A Sneak Peek at the Podcasts I Love

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by Kimberly on April 29, 2010 · 5 comments

My friend Michelle Erfurt posted the following on Facebook this week:

Kimberly, have you done a blog post listing the podcasts you listen to? If so, will you help me find it? If not, will you write one? 🙂

Michelle–I would love to!

I loooove listening to podcasts. And audiobooks. I listen to them primarily when I work out and when I drive. This means I can get anywhere from 30 minutes to 1.5 hours of “reading” done in a day!

Here’s what’s currently on my podcast list (in no particular order):

  • Grammar Girl Quick & Dirty Tips for Better Writing: Grammar is really cool! And the Grammar Girl provides grammar tips in a fun, historical, and relevant way. She’s already influenced my writing style!
  • (Blog Talk Radio) For Immediate Release: The Hobson and Holtz Report: Hobson and Holtz cover topics related to communications, either online (e.g. email newsletters) or within organizations. Their shows are typically longer (about an hour or so) and they often have guests join them.
  • (Blog Talk Radio) The Music Therapy Show with Janice Harris: Janice started the first music therapy podcast a couple years ago. She frequently has guests on her show and covers everything from self-care to music therapy techniques.
  • Diary of a Shameless Self-Promoter: This smart, sometimes sassy, woman offers marketing tips and ideas. She doesn’t post new episodes regularly, but they’re always good when she does!
  • Get-It-Done Guy’s Quick & Dirty Tips to Work Less and Do More: This guy is funny, nerdy, goofy, and likes oreo ice cream cake. And he offers great tips on productivity and organizing your life.
  • Internet Business Mastery Academy: I love these guys. They always provide valuable information (always!) and are passionate about what they do. Additionally, the format of this podcast provided the inspiration for the format of the Music Therapy Round Table podcast.
  • Music Therapy Round Table: I listen to my own podcast not because I’m vain, but to make sure it works and to analyze it for ways we can improve it. I know…I’m a nerd.
  • NPR: On Science: I love science. Most of the information they share, though interesting, is not relevant to me. But every once in while they share a story that truly helps me professionally.
  • NPR: Science Friday with Ira Flatow: Ira Flatow has done this show for years. He interviews researchers, authors, and other science professionals. I always learn something new and it’s always interesting
  • The Public Speaker’s Quick & Dirty Tips to Improve Your Communication Skills: This podcast isn’t just about public speaking, but about how to communicate your ideas. Whether communicating with a colleague or speaking in front of hundreds, the host Lisa B. Marshall knows what she’s talking about.
  • Songs for Music Therapy: Wade Richards, a music therapist in New York, provides the only other music therapy podcast I know of. And, yes, I follow him, too! Wade shares really cool songs and intervention ideas he writes and creates.

As an aside, I also enjoy listening to audiobooks. I currently subscribe to Audible. The monthly fee (which, at $15, is quite low) pays for about one book a month, or 8 hours of “reading.” I’m about to start The Philosophical Baby, which delves into the minds of babies and how understanding them will help us understand ourselves. I can’t wait!

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One last quick tip: if you own an iPhone (and probably an iPod, too), there’s a feature that allows you to listen to podcasts twice as fast (not audiobooks, though). There’s a little circle with a “1x” on the upper right side of the screen. Tap it to adjust to “2x” (or twice as fast). Tap again to adjust to “1/2x” (or twice as slow). I find the faster speed more enjoyable to listen to.

Now tell me…what’s on YOUR podcast list that you’d recommend?

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Lisa B. Marshall / The Public Speaker April 29, 2010 at 7:56 pm

thanks for the plug. I’m curious…do you listen to my show at a faster speed too? I often slow down my speaking rate on purpose. Maybe I should just let if fly! What do you think?

Kimberly May 1, 2010 at 4:57 pm

Hello Lisa! Yes–I listen to all my podcasts at a faster speed. But my husband doesn’t like to. So I’d say keep talking like you do–it works! As an aside–thank you for all the great tips and suggestions you provide on your podcast! It’s made a difference in my work. 🙂 ~Kimberly

Michelle Erfurt May 3, 2010 at 7:38 am

Thanks Kimberly!

I listen to our ‘Round Table’ podcasts too. This is because I AM vain, and I learn how my public speaking sounds (literally!)

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