Podcasts I Listen to When I Paint or Design

One of the neat things about doing creative work is often you can listen to whatever you want while you are working. (I’ve never seen a design office where nearly everyone wasn’t listening to headphones.) While I generally listen to music without words when I’m writing, I listen to podcasts for pretty much everything else. Most of the time, at least.

In no particular order, here is what I listen to:

Beyond the To Do List – Erik J. Fisher interviews people about productivity. As a productivity nerd, this one is a lot of fun because it goes beyond the tired “what gadgets do you use?” format and gets into the why of productivity.

This Is Your Life with Michael Hyatt – I’ve followed Mike since I worked under him at Thomas Nelson Publishers and he blogged about gadgets and productivity. Now he talks about intentional leadership and platform-building. His weekly podcast is one of the best around. Recently, his wife was on for a series where they talked about what it is like to be married to an entrepreneur.


Podcast Answer Man – Cliff Ravenscraft is an expert on podcasting. While I don’t have any plans to start a podcast anytime soon, I appreciate his outlook regarding entrepreneurship and living an intentional life. His enthusiasm is contagious.

Smart Passive Income – Pat Flynn seems like a nice guy, and he is always excited to talk about some of the more practical implications of creating a passive income. I enjoy his quirky intros where he reveals some silly/embarassing fact about himself or sings a little song. He’s often hugely encouraging.

Back to Work – Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin take the big picture on productivity, communication, and just how to do life better.

The EntreLeadership Podcast – Dave Ramsey is famous for his personal finance advice. When he first grew his business, he developed a playbook for his employees, broadening it to apply to any other business. The result was a series of live events called EntreLeadership, emphasizing the intersection of entrepreneurship and leadership. While I think the podcast began as a vehicle to promote the book, it has taken on a life of its own. Recommended for anyone who is interested in entrepreneurship especially from a Christian angle.

Stuff You Should Know – This one is just fun. Fun facts from the guys at How Stuff Works. Geek out over all sorts of things, from technology to the space to the macabre. Listen to it enough and you’ll have all sorts of interesting things to share at parties.

This American Life – You probably already know about this one. Each week has a different theme, with Ira Glass presenting it in four acts. The stories are always compelling, and the background music just makes the show.

Artists Helping Artists – Leslie Saeta hosts “the #1 Art Show on Blogtalk radio” to discuss marketing and selling art online. The content is good, but since it has been running for so long I’m a little surprised the sound quality isn’t better.

Social Triggers Insider – Derek Halpern talks in-depth about the psychology behind selling and marketing.

Read to Lead Podcast – Jeff Brown is a radio veteran and it shows in his delivery and knack for asking the right questions, digging deep with authors about their books on entrepreneurship, leadership, career, personal development, and the like.

White Horse Inn – A podcast about protestant reformation theology. It sounds dry, and it sometimes is, but I enjoy the idea of sitting in a pub hearing a good religious debate.

The Incomparable – Some geeks talking about the geeky media they geek out about, “including movies, books, TV, comics, and more.” The host is Jason Snell from Macworld magazine.

Some new ones I recently picked up:

AskPat – Evidently the Smart Passive Income podcast wasn’t enough for Pat Flynn. This is a short, daily show. Since I like Pat’s energy, I think I’ll give this a listen for a while, see if it sticks with me.

The Lede from Copyblogger – I just now found out about this. Who knows, it might help me be a better writer and marketer.

Chris LoCurto – Chris worked with Dave Ramsey for 12 years and helped develop EntreLeadership. I have read his blog a few times, but haven’t gotten very far into it. I might give this a try.

Entrepreneur on Fire – I first heard about this one last year when I listened to Jeff Brown’s interview with John Lee Dumas on the Read to Lead Podcast. It’s a daily podcast, which is a format I haven’t listened to before.


You might find this interesting: The Surprising Science Behind What Music Does To Our Brains on Fast Company.

Do you listen to podcasts while you work? If so, what do you listen to?

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