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You want to start checking out podcasts, but how do you start? Podcasts are a relatively new media format that resembles radio talk shows. However, they’ve taken on an entirely new life as they were reborn as podcasts. 

Getting started with podcasts isn’t difficult in a technical sense, but it’s an entirely new way to consume content for most people. You’ll need to learn how to navigate this new world to truly enjoy the media format, otherwise, you may not find anything interesting and lose interest. 

Today, we’re going to discuss how you can explore the world of podcasts to find the right one for you. Let’s get started. 

Begin By Picking Your Format

There are plenty of different podcast formats to explore. You’ll likely be more captivated by one format over another based on your personal preferences. The most common podcasts formats are:

  • Interview
  • Conversational
  • Educational
  • Solo podcast
  • Non-fiction storytelling
  • Bite-sized content

Which types of content seem more interesting? Interviews can be great because you can find content related to people you already like from other areas, such as a podcast interviewing experts from your industry. 

However, some people would rather learn during their podcast time. Experts from all walks of life have created educational content to let them talk about their specialty. If you have a specific hobby or interest, you’ll likely be able to find podcasts about that. 

Most podcasts are interview/conversational, which only vary by the level of formality. Podcast listeners tend to enjoy two people exchanging ideas. 

Next, Consider Interesting Genres and Topics

It’s time to dive a bit deeper and explore specific genres or topics. A good way to do this is to simply browse a podcast platform’s directory, such as the detailed directory from Apple.

As you can see, each major genre is broken down into further topics. The “Region & Spirituality” genre is broken down by popular religions, while the “Education” genre is broken down into topics like “self-improvement” and “how to.” 

Browsing a directory on any given podcast platform is one of the best ways to discover what will interest you. Explore any podcast you want to listen to, most podcasts are completely free to enjoy. Perhaps you’ll discover that a podcast focused on business advancement through self-improvement, like Being Seen with JennyQ, will captivate you. 

It’s important to note that the host of the podcast is usually going to determine if you’ll be engaged in the podcast or not. They might talk about your favorite topic in the world, but if you don’t like their personality or opinions, just move on. The opposite is true too, some topics you otherwise wouldn’t like might be highly engaging with a captivating host. 

The only exception to this is podcasts hosted by large organizations with multiple segments and hosts, which is common among news networks.

Consider When and How You’ll Listen

One of the most important things to consider before getting started with podcasts is deciding when and how you will be listening. 

Why? Because you likely don’t have a habit built around this format yet. 

You know how you like to enjoy music, streaming shows, and perhaps even memes. However, if you have never listened to a long-format audio-only form of media, you’ll need to figure out where it fits into your life.

For the sake of the following questions, consider a podcast with episodes with a runtime of about an hour, which is pretty common. Now, ask yourself:

  • Do I have any tasks in my routine that would allow listening to a podcast? Commuting to work is a common favorite among podcast listeners, as is doing any type of physical work that doesn’t require much attention. 
  • Can I schedule a time to listen to podcasts? You might have some regular downtime in your recurring schedule that can be used to listen to podcasts. Your lunch break at work might even be a good time to disconnect from feeling busy and take in an episode. 
  • How long can I even focus? Some people simply lose interest in long podcasts, regardless of how engaging they are. If that describes you, there are still other podcasts to consider. Look for shows with shorter episodes (often called ‘bite-sized”), or only listen to the short episode of the podcasts you like. 

Follow any thought trains that might arise to help you further hone in on when you can listen to your favorite podcast. 

You Can Finally Enjoy Podcasts

Podcasts have been around for a while, but there are still quite a few people who are interested but still haven’t checked them out. It’s completely understandable, there are seemingly endless shows and it’s an entirely new format (sort of). 

Hopefully, this article will encourage you to take the plunge and start enjoying podcasts. If you’re interested in a podcast focused on improving your business by improving yourself, check out “Being Seen with JennyQ.”