When I need a break from actually doing things in my business but I want to keep my brain working, or when my eyes need a break from screen and page alike, I turn to podcasts to keep the learning going.
Podcasts are a fantastic way to stay on top of current industry trends without having to invest time into reading every book that comes out, attending every industry event there is, or purchasing every new course that's launched.
And (bonus for me!) you can listen to them at 1.5-2x speed if you want to gain a ton of learning quickly.
Here are the 10 podcasts I turn to when in need of inspiration, information or #realtalk from entrepreneurs who have been there, done that.
StartUp from Gimlet Media
My favorite podcast, and probably one of the more unexpected of this list, is actually the story of a former NPR producer leaving his safe job to start his own podcast network, Gimlet Media. The first show he creates at his new network is simply called Startup, and it's a first-hand chronicle of his experience trying to start his own company.
While it's not directly related to online business it's a raw, authentic account of the roller coaster ride that is starting your own business. I used to make it required listening of all of my tech clients, and now that I'm working exclusively in the online space I still encourage my clients, especially those in the middle of scaling, to listen. Everyone laughs, cries and realizes they're not alone.
Check out Season 1 first as it's the season that focuses directly on Gimlet Media.
Smart Passive Income with Pay Flynn
No question Pat Flynn's a leader in the online space, and he got there because his podcast is that perfect combination of beginner-friendly and insanely helpful to anyone at every level.
Pat's been at it weekly for years now (he's recorded just over 200 episodes as of this writing) and he covers a ton of ground around a lot of different niches so I recommend diving into his archive to find episodes directly relevant to what you're currently working on.
Ask Pat with Pat Flynn
As if 4 years of a weekly podcast wasn't enough, Pat Flynn also hosts a daily, shorter 'Ask Pat' show that runs between 10-15 minutes. This show is insanely helpful for finding quick, fast, actionable answers to just about any question about online business that you can come up with.
He sources his questions from real readers so you know what he's covering is current and commonly asked.
The #AskGaryVee Show with Gary Vaynerchuk
Gary Vaynerchuk is the author of the social media classic Jab, Jab, Jab Right Hook and commonly known as one of the top authorities on all things social media. Similar to the Ask Pat show, Gary hosts a daily A to the Q show that runs anywhere from 7-15 minutes, so easy to find the time to listen.
If you have a question about social media, odds are the answer is somewhere in Gary's archive. If you're not paying attention to him you need to start. Now. Dude knows his stuff.
Entrepreneur on Fire with John Lee Dumas
John Lee Dumas is another prolific podcaster, posting a new Entrepreneur on Fire podcast daily (he's up to over 1200 episodes!) His shows feature interviews with online entrepreneurs of all types, so if you're looking to expand your knowledge of what's possible in the online space, or simply looking for inspiration from people who have made it, EOF is the place to go.
Online Marketing Made Easy with Amy Porterfield
Amy Porterfield came on the scene as a Facebook and Facebook ads expert and has since made her name for smart training on many aspects of online business, not only Facebook. Her show is a combination of interviews with other online experts and practical trainings that are relevant for just about anyone looking to expand their knowledge of the online space. It's a staple in my queue.
Good Life Project with Jonathan Fields
Jonathan Fields is a gift to the entrepreneurial world, and his wonderful Good Life radio show is a treat for anyone looking for inspirational stories of entrepreneurs who have figured out how to live the good life (however they happen to define that).
His weekly interviews go deep and touch on just about everything OTHER than tactics. So if you're looking for stories of people who have persevered past entrepreneurial valleys, learned to bare their souls in the name of their dreams and generally live life to the fullest get yourself over to Jonathan's site. You won't be sorry.
I know for myself this podcast was instrumental to keeping me going when I was juggling a job I didn't like with the beginnings of my venture. It gave me hope, made me realize others had made it work before me, and helped me remember there was a light at the end of the tunnel.
Grit 'n' Hustle with Todd Herman
Todd Herman is a high performance coach, and his new(ish) podcast highlights stories and interviews with insanely high-performing entrepreneurs and other interesting people. I dare you to listen to an episode without feeling the most inspired and action-oriented than you have in months, maybe years.
Being Boss with Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon
Being Boss is a relative newcomer to the podcast space but has grown popular, quickly. It's a podcast for creative women entrepreneurs and features interviews, real talk and strategies for growing your creative online business.
The Moth podcast actually has nothing to do with entrepreneurship but may be my favorite anyway. Why? Because it's a story telling podcast - think people getting up in front of a crowd on a stage and telling true stories about defining moments in their lives. It's funny, heartbreaking, inspiring and intense all at the same time.
Why am I including it in this list? Because I actually found out about it via Jonathan Fields, who recommends it as a way to learn how to tell your story. As entrepreneurs we all need to learn to tell our stories in ways that grab our audiences, and what better way to learn than to listen to some of the best stories out there? It's much more effective than trying to follow a dry script. Listen to a few episodes of the Moth and you won't be able to help becoming a better storyteller, basically by osmosis. A Sunday morning spent with a cup of tea and the Moth is one of my favorite things in the world.
What about you? What are your favorite podcasts? (or other ways to keep the learning going when you're ready for a mini break?) Let us know in the comments!