Do you SUBSCRIBE?

So a few of you are aware I’m about ten years behind when it comes to technological tools. A tool I’ve recently adopted (within the past two weeks) is that of a podcast.  For some generations and users this is a tool that’s been around since 2005ish. Yup, I’m late to the party.

Does anyone subscribe to any podcasts that relate to your job or interpretation?

In an attempt to continue to find nuggets to become a better interpreter, manager, Dad, human, I’m always looking at ways to sharpen myself and learn. For me this has traditionally come through articles, books, mentors, and conferences. One night I decided to hit the podcast icon on my phone and see what happens.  Little did I know there are so many relatable podcast topics out there that relate to our field of interpretation.

I personally enjoy leadership tidbits so I typed in leadership. Numerous podcasts with examples of topics and issues I find in the workplace appeared. The next button I hit was SUBSCRIBE.  I did this for three different pod casts and now my morning commute becomes a thirty to forty minute leadership session and a way to start reflecting about my work day and work on me.

For fun, I typed in “interpretation.” Interpreting dreams, interpreting religion, and interpreting language seemed to be the common themes in those podcasts. I then tried “Nature”.  Some fun podcasts came up relating to sounds, birds, philosophy, medicine, and recent science talks at museums. Typing in “Naturalist” will also bring you some great choices with regional relevance.

Whether you’re late to the party or not, I encourage you to give it a try. If you’re looking for good discussion with your staff, share a podcast with them to discuss. If you’re looking for guidance on managerial or staffing issues check out some of the podcasts out there. If you want to listen to the style of other naturalists, or see what’s going on with your regional phenology there’s podcasts out there. Perhaps this tool can help you research and develop your next interpretive talk.  Millions of Americans listen to podcasts monthly, perhaps this is another way for interpreters to sharpen and share our craft.

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