what is a podcast

How to Listen to The Productive Woman Podcast

You know I have a podcast, right?

Somebody reminded me recently that not everybody knows what a podcast is or how to listen to it. So I thought I should explain.

What is a Podcast?what is a podcast

A podcast is basically audio on demand. (There are video podcasts, but that's not what mine is.) It's kind of like a radio show, but it's “broadcast” on the internet, via a blog (like this one), and sometimes–often–made available through podcast directories like iTunes or Stitcher. Unlike radio, though, you can listen to a podcast whenever you want to, rather than at the times set by the station or network.

Podcasts are a great way to learn new things or find information, entertainment, or inspiration. You can take them with you on your smart phone and listen while you work out, commute, or work. I subscribe to a couple dozen of them. Most of them are probably too geeky for most of my friends, but a couple that I really like for getting ideas about how to be more efficient and productive are Beyond the To-Do List and Simple Life Together. For general inspiration, I like my friend Mary DeMuth's Uncaged Podcast.

My podcast, The Productive Woman, is a 30-minute (give or take a few) weekly show about productivity for busy women. Its purpose is to help us all find tools and encouragement to get stuff done that matters to us. I have guests from time to time who share from their lives and experiences about how they get their stuff done.

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If you want to listen, there are three basic ways you can do that:

How to Listen to the The Productive Woman Podcast:

1. Listen on the blog. Go to The Productive Woman on your computer and click the play button at the beginning of each post. Make sure your speakers are on or your headphones are plugged in and the sound is turned to a comfortable volume.

2. Listen on your smartphone or tablet. There are a lot of great podcasting apps. Apple has a free one in the app store; it comes on every new iPhone. There is also one called Downcast; that's the one I use most of the time. It allows you to search for shows, subscribe to them, and even speed up the audio. If you use an Android device, try subscribing via Stitcher.

3. Subscribe to the Podcast. Access the podcast in iTunes (click here). You can also search for it on your smartphone app (like the ones listed above) and subscribe. If you prefer to listen on your computer and want to receive the podcast posts via email each week, there's a button there on the The Productive Woman website where you can subscribe by entering your email address.

If you listen, and if you find it helpful, I'd appreciate it if you'd consider sharing it with the other busy women you know. And I'd love to hear from you–feedback is the only way for me to know whether I'm on track.

Hope your week is going well!

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Dallas, Texas
I Was Just Thinking . . .
Podcast: The Productive Woman
Legal Blog: Real Estate Law Blog
Twitter: @LauraMcMom
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Giving Thanks and Catching Up

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope you're having a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. I'm enjoying time with family and working on the last edits of Do No Harm. Thought I'd share a few updates:Thanksgiving in the palm of your hand

  1. This week I had a guest post on the American Christian Fiction Writers blog, sharing my thoughts on thankfulness.
  2. Last weekend I was honored to be a guest on the brand new Voice of Texas podcast, hosted by Matthew Hinman.
  3. I've recently published episode 20 of The Productive Woman podcast, sharing my top 10 favorite productivity apps for smart phones. The Productive Woman is now part of the network of podcasts. I've been so thrilled by the response to the podcast and am planning something special for the 25th episode. See below for more details on how you can participate, and maybe win a $25 Amazon gift card. More info at the TPW website.
  4. Do No Harm is coming along. I've been working on the final edits, aiming to send it to the requesting agent before Christmas. It's a scary proposition, so I'd appreciate prayers.

If you're interested in contributing to the upcoming 25th episode of The Productive Woman podcast, and perhaps winning a $25 Amazon gift card, here are the details:

Help Me Celebrate a Milestone!

What are your best tips for getting things done, making the most of your time and energy, and making a life that matters? I want to feature them in episode 25 of The Productive Woman podcast. Email your tips to, or click on the button at the right side of The Productive Woman website to leave a voice message. (If you have more than one tip to share, leave each one as a separate message, and start by telling me who you are–first name only is fine if you're more comfortable with that–and where you're from.) If you're sharing a great productivity tool, be sure to tell us how to find it. From those who contribute a tip, either via email or voice message, by December 31, 2014, I'll draw a name randomly for a $25 Amazon gift card! More information at The Productive Woman.

I hope to hear from you soon. In the meantime, happy Thanksgiving.

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Greenville, Texas
I Was Just Thinking . . .
Podcast: The Productive Woman
Legal Blog: Real Estate Law Blog
Twitter: @LauraMcMom

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