Why People Love Listening to Podcasts and Why You Might Too
I really love listening to podcasts. I never thought I was an auditory learner. I’m a writer and a visual learner or perhaps I wasn’t fully aware of my ability to be an auditory learner. But all that has changed over the last few years. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing like holding a book in your hands and pouring through the pages. There is something in the tactile process of holding a book that has always appealed to me. Podcasts bring about a whole new sensory experience.
In January of 2018, I had this idea of starting a podcast that would be a companion to LoveWide Open.com and all of my other social media platforms. A friend described my voice as “liquid chocolate”. Who wouldn’t want to hear a podcast with that kind of voice? So, in February of 2018, I launched the Heal Your Story Podcast. It is currently available on 12 platforms like Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Anchor.fm, CastBox, Podbean, Stitcher, etc. (Don’t forget to subscribe on the platform you choose so you don’t miss new episodes.) The podcast covers a wide arrange of heart space subjects; life, love, heartbreak, parenting, health, mental health, self-love, forgiveness and letting go to name a few.
One thing I learned by starting my own podcast is that I really love podcasts! I love creating them and listening to them.
Here are the reasons why I have come to love podcasts:
Podcasts educate me.
As I delve into the realm of auditory learning, I find that podcasts can deliver impactful, insightful, and educational information in a few short minutes. A 10 Minute Podcast has taught me more than some full-length books. It is almost like speed reading. You get the most important information in a short blip.
Podcasts are available on every subject imaginable.
You can find podcasts from parenting to podcasts about podcasting. The sky is the limit. If you have an interest, you can most likely find a podcast about it. You can’t say that about talk radio. How many times have you been driving in the car and you don’t want to listen to music and you’d really like to learn something new but all you get is some crazy channel streaming things you don’t want to hear?
Podcasts are compact, portable pieces of information.
I listen to podcasts more when I’m on the move than when I am sitting at a computer. They go with me on a car ride, a plane trip, a walk or doing house chores. They work for my time frame, they are free, and I can subscribe to them so that I get a notification when there are new ones.
They connect me to an author or a thought leader in a deeper way.
When you hear someone’s voice, you hear their tone and inflection. That can’t be done when you read. Not hearing someone’s tone can lead to misunderstanding. Think of all of those misunderstood texts you have undoubtedly encountered. I now follow people’s podcasts that I have also read their books in the past. You are invited to connect to these people on a deeper level and they want you to connect on a deeper level. There is something about connecting to someone’s voice that allows this deeper connection.
They give me ideas and inspire me.
Because most podcasts delivered in a shorter, compact way, I get bite-sized golden nuggets of wisdom from them. Even unrelated podcasts to my business or personal interests can spark a creative idea. They can also test my boundaries. I like new ideas and like to be challenged in my thinking. Podcasts are perfect for that.
Podcasts allow me to have a choice.
Let me repeat this, they are free. Podcasts are a wealth of information and ideas. I get to choose when, where, how and why I listen to a particular episode or even binge listen to all available content from a podcaster. I can listen in my car, I can listen anywhere at any time. I don’t have to tune in at a particular time of day. You can rewind, re-listen and subscribe to whatever content you want to hear so that you don’t miss anything new.
I know not everyone will share my love for podcasting. But you should give it a try. You might be pleasantly surprised like I was.
Here are some of my favorite podcasts for a multitude of different reasons.
Parenting in the Thick of It – Louise Clarke
Powerful Parenting for Today’s Kids – Erin Taylor
Conscious Parents, Thriving Kids – Sue DeCaro
The Gary Vee Audio Experience – Gary Vaynerchuk
The Tony Robbins Podcast – Tony Robbins
Magic Lessons – Elizabeth Gilbert
New Books in Poetry – Marshall Poe
What are some podcasts that you are listening to that are inspiring or making you think in a whole new way? Let us know in the comments below.
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