I live in a small town (Elgin) that is the suburb past a suburb of Austin, Texas. My office is in my home, so I don’t have a daily commute, but I regularly drive into Austin for networking events and meetings with clients. Anywhere in Austin is at least a 30-minute drive (without traffic) from my house, which means I spend a lot of time in my car. I’m not much of a radio listener because I hate commercials. I don’t have XM Radio, but I do have podcasts. Y’all, I’m obsessed. Podcasts are a $900 million industry (that’s almost a billion dollars!), and it seems like it’s mostly college students and young professionals that listen to them. (If you’re a data lover, check out this piece from The Podcast Host to learn more about the numbers in podcasting and this one from strategy+business. This hot business is disseminating information on self-help topics, educational opportunities, idea sharing, and (my favorite!) marketing. When I’m driving, I’m trapped in my car, with nothing to do but loudly and poorly sing to the radio or to listen to podcasts. Rather than get out of my car frustrated because of traffic, I get out feeling empowered, inspired, and smarter. In case you’re looking for something new to listen to in the car (or wherever you plug your headphones in), check out my favorite podcasts for the car.
- RISE podcast, which shares tangible and tactical tools for your life and business. Hosted by New York Times Best-Selling Author Rachel Hollis, RISE is a series of bold conversations with fellow business powerhouses and personal development leaders that provides the listener with real-life valuable takeaways. Rachel Hollis is super relatable and is very inspirational. Listen on apple podcasts or on Spotify.
- Freelance to Founder features some of the coolest (no lie!) stories and biggest brands in freelancing and solopreneurship. You’ll be inspired and feel empowered to take your next business move. Also Brendan Hull is a really great host.
- History Unplugged, which celebrates unsung heroes, mythbusts historical lies, and rediscovers the forgotten stories that changed our world. They vary in length from 30 minutes to an hour. This stemmed from the History in Five Minutes Podcast, which I also loved.
- Marketing over Coffee covers by classic and new marketing. The episodes are 20 minutes long and filled with marketing tips, tricks and discussions about trends and current events. Listen here.
- Of course, always, I love TED Talks and listen to TED Talks Daily. There is a HUGE library of “ideas worth spreading,” which are always fascinating and thought-provoking. Listen here.