We, as human begins, are heavily dependent on the visual; we process the visual information way faster than all the remaining senses combined. Check this study or this book to learn more about this idea. It makes sense now why slide share websites are so successful! Instead of reading plain texts, the brain is “helped” to learn more and faster by using visual cues.
Still, you shouldn’t rely only on visual, the old saying –“don’t put all your eggs into a basket” is still valid despite its age! I want to present you a fabulous method of learning new things or sharpening the current skills. It doesn’t involve your eyes and it is highly efficient. Well, it’s not something new and revolutionary, it’s an old concept that is (still) neglected by many of us. I am talking about podcasts.
Listening to podcasts brings you tons of advantages. Here I have presented some to make you a better idea about.
The offer is generous
Are you interested in personal development or do you want to learn a second language? Luckily, there are tons of podcasts that are focused on these subjects. Practically, there are many interesting podcasts for each field. Do you prefer a bi-monthly podcast format that has 30 minutes episodes or do you want shorter ones? Don’t worry, there are types of podcasts for every kind of users.
If you are still unconvinced about the mighty power of podcasts, I strongly recommend to give a try and visit iTunes. Here is the biggest podcast collection and you have tons of options.
The podcasts are fun and informative
Frankly, I wasn’t interested in listening to podcasts until a few months ago. Right now, I am a podcast addict because I have got a lot of value from listening to them. It’s true, some of them aren’t satisfying my tastes, and I think that you will have the same problem. Anyway, by comparing the time spent on research and listening to low-quality podcasts to the value I get from my favorite podcasts I think that I have made a real bargain.
I am not sure if it is an advantage, but in my humble opinion, the fun part of a podcast is working as a magnet. Usually, the podcasters combine the personal thoughts and jokes with the brute data and information; this mix creates addiction for many subscribers (me included). What do you think, it isn’t more attractive to listen to a real person instead of reading some lines of text similar to a professional essay? Of course, it relies on each one taste, but who don’t appreciate a good joke?
The podcasts are the remedy to save time
Have you ever calculated how much time did you waste by staying in line, waiting for something/someone or travelling by bus or train? In my case, it is at least 6 hours per week. It’s much or less…I don’t know! I appreciate if you add your results to make a data backed opinion about my time management strategy.
The podcasts may be a solution to avoid wasting so much time. The huge majority of us are using a smartphone and you can store some episodes of your podcasts on it and listen to them in the above situations. On top of that, you may listen to a podcast when walking in the park, when doing the daily chores, etc.
My hope is that these advantages enticed you to pay closer attention to podcasts. In the next lines, I will showcase you some podcasts I subscribed to. I consider them as providing much value, but I am very open to your suggestions. Enjoy the list and please let me know which ones are your favorite!
My list of best podcasts for writers
The name “Smart Passive Income” doesn’t sound as a podcast for writers, isn’t it? Well, it isn’t, you are right! Still, I am sure that you will appreciate it because of the value it provides. The podcaster – Pat Flynn is a famous blogger and Internet marketer; during the episodes, he teaches the listeners to create methods of getting passive income. It’s a podcast focused on business rather writing, but there are many pieces of advice for writers.
Wrapping up, you don’t learn how to avoid grammar mistakes, but Pat Flynn and his guests will shed light on how to make more money. Pretty appealing, isn’t it?
Quick and Dirty Tips is a useful podcast not only for writers, but it is also useful for everyone. I like very much, and I am a loyal listener. In my humble opinion, the concise content and the short format of the podcast are the main features that contributed to its success. This is the perfect podcast while you are commuting – simple, useful and short!
The Creative Penn is another podcast that I don’t like to miss any episode. I was fascinated by Grant Faulkner that described how he had written 50k words in a month. His words boosted my motivation, and I think that it may work the same for you. The podcast is created around the idea of creative writing, but by listening to its episodes, you will learn about marketing, blogging, or freelancing.
Kobo Writing Life is a huge resource for writers; the podcast is a must have for any writer. You may listen to various bloggers, book writers, freelancers, editors and their insights are valuable and interesting. I subscribed to their blog – it’s filled with useful tips.
Don’t judge a book by its cover! It is the same in the case of A Little Bird Told Me podcast, its website isn’t looking great. Despite the poor design, during the episodes are shared useful tips and information. Many episodes have as topics the writing process and how to improve it, but the podcast is spiced up with episodes about freelancing, dealing with clients or marketing.
If you are a medium to expert level writer, you should know who Jeff Goins is. If you still don’t know who is, then his About Me page should help you in this regard. Until now, his podcast has more than 110 episodes, and I listened to more than 50. Frankly, I haven’t ever been disappointed by it. Consequently, I recommend listening to any episode, you will fall in love with this podcast.
Johnny, Dave, and Sean manage to create awesome episodes that help the writers pass over the inherent hurdles. Personally, I don’t like the long episodes, but it’s about personal preferences. They combine the quality information with humor and this mix is making the podcast more digestible for the listeners.
The Author Hangout is a podcast created by great writers for great writers. Definitely, each episode is packed with precious information that will help the writers to sharpen their skills. The podcast guests are top class writers and editors, therefore you have all the reasons to subscribe to this podcast.
This podcast isn’t strictly designated for writers…it’s for marketers, freelancers, and entrepreneurs. The guests are authorities in their fields, and their opinions should be taken into account. It’s on old podcast that has more than 100 episodes, and all of them are really interesting.
Fizzle Show is an entertaining podcast that is packed with awesome tips and ideas about how to grow your business. Once again, it’s not a podcast teaching you how to use the passive/active voice, but it is helpful in making money with your writing skills. I mentioned “money” and “writing” – clearly, I made you curious about, isn’t it?
These are my favorite podcasts – I have listened to them, and I guarantee for the value provided. It will be great to know your opinion about them and please let me know which one is your favorite.