Podcasts are downloadable audio and video shows on every topic imaginable, ranging from news, lifestyle, health, history and industry tips. You can subscribe through iTunes or other podcast application to have new episodes automatically updated on your listening device.
Here are 10 podcasts to get you ahead of the curve in your career and life.
Have you ever wondered what it is like to take a leap of faith and start your own business? What it is like for your family? How do you come up with a name? How do you convince people to invest in you? All this and more are covered by Alex Bloomberg in Startup. The taped conversations with friends, family, potential investors and more on his startup journey gives you an intimate insider view of the process. If you are thinking of starting your own business, this should be on top of your list.
Here’s an example:
2. Stuff Mom Never Told You
Cristen and Carolyn covers gender roles, women’s health, dating, and more from the female perspective. Some examples of topics include why women are more affected by Ebola, why are greek fraternities are part of college life, and notable women in various industries. Men are also listeners and frequently write to the show.
3. This Week in Tech
Listen to (or watch) this weekly podcast to stay up-to-date on the fast moving tech industry. The panelists are all tech luminaries and discuss the latest trends in digital technology. If you don’t have time to listen to the full show (90 to 120 minutes), you can find links to the news items on the show notes. The publisher also has a suite of other technology podcasts on security, Android, Google, coding and more. Here’s one of their videos:
4. Boagworld Web Design
This is a web design podcast that doesn’t take itself seriously. The show is hosted by Paul Boag and Marcus Lillington, veteran web professionals with their own digital agency. Listen to be entertained and learn about digital transformation and web strategy. If you are thinking of being a web designer, developer or owning a website, give it a try. Here’s one of their videos:
HackToStart is a podcast that focuses “on interesting people and the innovative ways they achieve success.” Every episode features an interview with a successful innovator, entrepreneur or someone who has done something cool. Listen and be inspired to take the first step of realizing your dream.
6. The Business of Photography
How do you make money taking photos when everyone is taking photos and expect to download them for free? This podcast will walk you through the various sides of managing a successful business. Even if you are not an aspiring photographer, there are still great business tips to be found here!
7. Career Tools
Do you want actionable steps you can take every week to move your career ahead? Look no further than Career Tools! With over 270 episodes, this show provides you with tips on job search, negotiating a raise, promotion and more. When you get promoted to a manager, you can start listening to the sister podcast – Manager Tools for more great advice.
8. TED Talks
There is an audio and video version of the podcast. The video podcast is released every weekday while the audio is released less frequently. If you need inspiration to be your best self and learn from the top thinkers, look no further. See how Oren Yakobovich help film injustice in the world’s most dangerous places, how Ben Saunders went to the South Pole, how Nancy Frates started the Ice Bucket Challenge. #dailymotivation | 10 TED talks to need you go watch right now.
9. 99% Invisible
This show talks about design, architecture and the 99% of things that are part of everyday life but invisible to us. Roman Mars will show you another side of the world you live in – and you will never look at things like a chair or a trophy the same way again. Here’s a brief interview with him:
10. The Creative Penn
If you are an aspiring writer, you should listen to The Creative Penn for advice on writing, publishing and marketing your own book. Joann Penn is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. The podcast has more than 80 hours of interviews, and even features one with Minal Hajratwala on publishing in India.
After your brain is stuffed with information, take a break with the hottest new podcast on the block. Here’s one of their videos:
Serial topped the iTunes podcast chart shortly after its debut and even spawned a spoiler special podcast from Slate.com. It is a story told week by week, created by the producers of This American Life, another top podcast and radio show. Season 1 covers the story of Adnan Syed, who was convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, in high school. He has insisted on his innocence for 15 years. Did he do it or not?
In the video below, BBC Newsnight examines the appeal of the top-rated podcast Serial and interviews its producer – Dana Chivvis.
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