Michael Hyatt

5 Podcasts That I’m Listening To

Moving to New York City intensified my love for podcasts. Riding the subway I lose mobile service and podcasting has become the best way to pass the time in the most productive way. I’ve always listened to podcasts, but the past 2 years my listening time significantly increased. Here are my top 5 favorite podcasts:

  1. The #AskGaryVee Show Podcast - great social media and business insights (warning: Gary’s language can be a little strong)

  2. Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast - this is the podcast that I’ve listened to for the longest and always moves to the top of my list when new episodes come out. I wish there were more episodes than just once a month.

  3. Vanderbloemen Leadership Podcast - the interviews on this podcast for church leaders are second to none. If you’re a church leader and you are not listening, please subscribe today.

  4. This Is Your Life Podcast with Michael Hyatt - Over the past half decade or so I’ve read and listened to as much Michael Hyatt as I can. I love his leadership insights and productivity hacks that he so openly shares.

  5. Smart Passive Income Podcast with Pat Flynn - conversations with some incredible digital geniuses that are utilizing online marketing systems in effective and efficient ways.


Here are a few others on my subscribe list:


Also, I want to also highly recommend 3 other podcasts that I am very hands on with:

  1. Social Media Church Podcast - Jay Kranda and I talk Social Media for church leaders with some of the top practitioners around the world.

  2. Awesome Marriage Podcast - featuring Dr. Kim Kimberling, I have the privilege of co-hosting with Christina Dodson where we talk practically about how you can have an awesome marriage.

  3. Emotionally Healthy Leadership Podcast - Pete Scazzero and Rich Villodas share openly and honestly about leadership from the trenches and how Emotionally Healthy Spirituality can transform your leadership.

Where I'm Learning

I believe strongly that leaders are learners.  We all learn in many ways both from experience as well as from other leaders and innovators via many different platforms.  I receive the question often of where I am learning and ask it even more.  I will likely make this a monthly post and look forward to hearing your responses as well.  Here are some of the key places I go to learn currently: Books

Deep and Wide by Andy Stanley

Platform by Michael Hyatt

The iChurch Method by Jason Caston



Fast Company


Church Executive



Michael Hyatt


Ed Stetzer



Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast

Social Media Church with DJ Chuang

Catalyst Podcast


So where are you going to learn and grow as a leader? Any of these same places? I would love to know!

Learning to Post Consistently

The past two weeks have provided a great learning curve for me when it comes to posting consistently.  I have had this platform for a couple of years, but never fully committed to it.  I was confused about the purpose of this platform and how to effectively use it to encourage others. Two things recently have inspired me to begin investing more time on this blog:

1) Reading Michael Hyatt's book, Platform, and how he has built his platform through his blog

2) Encouragement from others interested in learning from my experiences in Online Ministry


Through this inspiration I have quickly learned a great lesson: POST CONSISTENTLY!


In the past I generally posted 2-3 times/month.  In the past 2 weeks I have posted 6 times and take a look below at how that has affected my analytics:

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My new system is to complete 2-3 scheduled posts each weekend with 5-6 Drafts in process at a time.  This also leaves flexibility to add time relevant posts that I can draft and post sporadically if I would like to.

Becoming consistent is new to me, so I would love any tips/tricks you might have when it comes to blogging?  How much is too much/too little to blog?



Book Recommendation: Platform by Michael Hyatt

I am a big Michael Hyatt fan and was excited when I heard about his new book, Platform.  I could not wait for it to come out and downloaded it and read it as soon as I could.  It was honestly a quick read that I will come back to many times in the future. It is full of practical application on how to use today's technology to build your platform.  These concepts are practical for anyone in any field that has something to say.  I have worked with many leaders from pastors to home builders to insurance salesmen and I can confidently say that these concepts would benefit them all.

Michael Hyatt is a no nonsense communicator and doesn't sell you on his concepts, but rather shows you how he has built his platform and how you can do the same.  I highly encourage you to purchase this book and if nothing else skim the pages as I think you will find many takeaways for your platform (however large or small that might be).

By the way Michael Hyatt also recently launched a new podcast that is fantastic!  Check it out here.