I was at a training day recently when the subject of podcasts came up. One of the delegates there said "Okay, I understand what a podcast is - but how do I get them? Where can I find them?"
Okay - this is how.
I'm working on the basis that you've got a smart phone - iPhone or Android, it doesn't matter.
If you've got an iPhone, then you should have this app on your phone
This is Apple Podcasts. Open it and you'll have four icons along the bottom. One of them is labelled 'Browse'.
Click on that and BOOM! you've taken the first step into the vast, wonderful world of podcasting.
The next icon along is 'Search'. Click on that and just type in people, subjects or businesses that you're interested in. It's likely that they'll be a few results for whatever you type in.
Okay - if you have an Android phone, there are a couple of options for you. The first one is this...
It'll be a part of Google Play - and you can search from there, for the subject, people or business that you're interested in.
However, there is also TuneIn, Stitcher, Spotify, Podbean which also all have their own apps - and almost all of them are free. It's worth pointing out that all of these apps are also available on an iPhone too
That's one thing I will say - if you're having to pay to listen to a podcast, then it's not a podcast. There may be paywalls for additional content - or to remove ads for some of the platforms - but podcasts should always be a free listen. For the moment, anyway - but that conversation is for another time.
The third and final way to find podcasts is simple - the internet.
Most podcasts worth their salt will have their own website, so search for them on Google and go to their page. The podcast episodes should be listed on the site and you can listen straight from there. The apps that I've listed are great for downloading episodes onto your phone for your commute, holiday, dog walk - whatever!
So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and get listening!