Since discovering podcasts a few years ago, I’ve become an addict. The best business podcasts can teach you so much about all areas of business and I listen to them while driving, walking, running, grocery shopping, folding washing, and cooking (if I’m alone). They’re a great way to ingest information while you’re physically doing something else (and one of the few ways you can effectively multi-task).
Although my podcast list changes over time, currently my favourite business podcasts are as follows…
Best Business Podcasts
- Seth Godin’s Startup School
This is unfortunately not an ongoing series but has 15 short but amazing podcast episodes where Seth shares the best of his wisdom. I’ve listened to it at least twice and intend to listen again soon. If you’re looking for one of the best business podcasts available, this is it.
- The Smart Passive Income Podcast
Pat Flynn is a great interviewer and presenter of his knowledge and although this podcast is aimed at people looking to generate passive income online, almost all of the learnings apply to most types of businesses. His other podcast – AskPat is also a wealth of knowledge with specific answers to lots of questions about online businesses.
Chris Ducker is a wealth of knowledge with a focus on delegation and outsourcing. He also has fantastic guests and a fun, light-hearted interviewing style.
- Online Marketing Made Easy
Amy Porterfield has a very practical approach and walks you through many technical aspects of online marketing. She also speaks about the mindset required for entrepreneurship and interviews specialists in different areas of business.
- The Biz Chix Podcast
A good mix of interviews and deep dives into specific topic areas – all from a women’s perspective.
- Starting from Nothing – The Foundation Podcast
Interesting format, mainly about developing and marketing online software (SAS) but the ideas apply to all kinds of businesses. They often delve into the mindset challenges of starting a business too (which can get a bit woowoo but it’s enlightening all the same).
- StartUp Podcast
A deep dive into what it’s really like to start a business.
Other (Non-Business) Podcasts I Love
The following podcasts aren’t specifically business related, but often blur into these areas and also get the creative juices flowing;
- TED Radio Hour
Highlights from TED talks assembled into a cohesive presentation around a certain topic. Often I see the topics and think they won’t be of interest but I’m always pleasantly surprised.
- The Tim Ferris Show
I’ve listened to every episode of this podcast and love Tim’s way of uncovering what makes high performers the way they are – sometimes big-wig entrepreneurs and other times sports people, scientists, authors, etc, but always insightful and entertaining.
- The James Altucher Show
Again, more great interviews in an unconventional style. Sometimes business related, and other times not.
- The School of Greatness
Lewis Howes has a great story and is another fantastic interviewer. He has a way of asking different types of questions that bring out new insights into his guests.
- Happier with Gretchen Rubin
Gretchen and her sister Elizabeth are very easy to listen to and have great, very practical tips about changes we can all make to live a happier life. (Simple things like ways to keep in touch with loved ones, ways to have more energy, etc.)
- The Art of Charm
Although this is blatantly aimed at blokes, the topics and guests are often very interesting and can help everyone with personal growth.
- Note to Self
These short podcasts are great at diving into various area of our lives – often psychology and/or technology related – and provide a very entertaining and insightful discussion.
- Let It Be
A new podcast by Kelly Exeter and Brooke McAlary where they discuss ways to do less and be more.
- Straight and Curly
Another new podcast by Kelly Exeter, this one with Carly Jacobs (Smaggle). These two road-test and discuss various lifehacks and self improvement ideas. So far, I’m loving it.
- Good Life Project
Here, Jonathan Fields shares inspirational conversations with business people, writers, philanthropists and others – often taking a holistic approach and discussing the why behind their motivation and creativity.
There are others I go to occasionally or for special purposes (eg learning French!), but these ones are my go-to’s.
Hopefully you might find something here that you like too. Would love to hear if you’ve got some others that you’d classify as best business podcasts! Let me know…
Help! How do I Listen to Podcasts?
If you’ve never listened to a Podcast before, it’s essentially a radio show that you can get on the internet, so you can listen any time you want. You can either listen to a podcast through a website (this is called streaming). Or, (more conveniently) you can download a podcast, which means you’re saving it on your phone, (or computer), and you can listen to it anytime.
To download a podcast, the best way is to use your phone or ipad/tablet:
- For iPhones and iPads, use the Podcasts app (it’s usually already on your phone but if not, get it from the App Store). In the Podcasts app you search (the magnifying glass icon) and then enter the podcast you’re looking for. You can either download an individual episode, or subscribe so that new episodes are automatically downloaded.
- For Android phones and tablets, try the Stitcher app – you can get that from Google Play. In Stitcher, search for the podcast you’re looking for and click the plus sign (+), to add it to your Favorites List. Now go to the Favorites List. Tell it to download new episodes by clicking the gear in the upper right corner.