Long gone are the days you would record the weekly Top 40 radio charts on a cassette player to listen to in the car. Or download and 'burn' your favourite songs to a CD for carrying in the CD walkman. Now we are the owner and operator of our very own virtual library. Smartphones have become commonplace, almost an extension of the human body to the untrained eye!! More than just a phone, they keep us connected worldwide through social media, keep us up to date with current events, provide real time traffic and weather reports, sets reminders for upcoming tasks and to-do's, keeps a personal calendar, plays music, games, provides entertainment, among a multitude of other things.
In recent years you have no doubt heard the term 'Podcast', as it has gained significant traction and momentum. In essence, a Podcast is an audio show and can cover a broad range of topics. More and more people have taken to Podcasting as a way to share content, express ideas, provide news, deliver an audio series, or target a niche market. Lets just say that there is something for everyone. But where do you start?
Well, firstly your smartphone will have its own podcast app. From within that you can search for content, topics, and categories to find which audio candy you are interested in. You can download individual shows, or subscribe to the channel and have new episodes automatically download. (Tip: download using Wifi to save using your Data plan)
Now here's what's cool. I am under no illusions, that like me, you are possibly very busy and have little to no time for reading books, taking courses, catching up on the latest news, or any form of personal development. With busier work weeks, a packed social calendar, meals to make, laundry to do, kids to chase around, where does the time come from?
Tune into podcasts during the morning commute, while at the gym, during lunch break, while cooking, folding laundry, running errands, or waiting for the school bus to arrive. Pop in the headphones and tap into a world of inspiration, information, comedy, mindfulness, confidence-boosting content, and self development tools. Grow during the mundane and monotonous moments of the day and find that by utilizing your time effectively you will free up your mind and nourish your soul.
There is any amount of quality podcasts available to you depending on your own wants and desires. Explore for yourself and enrich your mind. Sometimes a good podcast can brighten even the darkest of days! Having found and added Podcasts as part of my daily routine, let me share some of my current faves: Rich Roll Podcast, The mindbodygreen Podcast, The GaryVee Audio Experience, Network Marketing Pro, The Art of Charm, The Tony Robbins Podcast, Ted Talks, and The School of Greatness.
So if you haven't already, go check your smartphone and locate the Podcast app. Deep dive into what gets you excited, what you are passionate in, what inspires you, or simply what will provide some escapism. Explore, enjoy, and take your audio experience to a whole new level.