Have you tried Podcasts yet?
If not, there are several reasons why this is the case and will give you three of them. Many of you may not know about the awesome benefits to a Podcast, how to go about listening to Podcasts, and then searching to find the perfect Podcasts for you.
So please read on….
I’m going to tell you the WHY, HOW and WHAT of this secret,audio world so you can also have a more enriching life.
I know what you are thinking…no way can this be life changing! I bet you will agree with me once you try it yourself!
Before diving too deeply, let’s discuss what is a Podcast. Podcasts are mostly audio files organized in a way you can listen to using a Podcatcher. In other words, it’s essentially a radio show!
While most are audio, you will find videos to watch as well. Podcasts have grown out of need for background “distractions” while working on a project or mundane task.
Many of you may not know about the awesome benefits to a Podcast, how to go about listening to Podcasts, and then searching to find the perfect Podcasts for you. However, I’m going to tell you the WHY, HOW and WHAT of this secret,audio collection.
I will admit, it was a bit of a struggle for me to get into them initially years ago. I knew where to get podcasts and started with the Apple Podcast on iphones. However, I had a hard time finding interesting ones as the search option was not robust…unlike Google!
First, let’s talk about the benefits of listening to Podcasts.
Most of us have boring chores we tend to procrastinate over. But, what if I told you it’s possible to actually look forward to those chores? Let’s say you need to clean out that disorganized garage but have been dragging your feet, tortured at the thought of sorting, organizing and throwing away a huge pile of junk.
So, to pass the time, you can listen to a Podcast and learn about any subject, whether its gardening, cars, or technology! Maybe you remember you’ve been wanting to teach your children how to grow a garden. Guess what? There’s a Podcast for that!
It’s like killing two birds with one stone. You learn about a favorite subject while being productive at the same time! Just imagine how great you’ll feel when completed with that disorganized, filthy garage (yes, I’m talking myself into it) plus have a plan on teaching the kids! Then, you’ll be inspired to work on another area of your house and soon enough, you’ll be an expert in changing the oil, gardening with kids, and Chinese by the time you decluttered the entire house! Ok, I could be exaggerating a bit but you get the point, right?!!! Podcasts are great when you want to accomplish multiple tasks that require little brain power.
There are other methods you can use Podcasts for such as your commute to work, traveling on vacation, walking, and running. You can also use a plethora of devices such as a tablet, ipad, or computer to listen to Podcasts.
We now come to the second reason…how do you listen to podcasts?
As I mentioned, you can listen to Podcasts on your desk or laptop, but its more convenient to listen using a smart phone. If you are using an Android, you should already have a Podcatcher for free called Google Play Music or you can download a popular free one called Stitcher. It seems to have a good search engine but lacks a sleek, user interface. If you want to spend a few dollars and get an even better Podcatcher, try Pocket Casts for $3.99. It has a nice interface and claims its always looking to improve. It also has a robust sync feature that allows you to listen on an iphone, windows and a browser. Sounds easy, right?
Let’s now take a look at Podcatchers for iphones. Apple has its own app already embedded into the iphones and its the app I used for a long time with my iphone 5. However, the search option was counter intuitive and interface not user friendly so I switched to Overcast. Overcast has Smart Speed, (auto fast-forwards over silence), Voice Boost that amplifies the speaker’s voice and the search engine is much more intuitive. Lastly, its graphically more appealing. If you have an iphone, I suggest downloading it and giving it a try.
Lastly, the third reason is finding the right Podcasts that are perfect for your genre.
When I started using a Podcatcher, I had no idea what was available so I typically listened to news commentators. However, as I started homeschooling and looking at ideas for my Virtual Assistant business, I began researching what podcasts were available by reading blogs and Facebook posts until I eventually had a nice collection of subscriptions. Here is a podcast directory to get your started. I have also listed some of my favorites at the end of this post.
Have a convinced you to download some podcasts on your podcaster? If you have a smart phone, you already have everything you need. However, if you want to have a better audio experience or a little privacy, I suggest investing in some high quality headphones. I’ve had a few headphones myself but this one is my favorite.
I hope this has given you another idea of making life a bit easier and more exciting to get those procrastinating projects off your list. Until next time peeps…
The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine. Mike Murdock