Using Podcasts to Improve Your Skills Anywhere You Go

Listening to a podcast

A few weeks ago, Kristen Anthony interviewed me for her new podcast series titled Dear Instructional Designer. After what may have taken her weeks to edit out all of my “Uhs” and “Uhms” and nonsensical comments, our conversation debuted today on her site.

If you have 10-15 minutes, I encourage you to check out her podcast series. Her “Launch Week” was focused on contentĀ for job seeking instructional designers, specifically how to get started in putting together a portfolio of work. The truth is that portfolio development can also be used by training departments or consultants who want to put together work samples in order to show clients – internal or external – what’s possible when it comes to being able to engage their learners and drive business results.

If you only have 3 or 4 minutes, I still encourage you to check outĀ her podcasting site. In additional to the podcast recordings, Kristen also offers a host of links to other resources on instructional design topics.

If you’re looking for other podcasts to improve your learning and development skillset while you’re on the go, here are a few other places to look:

  1. The CIPD Podcast: Published on the first Tuesday of each month, this podcast covers HR topics that range from the use of wearable technologies to aligning L&D with business objectives.
  2. Mastering Business Analysis Podcast: While this podcast focuses on business analysis (which L&D professionals would benefit from being familiar with, but it’s not a pure L&D podcast), there are several episodes you might want to listen to. Highlights include the interview with Leslie Stein on Facilitation Skills and the interview with Melissa Marshall on how to better present technical information in a way the audience will understand.
  3. Trainer Tools Podcast: John Tomlinson hosts this podcast and publishes a new episode on a monthly basis. The common thread across all episodes is the fact that each episode offers perspectives from various practitioners, covering a wide range of topics from using social networks to reinforce learning to training evaluation to the role of storytelling in training.

Are you listening to any good podcasts to help hone your craft? Let’s hear about them in the Comment section.

 

2 thoughts on “Using Podcasts to Improve Your Skills Anywhere You Go

  1. Hi Brian,

    Thanks so much for sharing this! This blog caught my eye because I just finished reading one of my required resources for this week as an Instructional Design Walden University student. This week’s topic is on the effective use of integrating audio learning objects into multimedia. In this resource it talked about the advantages of podcasts. One of them included the fact that listening to content is preferred and less tedious for students who may not be motivated by reading. I honestly, like to read, but find it difficult for me to stay focus after a long day of work. I could really relate to this along with the other advantages of using podcast. I look forward to listening to your interview this evening!

    James McKnight

    • Thanks James. I’m with you, I generally prefer to read as opposed to listen. But I get motion sickness if I try reading when in a car or bus, so podcasts are a nice alternative when I’m commuting to/from work!

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