When it comes to business podcasts, there’s a plethora of them. Short or long format, entertaining, or educational that cover every facet of business under the sun. Whatever your fancy, tuning into podcasts is a great way to broaden your business knowledge. And, if you haven’t jumped on the podcast bandwagon yet, now is the perfect time. Podcasts offer the opportunity to listen, learn, and grow, all whilst commuting or going for a walk.
So, we’ve rounded up six of our favourite business podcasts for aspiring and established business owners to get you started on your podcasting journey. You’ll be hooked in no time.
Branded “one of the most popular podcasters in history” by the New York Times, Guy Raz launched his podcast How I Built This back in 2016 and it rapidly became one of the most popular business podcasts globally. Raz takes a voyeuristic look into the stories behind some of the world’s most recognisable companies and their founders. With episodes featuring Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie, Raz discusses all things business success and failure. How I Built This perfectly delves into the minds of innovators, idealists, and entrepreneurs to explore how they built their movements.
Our episode recommendation for How I Built This is Episode 60, with the founders of ice cream powerhouse Ben & Jerry’s — Ben Cohen And Jerry Greenfield. The iconic duo mixes humour with business and discuss the humble beginnings of the company its growth. They discuss their advocacy for political change and humanitarian rights through their brand — a choice many companies shy away from.
With nearly one thousand episodes on record, more than 40 million downloads and celebrity guests including the likes of Maria Sharapova, Tony Robbins and Kobe Bryant, The School of Greatness is a must-listen. After a family tragedy and a career-ending injury as a college football player, host Lewis Howes found himself broke and living on his sister’s lounge. Fast forward a decade and Howes is now a two-time best-selling author. And through his podcast, shares inspiring stories from some of the brightest minds in business, elite athletes, and celebrities. This podcast is perfect for those who enjoy an interview-style, and the practices, philosophies, and mindsets that help create greatness.
The noteworthy episode we recommend listening to on your next commute is Episode 535 Maria Sharapova: Unstoppable In Tennis, Business, and Life. This episode delves into Maria’s career highlights, her two-year suspension from tennis, and how she developed her business. Not to mention using this time to also write a memoir.
Jazoodle is an Australian tech startup with a vision to become the world’s most foremost resource for organisational success and financial wellbeing. Jazoodle founder and CEO Andrew Paton-Smith launched The Founder’s Podcast: Whose Bright Idea was this Anyway? in October of 2019 and is a podcast by founders curated for SME business owners. The show brings investors, entrepreneurs, business advisors, and growth specialists to answer important questions that arise when running a business. These episodes are the perfect length for your commute and are an inspiring insight into how people have grown their businesses.
We may be a little biased with this recommendation but it really is a great episode! We recommend tuning into Whose bright idea was this anyway? Episode 15 with our very own Director, Laura Prael. Laura and Andrew uncover the “dark arts” of digital marketing, including SEO, copywriting, and website planning, and Laura shares her holistic approach to strategy.
The Tim Ferriss Show has consistently ranked at the top of the podcast charts since its beginnings in 2017. Ferris is a venture capitalist and best selling author with titles such as 4-Hour Work Week and Tool of Titans. He interviews some of the world’s elite in business, sport, entertainment, and the arts. The weekly podcast focuses on the daily routines of the elite to uncover the secret to high performance and success. Past podcast guests include the likes of LeBron James, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Vince Vaughn, and Esther Perel. Episodes of the show can range anywhere from an hour to three, as Tim carefully extracts practical tactics and tools.
We highly recommend listening to Ferriss’ episode 124 with Academy Award-winning actor, musician, and comedian Jamie Foxx on workout routines, success habits, and untold Hollywood stories. The perfect combination of inspiration and celebrity gossip, this two and a half-hour episode explores Foxx’s humble beginnings and the lessons he’s learned from Hollywood’s biggest stars.
Hosted by modern-day entrepreneur Jenna Kutcher, the Goal Digger Podcast is a live workshop style business podcast for female entrepreneurs looking to excel in their business and personal lives. Ditching the traditional talk and interview format of podcasting, Kutcher’s podcast feels like chatting with a friend over coffee. She dishes out advice on topics such as SEO and Instagram marketing, and those less discussed, such as maintaining a work-life balance and how to make your business more inclusive.
Our noteworthy episode recommendation for the Goal Digger Podcast is Episode 178: The #1 Way to Be More Inclusive. This episode features guest Brit Barron — co-founder of Other Dreamers Culture Consultants, speaker, writer, and diversity and inclusion trainer. Barron and Kutcher talk about how gender, race, religion, and sexuality play a factor in our everyday lives. And in business, what it means to be inclusive and progressive in the current era.
While not directly a business podcast, Central Coast local and leadership coach Brendan Rogers discusses all things leadership, teamwork, and workplace culture on his The Culture of Things podcast. Having witnessed poor leadership, the negative impact on employee performance, and limit the growth of a business, Brendan shares all. With short episodes, this podcast is perfect for employers who may be experiencing low morale or productivity in the workplace. It addresses unwanted turnover of staff, and how to keep workplace culture positive.
Again, we may be biased but our noteworthy episode recommendation is episode 2 — How can we work better together? with our Director, Laura Prael. Laura and Brendan discuss improving teamwork using the DiSC profiling tool.
What business podcasts are you listening to?
These are just six of our favourite business podcasts. With new podcasts going live each and every day, this list can only grow. What podcasts do you listen to that have helped you grow and run your business? Share them with us in the comments below! We’re always on the hunt for juicy new content to listen to.
For more business growth inspiration check out our blog on how businesses are thriving during the coronavirus pandemic by turning uncertainty into opportunity.