As many of you know, I am a huge promoter of professional development in our field. We need to constantly be learning how to better serve our clients and we can do that a variety of ways.
- Attending conferences like National Career Development Association and Mid-Atlantic Career Conference and your state associations
- Participate in classes, seminars (online or live), webinars
- Watch Ted Talks (look for my April newsletter on this)
- Read professional books or journals
I would like you to consider adding podcasts to this list.
A few years ago, a person in my Boomer online seminar turned me onto a podcast called Meditation Oasis which has a number of different meditations to listen to. My favorite is her “Relax Into Sleep.” Then last summer I was talking with Marc Miller of Career Pivot via video-conference. He talked about how he was listening to a number of different podcasts when he walked to the coffee shop, and how much he felt he was learning daily because of it.
Since then I have added about eight different podcasts to my regular listening. They range from a few that focus on entrepreneurship and marketing topics, to a number that focus on career topics. Of course there are many others that include news agencies like public broadcasting and entertainment.
I try to listen to a few podcasts weekly. Occasionally I download one to my phone and listen in my car while I drive to Portland once a week where I work at a career counseling and outplacement firm. Other times I will plug in and listen while walking in the neighborhood on one of my daily breaks, or I will just take a half hour and sit and listen to a podcast because I may want to take notes.
Regardless of when and how you do it, I strongly encourage you to add podcasts to your professional development modes of learning.
- Read my interview with Marc Miller to learn what his and my favorites are. Click here.
- Interested in reading other blogs on professional development? Click here.
Do you listen to podcasts?
If so, what are your favorite podcasts?
Jim Peacock is the Principal at Peak-Careers Consulting and writes a monthly newsletter for career practitioners. Peak-Careers offers discussion-based online seminars for career practitioners focused on meeting continuing education needs for CCSP, GCDF and BCC certified professionals as well as workshops for career practitioners and individual career coaching.
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