Podcasting has come a long way and what was once a relatively niche medium could well be the future of radio. According to audio monitor Rajar, 4.7 million UK adults have tuned in to a podcast and the smartphone is the most popular way to listen; listener figures are at their highest Monday to Friday, between 8.15am – 8.30am.
Podcasts are a fantastic source of ideas and with mobile connectivity improving all the time, this form of on-demand audio is a multitasker’s dream. Whether you want a dose of inspiration on the commute or to learn something new during your morning run, podcasts are a convenient way to access advice from some of today’s best business leaders.
Here’s our pick of the best:
- The Owner’s Mind by Chris Brogan
Business strategist and professional speaker Chris Brogan has consulted with major brands including Disney, Coke, Google, Microsoft, Cisco, and Sony USA. Ranked #3 on Statsocial’s “Top 100 Social Media Power Influencers”, Chris has had various podcasts over the years and in The Owner’s Mind his interviews explore “what it takes to own your choices, own your future, and own your life”. Topics include everything from leadership, performance coaching, cyber security, blogging, and time hacks.
- Mixergy Startup Stories by Andrew Warner
Andrew Warner shares the stories of people whose successes and failures inspire others to make positive changes in their own lives. And he’s certainly not afraid of asking uncomfortable questions in this compelling collection of over 1000 interviews. Hear from the likes of Spatan creator Joe De Sena, Jimi Wales from Wikipedia, and Brian Scudamore who created 1-800-GOT-JUNK with $700 and a pickup truck. When you’re done listening you can also sign up to online courses built by interviewees.
- Online Marketing Made Easy by Amy Porterfield
Want a podcast that gets results? Amy Porterfield interviews world-class experts about the steps to successful online marketing, with a focus on making everything as actionable and profitable as possible. Her sassy approach covers email marketing, Facebook ads, influencer engagement, and online course generation, with a range of business savvy tips you’ll find easy to follow. You also gain insight into Amy’s own journey from an “overworked yes girl” to the mistress of her own destiny.
- The Twenty Minute VC by Harry Stebbings
What are VCs looking for when they invest in a startup? Now you can find out in The Twenty Minute VC. True to its name, this short but sweet audio hit offers all-important tips from two VCs every week and episodes are broken down into three clear areas. Hear how they achieved their own success, how they broke into the VC game, and some revealing personal statements gleaned from a quick fire round.
- The Tim Ferriss Show by Tim Ferriss
Author of The Four Hour Work Week, Tim Ferriss is a hero amongst entrepreneurs who want to redesign their lifestyle, stop being a slave to work, and make more money in the process.
Consistently ranked #1 business podcast on iTunes, “The Oprah of Audio” is a champion of positivity, taking a funny and light-hearted approach to achieving success. Previous guests include Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Foxx, Edward Norton, Tony Robbins, Maria Popova, Peter Thiel, Marc Andreessen, Amanda Palmer, and Vince Vaughn.
- Entrepreneurs on Fire by John Lee Dumas
Dumas’ own dedication is clear in this award-winning podcast, which runs seven days a week. It features interviews with a wide range of over 1800 entrepreneurs, all with a real mix of stories. And it’s this cross section that appeals to anyone who wants to do better in business, whatever their situation may be. “If you’re looking for actionable advice during your daily commute, workout, or ‘me’ time, JLD brings the heat” – we couldn’t agree more!