Serial was so last year. But it opened our eyes (or ears, if you will) to a whole new way to consume entertainment and information. Since the podcast was introduced on iTunes in 2005, approximately 300,000 new podcasts have been introduced, including some great business editions. Start downloading now, and give them a listen while you are riding the commuter train that conveniently takes you from your apartment to your office, or while you are running off those extra calories you consumed during the holidays. Here are four of our faves for professional development.
Have you ever dreamed of starting your own business, but don’t know where to start? Find ideas and inspiration in this podcast. Each episode shares the stories of entrepreneurs—including the founders of YouTube, Pandora and Zappos.com —who built successful businesses from scratch.
Go behind the scenes and learn some interesting details and processes—from what it takes to put on The Stephen Colbert show to being a flight paramedic. You might just hear something that inspires you to change professions. Even if you are happy in your current career, you’ll likely learn things in each podcast that you can apply to your current position. In the “How Does a Mediator Work?” edition, for instance, there are some great nuggets about using empathy in problem solving that everyone can use.
Corporate executive Richard Rierson interviews leadership and influence experts in this podcast. He also shares what he learned during his time as a Marine and commercial pilot. Did we mention that his first day as a pilot was September 11, 2001?
Managing people takes a different mindset than other types of jobs. Hosts Michael Auzenne and Mark Horstman offer practical professional development advice for communicating better, handing various management issues and advancing your career in this popular podcast.