I was driving my car to a training session, as usual I had my radio on to keep me entertained for the 3 hours I would be in the car. The presenter announced the next song and I thought "Oh no not that awful song again, why do they always play the same rubbish again and again?" so I switched channels...this time the presenter was interviewing an artist who had nothing interesting to say so I switched channels again, this time to a talk station.....they were debating whether we get our bins (garbage) emptied often enough!!
"There must be a better way!" I screamed out loud to myself. "Why am I having to listen to something that someone else chooses for me? My Tony Robbins CD has been played to death and there are only so many CD's I can carry in my car. I needed a better solution - enter the wonderful world of Podcasts!
If you are like me and you already listen to many podcasts then this article is not for you. I would merely encourage you to click here and download my new podcast - LinkedInformed. If you want to avoid iTunes the RSS feed is http://linkedinformed.libsyn.com/rss.
This show is designed to educate and inspire LinkedIn users through interesting interviews, debate, useful tips, news discussions and questions and answers. Give it a try and let me know what you think.
If podcasting is something new to you then I would like to introduce a fantastic way to entertain, educate and motivate yourself whilst driving, walking the dog, running, cycling or just relaxing at home and all for free!
Podcasts let you decide what you want to listen to and there is a huge choice of free shows you can listen to. I will introduce you to some later.
Firstly let me explain how this all works.
A podcast is a multimedia digital file made available on the Internet for downloading to a portable media player, computer, etc. The most popular way to listen to Podcasts these days is on a smart phone either by downloading the podcast on your computer and synchronizing with your phone or by using a podcasting app.
If you are an iPhone user I have produced a step by step guide to using the free Podcast app from Apple. Click here to view the guide.
I actually use a different app called Downcast which is not free but has some excellent features.
If you use an Android device, I am unable to produce a step by step guide but would recommend an app called iPP Podcast player. Click here to view. This app will allow you to download podcasts from by far the largest directory iTunes alternatively you can subscribe directly at the following link; http://linkedinformed.libsyn.com/rss
So once you have downloaded the app you can start searching for podcasts of interest. Here are a few of my favourites;
and of course my very own, brand new podcast LinkedInformed
Episode 1 covers the following;
- LinkedIn Intro app
- The new iPad app
- LinkedIn gets sued!
- Profile tips
- Upgrade options
You can read more here where you will also find links to all items mentioned in the Podcast.
I really hope you take to podcasting, I am by no means exaggerating when I state that listening to Podcasts has massively enhanced my knowledge and had a very positive effect on my life.
Let me know what you think of LinkedInformed episode 1, I would really value your feedback.