“Slow media is not for the distracted masses, it’s for the focused few. Go ahead and subscribe to a few. Slow media is good for us”. — Seth Godin
Like Seth, I try to listen at least one time per week a podcast on my mobile when I am on the go. When I commute or wait my station the next train, tramway or bus in Paris, France, I often hear a podcast. It could be in French or English. The topics vary:
- Business and management
- Workplace learning
- Community management
- Emerging technologies and startups
- Fashion, creativity, arts, music and inspirations
- Zapping of worldwide radio shows
Then, here are things go:
1. I bookmark or download via an app such as this tool the audio file for listening to it on the go.
2. While letting the audio flows, I capture insights and write them down on my moleskine.
3. I often connect insights. I connect words in drawing lines or forms between words. It could be a triangle, circle or any other forms.
4. I sleep on my note to revisit them later. The intent is to turn it into an online resource. A job aid, a visual or a blog post to share it timely and when it is relevant to do so. It could be during a Twitter chat or in a DM, a F2F or online conversation during a project. It could be by including the insights in a public blog post.
5. The idea is also to tweet curated insights while mentioning the host and the guest(s) of the podcast. I can include the link to the audio, its duration, my point of view and the introductory blog post if it exists. In that way, people can also see what’s in it for them for learning from the shared podcast. For instance, I tweeted:
Insightful podcast by @C2Montreal https://www.c2montreal.com/news/the-new-c2-podcast .@Georgesstpierre on accepting & embracing ‘I don’t know’, hiring & listening to specialists 4 reinventing himself as a mixed martial artist, adding new tools to his arsenal 4 being creative in next exciting fights. — @rotanarotana
How do I learn from a podcast, reflect and use it on the go?
I visit a local radio’s websites based on my interests or topics I don’t know. It can also be from a radio abroad. I check out the podcasts page. Then I subscribe to one or few of them via Castbox. I can even do so via a RSS feed by using Feedly for instance. I also get RSS feeds from Soundcloud and iTunes URLs via this website.
During a short or long commute or while I wait in a lifespace, I start listening to a podcast. Then I pause and play. I capture insights on my moleskine or my notetaking app such as Google Keep.
When I am back at home, I research links, people or resources mentioned in the podcast. The blog post, that the host has shared with links, is useful for that. Otherwise, I go deep with my notes.
Next time you are waiting or on the go, what if you nurture your curiosity through hearing questions and insights in a podcast?
Inspire and challenge yourself while listening to a podcast? What if you stop staring at your mobile screen?