5 Inspiring Podcasts For the Ambitious Entrepreneur

Podcasts are an ever-growing medium of entertainment and knowledge alike...and for good reason! They're enlightening, enriching and there is something to be enjoyed by everybody. In 2018, 48 million people are listening to podcasts which is up from 42 million last year. That's a LOT of people - are you one of them? Another fun (and surprising) fact is that 49% of podcasts are listened to at home. (Any car listeners out there?!) But no matter where you are when you listen, podcasts can be a very effective way to grow your business. And who should you listen to for killer business advice? Look no further! Here I've compiled my top 5 business podcasts that will hopefully inspire you as much as they've inspired me. 
 

BUILDING A STORY BRAND 

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Hosted by: Donald Miller

Host Bio: “Donald Miller is the CEO of StoryBrand and every year helps more than 3,000 business leaders clarify their brand message. Combined, Don’s books have spent more than a year on the New York Times Bestsellers list. His books include: Blue Like Jazz, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, and Scary Close. Don is widely considered one of the most entertaining and informative speakers in the world. His audiences are challenged to lean into their own story, creatively develop and execute the story of their team, and understand the story of their customers so they can serve them with passion. Don’s thoughts on story have deeply influenced leaders and teams for Pantene, Chick-fil-A, Steelcase, Intel, Prime Lending, Zaxby’s, and thousands more. Don lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Betsy, and their chocolate lab, Lucy.”

About the podcast: If you’re frustrated because you struggle to get the word out about your product or service, the Building a Story Brand Podcast will help. Fans of the podcast are ecstatic about the fun and entertaining way Donald Miller brings you practical advice about clarifying your message and growing your business. Get your message out, grow your company, stand out in the marketplace, and have a blast doing it!

How this podcast gives to your business: How we brand our businesses is how we are perceived by our audience so the way we tell our business’s story is extremely important! Donald Miller helps provide actionable and practice tips and strategies on how to have your message heard. Because when people understand your message, they’ll understand your business. And that will eventually turn viewers into customers. Don’t miss out on this fun podcast where you'll receive expert advice from leading 

Where to listen: iTunes | Google Play
 

THE ANGIE LEE SHOW | ENTREPRENEURSHIP | MARKETING | SOCIAL MEDIA | LIFE & BRAIN HACKS | CONFIDENCE | LIFE COACH | MONEY

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Hosted by: Angie Lee

Host Bio: Angie is “the hilarious & wicked smart business bestie you’ve always wanted.” She’s a health coach turned biz mentor, 7-figure organic marketing unicorn, and serial entrepreneur. After her frenchie, Meatball, and early bedtimes, she’s obsessed with helping women gain more clients, confidence and cashflow!

About the podcast: Angie Lee is your hilarious + wicked smart business bestie you've always wanted. Warning; You will laugh your butt off & be inspired to make your bank account not suck. $100k in debt to 7 figures under 30, Angie is dedicated to sharing her story & showing women how to upgrade their relationship with money from loser ex boyfriend to George Clooney. Her genius is helping women live a rich life, in their business, health and relationships. This podcast is a must listen for any boss babes, or boss babes to be!

How this podcast gives to your business: When you tune into Angie Lee, you'll immediately be drawn to her bubbly personality and be incredibly motivated to try ALL her tips and tricks on all. She is similar to Jenna Kutcher where she does not hold back and gives you SUCH amazing material giving you lots of new ideas to test out in your own business and build connections with your audience. She does focus in on the wellness niche but her strategies can apply to any area! 

Where to listen: iTunes | Stitcher
 

HOW I BUILT THIS

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Hosted by: Guy Raz

Host Bio: “Guy Raz is the host, co-creator, and editorial director of three NPR programs, including two of its most popular ones: TED Radio Hour and How I Built This. Both shows are heard by more than 14 million people each month around the world. He is also the creator and co-host of NPR's first-ever podcast for kids, Wow In The World.
Raz also served as NPR's bureau chief in London, and between 2004-2006 he left NPR to work in television as CNN's Jerusalem correspondent. During this time, Raz chronicled everything from the rise of Hamas as a political power to the incapacitation of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Israel's 2005 withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. In 2006, Raz returned to NPR to serve as defense correspondent where he covered the Pentagon and the US military.
In 2017, Raz became the first person in the history of podcasting to have three shows in the top 20 on the Apple Podcast charts.
As a host and correspondent, Raz has interviewed and profiled more than 6,000 people including Christopher Hitchens, Condoleezza Rice, Jimmy Carter, Shimon Peres, General David Petraeus, Al Gore, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Eminem, Taylor Swift, and many, many others.

About the podcast: Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world's best known companies. How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built. How I Built This is a podcast about the greatest innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists, and the stories behind the movements they built. Each episode is a narrative journey marked by triumphs, failures, serendipity, and insight — told by the founders of some of the world's best-known companies and brands. In 2016, it was named one of the top ten podcasts of the year by iTunes, and Inc Magazine called it "the best podcast to take on the new year."

How this podcast gives to your business: Instead of learning all the new tips and tricks in the business realm, How I Built This is a refreshing perspective focused on storytelling. There is so much power in stories and you're bound to find an amazing amount of inspiration of these unique stories weaved uniquely throughout each podcast. It's fascinating to learn how these multi-million or billion dollar companies came about in unlikely ways - reminding us that we can do it too and that inspiration can come from all types of places. 

Where to listen: iTunes | Stitcher


THE GOAL DIGGER PODCAST

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Hosted by: Jenna Kutcher

Host Bio: Jenna Kutcher is a small town Wisconsin girl with big dreams! Photographer, watercolor artist, educator, and professional napper. “I’m a business girl at heart, marketing keeps me up at night. I’m obsessed with snuggling puppies, eating mac and cheese, and running my own empire from my sunny home office in my favorite yoga pants.”

About the podcast: How do I build my dream job? How do I make money online? Am I ready to leave my 9 to 5? How can I create passive income? How can I grow my Instagram following? And the biggest question of all, can I *really* turn my passion into profits? Welcome to the Goal Digger Podcast where we will answer ALL of these questions and so much more! Week after week, host Jenna Kutcher brings you the the productivity tips, social media strategies, business hacks,, and inspirational stories that can help YOU design your dream career. Jenna shares tangible tips and hacks that she used to become a self-made millionaire in photography, online courses, Instagram sponsorships, and navigating the world of being a #girlboss social media influencer. Along with sharing her best kept secrets, she interviews the best in the industry (Amy Porterfield, Jamie Ivey, Melyssa Griffin, Lori Harder, Cathy Heller and so much more) who will share their secrets to ensure you are seen, heard, (and hired!) With millions of downloads and counting, the Goal Digger Movement is growing every day and now it’s YOUR TURN to hear from the experts, get inspired, and tackle your biggest goals along the way. What do you say? Are you in? Because we believe that work doesn’t have to feel like work. For daily business tips, inspiration, (and free resources!)

How this podcast gives to your business: Not only will you fall in love with Jenna’s heart and personality, but Jenna never holds back from providing extremely valuable content and solid, actionable tips to better your business in all facets. She interviews the best of the best in a variety of industries and has a LOT of great free resources at your fingertips. You will learn about all the things online marketing and discover ways to grow your business in organic and authentic ways to capture your audience and increase your brand. 

Where to listen: iTunes | Stitcher
 

MIND YOUR BUSINESS PODCAST

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Hosted by: James Wedmore

Host Bio: “James Wedmore hasn’t just been teaching video marketing to boldly ambitious online entrepreneurs for the past 9 years—he’s been doing it himself for even longer. (Thousands of years. Miiiiiillions.)
Armed with a degree from one of the top 10 film schools in the country, James has built a seven-figure business helping entrepreneurs leverage the (SERIOUS) power of online video and YouTube with such courses and programs like Video Traffic Academy and 48Hr Film School.
Starting in 2016, he massively shifted his focus to the big, glaring gap in the marketplace: the mindset of entrepreneurs. He launched a podcast (Mind Your Business) and a new signature program (Business By Design) to help other content creators, authors and coaches make their mark online and leave an impression that LASTS. James also curates a high-level mastermind called The Inner Circle.
And if you need a little name droppin’, James has been featured on sites you’ve probably heard of, like Entrepreneur.com, Rise to the Top, and Mixergy, and taught as an instructor on CreativeLive.
The bottom line? Building a multiple seven-figure business he runs with his smarty pants wife, Chelsea, has given him the financial freedom to do exactly what he wants (even when that means watching entirely too many reruns of How I Met Your Mother.
His mission is simple: show business owners how to make serious cash doing what they’re good at, so all work and no play becomes all work is play.”

About the podcast: All entrepreneurs want to know the secret to success. James Wedmore, a seven-figure online entrepreneur, believes success is created by mindset over strategy, magic over metrics, and attitude over action. In this podcast, James untangles the common misconception that hustle and hard work are all it takes to be successful.

How this podcast gives to your business: This podcast is unique compared to this list as James Wedmore focuses not only on business but more importantly on your mindset and approach to your business. This podcast is made for the "whole" entrepreneur - your business will be better if YOU are better. Outside of business-related topics, James will cover spiritual topics too such as manifestation and visualization. If mindset is an area that you struggle with (like a lot of us), then you need to give this podcast a listen! 

Where to listen: iTunes | Stitcher


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