There are difficult days where all you need is to listen to someone remind you that everything is going to be okay. A good podcast session featuring the right voices can do just that – and much more.
The inspiring stories about courage, overcoming negativity and dedication to craftsmanship will help to put your mind at ease. Here are some podcasts you can listen to for whenever you need an assuring voice.
The Chase Jarvis Live Show
Chase Jarvis is an award-winning photographer who is also the founder of CreativeLive, a platform dedicated to online education.
In the engaging Chase Jarvis Live Show, he talks to various personalities ranging from author Elizabeth Gilbert to marketing guru Seth Godin as well as entrepreneur Tim Ferriss on various ways to successfully kick-start any project in life.
Ferriss for example, reveals that the best way to start a podcast is to have a simple format with a consistent workflow that is easy to maintain.
“Do not get fancy. As Morgan Spurlock once said to me, once you get fancy, fancy gets broken,” Ferriss says in a podcast with Jarvis titled Creativity, Simplicity And The Power Of Audio.
In a digital world where everyone is competing for eyeballs and attention, Ferris reminds listeners that it’s important to focus on content and how to make it better for their audience.
“Go niche enough that you have a domain expertise or unique expertise. You could be interviewing homeless people in your hometown. It could really be that specific. If you are really that (expletive) good, you will find people who will take notice.”
What happens when you’re scared to start something new due to past experiences? In a session titled Don’t Let Fear Decide Your Future With Tabatha Coffey, the Australian TV personality believes you need to take that leap of faith. Don’t let anyone or anything that has affected you in the past continue to hold you back.
“Them taking up space in your head is not going to help you move on and get your life to a better place. Why let them stay there rent-free? You need to learn to let go and work with the outcome and disappointment.”
Television presenter Fearne Cotton sits down with various personalities like Game Of Thrones star Maisie Williams, singer-songwriter Hozier and writer-comedian Stephen Fry to talk about achieving happiness during some tough times.
Listeners get to hear notable personalities get personal and truthful about their emotional wellbeing and as well as how they choose to take care of themselves. Fry for example, says it took him a long time to learn how to say “no” to certain job offers because he was afraid of what other people may think of him.
In one session, Williams explains how she will take a break from social media to prevent herself from being consumed by angry comments usually left behind by other users who think it will have no effect on her.
“I do feel myself like going down a rabbit hole, because it can get to a point where you’re almost craving something negative just so you can sit in a hole of sadness… it’s really bizarre that it starts to consume you.
“So when you feel yourself like close to stumbling upon something that is going to ruin your entire day… it sounds so simple but it’s really about just switching that off and speaking to someone human,” she says.
Roman Mars is the creator behind 99% Invisible, a well-produced absorbing series focusing on design and architecture in categories like visual, clothing, sound and technology.
He explores how certain designers approach problems in their own unique way and offers a much-needed perspective on what mindful designs can do to change lives.
For instance, in the Sound And Health: Hospitals session, listeners can learn about how sound designer Joel Beckerman and electronic musician Yoko Sen are developing a relaxing soundscape in hospitals to help both patients and doctors stay calm.
In another episode, 99% Invisible dives into punk clothing and why people associate themselves with the trademark styles like mohawks, safety pins, leather jacket and plaid miniskirts.
“A look that iconic, that specific, doesn’t just happen by accident. Someone designed it,” episode producer Avery Trufelman says.
Now why is this episode crucial to designers or anyone looking for inspiration? Well, because Trufelman hopes that creators know what good design in any way can do for some people.
“When you’re dressed in an outfit you really like, that it makes you look good or feel good, that is the essential power of clothing. Aside from covering your body or keeping your warm. It has the power to give you confidence.”
Something like punk pushes the boundaries of fashion as it’s not about looking perfect.
“It’s not about looking perfect, clean or rich. It incorporated people of all bodies, background and ideas and gave them that confidence. It pushes our idea of beauty.”
So perhaps, creators want to start thinking outside the box as a way to get out of a creative slump.
Sound of Craftsmanship
How do creators become experts in their own field? The answer may just be in this Sound Of Craftsmanship series, a gorgeous podcast featuring an immersive soundscape for audiophiles and creators looking for a much-needed dose of inspiration.
The subject? Various designers and creators who have dedicated themselves to a life of top-notch work. Basically, no shortcuts here.
You can listen to artist Adi Toch on The Musicality of Metal carefully explaining how she turns metal into sleek objects that invoke a sense of calmness through sound. There is joy to be discovered in gently tapping and grinding hard material as part of life’s work.
Then there’s Dave Monks in The Craft Of Silence, an engineer for Rolls-Royce and someone who believes in upholding the brand’s identity of defying expectations. Especially when it comes to designing and developing cars that their clients want.
“It’s part of our core DNA that our clients can come to us with the most unusual requests and we deliver them in the highest possible standards,” he says.
A relaxed mind can have a profound effect on helping creators find the inspiration to start working. Meditation Oasis features a series of guided meditations to help listeners deal with feelings like anxiety, sleeplessness and even deeply personal issues such as loneliness.
In the Guided Meditation For Loneliness, Meditation Oasis creator Mary Maddux’s soothing voice will help to explain the root of feeling isolated and offer perspectives on why it’s okay to have a longing for much-needed human connection.
Maddux’s voice will talk listeners through a meditation session with questions like “What are you feeling?” and “What are you noticing in the environment around you?”.
There is one session titled Mini Break For Work And Study where Maddux encourages listeners to let go of whatever they are doing at that moment and spend some time to achieve relaxation. She will remind listeners to stretch their muscles and take a deep breath.
Perhaps, that is just what some people need; a little bit of time to feel better again. Once you’ve started feeling like yourself again, you’ll be amazed at what you can possibly achieve.
Cover image: Sound Of Life
Writer l JEM
I like Pina Colada and getting caught in the rain. Not into yoga. Wait, how does that song go again?