The best business podcasts to listen to right now
Podcasts have been hot property for a while now.
In fact, it’s estimated that as many as 10 million people in the UK are listening to a podcast every week – 18% of the adult population!
And with the Covid-19 lockdowns seeing many people striving to boost their knowledge through online learning, the popularity of business-related podcasts is on the increase, too.
But with so many business podcasts to choose from, how do you sort the wheat from the chaff?
The answer to that is: You don’t need to, because we’ve done it for you!
The best business management podcasts to check out
Coordination, organisation, planning and direction are huge parts of any successful business.
But even if you think you’ve got it nailed, there’s always plenty to learn – and thankfully there are a host of great business management podcasts to learn from…
The Ask Gary Vee Show
No podcast list would be complete without the words of wisdom that come from Gary Vaynerchuk.
‘Gary Vee’, as he’s affectionately known, is one of the world’s most influential entrepreneurs and has a massive following across social media and in the podcasting space.
Gary is a master of digital marketing, but this podcast delves into every corner of business and offers the answers to any question any entrepreneur would want the answers to – ever!
And that includes hefty segments on business management and how to get the most from your teams and drive your brand forward.
Masters of Scale
If you’re looking to theoretically bend the ear of some of the most successful business brains in the world, the Masters of Scale podcast is the place to go.
Hosted by LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, the podcast interviews the likes of Bob Iger, the executive chairman of Disney, Canva founder Melanie Perkins, Nike co-founder Phil Knight and Sir Richard Branson – no introduction needed for that last one!
Lead to win
Lead to Win is hosted by Michael Hyatt – a leadership expert and author who was the CEO of a $250million publishing company.
Hyatt’s podcast is all about striving to achieve what he calls the Double Win – where you’re winning at work but also succeeding at life, too.
Lead to Win is as much about managing yourself as it is your business, so is a great listen for any entrepreneurs struggling to balance growth with actually having a life!
Top business startup podcasts
Although there’s no doubt the pandemic has had a hugely detrimental effect on a number of UK business sectors, it’s also sparked a rise in start-ups.
In fact, a huge 95,000 new businesses were created between July and September 2020.
Starting a business at any time can be a demanding and stressful process – but these specialist start-up podcasts can be a great way to learn and be inspired…
The Start-Up Stories podcast comes from the Financial Times stable and is hosted by the paper’s business correspondent Jonathan Moules.
There are a whole host of episodes to dive into, including hugely inspiring stories from a multitude of UK start-up founders.
Stage One Startup
Self-titled ‘Lifestyle Entrepreneurs’ Greg Nicholls and Brad Morley are your hosts for Stage One Startup, which tackles all the major problems and hurdles faced by business founders in those tough early years.
The duo pick up everything from digital marketing to product development and welcome a wide range of guests along for the ride.
The Small Business Sessions
The Small Business Sessions is produced by Enterprise Nation and Xero and explores all of the issues faced by owners of growing companies – as well as celebrating their successes.
Most recent episodes include an interview with Niamh Barker of The Travelwrap Company on how she started her business in a spare room and a session on how entrepreneurs can deal and overcome mental health issues stemming from business.
Business growth podcasts to take you to the next level
Once you’ve started up your business and navigated your way through the tricky first few years, it’s likely your focus will switch from sustaining what you’ve built to growing it.
These business growth podcasts are well worth checking out and could help you on the pathway to scaling your company…
The Tim Ferriss Show
Tim Ferriss is the author of ‘The Four-Hour Work Week’ and a renowned investor and entrepreneur who was named as one of Fortune’s ’40 Under 40’.
The Tim Ferriss Show has racked up more than 600 million downloads, which should more than enough to convince you to have a listen.
But if you need to do further ‘poddy’ due diligence, consider the likes of Matthew McConaughey, Ed Norton and Olympic swimming legend Michael Phelps have all appeared to discuss everything from overcoming adversity, dealing with creative struggles and being able to say ‘no’.
The Eventful Entrepreneur
A little closer to home here in Bournemouth, The Eventful Entrepreneur is hosted by the founder of the Bournemouth Sevens festival, Roger ‘Dodge’ Woodall.
Dodge’s podcast has made a huge impact during the Covid-19 lockdowns and on it he discusses the early struggles he endured in scaling the Bournemouth Sevens festival from start-up to the huge annual event it’s become.
He also interviews a wide variety of guests, including marketing agency founder Adam Greenwood and sports promotion company guru Barry Hearn.
The Business Growth Podcast with Dan Bradbury
Dan Bradbury is one of the UK’s most renowned business coaches and has helped accelerate growth in a number of companies – scaling them to turnovers in excess of £10 million.
In The Business Growth Podcast, Dan talks openly about his own experiences in scaling his companies, including two that he sold for seven figures.
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