According to new research, there are over 525,000 active podcasts on Apple alone, with more than 18 million episodes available. Why are they so popular? The beauty of a podcast is that it’s a multi-tasker’s dream; you can listen to it while you’re commuting to work, stuck on a boring flight, working out at the gym or jogging around the neighborhood.
There are podcasts on every topic, including ones that might help boost your networking and communication skills. So if you need a pep talk before a big meeting, or just want to increase the effectiveness of your personal interactions, check these out:
Johnny and AJ have more than 11 years of coaching experience, and their podcast features an expert every week to talk about human dynamics and relationships. As an example, a recent guest was Adam Lyons, who credits his skills in social engineering for the success of his film production company. The goal of The Art of Charm is to help you learn how to become a higher performer, and the podcasts often include tips and tricks to help you achieve your best.
An early-stage tech investor (Shopify, Duolingo, Uber) and the author of five best sellers such as The 4-Hour Workweek, Tim Ferriss has been referred to as the “Oprah of Audio” due to his podcast’s influence on business and culture. His stellar guests range from entertainment (Jamie Foxx) to marketing and economics (journalist Malcolm Gladwell). While the podcast doesn’t exclusively focus on networking skills, it does feature episodes that talk about tools successful business leaders have used to get ahead, such as his episode featuring Marc Andreessen.
Author Michael Hyatt’s weekly podcast focuses on intentional leadership. He believes he has discovered how to sync daily activities with important goals, and imparts that knowledge to listeners as a virtual mentor. Some of his recent episodes have focused on the power of words, the art of celebration, how to avoid career stagnation and beating burnout. Although networking is just one of his many episode topics, his advice parallels what you need to know to be comfortable in a room filled with strangers.
This serial entrepreneur (FTP Software and Building Blocks Interactive) was a co-designer in Harvard Business School’s “Leadership and Learning” curriculum redesign, so he knows a thing or two about the importance of networking and communication.
Two of his podcast titles are particularly interesting: “How to Resist Social Media and Reconnect with IRL Friends” and “How to Psych Yourself Up with Good Self-Talk.” But don’t stop with these two, as there are dozens of episodes dealing with every facet of business and entrepreneurship.
Are you already listing to these podcasts? If you’re passionate about one – or one that didn’t make our list – let me know.