Listening to podcasts is one of the best ways to learn on the move, but with so many shows available, it can be hard to know where to start. Here at The University of Law Business School, we’ve put together a list of the best business podcasts for aspiring business students and anyone with an interest in entrepreneurship. If you’re ready to listen, learn and be inspired, plug in your headphones and subscribe to these top business podcasts.
Best inside look: How I Built This
How I Built This is an American podcast focused on interviewing the creatives behind some of the most innovative business ideas, leading to companies such as Instagram, Vice, Airbnb and Kickstarter.
From product refinement to selling billion-dollar companies, this podcast covers it all. One of our favourites is an early episode with Instagram founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Kreiger. Their reasoning behind the app’s success provides listeners with a great insight into discovering a new market that wasn’t being catered for, and creating a product to meet their demands.
Host Guy Raz’s laid back interview style rubs off on his guests and makes for informative and enjoyable listening.
Best for launching online products: Youpreneur
Entrepreneur, business coach and bestselling author Chris Ducker covers every topic from delegation, to launching online products and establishing industry authority in this weekly podcast. Covering building, marketing, monetising and growth, the podcast is a blend of his personal insights, and interviews with business heavyweights. Guests have included social media guru, and video marketing specialist, Sunny Lenarduzzi, and founder and CEO of the revolutionary fitness franchise GYMGUYZ, Josh York.
Youpreneur is packed full of useful content, from building a powerful personal brand to creating and launching online products and services to marketing yourself.
Best for answers: Freakonomics Radio
Award-winning author and journalist Stephen Dubner and economist Steven Levitt first teamed up in 2005 to write a book that answered questions such as which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool and how much do parents really matter? This book went on to sell over 4 million copies worldwide.
Freakonomics Radio continues its journey to answer questions, both big and small. Their back catalogue also includes the series ‘The Secret Life of CEOs’, which features interviews with business giants such as Richard Branson and Mark Zuckerberg. As well as this series, episodes such as ‘Why We Choke Under Pressure (and How Not To)’ and ‘Who Decides How Much a Life is Worth?’ are stuffed full of interesting facts and knowledge that can help you in a business environment. Freakonomics Radio is as intriguing as it is informative.
Best Ted Talks: Ted Business
You may be aware of Ted Talks, but did you know they had a business specific podcast? They come packed full of thought-provoking information, in ten to twenty minute episodes.
Diversity in the workplace, inclusion, standing up for yourself, innovation, social media and many more topics are included in this varied but always passionate podcast. If you’re looking for an episode to start with, try ‘How to get serious about diversity and inclusions in the workplace’ by Janet Stovall. She includes some powerful statistics that help to explain the importance of improving diversity within her university.
Best for Inspiration: Conversations of Inspiration
Since launching notonthehighstreet in 2006, and then Holly & Co in 2017, Holly Tucker MBE has empowered small businesses with her unique, colourful expertise. A UK based podcast, the brands guests work with include Innocent, Boden, The Body Coach and The Mobo Awards.
The episodes are clearly broken down into themes on the Holly & Co website for those who have specific interests. These include areas you may not find covered on other business podcasts, such as dyslexic entrepreneurs, British brands, business for good, and female founders.
Best from women: The BizChix Podcast
The BixChix Podcast is hosted by Natalie Eckdahl, a professional business strategist and coach, and has been running since 2014. Natalie uses her podcast to help entrepreneurs thrive, using a combination of coaching conversations and expert interviews with other women in business.
There’s a huge amount of episodes to explore too, covering everything from practical advice on getting the most out of social media platforms, to motivational discussions which encourage listeners to realise and achieve their business goals.
Best from Ivy League: HBR IdeaCast
Harvard Business Review is a popular business magazine offering the latest news and developments from the business world. Unfortunately, you’ll need a subscription to access their articles, as most are hidden behind a paywall. However, the good news is their podcast, HBR IdeaCast, is free to all.
This weekly podcast covers a range of areas and features leading thinkers from management and business. Whether covering more light-hearted topics such as combating procrastination, or examining how business has changed post COVID-19, this podcast offers a wealth of knowledge and expertise for anyone in business.
Best for practical advice: The $100 MBA Show
The $100 MBA Show sees host Omar Zenhom share some of the lessons and insights he has learned from the business world. One of the unique selling points of this podcast is the length. With most episodes clocking in at around 15 minutes it leaves no room for idle chit chat. The advice for listeners is practical and to the point.
As well as offering his own thoughts, Omar draws on the knowledge of the $100 MBA community he has built, as well as gaining insights from top industry experts. If you’re looking for a quick fix of business inspiration, then this podcast is for you. Also, with a back catalogue of over 2000 episodes, you’re sure to find the answer to every business question you’ve ever had.
Best for news: World Business Report
It’s great listening to podcasts which can help enhance you and your business. However, sometimes you simply need the facts. World Business Report can fill that void. This twice daily podcast from the BBC offers business and finance news from across the globe.
The bitesize episodes, usually no longer than 30 minutes in length, offer the latest updates on the biggest corporate stories and looks at the impact current affairs has on business across the world.
Best of the best: The Tim Ferriss Show
The Tim Ferriss Show has had over 700 million downloads to date and is often the number 1 business podcast on Apple Podcasts. Tim interviews top-tier performers in their field, such as scientists, athletes, actors and, of course, entrepreneurs. Past guests include Hugh Jackman, Dr. Jane Goodall, Neil Gaiman, Jerry Seinfeld, Arnold Schwarzenegger, LeBron James, Elizabeth Gilbert, Ray Dalio, Michael Lewis, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Kevin Hart and many more names you are sure to recognise.
You’ll find business tips and strategies on this podcast, but also book recommendations, lifestyle hacks and just all-around fascinating conversations to help you optimise your life.
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