of dealing with a friend.
So grab your phone (and your ear buds), launch the podcast app and get transported to a world of inspiration and empowerment.
Share your favorite podcasts/episodes by commenting below or let us know the topics you would like to hear about and we will find the podcasts to keep you motivated.
You can’t use up creativity. The more you create, the more you have.
A Designer and Entrepreneur, Aditi graduated from a top design school and subsequently started her own design and merchandising business. Co-founder at Maroon Oak, she has over 17 years of business experience with Two Dotts, her design consulting company and an Etsy store which serves as an outlet for her gifts and patented product designs.
A mother to a teen and a tween, she enjoys running, dancing and raising her newest baby, a Bichon named Miltie.
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