As a podcast producer and host, I’m often asked about which podcasts I listen to. I’ve made a few podcast recommendations on Coaching for Leaders previously, but I thought it would be fun during this holiday week to share my full list of current subscriptions.
Not everything on my list will be relevant to the entire Coaching for Leaders community, but like many of you, I have varied interests and thought the full list may be helpful, even if specific shows are not relevant.
Like many of you, I love learning from podcasts and I find it one of the most convenient and practical ways to discover more about the world. I was a podcast listener long before I ever hosted a show. I well remember the days that I had to sync my old iPod nano to my computer and wait awhile in order to listen to new shows.
Today, I use the Overcast* app on my iPhone for virtually all my listening. I like the playlist features plus the awesome smart speed feature, which removes silence in shows without distorting voices.
Here are all the shows I currently subscribe to:
This daily show (Monday-Friday) is the best half hour audio of what happened in the world of business that I know of. While I don’t listen everyday, I’m always glad when I do. Host Kai Ryssdal has a unique ability to find the sweet spot of business news where you don’t have to be an economist to listen, but also get a lot more depth than you do with most other news outlets.
The show is produced by American Public Media and also airs daily on NPR stations around the country. This show was the reason that I first starting listening to podcasts (I always seemed to miss it on live radio) and it’s the only one on my current subscription list that’s been there from day one.
The Look & Sound of Leadership
This is my favorite leadership show and I never miss it. My friend Tom Henschel does a fabulous job with this once-a-month show that airs on the first Thursday. The episodes are all short (10–15 minutes) and Tom details a past interaction he’s had with a client and walks through what they discovered for the benefit of the audience.
I also find it very insightful for the types of topics and situations that come up in an executive coaching practice like Tom’s. I think it’s a great compliment to a lot of what we talk about on Coaching for Leaders and Tom is a seasoned veteran.
Parenting On Cue
I found this show while searching for a good podcast on early childhood education. Our son is now almost three and I’m always searching for new ways to support his learning.
Host Queenie Foong Kwin Tan is an early childhood education specialist with a ton of energy. I always find her advice to be in good alignment with what I’ve learned in other areas of my research. Most shows (typically twice a week) are about 10 minutes and I often take something away from her show that I can use almost immediately at home.
I also listen to her sister show The Essence of Teaching, which is aimed more specifically at early childhood educators (even though I’m not one, I find value in what she says to educators). I guess I’m just geeky that way.
Mac Power Users
Speaking of geeky, this show is one of my favorites and helps me each week feel a lot smarter about making technology work for me. David Sparks and Katie Floyd host the show and present topics to help people be more productive and creative with Macs and other Apple devices. David has also been a guest on Coaching for Leaders for episodes 119 and 159.
Don’t let the title scare you off. Almost anyone with a Mac, iPhone, or iPad and a desire to get better with it can learn a lot from this show. The length isn’t for the faint of heart though – more than 90 minutes each Monday.
Teaching in Higher Ed
If you’ve listened to Coaching for Leaders for any length of time, you already know that my wife Bonni now hosts a show and blog helping university faculty become better teachers. She has a true passion for teaching at the college level and I’ve already learned lots from many on her recent guests. The half-hour show airs weekly on Thursdays.
I’ve been pleasantly surprised at notes I’ve received from Coaching for Leaders listeners who’ve been listening to this show and finding value, even through they are not doing university teaching. It’s a reminder to me that almost every leader can benefit from learning effective techniques in teaching.
This is Your Life
Michael Hyatt and Michele Cushatt host this show, featuring the writing and wisdom from Michael’s work and his successful online brand. The show is extremely broad on topics, but I find Michael to be a really positive voice in the world and a great example of a leader who speaks from credibility and experience. I almost always feel uplifted after listening to this show.
This weekly business podcast does a nice job of featuring relevant books, research, and topics that are getting the attention of Harvard Business Review. I almost always find the topics interesting and I like that it’s just broad enough to challenge me with new business topics I wouldn’t normally take the time to investigate. The show is usually about 15–20 minutes and they get some great guests, due to the visibility of the Harvard Business Review publication.
The Legal Seagull
Neer Lerner produces this weekly show on the world of the American legal system, litigation, criminal justice, and social policy. I’ve always had a general interest in the law and this show does a fabulous job of making it interesting and accessible.
The amount of preparation that Neer clearly puts into each of these shows is impressive and always evident. Plus, he has a great, dry sense of humor that cracks me up every time I listen.
The Coaching for Leaders website now runs on the new Rainmaker* platform from Copyblogger. I’ve been listening to this show which is a great overview of online marketing and business strategy, from some of the most proven people in the business. It’s also helping me learn how to best use the suite of tools that Rainmaker provides.
I just started listening to this show, another project from the folks at Copyblogger. These guys wrote the book on new media and I’ve found the first few shows I’ve listened to helpful. I’m not certain if I’ll keep listening yet as there seems to be a bit of overlap with the Rainmaker.FM show.
St. Mark Presbyterian Church
This is the church that our family attends and we recently called a new pastor who began his tenure at the start of 2014. I was so immediately impressed with Mark’s sermons that I encouraged our church’s marketing committee to get these online in podcast format and helped a bit with the initial setup. I enjoy listening on the rare occasions when we can’t be there in person.
Smart Passive Income
This podcast by Pat Flynn is one of the most popular on the internet and far broader than the title suggests. It’s a fabulous weekly show on topics that help people grow businesses online. While Coaching or Leaders is not technically in the category of online business yet, I’m always picking up ideas here that help me to serve my audience better now and in the future.
I’m a big fan of Daniel Pink’s work (he was a guest on episode 84) and he’s the New York Times Bestselling author of Drive* and To Sell is Human*, among other great titles on human motivation. This show doesn’t air regularly, but when it does, it’s always a fascinating listen. Pink is a good interviewer and has skill in bringing out the best in the work of the people he features on his show.
10 Minute Money Tips
My friend Adam Hagerman just launched this new show and is bringing weekly answers to the questions people have about money. He has more impressive financial credentials that I can count, including a masters degree in financial planning, enrolled agent (EA) status from the IRS, and certified financial planner. He also used to work at the IRS, so he knows money issues from every perspective.
As the title indicates, the show is about 10 minutes, aired Tuesdays. He takes questions at this page and he’s already featured one of mine on a recent show.
Coaching for Leaders and Carnegie Coach
I have my own shows on Overcast too, but I always do my listening during editing and post-production at the computer. I listen to every episode to take notes and learn what I could have done better. I keep them on my podcast app only so I know if the show didn’t syndicate correctly.
Support Great Podcasting
If you try and like any of the shows I've recommended above, be sure to leave a rating or review on iTunes or Stitcher. It's a huge help, especially to the independent producers out there. I've done a rating or review for most of the shows above.
This List Changes
The shows I listen to are constantly changing as my interests change. There are also always great shows that I haven’t made the time for yet (yes, I know I should be listening to both Serial and StartUp). It’s never possible to listen to everything I want to. As it is, I can’t listen to every episode of the shows above – although there are some that I never miss.
Which of the above do you also subscribe to and recommend? What’s on your listening list that I haven’t included above? Share your thoughts and recommendations via the comments link below.