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A little over a year ago I shared a list of my top 10 podcasts. The list has become one of the most popular posts on this site. Over that time some of the podcasts have gotten better, some have gotten worse, and a few have basically disappeared. On top of that, I have discovered a few new podcasts that are excellent. In this article you will find the updated list!
Podcasts are a fantastic way of learning, being inspired, and for personal growth. They are audio presentations that you download and are able to listen to at your convenience, whether on iTunes or on an iPod (or other Mp3 player). If you don’t currently listen to any podcasts the first step is to download iTunes. After subscribing to podcasts, such as the ones listed below, iTunes will automatically download any recent episodes every time you open the program. I listen to some podcasts directly on my computer and download others to my iPod.
Each of these podcasts can be found by searching for the title in the iTunes store, or by subscribing at the webpage linked to in the title of each podcast.
1. The Daily Boost
This is a powerful motivation podcast from motivationtomove.com. The free podcast is generally a once a week motivating message, that comes out of their daily podcast service for “premium” members.
The message is short, about 10 minutes a day, and provides a powerful personal development tip that motivates you to move forward. You may consider upgrading to the paid premium membership, the podcasts are that good! At least check out the free version.
2. Inspiring Words of Encouragement – Zig Ziglar
Motivational expert Zig Ziglar offers this excellent podcast. The subject list is diverse within the framework of living a positive life. Past episodes include tips on success, lessons for salespeople, and even parenting advice.
This podcast is updated every two weeks, and I never fail to be encouraged, inspired, and to learn every episode. The full archives are available for download also, giving you lots of powerful motivational material.
3. Mosaic – A Community of Faith, Love & Hope
One of two churches that make the list. I hesitate to call it a church. Partly because it meets in a night club, and partly because it is nothing like most churches you may have experiences with.
Pastor Erwin McManus is an amazing communicator of God’s word. He does it in a way that communicates the true message of Jesus. He speaks of important personal development topics such as work, relationships and money. Be sure to make your way into the archives of past messages. My favorite messages that I recommend you check out are entitled, “Fear”, “Work”, and “Everyone Gave”.
4. Duct Tape Marketing Podcast
John Jantsch, author of the book Duct Tape Marketing, hosts this excellent podcast filled with interviews of marketing experts and entrepreneurs. It is always informative and helps to keep up to date with trends in the world of marketing, particularly social media and new marketing. These podcasts come approximately once a week and there is a fantastic archive of previous episodes.
5. Harvard Business Review Ideacast
This weekly podcast from the editors of Harvard Business Review shares interviews with the author of an article in the current issues of the Harvard Business Review. Listening to this podcast allows you to hear about import research in the world of business and get application ideas directly from the author.
6. Help My Business Sucks *video podcast*
This is the only video podcast on my list. I am not usually as much of a fan of video podcasts because I prefer to listen to podcasts while walking to work or driving. In spite of that this video podcast is worth subscribing to. I let a few weeks accumulate at a time and then watch through them during a workout.
This podcast is done by Andrew Lock and focuses on marketing for the small business owner and entrepreneur. It is an excellently produced piece that includes several different segments in each week’s episode. The idea is that all decisions an organization makes needs to be tied to marketing. Lock frequently repeats his theme, “Everything is marketing, and marketing is everything.”
7. Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast
This is a monthly leadership training podcast by leadership expert, author and pastor Andy Stanley. While the podcast is actually designed for church leaders it is a valuable resource for anyone trying to grow an organization, especially entrepreneurs. The current series has been on the topic of vision, and it has discussed how to come up with your vision, state your vision clearly, and communicate it to your organization.
To subscribe visit this site: (it is the third podcast listed)
8. CBC Radio Vinyl Café
Stuart McLean is a master storyteller. This podcast of his weekly radio show is a fantastic break from the ordinary as it allows you to listen to a master story teller at work. This podcast is a wonderful break for relaxation and stress reduction. If you are looking for a personal development angle beyond the rest it is this: listening to Stuart will help you become a better storyteller for all of your presentations.
9. Mars Hill Bible Church
The second church to make my list is Mars Hill Bible Church from Grand Rapids, MI home of pastor and author Rob Bell. Because of Bell’s travel schedule normally about half of the teachings are from him and half are from other fantastic guest speakers. Bell teaches the Bible in a way that helps you open your eyes to the uniqueness of who Jesus is and the type of people he calls us to be. Again, this is not your typical church.
10. Behind the Leader/ Renegade Profile
This podcast is a series of excellent interviews conducted by Jonathan Fields author of Career Renegade. The podcast consists of interviews with business leaders and entrepreneurs. The podcast recently switched from “Renegade Profiles” to “Behind the Leader” in order to focus more on established business leaders. There are plenty of podcasts to listen through in the back catalogue with all sorts of different entrepreneurs. The interviews Fields conducts are excellent and thorough, many lasting almost an hour. He asks great questions that really help you get an idea of how these leaders and entrepreneurs think.
You’ll need to go to the iTunes store to subscribe, but you can check out a sample episode here:
I hope you find a couple of valuable podcasts from this list. What did I miss? What is your favorite? Be sure to share below!
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