I often get asked about which podcasts I listen to or which ones I recommend, so I now keep a running list of episodes that stand out. These are shows and episodes that you too can benefit from as you grow your business. I primarily listen to audio podcasts rather than watching video podcasts (vodcasts), but you’ll find that several of these shows have video formats in addition to the audio. Many shows also include a downloadable transcript in the show notes, so be sure to check out the links provided below!
To learn about life routines, software applications and other productivity hacks for being more efficient:
Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Work Week, interviews Noah Kagan about quite a few topics related to productivity in this podcast episode. Noah was the 30th hire at Facebook and later the 4th hire at Mint.com. He has since founded SumoMe.com which is a site to visit if you’re looking for easy-to-use tools for growing web traffic.
This is nearly a two-hour-long episode, but it’s definitely worth a listen. http://fourhourworkweek.com/2015/05/07/noah-kagan/
“I’ve never met any super successful people who don’t read,” Noah Kagan.
Tim Ferriss also shares many insights in the interview. He passes along wisdom he gained from the mother of a family he stayed with in Panama. “You should make sure you always have an incredible bed and at least one incredible pair of shoes. If you’re not in one, you’ll be in the other.”
You can follow Noah on Twitter: www.twitter.com/noahkagan
You can follow Tim on Twitter: www.twitter.com/tferriss
To learn about creating a culture in which your employees desire to participate:
The Eventual Millionaire podcast is one I listen to on a weekly basis. Jaime Tardy, author of a book by the same name as the podcast, interviews entrepreneurs and business owners who are millionaires. Every episode brings something different and very useful! Let me suggest that you listen to her interview with David Long in which they discuss, How to Attract (and Keep) Your Top Notch Employees. (Episode released April 13, 2015)
You can follow Jaime on Twitter: www.twitter.com/eventualmillion
To learn to differentiate between business items that deserve your personal attention and items that should be outsourced:
This podcast interview by Amy Porterfield with her personal business coach, Todd Herman, became an episode that moved over to my “listen again” list. These two entrepreneurs provide several useful insights about focusing on efforts that are critical to the growth of your business. You can even download a free, entrepreneurial scorecard for tracking your daily activities. When you complete the scorecard on a regular basis, it sheds light on the items you should be outsourcing and which items deserve your personal focus. Take a listen to Episode 47 of the Online Marketing Made Easy podcast with Amy Porterfield. Here’s a link: http://bit.ly/AmyPorterfieldToddHerman
Note: I also have been taking notes on Amy’s use of SMS (short message service) in which she gives her podcast listener the opportunity to text a code on a mobile device to a provided number and in turn receive a pdf download. In the case above, she provides the entrepreneurial scorecard after you provide your email address. It’s a neat way to capture email addresses of your listeners and provide them with useful tools and services aligned with their interests. You can read more about SMS services for mobile in this article at Social Media Examiner.
You can follow Amy on Twitter: www.twitter.com/amyporterfield
To learn more about using YouTube to deliver your content:
Beauty and the Vlog by Erika Vieira
One example of a YouTube channel in which you can learn more about using YouTube to reach your audience is created by Erika Vieira of www.beautyandthevlog.com.
I met Erika through my participation in the online community, Podcasters’ Paradise. She has both a podcast and a vlog (video blog) that have become very popular. Erika teaches people how to start a YouTube channel; how to vlog; how to be a beauty guru, and more. She interviews full time YouTubers. Even if your niche is something other than beauty, you can learn a lot from Erika and her guests. Visit her YouTube channel via this link: http://bit.ly/1Al2L3a.
You can follow Erika on Twitter: www.twitter.com/iamEGR
To learn tips about using Twitter:
Nika provides several immediately-applicable tips for you to use as you grow your presence on Twitter. She shares several interesting stories about her journey as an entrepreneur. Nika and Natalie interact so easily in this podcast conversation. You’ll enjoy this episode!
Natalie and Mark Eckdahl have been an inspiration to me and my husband, Scott Greeson, as we further develop our businesses. I am growing my online business as an online course designer, instructor and social media marketing consultant/ author. Scott is taking his music business, Hoosier Surf Records, Inc., and our lives as songwriters, entertainers and recording artists, to a new level.
Note: I first met Natalie and Mark in 2014 while attending the Social Media Marketing World Conference. We were at a networking event on the USS Midway, docked in San Diego, California. We saw each other again at the 2015 Social Media Marketing World event and Natalie later included me in an episode of her podcast in which several women podcasters shared key takeaways from the event for use in your social media marketing.
You can follow Natalie on Twitter: www.twitter.com/bizchixpodcast
To learn more about visual literacy and the importance this artist places on down time:
I heard Sunni Brown interviewed on the podcast, Entrepreneur on Fire. Her title (within her company) is Infodoodler-in-Chief of SB Ink, and she has been named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business and one of the 10 Most Creative People on Twitter by Fast Company. I was inspired to learn about her journey in this episode: http://www.entrepreneuronfire.com/podcast/sunnibrown/
You can follow Sunni on Twitter too: www.twitter.com/sunnibrown
Now it’s your turn:
Please share a comment on this post about something you gained from one of these episodes, or suggest another show or episode that has been useful to you in your business life.