Do you listen to podcasts? Over the past six or so years, I have listened to well over 500 audiobooks. The subjects include business, religion, history, self-help, finance, and a whole lot more. No matter how many I listened to, there were always more. Audio books tend to be very polished and often slow to be released to the public.
Podcasts, on the other hand, vary in quality. The barrier for entry into the world of podcasting can be low as using the built-in microphone on your laptop but often is a $30 headset and free software. Since it is so easy to start podcasting, the value of a podcast is in the content. If you have great content, audio quality can be overlooked.
Most of the popular podcasts have been around for a while and they both have great content and great audio quality. Here are a few of my favorite podcasts and why they are my favorites:
48 Days Podcast
Dan Miller does a great job with the 48 Days Podcast helping listeners find meaningful work. Sometimes this work is a job but he mostly advocates self-employment. Even if you can’t quit your job, he encourages you to start something on the side. It is very rare that you can be completely fulfilled by working for someone else which is why self-employment is a main focus of this podcast. I sent in a question that Dan answered on a podcast that really changed my direction when it came to self-employment.
Free Agent Underground Show
Kevin Miller (Dan Miller’s son) focuses on helping people start their own businesses. For me personally, I started with the 48 Days Podcast which really convinced me that I needed to find my calling and passion in life and explore self-employment. To do that, I started listening to the Free Agent Underground Show and eventually joined the Free Agent Academy. It was an amazing experience and I highly recommend the FAA for anyone even slightly interested in self-employment or just wanting to learn about themselves.
In some of the earlier episodes of the Free Agent Underground Show I learned about Justin Lukasavige. His tagline for the CoachRadio.tv Podcast is “Helping you do business better” and the podcast does just that. He interviews entrepreneurs, gives great business advice, and answers user submitted questions. Justin give great advice on his podcast as well as on his blog. I am currently working through the archives and I am up to episode 150 (of about 200 or so) with two new episodes being added each week.
Podcasts are a great way to get information in more of an informal way. There are many to choose from so listen to several until you find what suits your personality and provides the information you are looking for. Have a favorite already? Leave a comment and let me know.