Taking a family road trip is one of the rites of passage that we all go through during summer. The kids have their iPads and books, the dog has his bone, and that just leaves the adults to find ways to make the long hours go faster. You can either click the radio buttons a thousand times to find a station remotely tolerable, you can listen to the kids fight about who is touching who, or you can find an alternative.
Enter the podcast
A podcast is a great way to make the miles fly by. Of the more than 550,000 podcasts you can listen to, you’ll find educational, entertaining, or just plain random content. Did you know that there is a 51% chance that a flipped coin will land on the side that was facing up when it was flipped? A fun fact and I learned it from a podcast!
5 podcasts to help you survive
- The Tim Ferris Show – Tim Ferris looks for productivity tips in places most people wouldn’t think of. His discussions on leadership, productivity, personal achievement, and business are born from chess strategies, sports men and women, politics and top business people.
- Planet Money by NPR – The economy explained. Imagine you could call up a friend and say, “Meet me at the bar and tell me what’s going on with the economy.” Now imagine that’s actually a fun evening.
- School of Greatness – Hosted by Lewis Howes, this podcast thrives on the foundation of sharing stories of greatness. He emphasizes that everyone has the potential to achieve success, regardless of what they’ve gone through in life.
- Radiolab – Hosted by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, is a radio show and podcast weaving stories and science into sound and music-rich documentaries.
- Wait, What, Don’t Tell Me – NPR’s weekly current events quiz. Have a laugh and test your news knowledge while figuring out what’s real and what they’ve made up.
There are several great podcasts available related to the profession, including the Journal of Accountancy and Beyond Disruption, a new series on iTunes. Each week, Beyond Disruption brings you global expert insights on leveraging disruption today and preparing our profession for tomorrow.
Tune in and turn it up
Of course, podcasts are not just for family road trips, they can make your commute to and from work each day bearable, and they can make time fly by when you are sitting at your desk or running at the gym. Another great thing about podcasts is that you can listen to them anywhere from your phone, computer, or tablet.
The key to happy listening is finding a podcast that keeps your attention and entertains you. Now off you go my friend, go pick out a podcast, throw the family in the car, and start your summer adventure!
Heidi McBurney, Communications, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants
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Originally published by AICPA.org