My top 10 podcasts.

In one of my latest blogposts, I already told you I listen to a lot of podcasts. I often get the question to what podcast I listen so I decided to share my top 10.

Here are my favorits:

1. Mac Power Users with David Sparks and Katie Floyd: I love to use my iPhone, iPad and Macbook every day. This podcast has made me a lot smarter in using my Apple devices. They give me great tips and tricks so that I can enjoy my devices even more. Only downside is that they have cost met quite some money. But to be honest, every app I bought based on their advice, is worth the money.

2. This Is Your Life with Michael Hyatt: Michael shares his knowledge with us in a simple format. I like the way he manages to give us great content about leadership in a short timeframe. He brings his message clear and to the point. This is one of the podcasts that made me stick to listening podcasts.

3. OMT Live: The only dutch podcast in my list. It’s not easy to find good podcasts in my natural language but I like the way the people from One More Thing bring Apple related news. Even if it is with their typical accent :). I discovered a lot of gadgets during their talks but for the moment I can keep myself from buying them.

4. Beyond the To Do List with Erik Fisher: If I remember well, this was the first podcast I listened to. The moment Erik launched his first episode, I discovered podcasts and now I’m writing a blogpost about it. Erik talks about what happens behind Getting Things Done together with his guests.

5. Entrepreneur On Fire with John Lee Dumas: This was a strange podcast the first time I listened. John went so fast that I could barely follow. Now I love his podcast because of his enthousiasm and all the inspiring entrepreneurs he interviews. John always manages to set his guests and listeners on fire!

6. iMore show: The iMore show covers all news about iPhone, iPad and Mac. Rene Ritchie explains his ideas and vision about the latest news together with Peter Cohen and their special guests. Not much time but wanting to keep up with Apple news? Listen to the iMore show!

7. 48 Days To The Work You Love with Dan Miller: We all spend a lot of time at work and still we tend to forget we can shape our work environment. Dan shares his experience to make you better in the work you do.

8. Agile Weekly: The title speaks for itself. A weekly podcast where Agile coaches from Integrum share their ideas with us. Not by discussing theory but with examples from their worklife. Everyone confronted with Agile Development should go listen and apply what you learn.

9. Dose of Leadership with Richard Rierson: Richard interviews leaders from all over the world and shares those talks with us. It is a great way to discover how great leaders lead and motivate their people.

10. The New Disruptors with Glenn Fleishman: This is one of my newest podcast but that doesn’t mean I don’t like it. I still discover new and great podcast every week. Glenn provides us stories about how to publish your content and connect with you audience.

Enjoy!

Podcasts all over the place.

I think it must be one year ago I discovered podcasts. I read something about it on Lifehacker and wanted to try some out. Now I’m subscribed to almost sixty podcasts and it’s my main source of knowledge.

What makes podcasts so attractive?

Well, they are mostly free, easy to follow and exist in all sort of topics. The main reason for me to like podcasts is that I can listen to them while driving to my work or when I bring my birds to the various tournaments in Belgium. They’re also handy while I’m feeding my birds. I can’t read a book or watch television when I’m busy, but my ears are always free. When I take everything into account, I listen at least 15 hours of podcasts every week. That is 15 hours of valuable information to gather while traveling or doing something else. There are worser things in life ;).

How did I found so many podcasts?

It’s like reading blogs. You read a post that links to a related post and the train has left the station. Before you know, you can’t keep up anymore. Every day, new podcast episodes are waiting for me to be listened.

How to keep track of all those episodes?

Most of the time, I listen to a podcast episode via my iPhone which I always have with me. I started with the Podcasts app from Apple itself. This app was another trigger for me to start listening podcasts. Early on, I discovered that the Podcasts app from Apple could not fullfill all my wishes when I started subscribing more podcasts. I wanted an app that could download new episodes automatically, create playlists and rank them by priority. Based on reviews and recomendations in the podcasts, I chose Downcast which I shortly discussed in a previous blogpost. Up until now, I’m really pleased with my choice. I use the app on my iPhone, iPad and now a couple of weeks on my MacBook Air. It costs some money, but you get bang for the buck. Everything is synced on all my devices via iCloud. Allthough I sometimes have a problem an my iPad or MacBook Air since I don’t open the app that much on those devices.

Which podcast do I listen to?

My alltime favorite is Mac Power Users, hosted by Katie Floyd and David Sparks. As the title says, it’s all about Mac and iOS and they has cost me quite some money ;). I love the tips and tricks they share and I’m pretty sure they’ve saved me a lot of hours by automating as much as possible.

This Is Your Life with Michael Hyatt is the podcast that inspires me the most. It is great to learn from someone with his experience. I’m able to lift both my personal as my work life to a higher level by applying his lessons.

The iMore show is my way to keep track of all new things in techworld. They cover mostly Apple devices but always with a blink to the other players in this market. Quite often, they’ve also lead me to a solution for something that went wrong with my Apple device. Thanks for that!

There are a lot more podcasts but there is one I want to mention as an extra: Entrepreneur On Fire with John Lee Dumas. I don’t listen to every episode but his enthusiasm is inspiring. It’s a daily podcast where John interviews an entrepreneur everyday. A great quote or a good book is always nearby.

That’s it, time to listen some podcasts!

You should build your own platform.

Are you a blogger, writer or something else? In fact it doesn’t matter what you are. The only thing that counts is WHO you are.

I’ve listened to every episode of Michael Hyatt’s podcast about Intentional Leadership. In his podcast he tells about his experience being a leader and how you can live with passion. His podcast is filled with examples and questions from people around the world. According to me, it is more than a podcast. It is his way to help people to learn from his experiences and leverage them in their reality.
I think he’s a great example of someone who builded his own platform just by being himself and creating content from the things he loves. He created ’Platform University’, a way to help his audience to get noticed in this busy world. He mentions this Platform from time to time in his podcast ’This is your life’. But it was the invitation to watch three short videos about building your own platform that convinced me to take a closer look at what he’s offering. I have to say that it looks really promising but I’m doubting whether I should enter the program or not. If I pay for it, I want to fully engage with it. At the moment I’m struggling with questions like: ”Will I have the time for it?”, ”Is it something for me?”, ”Do I want to build my own platform?”.
So if someone can help me solve those questions, do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Platform University

 
Here is the book: Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World

”Each month, we will explore the concepts outlined in my best-selling book Platform: Get Noticed In A Noisy World at a much deeper level through specialized classes, tutorials, and actionable lessons. Our goal is to help you get your message heard and have greater impact.”
– Platform University

’The In-Between’, a must read.

Looking for a book to fill your evenings? You should read ’The In-Between: Embracing the tension between now and the next big thing’ by Jeff Goins.

To be honest, I heard about the book a couple of times in a podcast but wasn’t very interested in the beginning. Only when it was mentioned on Twitter a couple of times, I got interested and bought it. And I do not regret it. It was a great read and every page made me long for the next. It is not science fiction with lots of action and adventure in it. No, it is about the waiting in our life. A lot of people live from day to day, from action to action, from event to event. We go to work and try to be the best. We have hobby’s and enjoy the life as we like it. But what do we do in the in-between? We wait. We wait for someone. We wait for something to happen or we just wait till the light is green. But what we do not realize is that this waiting determines how we live. How do you fill in the waiting? What do you think while waiting? Maybe you are not thinking while you wait.

All of this can be found in the story that Jeff Goins is telling in his book. So if you want to know more about the in-between or you just want to read a good story, go grab your copy of the book!

“Instead of living life wishing you could jump ahead to the next adventure,
these pages will inspire you to slow down and savor the in-between.
—Crystal Paine, founder of MoneySavingMom.com” (http://goinswriter.com/inbetween/)

Why don’t you just pay for it?

I used to avoid paying for everything. Why would I pay for something if I can get it for free? I will only use it from time to time, so why pay for it?

Films, books, music, software… I downloaded them for free from the internet. It was normal to me and everyone did the same. Why would I buy a filmticket for 8 euros if I could watch it for free at home? If I wanted to, I could watch it more than once. I did not listen a lot of music so I did not feel the need to buy albums of my favourite artist. By the time I would listen to it, the album was old news. I had no problem buying expensive hardware, but software was a bit more difficult. Software needed updates, paid updates. I always had difficulties paying for something that will fade away. It’s like throwing money away. Greedy? No, I don’t think so. I think about what I spend and love to get something good in return for my investment.

But times change. Things like the iPhone and its appstore, e-books and streaming services encourage me to reconsider. Books became cheaper and easier to get. Apps changed the way people live their lives. There are a lot of free apps, but I started to notice that spending money on apps that you use every day is a great investment. I listen to podcasts every day and started using the podcast app from Apple. After some time, I decided that I needed something better with some extra options. Manually downloading episodes every day was just a waste of time. So the first app I bought was Downcast. An amazing app that manages the podcast I listen to and downloads them when I am at home. 2,69€ and I am using it for almost two years now. I stopped hesitating, if I find an app that can make a part of my life better, I’ll just buy it.

I see you thinking ”That is easy, it costs peanuts.” and I admit, I still hesitate for higher prices. But a lot of the time I am not downloading them for free. The books I read, I could use from someone else or I paid for them. I still have some software for free but I do not download free music anymore. I use Spotify for that.

Streaming services are hot these times. For a low monthly fee, you can listen or watch to anything you want. Great isn’t it? I love Spotify. I can listen to any music whenever I want. I hesitated when I subscribed for their service. I did not listen a lot of music so why would I need it? Well, that changed after subscribing :).

I can go on like this forever. The last months I’ve bought more things than I’ve ever bought in my whole live. So I have made my choice. When I find something I can use in my daily life, I will buy it.

Will you pay for it?

Some tips.

Ask you friends for tips. What have they bought that may be interesting for you?

Ask for a trial, read reviews. Doing so, you know what you buy.

Stop hesitating and pay for what you need.