Wow, friends, it’s already the middle of June. Six months into the year, and I would swear that I’ve been “on the road” since February! I’m sure many of you can relate. It seems to me that professionals are spending more and more time in the air, in their cars, on trains, busses – whatever form of transportation you use to get from A to B – traveling from one conference to another, with a brief couple of days to “catch up” in the office, or trying to squeeze in a little family time over a long weekend while also using that time for some networking opportunities with other professionals. I’ve been packing, unpacking, sleeping in hotels (not sure which floor I’m on in this particular one, to be honest), boarding trains and planes so frequently that I find myself with a lot of “idle” time on my hands where I was searching for something useful to do with myself.
Enter my Podcast app. Every iPhone comes with one (and you Android users can download the app, too) and it’s one of those apps you can’t get rid of even if you wanted to. I’m a believer in talk radio, despite my millennial upbringing. Chalk it up to parents and grandparents who hold a staunch belief that books and radio outrank television in just about every scenario. At any rate, I found myself in yet another airport attempting to connect to the “free” airport Wi-Fi and having no luck. So I closed my laptop, took out my phone, and started searching for some music to listen to. But it occurred to me that I was still “wasting” time that I could have otherwise been using to learn something or stay connected to my craft in some way.
Until recently I had subscribed to a few Podcasts for pleasure (some that I highly recommend: Radiolab, Serial, HistoryPod, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, Pop Culture Happy Hour, This American Life, Ask Me Another), but I realized, as I searched through the categories and options in the app, that there are quite literally thousands of Podcasts out there by some of my favorite marketers and business people (and plenty with whom I am not familiar) who just want to share their experiences and information… for FREE!
What has resulted over the last six months can be qualified as nothing short of Kathryn Adams: Podcast Junkie. I now subscribe to over 50 podcasts and yes, I listen to every single one of them, regularly. I’ll even go back into the archives of some of them to catch up on some bits of information I’ve missed – some of them have been “on air” for years! Can you just imagine all the content and information I have to catch up on? I’ve listed some of my favorites below for those of you interested in business related information.
I read somewhere (or maybe I heard it on a Podcast) that if we aren’t learning, we’re dying (attributed most recently to Albert Einstein). I live to learn from those around me and from the experiences, advice, and even stories of others. I encourage each of you to take some “idle” time and perhaps find a podcast that interests you and keeps you sharp.
Need some podcast suggestions? Check out some of my favorites:
- The Unpodcast
- The Art of Charm
- HBR Ideacast
- Girlboss Radio
- Jocko Podcast
- Material World
- The Entreleadership Podcast
- The Ziglar Show
- The #AskGaryVee Show
- Radiolab (admittedly this one is also for pleasure. But it’s such a great Podcast, I would be remiss not to mention it twice).
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