Re-discovering productivity-boosting podcasting

OK, many people have been listening to podcasts for years now. I actually have had an iPhone for more than two years now and I never "got" this whole podcasting thing... until recently when I subscribed to several podcasts which I'm listening to whenever I'm on the move (subway, car)


I've listened to several audiobooks on my iPhone, but podcasting has its great advantages:

The content is fresh, new and really great

There are some really fantastic podcasts out there. Really passionate people are creating great content with lots of value and many tips and tricks on almost any subject. I stick to my two favorite categories: productivity and startup/business.

iTunes makes updating podcasts and sending them to the iPhone a snap

Whenever there are new episodes, they are downloaded right away and synced seamlessly to my iPhone so when I leave home I know there is always something new to listen to.

It sounds obvious, but it's just a fun way to learn new things

I know, I know, most of you have already tried podcasting and I'm kind of new to it, but unlike radio, where there are more ads or irrelevant news, or music which I don't always feel like listening, with podcasting I'm always exposed to new and fresh content where I usually learn something new with each new episode.

I even created a video podcast using iLife (iMovie + Garageband + iWeb) of mProductive! Show

Video podcasting is really cool. I thought I should only use YouTube to distribute my Productive! Show but I created a video podcast and the episodes look really great on my iPhone:

Would you recommend me some podcasts?

As I'm exploring productivity and startup/business podcasts, do you have any favorites? Any recommendations?

--> me I'm Michael Sliwinski and I'm an entrepreneur who's also the...
.. Founder of - a time and project management web application
.. Editor of Productive! Magazine - a global PDF publication on productivity
.. and a blogger as well as a producer of a weekly 2-minute Productive! show.

Posted on Thursday, February 11, 2010 (apple,podcasting,productivity)

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Feb 12, 2010 00:12
Oh, yes. I have been listening to podcasts for about 4 years now and it has been best non-formal education and also fun.

My regular podcasts:
- The Skeptic's guide to the universe
- David Allen Company Podcast
- The Real Deal
- Quackcast
- iPhone Alley
- Macworld Podcast
- Evolution 101
- Dr. Kiki's Science Hour
- Point Of Inquiry
- For Good Reason
- 43 Folders

Michael Sliwinski
Feb 12, 2010 10:18
I can't believe I didn't "get" podcasts earlier. Now I'm totally hooked and eager to get more of those. Thanks for your list, Nejc, I'll be checking out those in a sec. Good stuff!
Mirek Wasowicz
Feb 12, 2010 10:55
I've been a great fan of podcasts for the last 5 or 6 years. And iPod is the ultimate tool for listening and managing your podcasts.
Here is what I recommend:
- TEDTalks (videocast)
- The Dave Ramsey Show
- Harvard Business IdeaCast
- Inspiring Words of Encouragement (Zig Ziglar)
- 48 days to the work you love (Dan Miller)
Michael Sliwinski
Feb 12, 2010 13:33
Thanks for more great suggestions of podcasts! Guess, today it'll be a podcasting day for me. Bring on more if you can!

Thanks Mirek for contributing!

Feb 12, 2010 18:28
I personally don't like listening to podcasts because they are waste of time. Maybe if you can't do any productive stuff (e.g. while commuting or so) it's an opportunity not to waste so much time, but generally I'd better read some articles or book.
Great advantage of this choice is the fact that we can read quicker (and more) than one can speak the same amount of information.
Michael Sliwinski
Feb 12, 2010 19:49
Listening to podcasts is great especially if you're on the move. It's hard to read when you're driving or walking or traveling with subway. It's an alternative to audiobooks.

Especially in the car it's a fantastic thing because you can't (and shouldn't) read while driving! On the other hand, driving and listening to an audiobook or podcast slows you down and makes you a slower and more careful driver. It's a good thing, Łukasz.

Feb 14, 2010 02:14
I'd recommend This Week in Startups (TWISTE) from Jason Calicanis.
Michael Sliwinski
Feb 14, 2010 08:31
Thanks for great podcast recommendations, kepp on sending them over, I've subscribed to most of them and will check them out. The cool thing is that with iTunes you can just download one episode to see if you like this stuff and later continue or not.

Thanks for recommending me Jason's podcast, Rich!

Tomasz Kolinko
Feb 14, 2010 09:38
Two podcasts that I subscribe to:
- TedTalks
- Venture Voice (a new episode once a month, but archives are great) - interviews with some interesting founders
Michael Sliwinski
Feb 15, 2010 05:50
Cool, I have subscribed to TedTalks, but the Venture Voice podcast looks really promising. Will check the archives too, thanks Tomasz!