Vast Conference’s Favorite Podcasts: 2019
It seems you can’t go anywhere these days without someone wanting to tell you about their favorite podcast – business podcast included! There’s a lot of great content out there. As of 2019, there are over half a million podcasts available with which to fill your time. Who would have guessed that an informative entertainment format that harkens back to the early days of radio days could be repackaged to make such a significant impact on 21st-century culture?
Today there is a podcast for every conceivable subject. There’s more than one for every listener out there. Podcasts are enlightening, easily digestible and mobile. Content travels with you from home, along your commute to the office and back again. And as a bonus, they are usually free through iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher or other podcasting services. Here’s a list of business podcasts that are on heavy rotation in our office.
Hosted by John Lee Dumas, Entrepreneurs on Fire is an award-winning business podcast featuring interviews with both well-known and emerging entrepreneurs that are “on fire”. Since the show’s more than 2,000 existing episodes can make digging into this podcast challenging, the Entrepreneurs on Fire “Top 10” page is a helpful starting point. Check it out for direct links to the show’s interviews with Tony Robbins, Russell Brunson, Michael Port, and seven other star entrepreneurs.
One of my personal faves. Every Friday on Pivot, tech journalist and founder of Recode Kara Swisher and NYU Professor Scott Galloway banter about the latest technology news and business and its influence on culture. Their dry repartee and no holds barred opinions make for an informative and entertaining round-up of the technology business week. If you’re looking for more Kara or Scott check out their respective newsletters Recode Decode or No Mercy/No Malice.
Jenna Kutcher is a photographer turned marketing guru who uses her podcast to share practical tips on building a booming brand and business. Kutcher’s episodes vary between reflection on the steps she’s taken to grow her businesses and become a self-made millionaire, as well as interviews with other successful entrepreneurs who share their tips, secrets and hacks for success. Kutcher states her goal as helping listeners to “redefine success and chase their wildest dreams,” and her podcast certainly delivers on this promise to those who appreciate her “girl boss” style of teaching.
Although host Amy Porterfield touts herself as a Facebook expert, her podcast episodes cover everything from SEO to email marketing, to social media, and more. Its practical nature and combination of expert interviews, execution plans and behind-the-scenes launch secrets make it required listening for anyone in need of actionable marketing advice. Give it a listen not just for the guests Porterfield is able to recruit to individual episodes, but for the vulnerable authenticity she displays covering more personal topics like the effect of her weight loss on her business (episode #239).
In this podcast, a favorite of Vast Conference‘s VP of Sales, Nathan Chan has a knack for landing great guests, making his show a hotbed of insider business tips and entrepreneurial insights. In part, Chan’s success comes from the connections he built after launching Foundr magazine and growing it to a seven-figure business. Now, he shares these lessons with the Foundr podcast alongside guidance from guests like Mark Cuban, Mari Smith, and Neil Patel.
Confessions of a Werkaholic
Confessions of a WERKaholic “shares the untold success secrets of fearless female entrepreneurs.” Host Koereyelle, an author, serial entrepreneur, and international speaker, describes herself as being “on a mission to help women level up personally and professionally.” Episodes of Koereyelle’s show reveal the wisdom and knowledge she’s gained through her work, making it an inspiring listen if you’re feeling burned out or unmotivated.
As the host of Profit Power Pursuit, Tara Gentile, business strategist and the author of Quiet Power Strategy, digs into the theme of structuring your life and business around creativity. Gentile looks not just at how creative business owners and professionals make money, but also at how these individuals can structure their working lives in a way that suits and sustains their creativity. Gentile regularly features guests who run the gamut from artists and photographers to entrepreneurs and business experts. It’s a great blend of disciplines perfect for anyone who makes a living off their creative drive.
Another “Best of iTunes” award winner the $100 MBA Show delivers on its promise of offering “no fluff” episodes that are packed with practical, real-world lessons for getting better at business. The $100 MBA Show is hosted by Omar Zenhom, who uses the podcast to share some of the best lessons, concepts, and examples from the broader $100 MBA training program and community. Industry experts regularly make appearances as guest teachers on the show, further expanding the podcast’s knowledgebase.
Trailblazers.FM is an interview-style podcast that explores stories of successful black professionals, entrepreneurs, creatives and thought leaders. Through its episodes, listeners are able to gain access to the wisdom, resources, and tools used by these leaders, leaving them better prepared – as the podcast promises – “to blaze their own trail.”
Andy Paul’s primary focus when launching the Accelerate podcast was to present salespeople and leaders and with top training and state-of-the-art resources for sales and business development. But while the show’s focus has expanded to cover broader leadership, entrepreneurship, and marketing topics over its 700+ episodes to date, it still retains a primary focus on sales and selling.
One of the original business podcasts, How I Built This is hosted by NPR’s Guy Raz. With each episode, Raz examines a business’s growth through the eyes of its founder and delivers compelling tales of business success.