I was lucky.
When Apple released the Podcasts app back in 2012, it got my attention.
Sure, I knew what podcasts are, but I had never listened to any.
Out of the curiosity, I downloaded the app and played around with it for a couple of minutes. Then I closed it and dragged the app icon to the third screen on my iPhone.
(That’s where I keep the apps I can’t delete and almost never use.)
What I’m trying to say is I didn’t like what I heard. At that time, they reminded me of radio talk shows.
And I don’t like radio talk shows.
I’m not quite sure why I didn’t delete the app after that first two minutes of using it.
But the fact is I didn’t. And I’m grateful I didn’t.
You see, online business podcasts are one of the best things that happened to me in the past year. Not only did they help me grow as a person and as an entrepreneur, they also helped me clarify what I want to do in my life.
You might have already read that I’m passionate about sharing my knowledge and experiences, and just helping others who might find my advice useful.
Listening to online business podcasts gave me the motivation to follow that passion. I’ve built my website and start blogging.
I was lucky I had been reintroduced to podcasts by two of my coworkers. That was a little over a year ago.
The first podcast I started listening to is also the first on my list.
For me, it all started with Lewis Howes and his The School of Greatness podcast. Lewis is a lifestyle entrepreneur. He is a former professional athlete struck by a career ending injury. Before he entered the online business world, he was sleeping on his sister’s couch. Now, he makes a 7 figure income.
An inspiring story, don’t you think?
That’s what his podcast is all about. Lewis inspires you to do what you want. Full time.
The longer episodes feature business experts, athletes and influential celebrities with inspiring stories. The shorter ones are solo episodes.
The School of Greatness taught me:
Some of my favorite episodes include:
Amy Porterfield co-authored the book Facebook Marketing All in One for Dummies. After working for Tony Robbins and Social Media Examiner, she figured out what she really loves – helping small business with online marketing.
She mostly covers topics on social media, but she also speaks about lead generation, email marketing, and content marketing.
I like her show because the content is actionable. A lot of episodes are in fact “how-to’s”. Even if you’re new to the online business world, you won’t have trouble keeping up.
She also includes great freebies connected with each episode.
Check these episodes:
Chris is a serial entrepreneur and a best-selling author. He goes by the title Virtual CEO.
Confused? Let me explain.
Up to 2009, Chris was working 14 hours a day, six days a week. And then he collapsed.
He was completely burned out. At that point, he set himself a personal goal – to become a Virtual CEO.
He achieved the goal in 11 months. On the way of achieving his goal, he launched another business – Virtual Staff Finder.
His online business podcast is a mix of 45-minute interviews with experts from the online business world and short 15-minute solo episodes.
You will learn:
If you ever heard the term “passive income”, you’ve almost certainly heard about Pat Flynn. He makes his living with passive income, literally earning money while he sleeps.
What I love about Pat is that he is such a down to earth guy.
His sessions include tips on making a passive income, the importance of solving problems within a certain niche, and other online business related topics.
What’s great about The Smart Passive Income Podcast is that most of the stuff Pat talks about, he’s tested and tried himself.
He also does interviews. His guests vary from well-known entrepreneurs to people who have mastered a particular niche.
Pat taught me:
Listen to these episodes:
Social Media Marketing Podcast is hosted by Michael Stelzner, the founder of Social Media Examiner. Social Media Examiner is, of course, one of the most, if not THE most, influential social media blogs.
Michael interviews top social media professionals. The podcast provides information on social media success stories and the latest social media strategies and tactics.
Social Media Examiner website is the place to go if you want to learn social media. And the same goes for their podcast.
Episodes that might interest you:
The show is hosted by Darren Rowse, a well-known blogger. His podcast, as the name suggests, is focused on blogging.
Darren has been a blogger for almost 15 years. His knowledge on the topic is really extensive.
You’ll learn about how to create compelling content, drive traffic, build a strong relationship with your readers, and earn money blogging.
If you’re looking to take your blog to the next level, ProBlogger is the podcast for you.
One of my favorite online business podcasts right now. The show targets online entrepreneurs.
The Fizzle Show actually has four hosts, which makes it kind of unique. Each of the hosts is an invaluable piece of the puzzle of this knowledge filled and humorous podcast.
They often develop a debate around an issue or a question from their listener, which makes the show highly actionable.
What The Fizzle Show taught me:
Must listen to episodes:
If you still haven’t tried listening to podcasts, I challenge you to pick one of the above and listen to one or two episodes. Podcasts changed my life, and they just might change yours.
I’m sure they will, at least, help you step up your online business game.
What are your favorite shows? I’m always looking for new online business podcasts, so please let me know. Write in the comments below.