Pause Points (How to Listen to Podcasts)

imgres-1Listening to podcasts has become a norm for those who live and lead beyond the norm. And HOW you listen is almost as important as who you listen to. I will recommend a few to you, however,  this post will focus on how to get the most from your podcast listening.

I would submit that “The 3rd time’s the charm.” Now, you may be one of those rare people who can gather, process and apply information in one sitting. I can’t wait for your next podcast on how to accomplish this! For the rest of us, it takes repetition to really get into our DNA. Here’s what I suggest…

1 – Listen first just to gather. Don’t take notes. Don’t stop and rewind. Just take it in and gather the big picture. Trust your “gut” with what you really need to know.

2 –  Listen again to process. Hit the “pause” and take that note and the time to process the point that intrigued you the first time. I call these “pause points.” Call a trusted friend or team member and spend a little time discussing the pro’s and con’s and whether or not it could or should be an influence in your life.

3 – Listen one more time to apply. How will you apply those “pause points” to your life? Are you trying to apply too many? Did you miss something vital to making these practical? List 2 or 3 specific ways you can apply these points to your life. Again, process with a trusted friend or coach… someone who will keep you honest and hold you accountable for application.

Listening to podcasts is a must for the leader that wants to stay stretched and focused on living and leading healthy people and organizations. Don’t have time to listen to the same podcast three times? Consider that it might be more productive to listen to one three times than three separate with little life absorption let alone application. In other words, listen for depth, not for distance.

We are reminded in Proverbs 1:5, “Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance…” So, here’s a short-list of challenging and inspiring podcasts I am listening to this month…

http://michaelhyatt.com/thisisyourlife (Michael Hyatt)

http://catalystconference.com/podcast/ (Various leader interviews)

http://yourmove.is/podcasts/  (Andy Stanley)

http://www.48days.com/category/48-days-podcast/ (Dan Miller)

https://www.ted.com/talks/browse (Various expert presentations)

and blogs like  http://www.ronedmondson.com/ (Ron Edmondson)

Listen well!