3 Reasons Podcasts Are for You

Perhaps I’m slow on the uptake, but I just recently learned about podcasts. For those of you that are in my boat, a podcast is a series of audio files that a user (you and me!) can listen to. Most of the time the files are uploaded in “episodes,” sort of like a TV show, but without the visuals.

At first I wasn’t very fond of the idea of podcasts, because I thought it would be (1) boring without the visuals, and (2) hard to get other things done if I was spending time listening to audio. However, I quickly learned that both of my concerns weren’t a problem. 

After listening to multiple episodes and deciding what length of time I wanted to spend on each episode (20 minutes per episode is about perfect), I decided that podcasts can be really useful for personal and professional development. Here’s why:

They’re convenient.

I spend a lot of time on trains because my university and job are in the city. Let me tell you, podcasts are fantastic for transportation! They can be downloaded before you leave the house, so you won’t need to be connected to WiFi or data. I personally use a free app called CastBox, which allows free downloads and has just about anything you’d ever want to listen to. I know many people that use Audible as well, and they say really great things. Podcasts are also great for multitasking. I was able to get quite a bit of work done while listening (mostly repetitive tasks like data entry, but still!), and it made the work deem less mundane.

 

Inspiration and Motivation.

Although podcasts are edited, they’re more raw than other types of media. With our blog posts, we get the chance to edit as much as we want, and disguise some of our vulnerability if we want to. With podcasts, it’s a little different. They do have the chance to cut things and edit a bit, but it’s their voice that they’re putting into the world, and that takes guts. There isn’t as much room for misinterpretation because you can physically hear the emotion the producer is trying to portray and visualize the scenes they’re describing.

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So far, one of the most powerful things I’ve gained from listening to podcasts is that people have different experiences and views that we can learn from and gain hope from. For example, hearing that someone else started out from where you are right now and made something of themselves is inspiring! It helps us recognize that we can forge our own paths. Find someone who’s story speaks to you, and learn from their experiences.

Good for Your Mind and Body.

How much time do you spend sitting in front of a screen? My guess is, like most of us, you spend too much. Podcasts are a welcome break from screens, and open up a new way of gaining valuable information without straining your eyes. Also, podcasts are extremely portable since they’re right on your phone. Go for a walk or run while listening to a couple episodes to rejuvenate.

They also make you think. You’re sitting there listening to someone else’s perspective for at least 20 minutes… You will naturally make judgments and form opinions of your own. Spend time evaluating those opinions and judgments; why do you think that way?

Goal.

I’ve decided that every week I’m going to listen to a podcast series while on the train to work. I’ll try to post a review every Sunday evening (starting next week). I’m going to start with a podcast called Millennial by Megan Tan, which is a pretty popular one, from what I’ve researched. 

Alright, Professional Guys and Gals… I want to hear from you. Do you listen to podcasts? Which podcasts are your favorite? Do you find them beneficial?

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52 thoughts on “3 Reasons Podcasts Are for You

    1. I completely understand that! I think podcasts are great because they allow you to learn something and better yourself in times when there’s not much else your brain could be doing!

      1. I do! I love a lot of different stuff. GirlBoss, The New Activist, The Homecoming, S-Town, For The Love with Jen Hatmaker, Atlanta Monster, In The Dark, Bulletproof Radio, Balanced Bites, Pop Culture Happy Hour. HAHA. you probably didn’t want that many 🤷🏻‍♀️ what about you?

  1. I love podcasts too! I was introduced to them a little over a year ago and they have change my perspective on life and helped me develop so much as a person. I love the convenience of them! Like you said, on the way to work or doing data entry. They’re such a perfect resource to gain useful everyday information that is so inspiring! Thank you for sharing Millennial, I just downloaded it now! 🙂 I listen to a few different podcasts but my favorite this past year has been, One Extraordinary Marriage, it provides relationship advice in a very honest way. Happy Podcasting!

    1. Thank you so much for the podcast suggestion and the insightful comment! Do you have any other podcasts you love? I think it’s so great that people are using podcasts to promote personal development. It’s such a unique way to learn and grow.

      1. I completely agree! A few others I really like are Pick The Brain, The Life Coach School, Organize 365 and Marriage More. So many to choose from!

  2. I really enjoyed this read and love how podcast are becoming popular by the minute. I have a few podcast that I listen to, but I’m really considering starting my own podcast to pair with my sites The Social Introvert and RANDOM-ISH. Check’em out of you get the chance.

    Come across any good reads on how to start a podcast?

    1. How exciting! I put The Social Introvert on my list to listen to, thanks for the suggestion! I’ve actually come across quite a dew articles on how to start a podcast on Pinterest! Do you have an account? That would be a really good place to start. I’ve even read some about how to start for free or cheap!

      1. The Social Introvert is my blog right now. I haven’t launched the podcast for it yet as I’m still trying to figure out how to set that in motion. That’s awesome you found some articles on Pinterest and I would love to get my hands on those.

        I do have a Pinterest account. You can find me by username: Jharayl

        Thank you for sharing in advance and looking forward to seeing/reading what you have found.

    1. That’s amazing! What is your podcast called? I’d love to listen. I’m not sure how to post them on WP actually, but I would suggest Googling or searching through articles on Pinterest. You can also post a link on WP to where the podcast is online. Sorry I’m not much help in that department, please let me know what you end up doing!

  3. I’ve recently gotten to love podcasts, too. I really like Stephanie Yu’s one called ‘A Beautiful Mess’. It’s basically an exploration of random thoughts and ideas related to different aspects of life. I love it.

    1. Awesome! I just added that to my “To Listen” list, so excited to try it out. Thanks so much for the suggestion.

  4. Hi,
    I just wanted to say that you have the start of a great site here and I will be following it to make sure I don’t miss any great posts.
    I also wanted to say thank you for supporting my blog, it means a lot.
    I want to wish you and your husband a very healthy and successful 2018, have a great time guys.

    1. Thank you so much! I really enjoy reading your posts. I can’t read all of them because they’re pretty frequent, but I get to quite a few! Thanks so much for the support. Happy New Year to you as well!

      1. Thanks Makayla, do you have an E book for the work you do on your blog? and if you don’t you should consider doing one, I think it would be a fantastic success.

  5. I have times where I am always listening to podcasts then go for months not listening to anything, I think I’m more of a visual person and prefer reading or youtube videos

    1. Makes total sense! I love that all kinds of media have a place in our lives. There are times and places where audio is called for, and times when visual aids are better. Technology really is awesome.

      1. Don’t know why I have not thought about it, but I can listen to podcasts in the car on my commute, might even think about making some I’m already taking photos, blogging and vlogging 😉

  6. Yeah! I listen to podcast while commuting each day. A few of my faves are My favourtie murder, Essence – Yes girl, Two dope queens and Crime in sports. Keep doing this blog. I might find a few more to listen too:)

    1. Awesome! Thanks so much for sharing, I was seriously needing recommendations. What app do you use to listen to podcasts? Also, I’ll definitely keep writing! Keep your eyes open tomorrow, I’ve written a post about the podcast Millennial by Megan Tan.

  7. Enjoyed visiting your site. Good luck to you. Great value in podcasts. I video conferenced with my German classes and students in Germany for 20+ years. Education is high on my list in life! Peace in 2018.

      1. Since I have a Ph.D. and was also a Fulbright Teacher to Germany twice, I taught all ages from 6th grade to adult and grad students. I used to also go into very young elementary students and read German fairy tales they might have already known in English. A favorite podcast? Not really since I have tried and listened to many during the course of the years. My students responded to speaking directly with their peers in Germany during video conferences. It was the closest they would have short of traveling to Germany which many have done in college and beyond. It was their dream come true. Peace in 22018.

      1. Yes, of course. I love
        1. The Read
        2. NPR Politics
        3. Heaven’s Gate
        4. Dirty John
        5. In The Conversation
        6. Food Heaven
        7. Myleik Teese
        8. Code Switch

        For starters. A lot I know lol.

    1. Girl, have him send me his favorites! I’ve got a post coming out tomorrow about the podcast I listened to this week, check it out and see if you’d be interested in listening. I feel like you’d be able to relate to her because she was a waitress before and after completing her undergrad, and she’s really creative like you are.

  8. I haven’t listened to many podcasts, but I have a couple friends who swear by them. I will have to check out castbox! I also love that they are downloadable and you don’t have to use WiFi or use up your data… that is a nice bonus! Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. That was one of the things that drew me to podcasts originally! I was preparing for a long flight and didn’t have anything to do besides reading a book, which isn’t always enjoyable for that long. Not having to use WiFi or data was so awesome.

  9. I guess as we moving towards media, millennial are more into than reading. Podcasts offers that alternative and they are much more handy to carry with and listen to while you doing stuff. Great Post Mz Makayla !! Merry Christmas

    1. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you as well! Podcasts certainly are convenient, and allow you to multitask as well, which is a plus.

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