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Are you looking for an easy way to learn new things and to get inspired? Of course you can go to a network event, follow a course or read a book. This article is about another easy and fun way to achieve this without having to leave the house.
I recently rediscovered the Podcast. They have been around since 2004 and cover many topics, fields, and industries. They are available on different platforms like iTunes, Stitcher, Overcast or SoundCloud. New podcasts are published frequently and you can stream or download them to listen at your own convenience. Like radio stations, there are so many of them and often it’s hard to find something really interesting.
To save you some time and to introduce you to the world of Podcasts, I am giving you my list of the Podcasts I listen to. The list is not in a particular order and some Podcasts are in Dutch and others in English.
The Productivity Show by Asian Efficiency
This Podcast is in English and gives you a ton of tools how to be more productive and focused in life. Yes, not only in business but also for doing shopping, in your relationships or any chores you have to do. The show is about time management and getting things done (GTD). Mike and Than host this show and they invite a different guest every week. The episodes are 30 to 60 minutes long. Recommended when you want more tools on how to be more productive!
The Charged Life with Brendon Burchard
Brendon Burchard is an American coach, trainer and speaker and shares his tools to perform better to be more successful in life. “The Charged Life” falls in the category “self-help” and lasts from 10 minutes up to an hour. Brendon’s show is packed with strategies to live a “Charged Life” and new episodes are available about 3 times per month.
The SUCCESS insider Podcast is an English weekly Podcast in English and the episodes are interviews with prominent thinkers and leaders on business and creativity. The show is packed with information but presented in a way for the listener to take immediate action. They have wonderful guests like Tony Robbins (see below) and Mike Harris (see Below). The only downside is that the hosts take a lot of time to talk about themselves and to reflect. This takes away the focus. The episodes are 1 minute(!) to 30 minutes long so ideal to get a quick doses of motivation or insights.
This Dutch Podcast is hosted by Jelle Drijver (a.k.a. Mr. Podcast) and cover news, trends, tips and tricks on social media, (online) marketing and communication. He interviews his guests on site (at events) or in his studio. The guests are mostly entrepreneurs who explain how they work with social media and user experience of their services. New episodes are available about once or twice a month and last from 10 to 45 minutes. Great information on new trends in the world of new media.
The James Altucher Show
The English Podcasts from James Altucher normally last for one hour per week and he interviews entrepreneurs and fellow writers on the challenges of starting and running a business and having the right mindset. His podcasts are more philosophical. While listening you have the feeling that you’re sitting with James and his guest at a table drinking coffee and having an intimate conversation.
The Tim Ferriss Show
Tim Ferris is the Author of the “Four Hour Workweek” and has been podcasting for a very long time (to avoid writing another book he recently confessed). His English podcasts are a great resource to give you tactics, tools, and routines to be more effective, successful and happy in life. He gets this information by interviewing top business owners, talk show hosts, trainers, entrepreneurs and coaches. His Podcasts last up to two hours(!) but include commercials.
The Tony Robbins Podcast
Tony Robbins is a top trainer, speaker and coach in business and leading a successful happy life. One of his messages is to take responsibility of your own life and to take action. His monthly English Podcast is about 30 to 90 minutes and is often part of one of his talks or trainings. The podcast is moderated to introduce him. What I like about this Podcast is that it contains Tony’s own unique material in the field of self-help, motivation, getting things you want, relationships and the power of forgiveness. Sometimes he interviews someone else but this often ends up in an inspiring conversation.
100% Inspiratie Podcast
This Dutch Podcast is hosted by Thijs Lindhout where he interviews successful Dutch entrepreneurs, artists, creatives, trainers and sportsmen. He promises to give you 100% inspiration and he delivers by interviewing his guests in such a fun way that you’re really on the tip of your chair to get more information, tools and tricks of his guests in order to thrive in life. Thijs Lindhout is a theater man, speaker, an entrepreneur and a drummer. His podcasts are about an hour to an hour and a half in length.
Tell Me Something I Don’t know (TMSIDK)
This English Podcast falls in the category “entertainment”. It’s a live event podcast presented by Stephen J. Dubner, author of the Freaknomics book series. In this show he invites guests to tell a jury something they don’t know. This can be a historical fact, an observation in Nature or an unknown habit of some creature (including the human). The IDK must be of some use to know and are fact-checked. This results in some absurd and obscure stories but sometimes the facts prove wrong….! The episodes last for about an hour, have commercials and gives you the opportunity to learn new things while being entertained.
And there will be a new Podcast…
The Engineer Podcast
I’ve been searching the web for this one and I couldn’t find it. There are some Podcasts in the field of engineering but they are very detailed and have a very narrow target audience since the subject is very specific. That’s why I am creating The Engineer Podcast as of January 2017. A Podcast for and by engineers in Dutch or English. The goal is to help engineers with their career with insights from other engineers (lessons learned), to motivate, to inspire and to give support in living a successful and joyful life. Perhaps i twill also inspire young people to study engineering. I will interview each month an engineer (or architect) from different fields worldwide.
What are your favorite Podcasts and what do you think of the Podcasts on my list? Let me know in the comment box below. I am looking forward reading from you!
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Hey Freek, to get motivated to eat the right food and care for my body I love to listen to weight and wellness podcasts. They have wonderful topics on any health situation. This week I discovered Hayhouse Radio podcast by Louise Hay and I found out it is a wonderful source for me to get motivated in positive thinking and love life. Thanks for your wonderful collection of podcast. Best wishes, Sandra
Dear Sandra, THANK YOU for your comment! I am glad my list can be of help to you. Weight and wellness is not my field but I once followed an audio course by Mimi Guarneri. It was an eye opener for me in the field of medicine, health and wellbeing. She doesn’t have a Podcast herself but she features on many shows. Here’s one: http://www.naturalmedicinejournal.com/journal/2016-08/pioneering-new-model-care-interview-mimi-guarneri-md-facc-abihm. I will listen to it on one of my next travels! Warm regards, Freek
I am discovering new podcast shows and sharing them with you in this thread. Here’s one (not only for)engineers on how to solve happy. The story surely touched me. Enjoy!