Are your podcast conversations feeling a bit off?
After hosting and producing 1,000+ episodes and listening to 10,000 more, I’ve been there — studying every question, pause, transition, and punchline.
Books have been one of the secrets to improving the art of a podcast conversation. Here are 5 books to better your podcast conversation skills:
1. How to Stop Time by Matt Haig
This book is about a man who’s lived for centuries. Imagine the stories! It teaches us to think beyond the now. Perfect for sparking those deep conversations on your show.
It’s a fiction read that’ll stretch your imagination, so you can pull your listeners into the moment, every episode.
2. The Art of Living a Meaningless Existence by Robert Pantano
Overthinking ruins the vibe. This book is a nod to stoicism (and other philosophies) and the art of going with the flow—just what you need when an interview takes a wild turn (this could be everything from an unexpected response, a technical glitch, or worse–you can’t stop sneezing!).
It helps you simplify complex ideas, making your talks relatable and your guests comfortable.
3. The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt
In a podcast, you’re not just sharing thoughts; you’re shaping discussions. This book will help navigate the landscapes of modern thought and culture.
It empowers you to host dialogues that aren’t surface-level chats. Instead, you can get into what’s shaping society. Avoid the echo chamber.
4. Finite and Infinite Games by James Carse
Too many podcasts chase quick wins. This book flips the script, showing you how to see the way bigger picture.
It’s about making your podcast an endless journey of discovery—for you, your guest, and your listeners. With no endgame.
5. The Art of Clear Thinking by Hasard Lee
Conversations can go all over the place. Dialogue is messy. This book teaches you to keep your head when all around you are losing theirs.
It’s the guide to staying on track, no matter where the talk goes.
Thanks for reading.
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