Did you ever think you would miss traffic? Us neither.
While we’re sure that none of you miss the terrible drivers, honking of horns and general angst traffic may bring, we somehow find ourselves reminiscing about a time we once all had to ourselves. Time alone in the car to simply enjoy audio without interference. Commuting can be seen as a pain, but it comes with the benefit of “you time” before the stark reality of the workday inevitably sets in.
The daily trip to your office space can be a time to do your best thinking, listen to your favourite song seven times in a row (without being judged for vocal performances) and visualise how you are going to deal with Bob in accounting this week. Over the last year that has changed for many of us as regular drives to the office have been replaced with frequent walks to the kitchen. But we’re here to remind you what you may be missing out on and provide some suggested listening that’ll keep you motivated and fresh with new ideas.
The first in our “Commute Series” of articles will focus on Podcasts.
Welcome to podcasting – What happens when anyone that can buy a mic and host a show about a random topic does just that.
Podcasts have been around for longer than you think, and in the last five or so years the concept has really taken off given low production and creative costs. Anyone can be a podcaster from the comfort of their own home and broadcast to listeners around the world. It also isn’t live radio, so editing means shows ranging from 45 minutes to two hours are well timed and informative. No topic is off limits, swearing is allowed and surprisingly, many people are really good at this.
What makes the podcast world so fascinating is that there is literally a show for everyone, and we do mean everyone. As a premier office space provider in South Africa, we have an affinity for interesting business-based podcasts as well as a desire to learn about how other industries operate. We also enjoy a bit of gossip and insider info as much as the next person.
Podcasts can have specific topics, but we prefer the shows that cover a more extensive range of topics which include Hollywood gossip, health, parenting, technology, cooking, and even wine making. There is a dedicated podcast for everyone’s taste and interests and this specificity gives podcasters the freedom to tap into their own knowledge wells and enjoy themselves and their guests without having to pander to advertisers or worry about ratings. Many podcasts are also incredible insights into the passion on display in their respective fields. Anyone who is both knowledgeable and passionate about a topic is worth listening to for 45 minutes.
We have put together a quick list of our current favourite podcasts that help us get through the day with a smile and into bed at night a little more informed. Whether you are travelling back into the office on a more regular basis or walking to the fridge multiple times a day to determine if food miraculously appeared since your last visit, enjoy our commute-friendly podcast list below.