I was never a podcast person. I found it difficult to listen to them while trying to do other things as I couldn’t concentrate on both things at once.
I was puzzled how others could listen to podcasts while working at the same time as it never worked for me and I could never focus on what I was doing. Having one voice in my head was enough when trying to collect my thoughts!
But then I started switching up what I listened to when out walking and getting my steps in. Since I was going out for more walks, I started listening to podcasts instead of my music library. And now you can say I’m well and truly hooked.
Here are my five favourite empowering and educational podcasts at the moment:
1. Gary Vee’s Audio Experience
I was never on the Gary Vee bandwagon. I hadn’t actually heard of him until I moved to New York in 2019 and my boyfriend was constantly sending me his Instagram videos and stories. The guy talked a lot and I just wasn’t convinced.
Fast forward a year and the tables have well and truly turned. The man speaks the truth and knows a lot about the online world – we won’t mention how much he talks about the Jets – and I probably listen to one of his podcasts or listen to his Instagram videos at least once every day.
Gary Vee’s podcasts on Spotify contain a wide mixture of topics. Plus there are probably over 1,000 episodes for you to listen to and there will definitely be something about what you’re interested in.
The podcasts also vary in length from 5 minute podcasts to 90 minute podcasts – you’ll find something to suit the length of your walk or house work!
2. The Influencer Marketing Lab with Scott Guthrie
A podcast that I tune into weekly, Scott’s influencer marketing podcast is one of, if not my favourite podcast that I listen to. Since I’m very much interested in influencer marketing as I’m sure you’ve guessed, Scott’s weekly episodes are always filled with amazing discussions and insights into the industry.
Each week, Scott interviews influencer marketing experts and professionals to get their opinions on the hot topics hitting the influencer marketing world that week.
Most recently, Scott’s podcasts have discussed influencers in Dubai, influencers breaking lockdown rules and the government spending £63,000 on an influencer campaign promoting their NHS test and trace app.
3. The Straight Up Podcast
The Straight Up podcast features weekly episodes of conversations with sports stars in Ireland. More than that, it touches on topics such as mental health, mindset and pressures young people face today.
I’m always curious to see who the new guests will be each week and each time the boys truly out-do themselves with the people that they feature.
I would say the podcast is relatively young in its career and can only see great things happening in the future with these conversations. Definitely one to listen to if you’re interested in sports and mindset.
4. The Wall by Stepanie O’Quigley
Another fellow Irish that I’m a huge fan of, I’ve watched Stephanie through Instagram as she works and lives in New York. Something I followed and aspired to and was able to achieve myself, yet I still continue to follow Stephanie as I want to get myself back to New York and continue working in the PR/Influencer Marketing industry.
Stephanie’s podcast, The Wall, focuses on human health, wellness and behaviours featuring conversations with both experts and everyday people with everyday experiences.
A personal favourite is Stephanie’s conversation with Goss.ie CEO, Ali Ryan – it’s a great listen!
5. Girls in Work
Having followed one of the founders of Girls in Work on Instagram for a few years, I was thrilled that Sophie was starting a new venture with Girls in Work, creating a great platform for those of us starting out in our professional careers with advice articles.
The Girls in Work brand has since evolved with workshops, IGTV videos and now a podcast!
You can find season 1 (and now season 2!) on Spotify and Apple, where the episodes focus on women in the workplace, how to overcome setbacks, setting goals, and real-life stories from women in various job sectors.
It’s one of my favourites!