Tools of the Trade: Learning by Listening to Podcasts

If you’ve been reading this series you’ve probably noticed by now that I read A LOT. and I talk about reading a lot. It’s for a good reason. I believe that we are never done learning and we are never done growing. When we decide to quit learning we are essentially giving up on ourselves and the who depend on us.

A week ago my wife gave birth to our third son. We now have three boys under four years old and despite carrying at least three books with me at all times in case I have a moment, I haven’t read a single paragraph at all in the past week. I take that back, I’ve read the same paragraph about a dozen times. My days of reading are over for a while. 

Time to improvise. Just because I can’t make the time to open a book and read, doesn’t mean I can’t learn. I just have to make better use of my in-between time. I can’t read when I’m driving in the car. I can’t read when I’m mowing the lawn. I can’t read when I’m doing work. But I can listen.

Podcasts have been around for quite a while and the medium has had it’s ups and downs but good podcasts have thrived. “A podcast is a program (as of music or talk) made available in digital format for automatic download over the Internet.” It’s safe to assume that everyone that’s reading this probably has a smart phone. If you are on iPhone then you can use the built in Podcast app. On Android, you might have to dig around to find one you like but in April, Google Play Music announced that they were jumping back into the podcast game so I recommend you start there.

Setting up the proper tool for retrieving and listening to your podcast subscriptions is actually the easy part. Finding the right Podcasts is the hard part so here are just a few that I recommend. These are Business and Leadership focused but you could find plenty of other topic podcasts with a quick Google search.

The Tim Ferriss Show 
The Tim Ferriss Show is generally the #1 business podcast on all of iTunes, and it’s been ranked #1 (of all podcasts) on many occasions.  It was also selected as iTunes’ “Best of 2014” and “Best of 2015.” Tim Ferriss is a self-experimenter and bestselling author, best known for The 4-Hour Workweek, which has been translated into 40+ languages. Newsweek calls him “the world’s best human guinea pig,” and The New York Times calls him “a cross between Jack Welch and a Buddhist monk.” In this show, he deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, chess, pro sports, etc.), digging deep to find the tools, tactics, and tricks that listeners can use.

Dose of Leadership with Richard Rierson | Authentic & Courageous Leadership Development.
The Dose of Leadership Podcast is the ultimate leadership resource of inspiring and educational interviews with relevant and motivating leaders; real-life leadership & influence experts who dedicate their lives to the pursuit of the truth, common sense, and courageous leadership. The podcast interviews leaders from all aspects of life; business leaders, entrepreneurs, authors, speakers, military heroes, faith based leaders—all are highlighted on the Dose of Leadership Podcast.

“With every episode, Rocketship.FM brings you an interview with a startup founder who’s built a successful company. A great podcast with solid leadership insights.

Off The Charts Business Podcast with Nathalie Lussier
Business strategist and digital visionary Nathalie Lussier is an award-winning entrepreneur who inspires you to re-imagine what’s possible in your business with each episode. Nathalie’s topics range from tech tools to grow your business and book reviews that you take action on in both your personal life and your company. My favorite thing about this podcast is that each episode is five minutes long so I can fit these in all over my day.

If you have a favorite podcast, I’d love to hear about it. I’d even like to add it to our list here. Just email me at gsykes@wetrichgroup.com.