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15 Mind-Blowing And Life-Enhancing Podcasts That Will Make Commuting Meaningful

15 Mind-Blowing And Life-Enhancing Podcasts That Will Make Commuting Meaningful

Meaningful podcasts for your daily commute can make and enhance your mind at the same time. Boring commute? Sick and tired of watching the same old route? Vehicles filled with unhappy faces as you crawl along to work? It’s an unavoidable circumstance. You have to get to work and often, there is no way around the way you have to go. Change up your normal listening experience (like that boring old “Morning Zoo” show) and try tuning into a few podcasts.

Enhance that dull commuteand make your commuting experience a life-enhancing experience, as well as, meaningful.

Meaningful Podcasts:

Quit listening to the same old radio stations and try a mind-blowing podcast instead. Whether you use iTunes or Android daily podcasts await, to keep your mind occupied through meaningful podcasts.

15. Stuff To Blow Your Mind

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    Stuff To Blow Your Mind

    includes:

    14. The Age Of Persuasion
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      The Age Of Persuasion keeps you occupied with:

      (Though “The Age Of Persuasion” radio series has retired since 2013, you can still enjoy the past episodes for some mind-blowing podcasts!)

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      13. White Coat, Black Art

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        White Coat Black Art

        keeps your mind off of the traffic jam with:

        12. Risk!

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          Think you’ve got it bad? Take a listen to Risk! and hear the true exploits of others:

          11. Point Of Inquiry

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            Interested in topics regarding politics, religion, science and more?Point of Inquiry features:

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            10. Nerdette

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              Avid reader? Or just love vegging out on the couch with your fave series? Then Nerdette offers:

              9. The Grantland Network

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                The Grantland Network

                offers a sample of talks across several genres, from Hollywood to all things sports.. Some topics presented:

                8. Stuff You Should Know

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                  Stuff You Should Know

                  is all about two guys tellin’ you what you should know! Topics include:

                  7. Stuff You Missed In History Class

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                    These meaningful podcasts are suitable even for those who hated history class. Topics include:

                    6. You Look Nice Today: A Journal Of Emotional Hygiene

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                      You Look Nice Today

                      is an amazing podcast that assists in keeping you emotionally healthy. Topics include:

                      5. How Did This Get Made

                      Feed your brain with How Did This Get Made. Learn and laugh as you commute with topics like:

                      4. Science Friday

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                        Take advantage of the great podcasts offered at Science Friday. Hot topics have been:

                        3. 99% Invisible

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                          99% Invisible

                          is the podcast that tunes you in to topics you don’t think about everyday. Past topics:

                          2. Travel In 10

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                            Enjoy traveling all over the world with Travel in 10. Recent podcosts have included:

                            1. IronDove

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                              IronDove

                              focuses on building a community of folks interested in social justice. Previous podcasts have included:

                              Featured photo credit: Enric Martinez via flickr.com

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                              Last Updated on October 16, 2019

                              11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

                              11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

                              Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.

                              Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.

                              Meeting scheduler apps are awesome if you use them right. Use them wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.

                              In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduler apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.

                              1. ScheduleOnce

                                ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.

                                ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.

                                ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.

                                Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.

                                Available on Web

                                2. Calendly

                                  Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.

                                  You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.

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                                  Available on Web | Google Chrome Extension

                                  3. Assistant.to

                                    For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.

                                    From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.

                                    While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.

                                    Available on Web

                                    4. Acuityscheduling

                                      Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.

                                      It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.

                                      Available on Web | iOS | Android

                                      5. Pick

                                        Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.

                                        At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.

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                                        Available on Web

                                        6. X.ai

                                          For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.

                                          This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.

                                          Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.

                                          Available on Web

                                          7. YouCanBook.me

                                            is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.

                                            They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.

                                            Available on Web

                                            8. Doodle

                                              Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.

                                              It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.

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                                              You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.

                                              While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.

                                              Available on Web | iOS | Android

                                              9. WhenAvailable

                                                WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.

                                                Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.

                                                Available on Web

                                                10. Rally

                                                  Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.

                                                  Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.

                                                  Available on Web

                                                  11. NeedtoMeet

                                                    Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.

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                                                    NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.

                                                    While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.

                                                    Available on Web

                                                    Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers

                                                    In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.

                                                    To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”

                                                    Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.

                                                    A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.

                                                    Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.

                                                    If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.

                                                    Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.

                                                    With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.

                                                    The Bottom Line

                                                    Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.

                                                    Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.

                                                    Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.

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