In 2011, Iâ€™ve started actively listening to iTunes podcasts and absolutely love them. My favorite time to listen is while I travel. Whether itâ€™s while driving, flying or anywhere else on the go, theyâ€™re perfect for passing the time and learning something along the way. Podcasts make me feel productive and Iâ€™m able to learn or laugh depending on the type of podcast I am listening to. This is the best thing about podcasts available on iTunes: they donâ€™t cost anything. Theyâ€™re free to download!
Podcasts are a great way to hear expertsâ€™ thoughts around specific topics and the easiest way to find a good one is searching by area of interest. The majority of the time, anything you look up successfully yields a related podcast. Some podcasts are more focused while some are there just to give you a good laugh.
One of the most time-consuming aspects of listening to podcasts is trying out different ones to see which podcasts fit your personality, preferred length and style. Each podcast can have a different feel, and it takes some time to weed out the bad ones from the good ones.
Below I have weeded out a few of my favorites for social media and technology.
â€¢ Sundog: The Podcast (Of course, I had to put a plug in for our podcast!)
â€¢ Twig: This Week in Google
â€¢ This Week in Social Media
â€¢ BTR: Social Geek Radio: Blog Talk Radio
â€¢ Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders
â€¢ TedTalks: Ideas Worth Spreading
Podcasts are also great because youâ€™re able to listen to them when it fits your schedule whether itâ€™s an hour to kill or a 20-minute car ride. They can also be saved, so if you want to listen to one in a year, you can! Podcasts can also be transferred anywhere your iTunes lives.
Podcasts are here to stay and if you havenâ€™t tried listening to one, youâ€™re missing out on one of the best sources of learning in your area of interest.