Podcasts are a great source of inspiration, wisdom, and new ideas for your business. Often, they involve discussions of contemporary issues or interviews with successful entrepreneurs. In contrast to books, seminars, or webinars, podcasts can be consumed while you work out, commute, or do household chores, so you can grow your business knowledge without taking away from your work time. As a busy entrepreneur on the go, these qualities make podcasts a great tool for education and advice for you.
The Tim Ferriss Show
The Tim Ferriss Show is an interview-style show. This entrepreneur, author, and investor both inspires and gives you actionable advice. He talks to successful people in various fields and looks to identify and deconstruct their path in life. His notable guests have included Marc Ecko of Ecko Unlimited, Matt Mullenweg of WordPress, and Drew Houston of Dropbox. Ferriss typically has his guests recount their journey from the beginning and then asks them pointed questions about key decisions they made along the way.
How I Built This
How I Built This is a podcast produced by National Public Radio and hosted by Guy Raz. The show is very inspirational; it lets you see the human side of successful figures and the lessons they have learned in overcoming obstacles. In each episode, Raz interviews a successful founder of a major corporation. Past guests have included Richard Branson of Virgin, Tony Hsieh of Zappos, and Yvon Chouinard of Patagonia. Episodes follow a similar narrative trajectory in which the guest talks about how they got their big idea and then the various triumphs, failures, and lessons they learned on the way to success.
StartUP Canada Podcast Show
Rivers Corbett, the award-winning host of the StartUP Canada Podcast Show, encourages you to widen your horizons with interviews, insights, and analyzation of current affairs. Startup Canada is an organization founded by and built for entrepreneurs, and its grassroots movement focuses on business owner empowerment. Noted guests include startup queen and author Amber Mac, Jonathan Ortmans of the Global Entrepreneurship Network, and the ambassador of successful women entrepreneurs Pat Mussieux.
The Bottom Line
One of the pillars of business talk, BBC’s Bottom Line program began its radio show in 2006. It’s now also distributed in podcast form with a rich backlog dating back to 2010 that you can dig into. The show features a discussion panel consisting of business leaders and a knowledgeable host addressing topics such as traits of successful companies, technology in business, and effective and failed management techniques.
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