Can You Really Learn from Podcasts?

This week’s blog is going to be a little different. I usually discuss an autism topic and give ABA techniques and strategies or suggestions for both parents and professionals to help children with autism in some way. But this week, I’m going to talk about my recent habit of listening to podcasts to learn and grow, both in the autism ABA field as well as in the online marketing world, too.

I’m kind of embarrassed to admit this, but about a year ago, I didn’t even know how to get podcasts to play on my smartphone. I had no idea until I was invited to be a guest on Matt Cicoria’s podcast called Behavioral Observations, and in preparation, I listened to a bunch of his other interviews and learned how to download and subscribe to podcasts.

Matt is a behavior analyst as well and has many years of awesome experience. He has a really great podcast that he does on a regular basis, and he has dozens of podcasts now. He even provides type II BACB CEUs for a few of the episodes.

I’m featured on episode number 12, and I say things in the podcast interview that I haven’t ever discussed. If you follow my work and want to learn some new things about me, I would check it out.

Some ABA topics that I’ve learned about or I learned from Matt’s podcast include acceptance and commitment therapy and executive functioning. Also, Dr. Meagan Miller presents two great, compelling podcasts with Matt on the ethical problems of using escape extinction, which is a procedure that most behavior analysts use almost every day.

In addition to listening to Matt’s podcast on a regular basis, I also listen to several online marketing and motivational podcasts, which are really helping me grow in my online business. I listen to Jeff Walker who wrote a really great book called Launch, which has helped me launch my online programs. I also listen to Amy Porterfield and Pat Flynn who is the author of another great book called Will It Fly.

So, how did I learn how to get podcasts on my smartphone, and how did I learn a lot of different things over the year? I’m going to give you a tip about how I learn to do things that I don’t know how to do.

Whether you want to learn how to download or subscribe to podcasts, or learn how to use Google calendar, or even if you want to learn how to get the string back in a hoodie sweatshirt after it comes out in the washing machine. Simply search YouTube and the topic I’m interested, and sure enough, almost without exception, there will be someone who knows how to do this that will provide a short, free video tutorial for you. And that’s really how I learn how to do these things when I set my mind to it. I say, “Okay. I want to switch over from a paper calendar to an electronic calendar.” I sit down, watch a couple video tutorials on YouTube and make it happen.

So, I would encourage all of you that are interested in listening to Matt Cicoria podcast at episode number 12 with me particularly, but all of the podcasts are really great to listen to. Go to behavioralobservations.com, and I’ll see you next week.