Podcasting has been around for almost a decade, but is still unfamiliar to many people. According to Wikipedia, Podcasts offer individuals a personalized way to listen and/or watch programs they find interesting. Using most any mobile device, you can listen for learning or entertainment. The best hosts provide some of both.
There are several ways to benefit from your favorite Podisodes:
- You can multi-task by learning while doing something else. Many listen while exercising, driving, working, walking, cleaning, traveling, or playing.
- Different from an old-fashioned radio station, rewinds and playbacks enable you to catch something you almost miss.
- Deeper learning takes place when you re-hear a message, with podcasts, you can pick up pieces you overlooked previously.
- With today’s light and lean mobile devices, you can take your Podisodes with you wherever you go.
- While waiting to see the doctor, or in the checkout line, transform your thinking from boring to brilliant through a great podcast.
But how do you get started, if you don’t know how to find Podcasts? These days, there are numerous ways to connect. About.com offer the most basic of instructions.
The next step is to choose a Podcatcher, where you can collect and play your favorite Podisodes. You can choose from: iTunes, Stitcher, Juice, Downcast, Podcruncher, TuneIn Radio, SoundCloud, plus many, many more. (I personally use Stitcher and iTunes, apparently so do a few others by the looks of their Facebook likes.)
Now to find the kind of program you prefer. As co-host of Engaging Life and Leadership with Darren Dake, I know at last count we were reaching 17 countries. So how did these people find us?
- Some through word of mouth as family and friends told them about our program.
- Others by social media posts.
- But most found us by searching for Podcasts that promised relevant information on topics about everyday life issues and support for those in leadership roles. (Which by the way is most of us. Whether we have a title of leader or not, odds are, we are leading someone, whether it’s our children, our spouses, other family members, friends, co-workers, or mentoring someone younger.)
You can find the content you are most interested in by Googling or searching your podcatcher platform like this: podcasts on leadership, podcasts on life issues, funny podcasts, marriage podcasts, health podcasts. You get the idea.
After you find a Podcast you like best, there’s one more important step to take. Write a review for them on iTunes, and give them the appropriate amount of stars to rate their effectiveness. Most podcasters get nothing in return for the time, energy, and resources they invest to share their messages. And there’s nothing worse than hearing crickets when you’ve put your heart and soul into doing something you hope will help others.
If the silence rings too loudly, your favorite Podcaster may give up, and you may miss out on future programs that could change your life. Here’s how to show your support:
Anita Fresh Faith
Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business and Inspirational Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Productivity Expert, Certified Training Facilitator, Communications Specialist, and national speaker. Anita is also the author of, First Hired, Last Fired — How to Become Irreplaceable in Any Job Market. Now available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books a Million, Lifeway, Christianbook.com, plus many fine stores, Christian and otherwise.
She’s a partner in The Zenith Zone, a business coaching firm. Member of the Christian Writer’s Guild, Toastmasters, and a client of WordServe Literary Group. A graduate of CLASSeminars for Leaders, Speakers, and Authors, a co-founder of The StoryWriting Studio, and speaker on circuit for Stonecroft International Ministries. Anita co-hosts a weekly podcast, Engaging Life and Leadership with Darren Dake, available on iTunes, Stitcher, and other podcast platforms.
Anita is passionate about business with integrity, healthy relationships, and issues of identity. She travels the country teaching others from her personal experiences and research. She believes it’s never too late for a fresh start with fresh faith.
Her favorite past time is lounging by a river or lake in Missouri, laughing with with her husband of thirty years, Ricky.