New LinkedIn Podcast – LinkedInformed

Posted on November 13, 2013. Filed under: linkedin advice, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

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I was driving my car to a training session, as usual I had my radio on to keep me entertained for the 3 hours I would be in the car. The presenter announced the next song and I thought “Oh no not that awful song again, why do they always play the same rubbish again and again?” so I switched channels…this time the presenter was interviewing an artist who had nothing interesting to say so I switched channels again, this time to a talk station…..they were debating whether we get our bins (garbage) emptied often enough!!

“There must be a better way!” I screamed out loud to myself. “Why am I having to listen to something that someone else chooses for me? My Tony Robbins CD has been played to death and there are only so many CD’s I can carry in my car. I needed a better solution – enter the wonderful world of Podcasts!

If you are like me and you already listen to many podcasts then this article is not for you. I would merely encourage you to click here and download my new podcast – LinkedInformed. If you want to avoid iTunes the RSS feed is http://linkedinformed.libsyn.com/rss. 

This show is designed to educate and inspire LinkedIn users through interesting interviews, debate, useful tips, news discussions and questions and answers. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

If podcasting is something new to you then I would like to introduce a fantastic way to entertain, educate and motivate yourself whilst driving, walking the dog, running, cycling or just relaxing at home and all for free!

Podcasts let you decide what you want to listen to and there is a huge choice of free shows you can listen to. I will introduce you to some later.

Firstly let me explain how this all works.

A podcast is a multimedia digital file made available on the Internet for downloading to a portable media player, computer, etc. The most popular way to listen to Podcasts these days is on a smart phone either by downloading the podcast on your computer and synchronizing with your phone or by using a podcasting app.

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Podcasting Apps

If you are an iPhone user I have produced a step by step guide to using the free Podcast app from Apple. Click here to view the guide.

I actually use a different app called Downcast which is not free but has some excellent features.

If you use an Android device, I am unable to produce a step by step guide but would recommend an app called iPP Podcast player. Click here to view. This app will allow you to download podcasts from by far the largest directory iTunes alternatively you can subscribe directly at the following link; http://linkedinformed.libsyn.com/rss

So once you have downloaded the app you can start searching for podcasts of interest. Here are a few of my favourites;

Peter Day’s World of Business – BBC

Read to Lead – intentional and consistent reading is key to success in business and in life

Find The Edge – Online Business & Influence Strategies

The Global Networking Show –  Andy Lopata & Dr. Ivan Misner talk networking 

NPR: TED Talks examined in more detail.

The Foundation – Starting From Nothing. Building your business ENTIRELY from scratch.

and of course my very own, brand new podcast LinkedInformed

Episode 1 covers the following;

  • LinkedIn Intro app
  • The new iPad app
  • LinkedIn gets sued!
  • Profile tips
  • Endorsements
  • Upgrade options

You can read more here where you will also find links to all items mentioned in the Podcast.

I really hope you take to podcasting, I am by no means exaggerating when I state that listening to Podcasts has massively enhanced my knowledge and had a very positive effect on my life.

Let me know what you think of LinkedInformed episode 1, I would really value your feedback.

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10 Responses to “New LinkedIn Podcast – LinkedInformed”

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Hi Mark

Just to let you know – the links don’t work, so your blog can’t be read

Best

Nigel

Hi Nigel, Thanks for letting me know. I tested all the links before posting (it took me ages!) and they all worked and I have just tried again and all seems fine this end.
Is there one link in particular? Could it be a problem your end?

Well done, Mark! I’m a subscriber already (as well as your mum!) – wishing you success with it. You asked for feedback, here’s a bit: Put some chapters in. Can’t have too many, and it helps if you want to skip to another topic. 😉 Chris.

Thanks Chris, That is exactly the kind of feedback I was looking for…and I’m not at all offended that you would want to skip parts of the podcast!!!
Seriously though, being my first podcast it has been a steep learning curve. I didn’t consider chapters but I can totally understand why they would be useful. On further investigation it seems that the new version of Garageband doesn’t support chapters so I will need to revert to the old version…..still for you, I am prepared to go to the trouble!

Hi Mark,

I’m new to podcasts, but I’ve downloaded LinkedInformed and will endeavour to have a listen as I’m out-and-about in the car on business. I’ll feedback if I get the opportunity.

Thanks Darrel,
I hope you enjoy it.

Hi Mark,
I managed to have a listen yesterday (to three-quarters of it, anyway!), and enjoyed it. Typically, however, I don’t think I’d have an hour spare to listen to the entire podcast (am I typical?). Therefore, a summary of any future podcasts’ contents (in the podcast description notes) would be extremely helpful, with an accompanying timeline i.e. news about the new iPad app starts at 15 mins, profile overview at 30 mins, etc. It means the time poor listener can skip to the bits that matter most to them.
Great work though, Mark!
Darrel

Thanks Darrel, I really appreciate you taking the time to feedback. I think you are fairly typical in not having an hour to spend, most podcasts I listen to are 45-90 mins in length but I very rarely listen to them in one go. The apps will just continue playing where you left off so typically I get through a podcast in 2-3 stints.
I am going to try to work out how to put chapter markers into the next one so that you can skip a section if you wish and show this in the description notes for that episode and I will make sure that future shows last no longer than 1 hour.

I think this will be really useful for those people who are totally new to the idea of Linkedin. Perhaps you could do a podcast purely on the benefits of using Linkedin for your career?

Thanks Luca,
Great idea and I think I will do a series of episodes covering the job seeking aspects of using LinkedIn.


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