A couple weeks ago for Memorial Day, my wife and I loaded up the car (with Gus, our dog, of course) and headed over to the Oregon Coast to spend the extended weekend with family. On the way over, we passed the time by listening to a near two-hour podcast about the acclaimed cable TV series Mad Men, which is probably the best show I’ve ever seen besides The Wire (The greatness of The Wire is not up for debate!) It was great to listen to the hosts talk about the show, exchange opinions and points of view, and answer listener questions. Really, all that was missing were annoying traffic updates and a commercial every eight minutes, or it would have felt just like listening to talk radio. (Shameless plug: Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner will be a featured speaker at this year’s Sage Summit extravaganza.)
I’ve long been a huge fan of podcasts—they are like a radio show that you can take anywhere and listen to anytime. If you want to find a podcast about your favorite TV show, it probably exists. Frankly, you can find a podcast about pretty much anything. From Bill Simmons to Adam Carolla to Stone Cold Steve Austin and everywhere in between, trust me, there is a podcast for everyone’s tastes.
After returning to work from the Memorial Day weekend, I had a chance to listen to a couple of episodes of The Soul of Enterprise podcast from Ed Kless and Ron Baker. For any of you that have had a chance to see Ed in action at the Sage Inspire Tour, you know that he can really captivate a room and talk for 30-45 minutes without boring you. I listened to a great conversation with our Sage EVP of Customer Experience Brad Smith, which had a ton of information about what entails a great customer experience and how many times companies miss the basics. Make sure to give it a listen.
If you’re not really motivated by listening to podcasts with guests, I would suggest checking out Ed and Ron’s Free-Rider Friday podcasts. There’s less of an emphasis on a guest or a topic, rather it’s driven by current events or whatever the guys feel like talking about. It’s really an interesting show to listen to. I subscribed so that I’ll receive the new episodes every Friday when the podcast updates. So, if you’re looking for an hour’s worth of discussion that will present some new ideas, I can’t recommend the Soul of Enterprise podcast enough. Check it out—I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. I’ll provide bonus points to anyone that can explain the hilarious commercials about the foreword to Ron and Ed’s ebook!
What are your favorite podcasts? Do you listen to The Soul of Enterprise podcast?