If you’re looking to stay ahead of the game on best practices and industry trends, while learning the latest new strategies, podcasts are one of your best bets.
They let you use your commuting time and other spare moments wisely, turning wasted time into professional development. Set and achieve more ambitious goals this year by getting into these 19 best podcasts for business.
These Podcasts are not necessarily listed in order.
19 of the Best Podcasts for Business
Season one of the Tony Robbins Podcast is now available, and it was created to help small and medium-sized business owners take their businesses to the next level. Each podcast provides strategies and insights from both Robbins himself and his special guest entrepreneur. The questions and answers are specifically geared to help listeners gain a competitive advantage either in their existing market or in new markets. Tony Robbins is a best-selling author, world-famous business and life coach, and entrepreneur. I highly recommend you check out all of his work.
Nathan Latka is a software entrepreneur and wildly successful salesperson. He also founded the multimillion dollar business Saas business Heyo in his early twenties. The Top podcast is focused on intense conversations with the brightest and best entrepreneurs from around the world, cramming in as many insights as can fit into 15 minutes.
These are the same inspiring, informative TED Talks you already know, but they are specially edited to be audio podcasts so that you don’t miss important content by listening to audio alone. I listen to Ted Talks daily, they are a great way to learn.
This podcast is consistently rated among the highest out there with tens of millions of downloads. Hosted by Tim Ferriss, each podcast focuses on one world-class expert in some area, whether it’s a politician, an actor, or an entrepreneur. The idea is to extract and distill in usable form whatever these highly successful people do. Tim Ferriss has received numerous accolades for his innovative business ideas and charismatic leadership qualities. He is an angel investor and author of the best-selling “4-Hour Workweek” and other books.
The Mixergy podcast offers business tips for entrepreneurs hoping to create startups. Hosted by Andew Warner, the show has a lot to offer because it’s based on interviews of proven entrepreneurs who are happy to teach listeners everything they can about what they took away from their own experiences. Andrew Warner is the founder of Mixergy and a successful entrepreneur in his own right.
The #AskGaryVee show is on YouTube, although it also makes great use of Twitter. It’s a forum for expert Gary Vaynerchuk to answer all kinds of entrepreneurship, marketing, and social media questions. The podcast version is edited for easy audio-only consumption. Gary Vaynerchuk is the CEO of VaynerMedia and a popular public speaker.
Shane Purnell is an IT professional, technology junkie, and communication expert. He has devoted almost 20 years to teaching others how to communicate more effectively, and that’s his focus in this entertaining podcast. The shows themselves tend to offer not just motivation and high energy entertainment but also practical insights and tools you can use to become a better communicator in your day to day business.
Hosted by Sarah Green Carmichael, the HBR Ideacast is a weekly podcast of interviews with business experts. Guests include authors, academic researchers, journalists, CEOs, and other business sources; topics vary widely but are well-curated and very high level. Sarah Green Carmichael is a senior associate editor at HBR and a seasoned writer in her own right.
The EntreLeadership Podcast hosted by Ken Coleman is based on the Dave Ramsey business model and features expert interviews on leadership and team building. Ken Coleman is the author of “One Question: Life Changing Answers From Today’s Leading Voices” and Dave Ramsey called him “one of the best interviewers in the country.” Coleman has been featured on all major news outlets and has interviewed countless notables from Tony Robbins and Malcolm Gladwell to Senator John McCain and President Jimmy Carter.
The Growth Show, produced by Christine Ianni, is a business podcast designed to clarify the problems with—and present solutions for—starting and growing a business. On point with the HubSpot growth message, the podcasts each showcase the ideas of leaders who are known for making serious business growth happen. Christine Ianni is the Junior Associate Marketing Manager and producer of the Growth Show; she is also on HubSpot’s content team and a participant in their Leadership Rotational Program.
The Solopreneur Hour is subtitled “Job Security for the Unemployable” because the goal of host Michael O’Neal is to show people how to become “unstuck” in business, achieving business success on one’s own terms—what he calls “unemployable.” On’Neal is a life coach, entrepreneur, Internet marketer, and network marketer, as well as a musician, autocross racer, and all around overachiever.
This top ranked, “Best Of iTunes” business podcast features some of the most inspiring entrepreneurs out there today every single day. Host John Lee Dumas asks guests about the lessons they learned not just from their successes, but from their greatest failures, and how they transformed their “ah ha” moment into success. In addition to his more than 1,200 interviews of entrepreneurs, Dumas is also the creator of the Freedom Journal.
StartupCamp is all about learning how to really launch and sustain a successful business, and its podcast is too. It features numerous expert guests who offer truly knowledgeable insights into things like better leadership, maximizing impact on social media, and SEO. Dale Partridge is the founder of both StartupCamp and Sevenly, as well as a best-selling author and speaker.
This podcast is all about pulling pearls of wisdom from the experiences of actual millionaires who made their money in business. It is based on the book of the same title which was written by the host, Jaime Masters. Masters is also a business coach and has interviewed more than 200 millionaires—so far.
The Introvert Entrepreneur approaches life and business from the perspective of an introvert through discussions and interviews. It has been recognized as a top business podcast by Inc.com and Entrepreneur.com. Beth Buelow is a certified professional coach, a writer, a speaker, and a lifelong introvert hoping to empower others like her to make the most of their natural talents in business.
She is the author of “Insight: Reflections on the Gifts of Being an Introvert” and “The Introvert Entrepreneur: Amplify Your Strengths and Create Success on Your Own Terms” and has also contributed to The Forbes.com, Wall Street Journal, Inc Magazine, Psychology Today, and many other major publications.
The Smart Business Revolution podcast is focused on learning to build the right types of networking relationships with people to really achieve success. To that end each podcast will hear from vastly different successful relationship builders so that you get a real sense of the many different ways these tactics can work for you in your business, no matter what it is and what industry you’re in. John Corcoran is an expert in business relationships as well as a former Clinton White House Writer. He is also an attorney, a CEO, an advisor to entrepreneurs, and a contributor to Forbes.com and the ArtofManliness.com.
The StartUp podcast series is all about what getting a business off the ground is really like, especially for people with no business experience. Season 1, hosted by Alex Blumberg alone, chronicles the start of the podcast network Gimlet Media; Season 2 moves on to follow a new company, Dating Ring. Season 3 is about to start, and it will be showing how multiple business narrowly escape disaster and cope with challenges. Alex Blumberg is an entrepreneur and the founder of Gimlet Media, and Lisa Chow is a former economics reporter and editor turned podcast host.
The a16z Podcast covers news, trends, technologies, and the outlook of the world as we know it, particularly from the Andreessen Horowitz standpoint that “software is eating the world.” Podcasts showcase the ideas of business leaders, industry experts, influencers, and other compelling voices from all over the world. Hosts of the show vary but the podcast is produced by Andreessen Horowitz, a VC and tech firm focused on entrepreneurship and consumer and enterprise businesses.
This Is Your Life is a weekly podcast focused on implementing intentional, passionate leadership in practice every day. Hosted by Michael Hyatt, the goal of the show is to get more out of ordinary interactions by working passionately, living with intense focus, and showing extraordinary influence as a leader. Michael Hyatt is the best-selling author of “Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World.”
These 19 of the best podcasts for business will keep you at the top of your game.
Do you listen to any podcasts regularly that aren’t on this list? Let me know what they are in the comments so I can check them out.