I was on a big podcast kick this summer and listened to stuff whenever I could — walking, cooking, driving — pretty much anytime I wasn’t writing. Even my kids were on board and loved listening to a couple of shows with me.
These shows are among my favorites:
These gals are chatty but full of practical tips and real world experience in running a creative services business. Also, they’re both moms who juggle All The Things and STILL have time for the side hustle. It was their show that gave me a framework for sorting through all the hats I wear so I could figure out which hats to delegate to someone else. I’ll write more about that in another post!
I have a big writer-crush on Alex Blumberg, so it’s not hard to binge-listen to his show. In fact, I think I listened to ten episodes while on a road trip with my family last winter. I love his vulnerability and willingness to be imperfect while still producing quality stories.
I also love that both seasons of his show explore the idea of growth businesses versus lifestyle businesses, a subject I wrestle with almost daily. Do we want to scale quickly and wear pants and commute to a studio and google “how to set up a 401k for your employees”? Or do we love being a small, boutique studio that grows just enough each year that we have time to catch our breath?
Starlee Kine is great at asking questions and drawing out the hidden stories. I love each and every rabbit trail she explores because there’s always something interesting and unexpected to hear. For instance, the heart to heart she has with the call center guy on the Brittany Spears episode! She challenges me to lighten up my all-business mode and let myself be more curious.
(Fun Fact: I saw the Welcome Back Kotter lunch box from this episode while visiting the National Museum of American History this summer!)
The Writer Files
I love the structure of this podcast. Each week the host asks his writer/author guest the same set of questions about their habits, writing style, and source of inspirations. Even if I don’t know the guest, I learn something new about a great tool, or trick to overcome roadblocks, or insight into the source of creativity. And because of the formulated interview structure, there’s very little frivolous chit chat.
I have other shows I listen to, but these are my current top picks. What are you listening to right now? Leave a comment!