I love podcasts. And as I often commute from the Yarra Valley into Melbourne, I love the time I have in the car where I can listen to inspiring business owners or experts talk about what they’re passionate about. It’s dedicated “me time” and I almost always learn something useful that I can apply to my business or life.
When I discover a new podcast, I typically go back and listen to a selection of previous episodes to see if they appeal to me. If they do, I will listen to most of the “back catalog”. And chances are that I’ll subscribe and become a dedicated fan.
Then there are other podcasts that I’ll dip into and “cherry pick” certain episodes based on their description.
So here are the podcasts I’m loving right now:
1. Amy Porterfield’s Online Marketing Made Easy podcast
Amy packs her podcasts with information, regardless of whether she is interviewing a guest or simply riffing on her own.
I have to admit, I had previously subscribed to Amy’s blog/newsletter and found that her messages did not resonate with me through these channels. So I was was dubious about whether I would find her podcasts appealing.
I have to say: I have been blown away. (And it takes a lot for more to say that.)
Amy’s carved a niche as an expert in Facebook marketing. However, her podcast takes a broader look at online marketing.
I’ve been really impressed with Amy’s podcasts and, as a result, was really keen to go to her keynote session at the Problogger Training Event. Alas, the session I spoke at was scheduled at the same time – so I didn’t get to see her keynote! Fortunately, I chatted to Amy at the speakers’ dinner. The woman is authentic, generous and full of information.
I find myself constantly checking my podcasts on my iPhone like crack addict, hanging out for the next one to be released.
2. Natalie Sisson’s The Suitcase Entrepreneur
Listening to these podcasts is like eavesdropping on the girl next door interviewing people she admires.
Some guests are high achievers who have had great success. Others are less experienced. Unlike many podcasters who adopt a rapid-fire, radio talk-show-style approach, Natalie is far more muted and laid back. It’s a refreshing respite listening to Natalie when you’re used to being shouted at by some of the more in-your-face (and often male) podcasters out there.
You can tell that she loves sharing her knowledge.
You know how you have those girlfriends who go to the latest spas, or try out the latest restaurants JUST before you do. That’s Natalie. So listening to her podcasts is like catching up for coffee with a girlfriend who has just experimented with stuff you’re interested in trying. But her world is tools, ideas and strategies associated with being location independent and running a business online.
She might not be the world’s leading expert in a tool or product, but she probably knows just that little bit more than you do. So listening to her will probably save you time finding or experimenting with these tools yourself!
The woman is simply … likeable.
3. Chris Ducker’s The New Business podcast
Chris is a Brit based out of the Philippines where he runs an outsourcing business. Chris has been doing this podcast for about a year and interviews some big names in the world of marketing and entrepreneurship.
I cherry pick these podcasts, only downloading the ones that appeal to me (which is quite a number of them).
If you can handle Chris’s … ummmm … slightly odd sense of humour (I try to ignore it), these are pretty good podcasts where you’ll learn about trends in the world of entrepreneurship and pick up ideas on other smart people you might like to follow.
Which podcasts do you love listening to?