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One of the things I tend to geek out about most is podcasts. I’ve been an avid listening of podcasts for over a decade, and have built up a catalogue of favourites. As I’ve had a few requests recently for recommendations, I wanted to put together an updated list of podcasts to listen to.
So, here it is!
How I Got Here
If you’re curious about how some of the big players in the digital world got to where they are, How I Got Here is a must listen.
All The Stuff
All The Stuff is a podcast run by Jen Turell (finances) Lisa Sharp (decluttering) and Lisa Carpenter (nutrition) is all about all the ‘stuff’ we deal with, and how to stay on top of it.
The Tony Robbins podcast
I haven’t always been a Tony Robbins fan (generally, I’m not a huge fan of shouty types). But his recently Netflix documentary changed that view, and his podcasts are just as informative and entertaining.
Like Minded Friends
For some lighthearted listening, check out the audio offering from hilarious (it’s their job after all) duo Suzi Ruffell and Tom Allen. Essentially they just chat about a different topic each month on Like Minded Friends, but it’s always entertaining.
Get It On
Dawn O’Porter launched her style podcast last year, and it’s now one of my favourites. Don’t worry, you don’t need to be stylish to listen in (god knows I’m not). Get It On is all about interviewing celebs on what inspires them, what their fashion fails and wins are and debating everything from vintage clothing to what photo they’d like to be remembered for.
The Guilty Feminist
I am a guilty feminist. I am 100% supportive of feminism but there are things I like to do (swoon over the cast of Magic Mike, for instance) that makes me feel a bit guilty. I love Guilty Feminist, for making me feel a bit more normal. Plus, it’s pretty damn funny.
The High Tea Cast girls are back, with the revamped podcast (and name) Unsorry. Much like Like Minded Friends, it’s a weekly 30ish minute shows focused on a different topic each week. Sam Sparrow and Lea Rice are witty, insightful and a bit like listening to your favourite friends.
VOOM is the podcast from Virgin, interviewing businesspeople and sharing their top tips.
The Right Brain Geek
The Right Brain Geek is by Pascale, and is packed full of tech advice and business tips in bite size audio snippets.
Ctrl Alt Delete
Emma Gannon is a bit of a Twitter celebrity now (and has recently launched her own book), but her podcast Ctrl Alt Delete is a really interesting insight into the lives of other digital starts – from Zoella to Meik Wiking (who wrote The Little Book Of Hygge).
Regular readers will know I’m a big fan of Gretchen Rubin’s books The Happiness Project and Better Than Before. Her podcast Happier, with her sister Elizbeth Craft, is a weekly chat about how to be happier, with both sisters setting goals for the next episode.
RuPaul: What’s The Tee? With Michelle Visage
It’s RuPaul and Michelle Visage. Chatting. No other reason needed 🙂
Being Freelance is the brainchild of Steve Folland, where he interviews different freelancers (*ahem* disclosure: including me) about their experiences. It also includes the game ‘two truths and a lie’ at the end. I like podcasts with added games.
Rock Your Fabulous Biz
Ruby McGuire is someone I have followed for a while, and I’m currently on her Visibility Bootcamp. The reason I’m mentioning this, is because her brilliant podcast of biz tips was one of the reasons I wanted to work with her. So if you’re thinking of starting your own, it could also generate you business.
The Tim Ferris Show
If you haven’t heard of Tim Ferris, there’s a good chance you have heard of his book’s Four Hour Work Week, Four Hour Body and Four Hour Chef (he’s also recently launched Tools Of Titans). His podcast is all about being the best you can be. I don’t listen to all of his episodes (some of them are over two hours long!) but his interview with Tony Robbins is definitely worth a listen.
Oh, and I couldn’t finish without mentioning my own….
My podcast is full of tea-break-length episodes for freelancers, on topics varying from work/life balance to goal setting.
Which podcasts do you rate?
I am a huge fan of podcasts. In fact I’ve listened to them for (showing my age here) over 10 years. Essentially, podcasts are the laziest way to consume lots and lots of new content. What’s not to love when you’re time poor?
The interesting thing about podcasts is the split between people who think it’s very much outdated, and people who are very passionate about them. Often, those that dismiss podcasts tend to be those that have yet to give them a try. The podcast fans on the other hand are always keen to find new and interesting podcasts. In fact one of the most popular posts on my blog is a roundup of my favourite podcasts.
While I understand that podcasting has a tendency to have a bit of a stuffy image, the reality is that there are lots of people starting podcasts which are interesting, entertaining, funny and, more often than not, led by fun and fabulous women. Plus, they’re free! You can download them and listen to them when you’re in the car, getting ready for work, commuting, cooking dinner…anywhere you can pull out your smartphone really. Each podcast will automatically update when the latest episode comes out too, much like when you subscribe to your favourite channels on YouTube.
Want to give listening to podcasts a try, or update your subscriptions? Download one of the number of podcast apps (I like Apple’s Podcasts app but Stitcher, Soundcloud and newcomer Overcast) and download some of these for your audible pleasure.
- John Lee Dumas Entrepreneur On Fire – Love interviews with inspiring leaders? John Lee Dumas shares his interviews with some of the top entrepreneurs, including some top tips on how you can replicate that success
- Cherished Ideas – A newcomer, Simon Knapp has already picked up speed with a selection of podcast interviews with freelancers (keep an ear out for him interviewing me in the next few weeks!)
- Maternity Leavers – I know many freelancers are parents entering back into the workplace, so the Maternity Leavers podcast is a must for them!
- Jo Gifford’s Work Smarter, Dream Bigger, Live Brighter – Jo’s podcast is full of interviews, productivity and tech tips and how to run a business when time is limited.
- The Work Happy Podcast – Jo Casey’s podcast is one of my current favourites, again combining interview with savvy, realistic advice.
- Smart Passive Income – Pat Flynn is a bit of a podcast legend, and his series on smart passive income is a must listen if you do anything online.
- Off the Charts Business Podcast with Nathalie Lussier – Some of you may recognise Nathalie’s name from her very popular (and free!) 30 Day List Building challenge. Her podcast is just as useful, plus most of them are under 5 minutes. Perfect for a tea break inspiration
- Untrap Your Life – Kirsty Bartholomew’s podcast is a new one to me, but I’ve been really enjoying it so far. A mix of interviews, discussions and debate about how to live a more free life.
- Ask Pat.com – If you download any podcast, I highly recommend you start with Pat Flynn’s short podcasts answer questions. He covers so many different topics for entrepreneurs, and posts a new podcast EVERY day.
- A Little Bird Told Me – A rather brilliant discussion podcast from freelance writers Phillippa and Lorrie. They’re packed full of useful information, from writing for agencies to extra ways to earn money on the side of writing.
- Online Marketing Made Easy with Amy Porterfield – Use Facebook advertising? Amy’s podcast is essential listening. She also covers things like Pinterest and Twitter, and I’ve definitely seen improvement in my results since listening to her podcast.
- Marketing In Your Car – Russell Brunson records his podcasts while he’s driving somewhere, so each one is usually under ten minutes.
- The 10-Minute Marketing Show – I like my tips in short, intense bursts. The 10-Minute Marketing Show is a great way to get useful tips you can put into action straight away.
- Get-It-Done-Guy – Part of the ‘Quick and Dirty Tips’ series of podcasts, Get-It-Done-Guy is all about (surprise surprise), being more productive.
- The Marriage Challenge – This is a cute little podcast which interviews couples about the truth of marriage.
- A Slob Comes Clean – I am a slob. Nony’s podcasts on how not to be when you’re not a natural clean freak are fantastic.
- The High Tea Cast – The UK has a really gap in the market for funny, sassy female podcasters, but Sam and Lea from The High Tea Cast are leading the way.
You may notice that a number of these podcasters are American. That’s because the USA is so much further ahead in the podcasting world then we are in the UK. In fact, many of the cars in the USA come with the Stitcher app included.
I’d LOVE to see more people, especially women, in the UK giving podcasting a try. It’s super easy to do (the Soundcloud app in particular is good for beginners), and you don’t even have to dress up or put any make up on for it – you could record it in your pyjamas and no one would know! So what’s stopping you?
EDIT: 10 minutes after writing this post, I ended up resurrecting my podcast. If you’ve got three minutes, listen in to The Freelancer’s Tea Break on SoundCloud!
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Which podcasts do you rate as a freelancer? Let me know in the comments below!
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