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Business Podcasts for Entrepreneurs

7 Business Podcasts – resources on business, innovation, entrepreneurship, start-ups, time management and personal motivation.

BUSINESS PODCASTS provide a wealth of free resources to entrepreneurs. I listen to numerous shows and episodes a week on business, innovation, science and economics. Here are a few recommendations…

Which Business Podcasts do I most enjoy?

1. Smart Passive Income with Pat Flynn is a fantastic resource for ideas on digital product creation, licensing, distribution and marketing. Pat is the author of Let Go, a memoir charting his career from aspiring architect to highly successful digital entrepreneur. His podcasts are packed full of ideas, insight and interviews with leading digital business entrepreneurs. If you are looking for fresh thinking, additional leverage or new business models then check out Smart Passive Income.

Will It Fly?: How to Test Your Next Business Idea So You Don’t Waste Your Time and Money

2. The HBR IdeaCast from Harvard Business Review is a must listen for ‘thinking junkies’. It covers an eclectic set of topics from cognition and psychology through sector news and innovation. Learn better negotiation skills, an ideal schedule for your brain, body language secrets and communication skills all from a single and highly credible source. A polymath’s dream!

3. Entrepreneur on Fire with John Lee Dumas is an uptempo show awash with valuable lessons. Hear the stories of successful entrepreneurs, how they overcame low-points, set-backs and adversity and what steps you can take to both avoid their mistakes and capitalize on their successes.

Podcast Launch: A complete guide to launching your Podcast with 15 Video Tutorials!: How to create, launch, grow & monetize a Podcast

4. TED Talks Audio – TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is THE premier source for gourmet brain food. If your creativity needs a boost, spend some time with their amazing resources. Use TED to trigger lateral thinking and soon adjacent, parallel and downright left-field business ideas will come flooding into the creative brain.

5. The Ziglar Show – Zig Ziglar was a sensational motivator, speaker and leader. His son Tom Ziglar presents the Ziglar Show with co-host Kevin Miller, sharing Zig’s wisdom and inspiring philosophy. If you are unfamiliar with Zig Ziglar I cannot recommend highly enough that you check out his books and videos. To get started, check out

6. The Tim Ferriss Show – Tim is the author of the New York Times bestseller, the “The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich.” The show is another eclectic spread of topics from investing to chess to pro-sports with a clinical focus on uncovering tips, techniques and tools that can be used, adapted and transposed to new situations.

The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich

7. The Investors Podcast – I was fist attracted to this business podcast because of its tagline “we study billionaires.” As Napoleon Hill studied the 500 most influential men in his formulation of “Think and Grow Rich”, or Tony Robbins did in his latest book “Money: Master the Game”, the Investors Podcast follows a similar path. Interviews and insight from the most successful businessmen and women of our time. This podcast name checks Pat Flynn, Tony Robbins, Warren Buffet, Mark Cuban, Napoleon Hill, Charles Koch and Jeff Bezos, deep dives into investing strategies, innovations like Bitcoin and the latest books from the likes of Malcolm Gladwell, Robert Cialdini and Peter Thiel.

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7 Essential Business Podcasts

7 essential business podcasts

Bonus List

I’m breaking a cardinal rule of listicles, but we all love bonus content, so here are some more excellent podcasts I rarely miss…

Further Reading on Entrepreneurship

By Steve Nimmons

Steve is a Certified European Engineer, Chartered Engineer, Chartered Fellow of the British Computer Society, Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Royal Society of Arts, Linnean Society and Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. He is an Electric Circle Patron of the Royal Institution of Great Britain, a Liveryman and Freeman of London and serves on numerous industry panels. He is a member of Chatham House, the Royal United Services Institute and the Chartered Institute of Journalists.

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