Relish Grantchester with Podcast

I am celebrating the return of Grantchester. Season 2 is excellent so far. Five episodes in and the story arc of Geordie and Sidney's friendship. Plus Sidney's turbulent love life continues to provide subplots. Then there are the delightful fellow residents at the vicarage: Mrs. MacGuire, Leonard and Dickens.

If you want to enjoy this terrific mystery series on Masterpiece even more, then listen to the new Masterpiece podcast on iTunes or Stitcher. There are interviews with the cast and with the Grantchester creator James Runcie. 

There are more books by Runcie than the two I found last year when Grantchester first came out. I plan to look for them when I am in London in a few weeks.

The last episode of Season 2 is this Sunday night on PBS, or available for purchase on Google Play and iTunes. Check it out.

Rob Bell's Podcast Inspires Sometimes

Rob Bell

Rob Bell

I started listening to Rob Bell's podcast in January. It is hit and miss. Sometimes I find myself tuning it out as Rob gabs on and on. He is best when he interviews someone. The guests are from varied perspectives--entertainment, theology, art, and more.

I am listening to his April 25, 2016* podcast with Krista Tippett. I have featured her on this blog before because I love her podcast On Being. She has a new book, Becoming Wise. I have ordered it but I have not read her book yet. She has a new podcast to accompany it. Both of her podcasts are available on Stitcher. 

I have only found Rob Bell's RobCast on https://robbell.com. Sometimes I am frustrated listening to it because Rob Bell sometimes gets in the way of the guest, or goes on and on about himself. I guess a lot of people like him so much, they like these episodes. I find them annoying and find Rob Bell comes off as precocious. 

He is best when he interviews Elizabeth Gilbert--except for the excess giggling. The interview with Krista Tippett is solid. Look at the guests on the website and dive into the one that looks most promising to you.

*I realize this appears as though I am writing about the future. This blog was actually completed in April 2016 but I cannot figure out how to change the publication date! Uffda SquareSpace.

Michael Hyatt is a Prolific Writer

Author and coach Michael Hyatt

Chris Guillebeau and Jon Acuff recommend identifying people in your field whose work you admire and follow them so you can find inspiration and learn from them. Several times Michael Hyatt was mentioned in a list of admirable bloggers. I checked out his web site and it is impressive.

He offers a This is Your Life podcast, a blog, publications, keynote speaking, and conferences. In a blog post called "Pick My Brain" he wrote:

Here are seven ways you can get access to me. These are arranged from least expensive to most expensive.

  1. Search my site. I have written more than 1,400 blog posts on this site. Chances are, I have already addressed your question or issue. Just use the search box in the upper right-hand corner of this page. My weekly podcasts are another free resource.
  2. Subscribe to my updates. I currently publish two new blog posts a week, along with a new podcast. I write on self-development, leadership, productivity, platform-building, and publishing. By subscribing, you’ll never miss a post. Learn more …
  3. Buy one of my products. You can find them all in my store. They represent my best thinking on various topics, including platform-building, publishing, public speaking, and more. I have several other products in development. Learn more …
  4. Join Platform University. This is my members-only site, designed to give you the inspiration, training, and resources you need to take your platform to the next level. The community forums are my favorite feature. I personally participate in them. Learn more …
  5. Come to one of my conferences. I host three different conferences a year, along with my business partner, Ken Davis. They are designed for public speakers and platform builders. These are a great place to connect with me personally. Learn more …
  6. Book me as a speaker. I have been speaking publicly for more than 25 years and have keynoted hundreds of events. I currently do a limited number of speeches each year for corporations, conferences, and trade associations. Learn more …
  7. Hire me as a coach or consultant. I love coaching and consulting, but I have limited time available for it. Therefore, I am very selective. I also charge crazy-high fees. But if you think you could benefit from one-on-one interaction with me, send me an e-mail.

Not sure how he has time to produce all of these products--even with help. I subscribed to his email and the deluge began. I am impressed with his productions schedule.

After listening to a number of podcasts and reading a number of blogs, I am underwhelmed with the quality. The ideas are not very original and the headlines often do not seem to align with the content. There is a lot of functionality on the website though. And he must have a very strong work ethic.