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“The business of business is relationships; the business of life is human connection”. – Robin S. Sharma
It should be clear by now that the world runs not on money, but on relationships – and in the pursuit of mastery therein, it would be prudent for us all to hone our interpersonal skills in 2022. Building stronger relationships, securing business partnerships, motivating our team and ultimately reaching fulfillment in business and in life, depend on our ability to listen, learn, lead and communicate effectively.
We live in a time of ever-increasing busyness, where technology has become one of the greatest facilitators of modern learning. Reigning comfortably atop the pyramid of personal development tools, Podcasts provide a time-efficient solution to upskilling on-the-go, and they are being utilized by high-achievers the world over. 2021 saw around 850,000 active podcasts with over 48 million total episodes streaming throughout the world. Understandably, the task of filtering and prioritizing which to listen to next can be overwhelming.
To alleviate this potentially angst-inducing process, below is a syllabus of 8 Podcasts to facilitate a peaceful flow down the river of perpetual growth:
As Blair Kaplan Venables, President of Blair Kaplan Communications PR Agency points out; “Impactful leaders are masters of communication”. With that in mind, one can’t go past one of the most highly qualified and well respected experts in the field – Brené Brown. Author of six #1 New York Times best sellers, and host of the weekly Spotify original podcasts Unlocking Us and Dare to Lead, Brown engages in “conversations that unlock the deeply human part of who we are, so that we can live, love, parent, and lead with more courage and heart.”
Rising Women Leaders Podcast: “A sisterhood of women stepping into courage, self-love and feminine leadership. Insights from Meredith Rom and interviews inspiring leaders to grow their impact, and find their voice.”
To fully understand the intricacies of communication between men and women, it would be well advised to seek the wisdom also of the opposite gender. Few names ring synonymous with all things Life, Success, and Relationship Coaching as Tony Robbins. The #1 Life and Business Strategist in the world, has helped over 50 million people from 100 countries create real and lasting change in their lives.“Why live an ordinary life, when you can live an extraordinary one?” – The Tony Robbins Podcast.
As Lewis Howes, host of The School Of Greatness Podcast points out, “in today’s world of disconnection, multi-tasking, and distractions, the art of listening is even more important.” On Episode 137: The Art Of Listening, Howes speaks with special guest, Transformation Coach, Chris Lee. “Sometimes people are communicating a much bigger message by what they’re not saying.” – Chris Lee
According to Michelle Beltran, Psychic Medium, Author, Intuitive Life Coach and host of ‘The Intuitive Hour: Awaken Your Inner Voice’ podcast “Good interpersonal skills begin within ourselves, creating a deep-seated sense of self confidence and autonomy, wherein there is an ease about the unknowns and a new view about life.”
To Michelle, our ability to communicate effectively, be a team player, and be flexible in a place where there are many people with different perspectives can make the difference between a successful career or not.
The Brendon Show: How To Motivate Others, with Brendon Burchard, three-time #1 New York Times best-selling author and named by Forbes as ‘The World’s leading high performance coach.’ “How do you motivate others when you need them to perform? In this episode, learn how to encourage others without manipulating them, and instead inspire them to do what is most healthy for themselves, you, and everyone involved.” – Brendon Burchard.
On Purpose with Jay Shetty: “My purpose is to make wisdom go viral.” On Purpose podcast brings fascinating conversations with some of the most insightful people in the world straight to viewers all over the world.
For CEO of Coastal Kapital, Kortney Murray, podcasts have provided a unique edge to improving the essential interpersonal skills required to run the company she does today. ‘I have gained highly valuable skills and growth by understanding what it means to be an active listener, engage with patience, understand the needs of my team and ultimately become a better leader through the inclusion of podcasts. Specifically The Tim Ferris Show has been highly motivating for Kortney.
If making a difference in 2022 is a part of your mission, start by making a difference within yourself first, honing your interpersonal skills and watching the ripples of your positive impact roll out into the world.
Words by Shannon Rose.