You can listen at a time that works for you—while you’re in the car, at the gym, doing dishes, or folding laundry. These audio files allow for multitasking (to a point, anyway), and I’m a fan of that.
Whether for professional development or simply for your own enjoyment, podcasts are a great way to learn something new and grow in your understanding. They can also be a great avenue for discovering new resources. On numerous occasions, podcast hosts or guests have pointed me in the direction of helpful books (see my Amazon online shopping cart for confirmation on this one), blogs, and even other podcasts.
Interested in a specific content area? Podcast apps have categories to browse and, of course, a search function. If you’re looking for a place to find and organize podcasts, a.k.a. a “podcatcher,” Digital Trends has some helpful suggestions.
Stories and conversation have opportunity to unfold in podcasts. Some podcasts take on a “talk show” format, as hosts and guests discuss a variety of topics. Others engage the listener in a narrative harkening back to the days of radio dramas.
Podcasts can also be great resources to share through a congregation’s communication outlets to nurture and equip members. Take these as a starting point:
As you can see, podcasts have the potential to educate, encourage, challenge, and entertain. There are those that enrich understanding and give us cause to see things in a new light. I tend to gravitate toward series discussing theology, culture, and communication, and I appreciate their ability to turn my office into a classroom or let me in on a conversation among friends. Word-of-mouth (or of Twitter) recommendations seem to be a driving force in building podcast audiences, so as a listener, ask your family, friends, and colleagues what they tune in to and don’t be afraid to share what you’ve found helpful!
Now it’s your turn! We want to know, what are your go-to podcasts?
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