Written by Lara Mekus

6 podcasts to start your summer

Podcasts are a great way to absorb information and new ideas when you have a little downtime or find yourself multi-tasking. If you’re on the road (or in the air), getting ready for bed, or drinking coffee, a good podcast is something you can use to fill the quiet. They can make you a more compelling person, help you through a tough situation, or just teach you something you didn’t know!

If you’re not listening to podcasts, it might not be a bad idea to sit down and take a look. Last year, we put together a list of six podcasts that might strike your fancy. This year, we’ve got six more (and episode recommendations too)!

Happy listening!

The Garyvee Audio Experience

Hosted by successful entrepreneur, CEO, and public speaker Gary Vaynerchuk, this podcast will motivate you to follow your dreams and listen to yourself over anything else. You’ll get everything from this podcast from question and answer sessions, speakers about business, interviews, and more. These motivational episodes can run anywhere from 5 minutes to over an hour.

Recommended episode: Advice to a Young Man That Many of You Need. By far, this is one of my most viral clips. This episode of the podcast is advice that I gave to a great young man on how he can grow his personal brand, social media influence, and self-awareness. If you’re looking to get your self-awareness up, you need to listen to this. Do you know yourself, or do you aspire to be something you might actually no be?

Diet Starts Tomorrow

If you’re trying to stay healthy and eat differently (and laugh along the way), this might be for you. The show, which focuses on weight loss, mental health, and fitness, brings in registered dietitians, nutritionists, and personal trainers, to share insights.

Recommended episode: Let’s Take the ‘Guilty’ Out of Guilty Pleasure. They tackle a series of listener-submitted questions, including how to find time to work out and whether or not “guilty pleasures” should be considered guilty at all. Other topics include the best ways to get yourself out of a funk and start getting active. Sami talks about her first-ever personal training session and the fears that come along with it. They close out the show with a conversation about self-care and how hard it is to make others love themselves.

Freakonomics

This podcast reveals the hidden side of almost anything you can think of, including things you always thought you knew (but didn’t) and things you never thought you wanted to know (but do) — from the economics of sleep to how to become great at just about anything. Each week, Freakonomics Radio host Stephen Dubner speaks with Nobel laureates and provocateurs, intellectuals and entrepreneurs, and various other underachievers

Recommended episode: Should America Be Run by… Trader Joe’s? A quirky little grocery chain with California roots and German ownership has a lot to teach us about choice architecture, efficiency, frugality, collaboration, and team spirit.

Mindful Minute

This meditation podcast will leave you feeling as relaxed as ever. Hosted by Meryl Arnett, the podcast goes through inspiring stories and speakers. You will have the luxury of hearing an actual meditation class.

Recommended episode: Why We Struggle. It is said that much of our struggle is caused by a forgetting of who we really are. Our meditation practice, our awakening, is a widening of the lens; it is seeing it all – our limited views, our vastness, our struggle, our hope. We’ll look at hope, cynicism, interstellar space, and how we open our hearts.

The Life Coach School Podcast

This self-motivating inspirational podcast will leave you feeling like you can conquer the world. The main theme of this podcast is that no problem is too large to overcome.

Recommended episode: How to Feel Better. One of the fundamental questions that almost everyone asks us is how to feel better. Most people think that they want to feel happy all of the time. I want to talk about exactly what it means to be happy and where all of our emotions come from. We will also discuss the keys to changing the way that you think, and ultimately how you feel.

The Art of Charm

In this relationship-focused podcast, you’ll learn top strategies to improve your career, confidence, lifestyle, and love-life. Self-motivated people come here to learn how to master human dynamics, relationships, and becoming your best self

Recommended episode: Master Persuader. Their guest for the episode is Scott Adams, a trained hypnotist, the creator of Dilbert, and author of the book Win Bigly: Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don’t Matter. He predicted a 2016 presidential win for Trump — for reasons others didn’t see.

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