Best Business Podcasts 2018
17 Trustworthy Tune In’s for Business Podcasts
10.08.18 | Podcasting | By: Jon Street
Podcasting has become so popular as of late that at times it can seem like everyone you know is either starting one or at least talking about starting one. What might have once seemed to be a platform reserved for big personalities, well-known celebrities or overwhelmingly popular influencers is now an accessible medium for everyone looking to get their voice out for the world to hear. It shouldn’t be a surprise though. The reality is that podcasts are continuing to gain tremendous traction and are not showing any signs of plateauing (let alone declining) from their upward momentum. But why? Well it’s simple. Podcasts are a great, easy way to get your message out and to get it heard by the world at large. They are easy to do and require minimal investment, so they are an incredibly effective marketing tool with a great return on the investment. With this reality in mind people in the business world are flocking to podcasting in droves as the next logical step of marketing their brand or getting their message out in front of others. In fact, the business category in the top podcast directories are teeming with new podcasts aimed at getting business and entrepreneurial-minded listeners to tune-in for their dose of business advice. A simple scroll through the top charts will also show you that there are a mind-boggling number of business podcast options for you to choose from. But with an ever-growing number of choices, it’s hard to know just where to start. We understand the challenge. Don’t sweat it. Here is a roundup of the best business podcasts for you to get caught up with in 2018.
Gary Vee has become a household name across the board with podcasters, but especially with those in the business and entrepreneurial world. Hosted by entrepreneur, CEO, investor, vlogger and public speaker Gary Vaynerchuk, this podcast is a go-to for so many in the entrepreneurial world, in part due to Gary’s engaging personality. The main focus of the podcast is providing the listener a unique blend of interviews and talks on business and marketing ideas from some of today’s most notable thinkers and celebrities. With topics like 6 Tips For Crushing the Sales Game or Drop One Loser Friend as well as appearances by celebrity guests like actress Jessica Alba and NASCAR driver Kyle Busch, Gary continues to dole out episodes that will have you taking out a notepad and going back to the drawing board to reconsider everything you thought you knew about the path to success and winning in both the business and personal world.
Another well-known podcast comfortably trending the top charts is The Tim Ferriss Show by author, entrepreneur and thought-leader Tim Ferriss, who is most recognized for his best-selling book The 4-Hour Workweek. As the podcast’s page entertainingly notes, “Newsweek calls him “the world’s best human guinea pig,” and The New York Times calls him “a cross between Jack Welch and a Buddhist monk.” This weekly business podcast follows Tim as he interviews unique “world-class performers” of all kinds and asks questions geared at getting his audience a behind-the-scenes look at the things they need to excel and improve themselves. With episodes like How to Say “No” Gracefully and Uncommit and Tim Ferriss Goes to Maximum Security Prison as well as conversations with celebrity guests like actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, comedian Bill Burr and Arnold Schwarzenegger, people with all kinds of interests will find something to take away from the growing list of resources Tim is providing.
You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn’t at least heard the name of Tony Robbins, let alone been exposed to his personal development coaching in some way, shape or form. It’s no surprise then that the #1 Life and Business Strategist who has helped over 50 million people would look to podcasting as an additional outlet for his life’s work. This podcast is created for those people who are looking to really improve their business, their relationships and also their health and finances. Each episode is intended towards bringing an industry “mastermind” to your earbuds for a powerful impact towards helping you become a better you. Covering deep questions like Do you ever feel like a fraud? and practical topics like How crowdsourcing can ignite your business as well as discussions with successful and powerful leaders from top brands like Venmo, Skype, Hypergiant and Bulletproof, you will be forced to do some deep personal evaluation with the intent of gaining a greater self-discovery.
How I Built This is a golden podcast from industry-leading NPR. It’s not too often you’ll find something they have their hand in that isn’t a fan-favorite and this podcast is no exception as it “weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built.” How I Built This is an intriguing behind the scenes look at some of the most popular and successful brands and businesses today and the journey of how they were built. Host Guy Raz gives an intriguing and inside perspective into iconic brands and businesses like LinkedIn, Warby Parker, LARABAR, Wikipedia and FUBU to help the listener what it takes to build a reputable, global brand from the ground up.
Another top-charts contender in the lineup from the crew at NPR is the Planet Money podcast. As the name clearly implies, money is crucial to keeping the world in motion, so this is simply a podcast dedicated to helping you understand some of the intricacies of money in an engaging way. They are self-procamedly “helping you make sense of our rapidly changing global economy” through this podcast which “highlights high rollers, brainy economists and financial experts to keep you up to date on the fiscal world.” With topics like When CEO Pay Exploded, Tarrified, Is the NCAA an Illegal Cartel? and The World Longest Yardsale, there’s no shortage of engaging and interesting money-related topics for your review.
Dave Ramsey is no doubt a well-known name in both the business and finance worlds. His counter-cultural thinking is seen as provocative by some and life-giving by others. Through his podcasting platform “he offers callers and readers life-changing advice on how to beat debt, build wealth, and change their personal finances forever.” If you are looking for a unique take on debt elimination, wealth building and creating a healthy mentality about your personal or business finances, The Dave Ramsey Show will be be a breath of fresh air. Dave covers a wide variety of topics in his podcast like How to Kick-Start Your Financial Goals at Any Age, How to Stop Worrying About Money for Good, Challenging Items on Your Credit Bureau Report and Don’t Settle for Doing Just “Okay” With Money.
The RISE podcast is “A bold conversation with fellow business powerhouses that provides the listener with real-life tangible takeaways” and is hosted by successful author, TV personality, speaker and entrepreneur Rachel Hollis who sits down with other well-known and inspirational leaders to give practical advice on overcoming, succeeding and finding ways to do what you love. Often dubbed “The Tony Robbins for women”, Rachel’s podcast offers a variation of engaging topics like Turning a side hustle Into a multi-million dollar business and MLM secrets to success: how to build a great team to grow your direct sales business, so everyone can find something to benefit from in this podcast. While there are an increasing number of female influencers and entrepreneurs taking to the airwaves through podcasting, few are doing it with as much force and following as RISE.
Another top business podcast that leads with a female host is The Goal Digger Podcast with hostess Jenna Kutcher. This podcast is aimed at helping entrepreneurs find the answers to some of their most difficult questions and find real, valuable solutions they can implement and find immediate success. The podcast is designed to bring the listener “productivity tips, social media strategies, business hacks, and inspirational stories that can help YOU design your dream career.” And isn’t this where the conversations around entrepreneurship need to be taking place? With so many voices offering hot tips and insights into the entrepreneurial, business and influencer space, it’s hard to know what’s worth listening to. Jenna has found her own success following the steps she offers and she presents exciting discussions like How I Made $218,000 on Shopify in ONE Year, How to Pay Yourself as an Entrepreneur, From Desperation to Dream Job and many more to help ignite your own entrepreneurial fire as you look to create and attain your personal, professional and business goals.
Cardone Zone host Grant Cardone is one of the most iconic and well-known sales and influencer coaches in the world. His concepts and strategies have helped countless sales and business leaders name, meet and surpass their goals. His podcast is designed to include “interviews with superstar entrepreneurs, authors, experts, coaches and business leaders” with the intention of giving the listener everything they need to really succeed. The podcast covers a broad array of topics like How to Find Your First Job, How to Get 15% Return on Your Money, All Change Starts With You and 10 Biggest Mistakes When Buying Real Estate to ensure that sales and business professionals of all types and experience levels will have what they need to find optimal success. You don’t want to miss it!
Rounding out our top 10 business podcast recommendations is The Art of Charm podcast with hosts AJ Harbinger and Johnny Dzubak. This podcast is a place “where self-motivated people, just like you, come to learn from the company’s coaches about to how to master human dynamics, relationships, and becoming your best self.” While most podcasts in the business and entrepreneurial space are focused primarily on providing tips and tricks for performance, meeting goals and creating successful sales funnels, this podcast is more focused on helping the entrepreneur in the relational aspects of business to simply become better with people and more effective in their relationships. With topics like Why Vulnerability Leads to Connection, What Matters Most in a Difficult Conversation, How to Improve Your Workplace Communication and The Art of Body Language the episodes are sure to be nothing short of incredibly impactful and life-changing.
So there you have it! 10 wildly successful and incredibly exciting business podcasts to get your gears turning and help fan the flame for your business goals. But before you tune out, the Resonate team is no stranger to working with powerful podcasters looking to make an impact in the business and influencer space. Many of our clients have also found their way into impacting the business world through pioneering ideas of hard work, dedication, taking a step the leap of faith and more. Here are just a few recommendations from reputable podcasts in the Resonate family you should also check out.
This podcast, hosted by fitness, lifestyle and entrepreneurial leader Amanda Bucci is, “created with the purpose of diving deeper into health, fitness, mindset, and entrepreneurship in order to provide MORE to those who are hungry for it, and create a community of goal and growth oriented people, who want to consume incredibly valuable insight and information. Our goal is to #IGNITEYOURFIRE to take massive action in your own life by learning from experts on health, fitness, entrepreneurship, and the mindset necessary to succeed and be happy.” Amanda has had tremendous success in the fitness world and has since decided to take the plunge into the entrepreneurial space and hasn’t looked back. In addition to offering her FOCA and Influencer training programs for fitness and business leaders, her weekly podcast offers listeners exciting conversations with some of today’s most notable leaders like Gary Vee, Aubrey Marcus and Billy Gene. Her episodes include topics like 8 Ways to Become More Influential, How To Make Running a Business Less Scary and How to Gain 100,000 Instagram Followers in 6 Months which proves she’s not just trying to give her listeners bland business advice, but real, tangible ways to be an influencer in today’s world.
A podcast that’s no stranger to the iTunes top charts is Inside Out Empowerment hosted by Joshua Nussbaum. Joshua’s lively and passionate personality make these episodes worth tuning into and the intriguing array of content he covers will keep you coming back for more. With a history in the fitness competition space, Joshua’s podcast is crafted to “examine the science of personal excellence. Through the very real experiences of today’s most powerful thinkers, professional athletes, and the world’s greatest entrepreneurs you will learn the mechanisms for designing the life and the results of your dreams starting from the inside out.” Each episode is designed to give you real-life insight and practical takeaways from some of the industry’s leaders to help you set realistic goals and achieve them. With conversations with top-influencers like Kaden Nguyen, Tim Sykes and Rob Moore as well as topics like What Do You Want? How To Goal Set Effectively and 10 Ways to Level Up Your Game Regardless of Your Industry, you’re sure to find something that will revolutionize your thinking.
Newer to the podcast world but no stranger to personal or professional success as an influencer and entrepreneur is Marie Wold, host of The Grind & Be Grateful Podcast. Marie, who has a passion and background in social media, fitness and nutrition, has blitzed onto the scene as a go-to source for motivation and inspiration for entrepreneurs looking to find real success in key areas. As she says “It is my mission to share how I #GrindAndBeGrateful in hopes to inspire, motivate, and educate others on their path to becoming their best selves too”, through positive and encouraging messages geared towards women and entrepreneurs looking to find real success. Marie offers listeners conversations with fellow entrepreneurs and influencers like Amanda Bucci, Emily Sexton and Angie Lee, who all provide helpful insights into how real people are finding amazing success in areas they love. With episodes like Lessons on Self-Love + How to Pursue Health & Fitness without Going Crazy and The 5 Realizations That Changed My Life you will no doubt find something incredibly valuable in this podcast! We highly recommend it!
If you’re looking for a refreshing and mind-stretching change of topics relating to the world of business and technology, look no further than the Masters of Data podcast. Masters of Data is the podcast of data analytics giant Sumo Logic and offers “conversations with the people on the front lines of the data revolution about how data affects our businesses and our lives.” While each episode focuses on some aspect of ethics, big data, data analytics or how data and AI are impacting the global landscape, each week host Ben Newton presents a fresh perspective from a unique influencer in the industry. With guests like Sumo Logic’s own co-founder Christian Beedgen, Sarah Guo of Greylock Partners and “The Most Connected Man on Earth” Chris Dancy as well as other sought after authors and revered professors, listeners will gain a broader understanding about (and appreciation for) how the world of data is transforming the way we do business. We recommend starting with episodes like A Data Science Super Hero Fighting the Creepy Algorithms, Confessions of a Converted Climate Skeptic and his Data, How to Measure Ethical Behavior, and Bringing the Human to Data for an engaging introduction to the MOD perspective.
While many popular podcasts in the business space are geared towards helping entrepreneurs overcome fears and failures, goal setting and attainment, others are focused on bringing a tangible message to already expanding companies or leaders looking to have a behind-the-scenes look at how rapidly growing brands have worked through their growth phase. The OpenView (OV) Build podcast is the outreach of expansion stage venture capital gurus OpenView Partners which is now in its third season. While season 1 was a broad overview of the world of SaaS, season 2 was dedicated to covering different SaaS benchmarks. The goal of this current season is having candid conversations with experts from growth leaders like Slack, HubSpot, Typeform and ZipRecruiter to find out why they think product led growth is the future. Need a place to start? Check out their top episodes like What VCs Look for in Product Led Companies, Sales & Marketing Spend: How Lucidchart Scaled to 10M Users with Zero Burn, Winning the Hearts and Minds of Customers through Storytelling and Growth: When is a Startup Ready to Scale?
For an altogether different approach at helping you grow your business, your mindset and consequently your impact, look no further than the 20 Minutes with Bronwyn podcast. Hosted by communication coach, writer and speaker Bronwyn Saglimbeni, this podcast is a refreshing look at what entrepreneurs and leaders can (or should) do to improve their communication and overcome their minimizing habits. “For over fifteen years, Bronwyn has helped high-profile clients prepare for big moments on camera and has midwifed over 120 TEDx, TED Global and TED talks. Bronwyn’s superpower is helping people communicate in a way that breaks through the static of our everyday lives. In 20 Minutes with Bronwyn, you will get a steady dose of high voltage, practical (and highly irreverent) advice to help you dismantle the communication habits that are holding you back, while giving you the skills you need to shine.” Bronwyn’s real-talk approach and often humorous candidness gives the refreshing feel listeners need to work through real issues that prohibit them from growing in their communication and feeling ill-equipped to handle tough discussions. Highlight episodes include “Just Be Yourself!” Worst Advice Ever?, The Curse of Perfectionism and Mapping the Journey. It’s nothing short of a 20 minute talk with the best personal coach you can find!
The Resonate Recordings team recently welcomed the podcasts from marketing giants Drift. While their podcast lineup is expanding, they are currently reaching their audience through the Seeking Wisdom podcast, a podcast “about personal and professional growth hosted by David Cancel and Dave Gerhardt.” The hosts recognize that people are constantly looking to improve themselves every day, but often need a little push, a little guidance, a little wisdom. This is where this podcast delivers its impact. With candid conversation with influential figures like Patagonia CEO Yvon Chouinard, Olympic medalist Nastia Liukin, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, Close.io’s CEO Steli Efti and Super Bowl champion Jerod Mayo (to name a few) you will be front-and-center for great conversations which offer maximum impact. And be sure to check out popular episodes like Working Smarter vs. Working Harder, The Lies We Tell Ourselves The Most, Finding Your Why and The Danger of Role Models.
And that about does it! If you are looking for some of the best business podcasts out there with exciting and powerful content, this is where we recommend you start. There are no doubt countless other worthwhile listens that are not on this list, but the hope is that this will give you a place to start tuning into, whatever it may be you’re looking for. The bottom line is that even though podcasting is a growing platform with new podcasts being added each day, there’s plenty to benefit from with what’s already available. Find something that engages you and stick with it! If you’re looking to start a podcast yourself reach out to the Resonate team to learn more and see how we can help make podcasting easy!
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By: Jon Street
As the Production Manager at Resonate Recordings, Jon leads the production team and ensures that all our podcasters have everything needed to release consistent high-quality episodes. Jon and his family are from West Palm Beach, Florida and now live in Simpsonville, KY.