5 Must-Listen Podcasts For This Year
I’m a huge fan of podcasts.
Living in Maui, I drive a lot to go anywhere, so podcasts are a great way for me to maximize the time to learn.
Podcasts are succinct and to the point, whereas audio books can take a long time building creditably and a case for their subject. I also love contrast, so podcasts that interview a variety of people gives me access to different topics – business, lifestyle, health and spiritually – so that I’m consistently exposing myself to new ideas.
Want the low-down on some great ones?
Here are my personal favorite podcasts for 2018:
This by far, is my favorite podcast. Oprah of course is a master interviewer and has deeply interesting and diverse guests. Her questions are direct and soulful, and she tackles controversial topics with both determination and grace.
I feel like I am participating in the soul-zeitgeist of the world when I listen to Oprah’s podcasts – and I always leave a 30-min session feeling more inspired, compassionate and open-minded.
Favorite Episodes: Geneen Roth: Conscious Eating AND Dr. Maya Angelou Part 1 + 2
The Marie Forleo Podcast
While I like Marie’s 5 minute podcasts (the audio version of her weekly videos), I prioritize her full length interviews. I really enjoy who she chooses to interview and learn as much from the spontaneous dialogue between Marie and the guest, as I do from the guest’s responses. More of Marie’s personal stories and views on business and life seem to come out when she does long interviews. And, I prefer the slightly more serious side to her, yet still enthusiastic and positive, when she interviews.
I almost never miss a full interview podcast (they only come out once very 2 months or so).
Favorite Episode: Cheryl Strayed: How To Become a Writer & Advice Every Creative Needs to Hear
The Tim Ferris Show
When I want something fast-paced and focused on cutting edge modalities and techniques – Tim is my go-to. I get a TON of ideas that are super easy to implement right away.
Sidenote: Have you read Tim’s classic 4 Hour Work Week? It’s ten years old and still as relevant and life-changing as when it first came out.
His style is clear and concise and includes what worked, as well as what didn’t – so you feel like you’ve done the experiment / research yourself. I listen to him about once every 2 weeks when I’m in the mood for a snappy podcast. Then I balance it out with the more soul-ful Oprah, or Marie…and then in about 2 weeks I’m craving Tim’s podcasts again.
Another Sidenote: After a few podcasts, the repetition of the brands he recommends can be time consuming (though interesting the first time you hear them) – so just fast forward through any you’ve heard before.
Favorite Episode: The Answers to My Favorite Questions (12/3/18) AND The 4-Hour Workweek Revisited (2/2/18)
Online Marketing Made Easy with Amy Porterfield
I only started listening to Amy about 4 months ago – but I’ve really enjoyed her podcasts b/c they get into the nitty gritty of online marketing – webinars, course creation, FB Ads etc. While Marie is more about big picture personal development and business life advice, Amy is very detailed about the specifics – what platform, what shopping cart, what merchant processor etc. Her style is also very clear and concise with lots of actionable tips.
Favorite Episode: #200 Ten Online Marketers Share Their Zig Stories
The Tony Robbins Podcast
Tony only recently started this podcast series – so I’ve only listened to two. But as always, they are filled with great personal development and business acumen – whatever Tony puts out I always get a tonne of value from. He has access to some of the top names in the business world – so it’s fascinating to listen to his interviews.
Favorite Episode so far: 2/28/18 How crowdsourcing can ignite your business – Indiegogo co-founder Slava Rubin on fueling massive innovation
I hope you enjoy the above! 2017 was my year for audio books, but podcasts are definitely my “2018 thing”.
Over To You
- What are your favorite podcasts?
- Do you have any favorites for health or Amazon businesses (those are the 2 I’m currently looking for).
- If not podcasts, what is your favorite way to keep learning?
Share any thoughts below – I personally read every single comment and always respond – I love to hear.
Lots of love,
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I have a very similar podcast listening habits. Another one that I have enjoyed lately is Vibe with Robyn Openshaw and J Brown Yoga Talks. Love listening to podcasts in the car or on the treadmill… feel like I’m getting being extra productive!
ooo…thanks for the ones that you are listening to Leanne! Recommendations are always the best (especially from people you love and respect :) so can’t wait to check out yours! Lots of love, Carmen xo
I had stopped to listen to Podcast for a while when I started to do integrative nutrition course. However, I really like to use audio book for my personal development. As a coach for business and personal development, I am happy to see that you adopt the lifetime learning mindset. :) Cheers, Sunday
Hi Sunday! Yes, I so understand the appeal of Audio books as well. And we all learn so differently, have different lifestyles that it’s so great that we have so many choices of how to learn these days. I agree – lifetime curiosity and on-going learning is so crucial, even more so as we get older so that we keep open to new ideas and ways of looking at things. Thank you SO much for your share. Are there any audio books that are your favorites that you would like to share with our community? I would love to know personally. Lots of love, Carmen xo