I don’t know about you, but I’m always up for a good podcast. Whether I’m stuck in a long commute, or walking across campus between meetings, I’m listening to something. I alternate between music, podcasts, and audiobooks.
In my opinion, podcasts are where it’s at. They’re entertaining, informative, motivating, and not necessarily a huge time commitment like an audiobook can be. They can range from 5 minute quick tips to hour long discussions and “lessons”.
So here’s what I’m listening to to keep my brain working and get motivated at work, at home, and in my personal relationships. Whatever mood you’re in, there’s something out there for you. And don’t be afraid to hit he “subscribe” button for your favorites so you don’t miss a beat!
Social Media Marketing
Social Media Marketing with Michael Stelzner
This is the podcast that got me into podcasts. I owe all my audio professional development to this collection of awesomeness. Michael interviews other experts in the field of social media each week and they teach us about insider strategies for allowing your business to succeed through social media marketing. Topics range from business storytelling, to selling online, to paid ads and algorithms. And sometimes they start out the show with a quick tip for how to do something within an app, especially if an app updates their look and feel. It’s well worth a listen.
Online Marketing Made Easy with Amy Porterfield
I’d be remiss if I didn’t add Amy to this list. She lays down the truth, just as she claims in her intro in episode #160, on the good, the bad, and the ugly about building your brand. She helps you in all aspects of building your brand, not just online marketing. Some of her recent topics include avoiding FOMO in your business, where you should spend money in online marketing, how to hire a project manager, and a behind the scenes look at her website redesign. Her approach is clean and simple, and will help your brand in the long run!
Social Pros Podcast with Jay Baer & Adam Brown
I’m a big fan of Jay Baer. I follow him on all social media platforms and have a few of his books. In his interviews (with experts in the field), he focuses more on HOW people and companies are using social media strategies, rather than how-to’s within the platforms specifically. The real-life examples from him and his guests provide evidence that he know’s what he’s talking about, and his content works for both small start-ups to mega corporations.
Lifestyle & Motivation
The Chalene Show by Chalene Johnson
If you don’t know who Chalene Johnson is, you’re missing out big time. If you just need someone to put a little pep back in your step (both at work and at home), she’s your girl. Chalene discusses steps and resources to lead a more healthy life by channeling energy, organization, and focus in all aspects of your life. Listen to her for just 15 minutes, and if you can’t claim that she didn’t pump you up and and put you in a better mood, leave me a comment below…because this girl’s got game.
Criminal is a guilty pleasure of mine. The podcasts are a quick 20-30 minute listen covering “odd” crimes. Sometimes it’s interviewing a random bystander who helped solve a murder case, people who have faked their own death, or the 4 hippie guys in California who inadvertently started the catchphrase “420”. They’re all true stories, and many of them have a historical component to them. You’ll probably rock your next trivia night after listening to this podcast.
Anna Faris is Unqualified by Anna Faris
Ever want to know the down-and-dirty stuff about the “fabulous” lives of celebrities? Here’s a winner for you. Anna interviews super fun celebrities including Kristin Chenoweth, Allison Janney, Johnny Galecki, Chelsea Handler, and Shaq (to name-drop a few) and they talk about anything and everything. They put a hilarious spin on life, Hollywood, and the not-so-great things we deal with. If you want a good laugh, and can handle unfiltered celebrity truth bombs, you’re in for a treat.