My Favorite Business Podcasts
Why you should be listening to Podcasts
I’m a BIG fan of Podcasts. For the past couple years I’ve been listening to podcasts in my car as I commute 45 minutes to work. I love business podcasts, and I’ve listened to a lot of different ones and I’ve narrowed my library down to a handful of my favorites. Depending on my mood I can listen to different ones to get different ideas and inspiration. Gary Vee is one I like to listen to in the morning to get fired up for the day! How I Built This is a really fun one to listen to on my way home as I try to relax my mind and get some ideas flowing…
Regardless of when or how you listen to podcasts, they are a GREAT alternative to listening to music if you get sick of listening to the same songs over and over on the local radio haha!
My favorite business Podcasts
I currently have 5 business podcasts in my library that I listen to on a consistent basis. Between these 5 shows, there is new content available every day for me to enjoy! Here’s a little explanation of each of the podcast shows and what I like about each of them…
The GaryVee Audio Experience
This is probably my favorite podcast I’m subscribed to, but that’s because I love Gary. Gary Vaynerchuk was a Russian immigrant as a child, and moved to New Jersey with his family. His dad started a liquor store and Gary spent his teenage years learning the business. He helped his dad go online with his business during the internet boom, and grew it from a $3 Million to a $60 Million dollar business. He later started a wine show on YouTube called Wine Library TV where he spent almost 7 years talking about wine.
Gary grew extremely successful investing in the early stages of Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and Uber, and has since started a social media agency called Vayner Media. What I love about Gary is he’s super passionate about helping others succeed (although he does use explicit language frequently). He provides a ton of value and doesn’t ask for much in return. Most of these “social media gurus” online today are out to sell you their $3,000 course, and they engage in a lot of selfish behavior… Gary is different. He doesn’t tell you “what you want to hear” he tells you what you need to hear which is self awareness, hustle, hard work, and patience.
If you want to start a business, you own a business, or work in a marketing position within a company, you need to be listening to Gary! He has amazing tips and advice, live Q&A shows with guests like Tony Robbins, and keynote speeches at global companies, to help you learn how to get to the next level and market your business for the future!
How I Built This with Guy Raz
This is a really fun an informative show where Guy Raz from NPR interviews founders and CEOs of successful brands and companies. You get to hear first hand from the founders how they built their businesses. For me it’s fun and inspiring to hear about the early struggles and trials they went through to take their businesses to where they are today. Interviews I’ve enjoyed have been with: Mark Cuban, Burton Snowboards: Jake Carpenter, Stonyfield Yogurt: Gary Hirshberg, The Chipmunks: Ross Bagdasarian Jr & Janice Karman, Aribnb: Joe Gebbia, and Five Guys: Jerry Murrell just to name a few.
This is a very laid back but highly engaging show. Most episodes are around 45 minutes (the perfect length for my commute) and they can be very interesting. It’s almost like listening to a good story about how these successful companies started and how they got to where they are today. The best part about it is it’s coming from the mouth of the founder, not some employee or author. You get a lot of first hand experiences and “behind the scenes” type of information that most people never knew about these companies.
Even if you aren’t an entrepreneur, or a business person, you still might find these episodes very entertaining and fun to listen to!
Self Made Man with Mike Dillard
Mike Dillard is a self starter in Austin, Texas who started this show a couple years ago because he enjoyed creating content to help people better themselves in “every aspect of their lives”. This show is great not only for men, but for women as well. He covers a variety of topics and also interviews some very successful and influential people. Episodes can be about self help, motivation, personal improvement, entrepreneurship, marketing, and more. It’s a great all around show for anyone who’s looking to improve themself. I’ve personally learned a lot from this show, and I’ve implemented a lot of lessons taught into my personal life and it has made a difference.
This is a relatively new show that one of my friends started with his brother in law. I actually love the idea and considered doing something similar myself! The two of them travel around Utah interviewing entrepreneurs about their businesses. It’s similar to How I Built This but on a smaller scale here in Utah. You get a chance to hear from a variety of people who are just getting started with their businesses, and people who have built successful brands!
We had the opportunity to be on the show as well which was a lot of fun! I enjoy supporting my friends and those who have similar aspirations to help and inspire others like I do.
Marketing Secrets with Russell Brunson
Russell Brunson is one of the founders of Clickfunnels, which is a software designed to help businesses build sales funnels for their e-commerce stores. Russell has been very successful in marketing and sales and he started a podcast to share his thoughts and ideas that help people build businesses without taking on venture capital or investments. It was originally called Marketing in Your Car because most of the episodes were recorded by Russell while he was driving in his car, but he has since rebranded.
His content is a lot more “chill” if I had to describe it. He talks like a buddy hanging out with his friends. He’s very low key and easy to listen to and easy to relate to.
I went a really long time without a car mount for my iPhone and I’m not sure why… When I started listening to podcasts daily I decided to get an extra charging cable for my car and I bought an iOttie Car Mount. I’ve loved it and it’s REALLY convenient for following map directions as well. Now that I have it, I don’t know why I didn’t get one of these things years ago… It’s 100 times better than trying to hold your phone and drive while following map directions.
It fits almost any size phone and it’s SUPER easy to click your phone into place and remove it. You can mount it to your dash (which I do) or mount it to your windshield. I’m sure there are a lot of other great car mounts out there, but this is the one I have and use, and I’ve been very happy with it.