If you haven’t devoted yourself to at least one podcast to help your professional and personal development, it’s time to make a change.
In our first post about podcasts, we discussed five podcasts with business-focused themes, like StartUp, Odd Lots and Unemployable Podcast.
In this post, we’ll take some time to cover three popular personal development podcasts that can strengthen your inner self while producing positive growth in your social and professional life.
Personal Development Podcast #1: Modern Love: The Podcast
The New York Times’ Modern Love column has gathered a devoted, sizeable following because of its honest explorations of love’s many different nuances. Their content and subject matter was a natural fit for the podcast world.
In the podcast, WBUR’s Meghna Chakrabarti and Times Modern Love editor Daniel Jones explore the columns you read in the paper.
Their show often features well-known essayists and personalities; Cheryl Strayed has read on the show.
Writer Karin Vandraiss recently recommended the podcast in an article on succes.com.
“Each story holds its own insight into the intricacies of human relationships, and I found myself connecting to every episode, perhaps even more than I did when reading the essays in print,” Vandraisa wrote.
Personal Development Podcast #2: On Being
This tip comes to us from a 2015 The Huffington Post article from Alena Hall. As the title of the show alludes, this podcast tackles some of the bigger questions of what it means to exist.
You could argue that the purpose of your life is born from your explanation of why you exist, and not merely in a spiritual sense, but in a scientific and artistic sense, too.
On Being host Krista Tippett spends an hour each week talking with scientists, theologians, artists and teachers. Her well-rounded collection of guests gets you wrestling with life’s more meaningful questions.
Though the subject matter is lofty, it’s certainly relevant to the workplace.
Employees without a sense of purpose tend to stagnate, question their reasons for showing up to work and, inevitably, generate a growing sense of dissatisfaction.
Here’s what the White House said in 2014 when Tippett won the National Humanities Medal:
“On the air and in print, Ms. Tippett avoids easy answers, embracing complexity and inviting people of every background to join her conversation about faith, ethics, and moral wisdom.”
Personal Development Podcasts #3: Leave a Message After the Tone
Our recommendation of Leave a Message After the Tone is less about personal development and more about it being a great way to take a break after a long week of work.
The show works like this: The host puts out a question and listeners call into the show’s voicemail and leaving their answers. Those answers become a podcast episode.
NPR, which ranked episode among the best podcasts of 2016, likened the show’s small segments to “audio amuse bouches”.
“The world deserves more quirky, weirdo podcasts. This little gem about voicemails fits the bill. The hosts ask listeners to call and leave messages in response to specific prompts — What does Donald Trump eat?, or What is Drake’s bedtime routine?” NPR wrote. “Then the responses are stitched together into little five-minute audio amuse bouches for your listening pleasure.”
Some Final Thoughts About Your 2017 Podcast Recommendations
Systems and methods have their place within business models, but, as personal and professional development go, we live in a time that values authentic narrative – we want to hear about life from someone who’s lived it well (and, in some cases, not-so-well).
In our first post, we discussed five podcasts specifically tailored to entrepreneurs looking for advice and insight about overcoming obstacles and seeking the right kind of success.
The three podcasts we listed here supplement the original five. They challenge you to think about the themes we often deal with outside of work but that frequently bleed into what we do in the office.