The Top Reasons to Listen to Podcasts
Recently, I bought a treadmill. It is my first exercise contraption of this kind. What with winter approaching, I think it’s a good idea to have one since the pandemic keeps our community’s recreation center ( and exercise equipment) closed. I’m enjoying it and the opportunity to learn while I exercise. For the first time, I’ve really gotten into podcasts!
My youngest daughter is an avid podcast listener. She likes them because not only does it keep her mind busy and focused, but helps her not feel ioslated as she quarantines with our granddaughter with special needs.
I know podcasts work with learners of a certain kind (aural), but not every knows the value of them. When I was researching this topic, I found keepinspiriringme.com a website focused on personal development. One of the reasons I enjoy blogging is researching new topics to learn about and share with others. I’d never heard of Keepinspiringme.com Awesome.
Podcasting is a business avenue I’ve considered for myself, but as yet I haven’t taken it up. I have all the equipment necessary. I even have video trainings for podcasting, but that’s as far as I’ve reached in my journey. I guess I’m just not ready yet. Right now, I’m learning about marketing with Instagram (and that’s a different blog post all together.)
The Top Reasons to Listen to Podcasts
If you haven’t ever listened to a podcast, I highly recommend it! Here are reasons to listen to podcasts from keepinspiringme.com.
- They are free entertainment–whoa! That’s enough reason for me to listen, how about you?
- You can listen to them anywhere–while exercising like I do, driving, shopping or merely hanging out at home.
- You will get less bored with your music library. Variety is the spice of life. Podcasts give you a breather from your go-to music which can become a little tired sometimes.
- They are usually conversations instead of stories. Because podcasts are generally between several people and not just a story, the listener gets more off hand, spontaneous moments which make for lively discussions! If you like the non-fiction genre, podcasts are the place for you.
- They are perfect for mindless chores–folding laundry? cleaning the bathroom? making dinner? You get my point.
- You can learn about a subject or an industry. That’s cool! Sometimes I am interested in a particular education tip and I search the topic plus podcasts and learn about it through a podcast rather than taking the time to read yet another article or book. (I don’t know about you, but I read all day, every day.)
A Podcast Worth Following
A wonderful fellow named Dr. Jimmy Christmon podcasts concerning drama education, Thedtalks.com. If you haven’t listened to him, I suggest you do. He has developed his podcast into something very useful to educators. Check it out at: https://thedtalks.com
Dr. Jimmy Chrismon is a theatre educator with 17 years of experience in the public schools of North and South Carolina. He currently teaches full time as an Assistant Professor of Theatre Teacher Education at Illinois State University. He was an adjunct theatre faculty member at Winthrop University and Central Piedmont Community College. He has acted, directed, designed, and produced professionally for 21 years. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre Education from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he was a North Carolina Teaching Fellow.
He received his Master of Education Degree in Theatre Education from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He most recently completed his Doctor of Education Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Gardner-Webb University. He has also worked for The Children’s Theatre of Charlotte and The Lake Norman School of the Arts. He currently resides in Bloomington, Illinois.
Here’s a recent podcast interview of me LISTEN
Want to know about my experience as a female entrepreneur who started her business after the age of sixty? LISTEN.
Dr. Chrismon’s acting credits include: Lonely Planet, Doubt: A Parable, Company, The History Boys, Godspell, Shadow Box, The Baltimore Waltz, Tick, tick..Boom!, The Little Shop of Horrors, The Odd Couple, Children of Eden, Candide, The Miser, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, The Crucible, Dracula, The Lion, the Witch, and The Wardrobe, and others.
His directing credits include: Seussical: The Musical, Godspell, Miss Nelson Is Missing, Rent, Spring Awakening, The Importance of Being Earnest, Children of Eden, Tarzan, Aida, All Shook Up, Grease, The Odd Couple, Lonely Planet, Interrupting Vanessa, Medea, the Wizard of Oz, A Raisin in the Sun, A Very Common Procedure, Geography Club, You’re a Good Man, Charlie, Brown, The Laramie Project, and others.
He’s worth listening to, huh?
My Thedtalk podcast interview!
I am a guest on his podcast Thedtalk.com beginning October 14, 2020. Since I’ve taught since 1979, I’ve been interviewed many times by people in the arts. Jimmy was very refreshing to speak to one hot day in August. I look forward to hearing it, too.
In light of the passing of George Floyd and a well justified focus on Black Lives Matter, many people are writing about the subject of white priviledge. My interview with Jimmy includes discussion of a blog post I penned concerning my light bulb moment about white priviledge on the stage. The blog post was inspired by this meme.
Check out the post here: Facts You Never Knew about White Theatrical Privilege on the Stage.
Second Podcast Interview
Also, I was interviewed a second time by Dr. Patricia Dickenson from Teacher Prep from Dr. D. She interviewed me about my TPT business. You can listen here: Teacher Side Hustle Turn Your Passion Into Profit.
I am the second interview at about 22 minutes.
Here’s another one Drama Education with Deb Baldwin
Podcasting is here to stay. According to https://podcasthosting.org podcasting is a big business!
In the United States alone:
Okay friends, I had NO idea it was so popular. I hope you’ll listen to http://www.Thedtalks.com and the October 14, 2020 broadcast about DramaMommaSpeaks. If you’d like to listen to another podcast interview of mine, go to: https://dramamommaspeaks.com/2018/04/06/10788 It focuses on my middle grade award winning book, Bumbling Bea.
Do you listen to podcasts? I’d love to know about it. Contat me at Dhcbaldwin@gmail.com or DeborahBaldwin.net
Alexandra Asmus says
I was very excited to find your website and your blog. I feel like I am similar to you, but a few steps behind you on the journey of drama teaching. I know I will learn a lot from you.
I haven’t listened to many podcasts but have recently developed the habit listening to audio books. Your post has inspired me to look for some good podcasts on drama teaching. Like audiobooks, I imagine that they allow the opportunity to make the most of time spent doing mundane tasks or during driving and exercise. I can think of many ways that podcasts trump audiobooks: their immediacy, their conversational tone, and their manageable length. As a blogger, I’m sure developing your own podcasts will provide an opportunity to become extremely real and available to your audience.
I enjoyed listening to your interview with Dr. Jimmy Chrismon, and I’m thankful for your recommendation of this podcast. I would be really interested to hear how theatre “saved your life”. I’m a big believer that theatre can be very influential in the personal development of children, teens, and even adults. I, too, discovered drama in my early teens, and it has provided me with so much positive direction in life.
I’m glad it gave you some inspiration, Alexandra. My blog post How Theater Saved My Life is at https://dramamommaspeaks.com/2018/05/07/how-theatre-saved-m%EF%BB%BFy-life/ which speaks about my journey in theater. Are you a teacher? It looks like you are from Australia?
Alexandra Asmus says
Hi Deb. It’s great to hear from you. Yes, I am from Australia and have been teaching drama for over 20 years. I achieved my first qualification through Trinity College of London exams. I have taught students through that syllabus and in small groups. I started teaching for a local theatre company three years ago and just love it! I read the post about how theatre saved your life. I agree with you that there is nothing quite like the feeling of being backstage, whether in a performer or director role.
That’s nice to hear. Thank you for communicating.