Be Informed – Three Podcasts For Learning

“Be smart, be intelligent, and be informed.” -Tony Alessandra

Being informed is a process of reading, listening, discussing, and questioning.

Growing up I read the newspaper every day, I watched the news every night, and I read endless amounts of non-fiction (autobiographies/biographies/history). My dad had subscriptions to Time, Newsweek, and U.S. News and World Report. I read them cover-to-cover.

Times have changed. I get my news online. I only subscribe to education, fitness (hard to tell-I know) and sports magazines. I still read regularly, but I complete fewer books.

I used to listen to music in my car, but the speakers went out in 2006, and I switched to listening to audio-books and podcasts. Even though I bought a new car I continue to listen to podcasts and audio-books.

Currently, I subscribe to 24 podcasts. They fall into three different categories: education, leadership, and religion. I am going to talk about three of them in this post.

This Is Your Life Podcast with Michael Hyatt     

This Is Your Life is one of the first podcasts to which I subscribed. Hyatt is the former Chairman and CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers. He is the author of Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World and the co-author (with Daniel Harkavy of Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want           This Is Your Life Podcast

Through the podcast, Michael shares stories about how he deals with different situations, advice about how to handle leadership dilemmas, and technological tools to help make yourself more efficient.

It is through the podcast that I first learned of Evernote, the self-described “app to manage it all.” The podcast mentions and blog entries about Evernote have helped me to use the app to document my life. Additionally, Hyatt has helped me to understand the value of my social media presence through the podcast and blog.

I could go on and on about the things I have learned from this podcast. I recommend you subscribe to this podcast and download every episode. I believe you will find value in listening to each episode. I did.

The Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast

I discovered Andy Stanley through his church, North Point Community Church, Alpharetta, GA. After years of listening to his weekly sermons I discovered the Catalyst Podcast and Catalyst Conference. My subscription to the Catalyst Podcast helped me discover The Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast.

Andy is the founder of North Point Ministries. They have several churches in the AtlantFullSizeRendera-area and a network of churches they serve. He has written over 20 books on leadership, communication, and ministry.

In the podcast Andy speaks with various business leaders about decision-making, creating vision, and culture. He has interviewed Charles Duhigg (author – The Power of Habit), Frank Blake (Home Depot), Cheryl Bachelder (Popeyes), and more. The podcasts are a combination of story-telling, interviewing, and discussion.

I have found the podcast to be very valuable in helping me to understand important communication skills and processes, being a principle-centered leader, and leading meetings.

Remember the adage-“don’t judge a book by its cover.” I suggest the same is true of this podcast. Don’t let yourself be stopped by the fact Andy is a pastor. Take an opportunity to listen to an episode or two of Andy’s leadership podcast. I think you’ll find it beneficial.

House of #EdTech

The House of #EdTech  much as the name implies, a podcast “explores how technology is changing the way teachers teach and the impact that technology is having in education” ( the use of technology in education. The host and creator, Chris Nesi, creates a bi-weekly podcast that shares an #EdTech recommendation, a main content section, and an #EdTech VIP.

Nesi is a secondary social studies teacher, aspiring administrator, and adjunct professor. He believes that “whether you use it or not, technology is changing the way we teach and FullSizeRender (1)how our students learn” (

The #EdTech recommendation has varied from using pencil and pen to take notes to using different apps for creating, curating, and presenting. The main content varies from interviews to Nesi’s opinions of different topics in education. In a recent episode he discussed the need for teacher choice in professional development. Moreover, he provided an example of how he helped provide an opportunity for professional development with teacher choice.

I have downloaded and listened to every episode of the podcast. I suggest you do, too. I am not saying you have to binge listen to all 58 episodes, but take the opportunity to give it a listen. You may find it valuable, too.


Share your thoughts and comments below. I look forward to hearing about the podcasts you listen to and find valuable. Please let me know what you think about my blog entries and help me to reflect and learn by commenting below.
My Commitment – April Blog a Day Challenge
I have joined the #AprilBlogaday Challenge. The goal is to submit a blog entry every day in April. I will not promise each blog entry will be motivational, energetic, and thought-provoking. However, I will do my best to continue to reflect on my journey of learning and my areas of growth.