Podcasting has been around for years. Whether you are a thriving business owner, or a budding entrepreneur, you should subscribe to at least one (or all!) of these amazing podcasts. We rounded up a list of podcasts for every area of your business life.
But first! A little bit of history…
“A podcast is a form of digital media that consists of an episodic series of audio, video, digital radio, PDF, or ePub files subscribed to and downloaded through web syndication or streamed online to a computer or mobile device.” – Wikipedia.
Simply put, a podcast is like a radio program where listeners can tune into their favorite shows at their convenience and listen directly on any device that can play audio files.
The word podcast came from the combination of words – iPOD and broadCAST, and the term “podcasting” was first mentioned on a February 2004 article in The Guardian newspaper. Podcasting, which was once an obscure method of spreading information, now has become a known medium for distributing audio content.
If you think you don’t have the time to listen to podcasts – think again! Any down time you have is a great opportunity to listen to podcasts – while you’re in the car driving to work, on the bus, at the gym, going for a walk or just having your “ME” time. I listen to a podcast from the web via a podcast player on the host’s website, or via Soundcloud when I work, usually when I’m doing some research.
Try some of the following apps that are great with podcasts (many of which are available for Android as well):
Now that you have the time and the apps for listening to podcasts, without further adieu, here is the list of podcasts you should listen to for every area of your entrepreneurial journey.
A. For General Business Topics:
Hosted by world-renowned author Tim Ferris.
His podcast features a look into the lives of the top-class performers in the world, like investor Chris Sacca, WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Tim explores the tools and tips these people used to get to where they are today. Listening to him makes you feel like a badass yourself.
Hosted by Pat Flynn.
Pat branded himself as the “crash test dummy” of online business, sharing what works (and what doesn’t) so you would know how to build your business better. This is one of the most popular podcasts in the internet, and a must-listen if you want to “crush it” in your business.
Hosted by Michael Hyatt.
He tackles issues on how to lead effectively, live with more passion, work with greater focus, and leading with extraordinary influence.
Hosted by Derek Halpern.
People follow Derek because of his straightforward, no-nonsense approach to business and marketing that gets results.
Hosted by John Lee Dumas.
The podcast airs every day, and tells the stories of business owners who have taken their entrepreneurial journey to the next level.
Hosted by Jeremy Frandsen & Jason Van Orden.
They have been in the internet business podcast since 2005. They give tips on what you need to know about starting your business. They are dedicated to teach you, not only the skills, but also the mindset necessary to grow your business.
B. For Marketing
Hosted by Amy Porterfield.
Amy focuses on actionable lead generation strategies, how to grow your mailing list, and tips for turning your customers into raving fans.
Hosted by Michael Stelzner.
Each episode includes social media success stories, interviews with well-known industry experts, and tips on how to improve your social media marketing strategies.
In each episode, they answer questions about copywriting, content marketing, email marketing, conversion optimization, having the right mindset and more.
Hosted by Joe Polish and Dean Jackson.
Each episode is packed with inspiring and actionable marketing strategies about direct mail ideas, lead generation, lead conversion, email marketing and the like.
Each episode is full of useful examples of how different websites and marketers have optimized their conversion rates to grow their email lists, website traffic, user trials, customer signups, and social shares. It’s a great place to get inspiration and pick up new ideas for your website.
Hosted by Gary Vaynerchuck.
Gary and his team are constantly testing new social media strategies to find out what works and shares it in the podcast. During each show, he answers questions from his fans about marketing, social media, and entrepreneurship.
From the Founders of Fizzle.co.
This incredibly funny show talks about how to build your audience, create a valuable product or service, and starting a business that matters.
C. For Sales
Hosted by Bill Caskey and Bryan Neale.
They will teach you how to build a stellar sales force by primarily motivating your team. They regularly cover sales skills, the right mindset, and how to deal with prospective customers.
Hosted by Donald Kelly.
Donald Kelly is so passionate about sales that he’s been dubbed as “the sales evangelist”. In each episode, he covers both sales and personal development, wherein he interviews experts in marketing, sales, and business.
Hosted by Paul Castain.
He has mentored more than 10,000 sales professionals and is the former director of corporate solutions sales for Dale Carnegie. He merges traditional sales methods with social media tools and personal branding. Episodes include various quick sales tips covering various topics such as presentation skills, negotiation, winning back lost business, and competing with higher priced products and services.
D. For Managing Your Business
By Harvard Business Review.
It is a weekly podcast from the leading thinkers in business and management of Harvard Business Review. Each episode is packed with high-quality content to keep you on the cutting edge of your work.
Hosted by Cornelius Fichtner.
Each episode delivers best practices and new developments in the field of project management.
Hosted by Peter Taylor.
A best-selling author, Peter Taylor is noted as one of the most entertaining and inspirational speakers in project management – someone who us passionate about “working SMARTER, not harder”.
Hosted by Cesar Abeid.
Cesar interviews Project Managers and other professionals who are successful in their roles. He breaks down the lessons into actionable items that you can implement right away. He believes that “Your life is a project. You are the manager”.
E. For Finance
Hosted by Ric Edelman.
Ric’s show is very practical and entertaining, for a show that talks about finance! He discusses different finance topics like mortgages, retirement, and IRAs.
Hosted by Rovert Kiyosaki.
A best-selling author, Robert Kiyosaki, gives practical advice on money, investing, business, and personal development.
Hosted by Laura Adams.
Each show covers one important financial topic in less than 15 minutes that you can use right away.
Hosted by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner.
Each episode tells stories and uncovers “the hidden side of everything” – providing a nice balance of education and entertainment.
F. For Health & Fitness
You may be asking – “Why is there a health & fitness part on this list?” The answer – if you are not healthy, then you will not be able to grow your business. What’s the point in having a successful, thriving business if you’re all up on stress, bad habits, then eventually, medical bills?
Hosted by Dave Asprey.
Dave Asprey, bulletproof executive and biohacking pioneer, interviews world-class medical doctors, biochemists, Olympic nutritionists, and meditation experts for tips on how you could improve your well-being. He also shares his personal self-experiments using technology and hacking techniques to upgrade his mind, body and life.
Hosted by Brandon Epstein.
Each week, Brandon interviews healthy entrepreneurs, neuroscientists, psychologists, nutritionists and other experts in peak performance to help you get in your most resourceful state of mind, and ultimately perform your best.
Hosted by Abel James.
Abel answers your questions, and interviews leaders in alternative health, Paleo lifestyle, and natural wellness, to share secrets about losing fat, building muscle, and upgrading your health.
Hosted by Shawn Stevenson.
Shawn, a world-renowned author and nutritionist, breaks down complex health issues, and makes them easy to understand in a fun, entertaining, and enlightening way.
Do you know other podcasts that can help? Leave a comment below and tell us about it.