I was once a voracious reader. I’d read anything that had typeface on it: books, magazines, newspapers, blogs. I even read the fine print on food wrappers.
These days, though, I don’t get much down time to read.
I do read in bed at the end of the day. It’s the only way to shut off my brain. But, as I’m exhausted by the time my head hits the pillow my eyes don’t stay open for very long. This means it takes me a very long time to read a book. Case in point: the current book on my nightstand, which I’m not yet halfway through, has been there for the past two months.
Then last year when I needed to get through a business development book quickly, I decided to try the Audible version. I thought I’d hate the experience of having someone read to me. But, guess what? I LOVED it!
Here’s why: I was able to get through a full book while tidying up the house, getting my steps in on the treadmill and while sitting in the waiting room at the girls’ swimming lesson.
Basically, it’s a multi-taskers dream come true!
Since then, I do a lot of listening. Business development books are always at the ready. I also listen to news podcasts to catch up on what is happening in the world.
But, most of my listening time is dedicated to podcasts that are interesting, inspiring or just downright entertaining. Of course, many of these are about women, working moms and the issues we face. If you’re looking for new podcasts to listen to on your daily commute, while you’re making the kids lunches or on your family road trip this summer these my favs:
I started to listen to this show hosted by Laura Zarrow last summer while chauffeuring my kids around town. The weekly series brings some really interesting interviews that will help women join, stay, succeed and lead in the workplace. Each time I listen, I take away new ideas or strategies. I don’t seem to catch the show in the car anymore, so I catch up on episodes online when I’m doing things around the office that don’t require my full concentration.
Call Your Girlfriend
I only recently started listening to these two besties, but I can’t get enough of them! As the title suggests, the podcast is a phone conversation between girlfriends, Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman. And, like all good friends, they easily segue between how far they have to walk to grab a taco, to the latest pop culture happenings to the politics and issues affecting women. It’s smart, funny and downright feminist. What’s not to love?
Stuff Mom Never Told You
Women and their role in society have evolved. And, the co-hosts Emilie Aries and Bridget Todd are ready to talk about all of it. They dissect the challenges facing women in society and at work, politics, pop culture and more. What I really like about Stuff Mom Never Told You is that it offers two things: research (the geek in me loves stats), and a call to action or helpful strategies you can try yourself.
I’m a huge believer in mentors and I believe they can offer their wisdom and guidance in all sorts of ways. Directly by working one-on-one or indirectly by watching and listening. If you’re looking for new mentors, you need to give Mentoring Moments a listen. Each episode offers interviews with successful women who share vulnerable moments that have taught them valuable lessons and insights, and can help you as you build your career.
Working Mother Radio
The radio version to their print and online magazine, Working Mother Radio covers just about every topic affecting mothers and women in the workplace and in life. It not only feeds every part of my life, the very best part is that it segments its episodes into bite-sized conversations that I can listen to on my 10 minute walk back from school drop off.
I couldn’t have a list without at least one NPR program. I listen to several – Up First for quick news briefs on what is happening in the world, and I try to catch This American Life every now and then. But the one that intrigues me each and every time is Invisibilia. They tell stories, interview people and use scientific research to explain the invisible forces that shape and control human behavior – our beliefs, emotions and assumptions. It’s fine journalism and has completely opened my mind to why people do or say things that have puzzled or troubled me so deeply.
What podcasts or shows are you listening to these days? I’m always looking for something new and interesting, so please share in the comments below.