The Best Podcasts to Boost Your Career
Even some of the most successful people in the world find it important to continually learn and improve. Personal growth is key to leading a full life and enjoying a successful career. As Rachel Rutherford, former co-CEO of fashion platform Pose, put it, you should “never stop looking for opportunities to learn and grow.” One of the best ways to school yourself on new skills and techniques is via career and business podcasts. Tune in on your way to the office and learn by osmosis every day. We guarantee you’ll be so addicted that you’ll actually wish for traffic. Whether you want to advance another rung on the corporate ladder or you’re simply looking to improve your skill base, scroll down for our top podcasts to boost your career.
Co-founder and CEO of Clique Inc. Katherine Power encapsulated this podcast best with her number one career tip: “Find something you love to do, and then figure out a way to make money doing it.” Scott Anthony Barlow of Happen to Your Career offers practical and principle-based tips that will help you figure out what you want to do and make your career happen. If you want a job or business that you can’t wait to work at every day, then this is the podcast for you. And it’s free, too.
This one is for the entrepreneurs who want to make a big impact with their business. With so much competition out there now, how do you ensure your idea stands out and doesn’t get lost in the crowd? Do you need a lot of money to get decent exposure for your brand? From how to get lucky in business or dominate your competition to business lessons from successful brands, Red answers all the important questions with insightful podcasts.
This podcast offers you career tools straight from the manager’s mouth. Learn how to deal with office issues, navigate office politics, prepare a résumé, negotiate, and introduce yourself. These weekly podcasts are great for managers and employees looking to enhance their skillset and navigate a seamless career path.
If you are already a fan of TED Talks, you’ll soon be addicted to the riveting podcasts of TED Radio Hour. The inspiration continues with fascinating speeches on topics that will expand your mind, from what a creative brain looks like to where creativity comes from and why we’re always glued to our screens. Being successful is also about being well rounded and having the ability to spark and hold a conversation on a variety of topics. This will ensure you’re the most interesting person in the boardroom.
One of the best ways to learn is from those who navigated the precarious career path before you. HBR IdeaCast helps listeners learn from others every week, with thought-provoking interviews and conversations with leading thinkers in business and management. From how to become a better listener to how to build healthy teams to how to make good decisions, this podcast is a must-listen.
We all know how long those to-do lists can get. Despite your best intentions, and a list with multiple things crossed off, somehow your work is never done. This insightful podcast teaches you how to be a more efficient and productive person, both professionally and personally. Beyond the To-Do List interviews real people and covers all aspects of productivity, including practical advice on how to implement these strategies into your work and life. The podcasts cover success and failure, because each experience has something we can learn from.
Are you ready to set yourself apart? Have you been feeling creatively stifled lately? This podcast is your savior. Accidental Creative not only helps to raise your skillset but also keeps you motivated and inspired. Learn how to develop your own unique voice, make your work resonate with an audience, handle comparison and competition, and stand out from the crowd.
Having great leadership skills can improve your personal life beyond the boardroom. It can boost your confidence and self-assurance in everything you do. The Leadership Dojo will teach you how to grow your positive influence through interviews with leaders from all industries and backgrounds, including motivational CEOs, famous Olympic athletes, and best-selling authors. Host Alex Barker wants you to “discover how you can lead a life of excellence at any age.”
If you haven’t heard of Dan Miller, it’s time you two finally got acquainted. His popular podcast, 48 Days to the Work You Love, is a leading authority on work, career, and business startup. It’s often number one under the careers section in iTunes and in the top 50 under the business category. Why? Well, the best-selling author has helped millions turn their ideas into profitable businesses. The secret, according to Miller, is in discovering your calling: “This is why so many people find themselves in jobs they hate.” Thankfully his podcasts will help you create a life plan so you can find meaningful and fulfilling work you love.
This has to be one of the most popular career podcasts of them all—our editorial director is obsessed—but don’t take our word for it. The Tim Ferriss Show is the number one business podcast on all of iTunes, it’s been ranked number one (of all podcasts) numerous times, and it was also selected to iTunes’s “Best of 2014.” A successful author and entrepreneur himself, Ferriss extracts the best tactics and tricks from world-class performers and celebrity guests, including actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, motivational speaker Tony Robbins, and chess prodigy Josh Waitzkin, that listeners can actually use. It’s addictive.
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Creative Confidence by Tom Kelley and David Kelley ($14 and up)
Feeling paralyzed by uncertainty? Creative Confidence asserts that we all have immense creative potential within us—that it is not a selective genius reserved for artists and creative types only. More importantly, the book presents case studies and lays out the tools to approach ideas, solve problems, and build relationships with this creativity.