Today is International Podcast Day. First established in 2014, the day is a celebration of the power of podcasts. It’s a day for connecting with podcast listeners and creators and discovering new podcasts to listen to and share.

I listen to a lot of podcasts over a range of subjects – it’s a great way of learning and obtaining new information, as well as catching up with current affairs. I like listening to content rather than reading it – it feels relaxing after a day writing content for bids. As time goes on, I keep discovering new ones, especially if they are recommended to me.

To mark the occasion, I’ve curated a list of podcasts I listen to regularly.

Bidding

The Red Review Podcast

There are not enough bidding or construction marketing podcasts around, so it’s great to hear Mike Reader and Jeremy Brim interviewing various bid people who work across multiple industries, to hear about their experiences, careers and challenges. I’d love to hear if there are any other bidding podcasts out there that I should be listening to. 

Freelancing

Freelancing can be a solitary life, so podcasts can provide a really worthwhile connection with other people going through the same things. Freelancers are delivering diverse services, but their experiences are very similar and it’s interesting to hear how other people have dealt with similar challenges. Some freelancer-related podcasts I’d recommend are:  

Being Freelance

I’ve learnt so much from listening to this podcast – the experiences of other freelancers have so much resonance, even though we all deliver very different services to clients. I’d recommend any freelancer devoting some time to getting through this back catalogue – there are so many tips and ideas to pick up.

Deliberate Freelancer

I have recently discovered this one, after connecting with Melanie Padgett Powers on Twitter. This is a really well-thought out and researched podcast series with plenty of useful information for freelancers.

Politics

Politics really is my passion and has been throughout my life. I am an interested observer rather than wanting to get too closely involved. There are plenty of good podcasts out there at the moment, and some I would recommend are:

For the Many

This has been the runaway success in terms of political podcasts over the past few years. The contrasting thoughts of Iain Dale and Jacqui Smith make interesting listening.

Brexitcast

It has taken me a long time to get into this – I sometimes find it very raucous to listen to – but it does provide a good summary of the Brexit fiasco we are all living through. I am not enjoying its transition to TV though and will continue to listen as a podcast.

Political Thinking

I enjoy Nick Robinson’s long-form interviews that explore the backgrounds and political influences of various political figures. They really explain the experiences that have made the person, politically.

Hypnotherapy

I’ve been developing hypnotherapy skills this year and practising on my friends, with really powerful results. I’ve come across the Absolute Mind podcast recently which has some great content.

What are your thoughts?

I’m always looking for new podcasts to listen to, so if you have any recommendations, I’m all ears. I have a lot of train travel coming up over the autumn, so I’ll have plenty of time to listen to new stuff.

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