Katy Munson already took us through how podcasts make consuming content simpler than ever before.
When I began listening to podcasts, I tried a bunch of different sources. I’d recommed the same approach to you. Browse through and select 10 podcasts that look interesting to you. Then start listening. In the car, on the plane, at your desk. Wherever, whenever.
I try to diversify what I listen to in order to push myself to think differently: about communications, about work, about relationships, about the world around me.
Find the trusted voices, the ones that make your brain hurt in a good way. For me, I had to cut out a few of my favorite marketing blogs. They were just throwing the kitchen sink at me. It wasn’t helping.
Here’s what I did instead. I trimmed my trusted voices to about 5.
Here’s my list of trusted voices. Your list may/will/should look different.
Tim’s episodes bring in brilliant minds from all walks of life: Seth Godin in marketing, Mike Rowe on life lessons, Kevin Costner on building a career, athletes who defy death, wine experts, comic strip writers, etc.
Put simply, each episode throws a big ol’ watermelon of knowledge straight into my face. If we’re honest, we need that in our life. He is my favorite curator of the productive, creative, efficient, and challenging experiences.
Tim’s interview with Seth Godin. It’s two hours of two great minds just relaxed and flowing, and I loved it.
Warning: some vulgarity may intermix into his podcasts; you’ve been warned.
Pat makes his living by exploring new ways to develop recurring revenue. He tests ideas, fails a lot, but ultimately has found success in building a random assortment of online businesses. Now he’s sharing his knowledge with all of us. Pat’s knowledge is delivered in the form of books, blogs, and best of all, podcasts.
Pat is another guy who strives to bring the best brains to the table to share their knowledge with us.
He talks about startups and marketing. He brings in experts on content marketing, community building, a dash of self-improvement, and honing your strategic efforts to do more with less.
Hard to choose one, but I really enjoyed his talk with Neil Patel on content marketing. Pat also walks the talk and posts his income reports on his website. Proof that his concepts work are all right there. Plus, you’ll learn from great minds in the process.
Seth Godin is a brilliant marketer, blunt in his advice, but loveable in his passion for his craft. Startup School is a must-listen for anyone looking to launch a new anything: business, app, book, church, ministry, etc., etc. You’ll glean a lot from his instruction and be able to apply the concepts in the weeks and months ahead. I can’t wait to go through it again.
You have to listen to this podcast series from start to finish to get the most out of it.
It’s calm, cool, and collected. In a refined manner, it approaches team dynamics, strategic decision-making, and a host of other business-management topics. You’ll leave each episode thinking, “Well, I hadn’t thought about that aspect before.” It’ll help you develop into a better leader.
#517: How to Say No to More Work. Why? It’s critical we learn to say no more often. Multitasking isn’t a thing—check the science. And I believe focused energy increases the likelihood of breakthrough innovation.
You’ll be able to apply tactics immediately. You’ll even feel emboldened to try things like social media contests and Facebook Live.
Each episode feels like they’re reading a blog post, which I actually don’t mind—I can get my need for conversation by listening to the shows mentioned above. I also prefer absorbing information by listening, because it’s hard to skim ahead in this medium.
20+ Social Media Hacks and Tips From the Pros. 8 minutes of quick tips—what’s not to like?
Also, here are some church communication podcasts worth a solid shot.
Darrel is a practitioner; he’s actually out there doing the work of church communication.
#49: Building a Digital Content Strategy. I just love hearing people talk about this stuff. Without a doubt, you’ll get at least one gem out of this 18-minute episode.
I can’t wait to dive into this show. The show hosts are Nils Smith and Jay Kranda, both experienced in building online communities. Nils, innovation pastor at Community Bible Church in San Antonio, Texas, has led the online ministry to reach over 15,000 people each week. Jay serves as online campus pastor for Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA. The online service is critical to Saddleback’s vision and, with over 20,000 online campus visitors each week, Jay has learned a lot about what it takes to build and manage community online.
These guys live and breathe online community building. I’m sure there are several takeaways in each episode.
I’ve only listened in on the Snapchat related episodes, but I love their insight. One you may enjoy? I often get asked for resources on social media volunteers. This could be your ticket: “Volunteer Guidelines for a Social Media Ministry: Episode 132”
Those are my trusted voices and a few bookmarked podcasts thrown in for future listening.
What are your go-to podcasts for professional and personal growth? Which podcasts help you in your work as a church communicator?
Make it easy on me and include one or two of your favorite episodes from their series. I will literally listen to your suggestions. :-) Thanks!
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