Peppy Podcasts for a Winter’s Day

In 2013, I started spending a lot of time walking. Many of you know I got a new puppy in February of last year. As soon as Moose came home, I started spending a solid hour (sometimes more) each day walking him around my neighborhood, getting out all of his infectious puppy energy.

So what does an entrepreneur do with all that walking time? Fall in love with podcasts, of course!

Before I got Moose, I was a very occasional podcast listener. I would grab an episode of This American Life if I missed one, but I wasn’t seriously invested.

But now that I’m logging all this leash time, I’ve figured out how to subscribe to podcast using iTunes and how to search for the best business podcasts online. Now I never take Moose out without a podcaster’s voice in my ear, and I’ve gotten some killer business advice from my favorite shows.

Want to know how to get started with listening to podcasts in iTunes? Check out this excellent FAQ podcast page from Apple to get you started.

If you’d like to know who I’ve got in my ear this winter, here are a few of my absolute favorites:

Do you listen to podcasts? Do you have any favorite business shows that you particularly love (and would recommend?) And when do you listen to podcasts (during a commute, at the gym, or somewhere else)? Tell me your podcast stories in the comments below.

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John O’Donohue Poem

I regularly listen to a radio show called “Speaking of Faith” on NPR, and last year I discovered that the show is also available as a podcast.  Now I carry it around with my in my iPod!  A few months ago, at a time when I really, really needed it, I had the good luck to be listening to a very special episode of SOF that featured host Krista Tippett’s interview with the late John O’Donohue, who was an extraordinary Irish author and poet.  During that show, they included a recording of Mr. O’Donohue reading his poem, Beannacht, which is still one of my all-time favorite poems.  Would love to hear this included in a wedding ceremony someday.

Click here to listen to Mr. O’Donohue reading this poem and see a slideshow of Irish scenes (video created by SOF producers).

You can listen to the interview in its entirety, which is called “The Inner Landscape of Beauty”, here.

Read the Speaking of Faith blog here.

Photo of John O'Donohue

UPDATE:  I’ve had several readers ask me for the text of this poem, so I’ll share that too (see below).  Please note that it is well worth the time to watch this video listen to Mr. O’Donohue read it in his lovely Irish accent.

Beannacht
(“Blessing”)

On the day when
the weight deadens
on your shoulders
and you stumble,
may the clay dance
to balance you.

And when your eyes
freeze behind
the grey window
and the ghost of loss
gets in to you,
may a flock of colours,
indigo, red, green,
and azure blue
come to awaken in you
a meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays
in the currach of thought
and a stain of ocean
blackens beneath you,
may there come across the waters
a path of yellow moonlight
to bring you safely home.

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
may the clarity of light be yours,
may the fluency of the ocean be yours,
may the protection of the ancestors be yours.
And so may a slow
wind work these words
of love around you,
an invisible cloak
to mind your life.

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Great Little Video on Making a Podcast

If you're a podcaster or you'd like to create one, I definitely recommend taking a gander at this clever little video by essayist, humorist and podcaster Sharon Glassman and filmmaker Cori Chavez.  I hope these gals do a bunch of these videos, because podcasting can be a terrific marketing technique and there's a lot of topics they can cover to help people get started!


This video is also a good example of how to do a great, memorable little video. It was a purpose, it imparts great advice and instruction, it's funny, and it's very likely to get passed on from person to person. Thanks, Sharon and Cori!


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