Know someone who loves podcasts or audiobooks? Need to find them the perfect gift? You are lucky!
You can't go wrong with any of these options for our 2020 gift guide for podcast lovers and audiobook listeners.
We also have a gift guide for podcasters if that's what you're looking for.
Let's go straight:
Sennheiser Closed headphones HD 598 Cs
the Sennheiser HD 598 Cs Closed wired headphones are known for their sound quality. Lots of padding means you can listen to podcasts, audiobooks, and music for hours without hurting yourself.
The cable can be switched according to your needs and since they are closed they will not disturb anyone else.
Sony WH1000XM4 Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones
Wireless? Check. Noise suppression? Check. Premium audio quality? Check.
These are the perfect travel headphones, but they'll work just as well at home or in the office. You can turn the noise reduction feature on and off, but this is probably the best feature of the Sony WH-1000XM4. They are just awesome.
I have been using them for years now. the Apple AirPods are easily the best buy I have made. It makes listening to podcasts and music so much easier.
They use Bluetooth to connect and you can use them with Android devices (Galaxy, Pixel, etc.) as well - and if you have an Android device, you can download an app to see battery levels. iOS shows it automatically, but that shouldn't be a big surprise.
The updated model also comes with a wireless charging case!
The ease of use on these is a real game-changer. And they don't fall or even move. It's really unbelievable.
Sonos One Smart Speaker (Gen 2)
the Sonos One Smart Speaker (Gen 2) is the same price as the Sonos Play: 1 but comes with built-in Alexa.
You can ask Alexa to play music or podcasts from the most popular apps including Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, etc.
Ultimate Ears BOOM 3 Bluetooth Speaker
the Ultimate Ears BOOM 3 the wireless bluetooth speaker is waterproof and shockproof. They come in a bunch of different colors and they get really loud.
You can also consult the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3 for even more powerful sound.
You can also use the free app to pair multiple speakers.
It's the perfect way to share your favorite podcasts with everyone - or a great way to listen in the shower.
ITunes Gift Card
Spotify Gift Card
Spotify quickly developed its podcast section so that you can listen to your favorite music and podcasts in one place. Pick up a Spotify Gift Card from Amazon here.
If they already have a subscription, it will just be credited to their account so you can't really go wrong here.
If someone loves podcasts, chances are they love audiobooks too.
According to recent research from The Infinite Dial report, conducted by Edison Research, 67 million Americans listen to podcasts monthly ( more than practice Catholicism ) and 42 million listen weekly ( more than a precious trip to the movies ).
I don’t think anyone truly predicted the insane rise in popularity of podcasts, but I love podcasts, so I’m certainly not complaining !
The beauty of podcasts is that you can listen to them while you’re doing other things, like course, cleaning the house, doing laundry, and driving to work. They’re a passive form of media, and they allow you to get lost in a story.
I host my own podcast, and my team produces many, many popular podcasts, so we’ve seen our fair share of successes and failures in podcast preparation, both from the hosts and the guests. I wanted to share a few best practices to make your podcasting life easier, whether you’re an ongoing host or a frequent guest.
You can’t host a successful interview without being clear about how you want the interview to run. And look, I’m not saying you have to run the same kind of show or host the same types of adequately as everyone else out there.
But when you’re clear about the genres of questions you’re going to ask, the cadence and length of the show, and perhaps one or two questions that you’ll ask every guest, it helps you be more prepared and also gives your listeners an easier time binging because they’ll know what to expect.
Decide what kind of show you want to have, make sure you’re consistent, and if you do want to make changes, that’s okay. Just make sure you’re communicating them with your guests and your audience.
Even if you think you know your guest really well, sending over a pre-show form for your guests to fill out is helpful for everyone. It allows your guest to get a feel for the genres of questions you like to ask, and it helps you gather the information that directly relates to your show, as opposed to public information you can find on the web or through casual conversations.
In addition to requiring the pre-show form, do some research of your own. Google is your friend here. If it’s a professional podcast, LinkedIn can also provide a lot of interesting work information. But don’t overlook old site web posts, other podcast interviews, social media updates, and personal news that you can connect upon ( new babies, puppies, or houses are common ! ).
Many podcast guests are looking to get their message out there because they’ve released something new, like a book. And especially in the world, having penned your very own book boosts your credibility in the industry, which is why so many people are turning to book-writing these days. But remember, if a guest is coming on your show with the goal of promoting the book and its message, you’ve got to read, or at least skim, their book. You’ll be able to ask more interesting questions, and your guest will feel welcome and appreciate your attention to their exercices.
You wouldn’t believe the amount of noise I’ve had to edit out of podcast recordings… or at least I’ve attempted to. Some can’t be saved. But distractions don’t just come in the form of courier notifications and phone calls. They’re social media messages, dogs barking, tchat men and women… the list goes on. If you’re scheduling recordings, try to do them when your baby is usually sleeping, or the email has already arrived, or people aren’t popping into the kitchen next to you to microwave their leftovers.
Also, be sure to put your phone on airplane mode, close your email programs and Facebook, put the dog in the other room, and wait to eat your lunch until after your recording wraps. No one wants a post-lunch belch to show up in their interview.
This seems self-explanatory, but I’m always surprised to hear the number of guests who ask me what the format of the podcast is, or what kind of show it is, etc. If you’re being invited to join the show as a guest, you’re being promoted by the podcast and you’re being put in front of new audiences. That’s an honor ! Do yourself a favor, and prepare by listening to the other kinds of guests the host has had on the show, what kinds of questions the host normally asks, and how you might be able to differentiate yourself.
Consider your pitch. What’s your unique value proposition ? Why does this host even want to have you on their show, using a precious 30 minutes to an hour of their life talking to you ?
Sometimes, if you’re lucky, the host will have asked YOU to join their show. What an honor ! In that case, the host will likely have an idea of what they want you to cover and how it will affect their audience.
If, on the other hand, you’re out there hustlin’ and bustlin’, pitching yourself for podcast appearances ( as most professionals are ), you’ll need to make that thing that you are uniquely qualified to do very clear.
I am looking forward to explaining the power that virtual assistants can have on growing a business and getting out of your own way. I’m excited to share some ideas about how your audience can find, hire, and train a VA quickly and efficiently… without losing their minds. Not only will this impress your host, but it will help them develop questions that you can effectively answer. No one wants to be stumped on a podcast interview !
Whether we like it or not, not all podcast hosts will have read this site post ( hehe ) and be completely prepared to have you on their show. Or, they won’t have stellar research skills and won’t be able to find your latest headshot and . tera avoid any confusion or any outdated information, do your host a favor and offer up your latest headshot and a bermuda . It will help them introduce you, can be included in show notes, and will save everyone any embarrassment of sharing information that’s no longer accurate.
You’d think this one would be a no-brainer, but again, you’d be surprised at how many people are like, “I want to be on your podcast ! ” And then are like, “Wait, how does the internet work ? ”Look, podcasting is generally all done with VOIP tools like Skype or Zencastr, which require a stable internet connection ( wired if possible ) and a good quality input. Producers like me can only do so much if you sound muffled, staticky, or if you’re blowing out your microphone.
Your best way to be an amazingly prepared podcast guest might just be to ask what your host needs. Maybe there are some special recording directives or tools, or perhaps there are a few questions that they always like to ask ( which, frankly, you should know about if you’ve listened to a few episodes of the podcast ), or maybe the host needs you to prepare a short site post to go in the show notes. As a guest, it’s your emploi to make the host’s life easier. It’s your job to do everything you can to make the interview freakin’ awesome. You can’t help a bad host—that’s just sad and always hard to listen to—but you can do your part to make sure you’re not to blame for a dramatiques podcast episode.