Unusually for someone so visual, I’m listening to a lot of podcasts at the moment, when I’m at the gym, when I’m cooking, and when I’m trying to go to sleep earlier. The latter is not a very good strategy though, because I either end up staying awake listening longer than I should, or going to sleep too soon and having to listen to the same podcast over and over!
This morning I was listening to Derek Halpern interviewing Adam Braun who started “Pencils Of Promise” and has just written the book of the same name. Essentially, Adam was going to be an investment banker but is now running a fast expanding charity breaking ground on over 200 schools a year for poverty stricken youngsters.
He was inspired by a young indian beggar boy who, when asked what he wanted most in all the world, answers “a pencil. I had to fight back a tear at that point. I was so gripped I sat in my car for a good 15 minutes after I arrived at my destination because I wanted to hear the end of the story. You get a LOT of great book recommendations by listening to podcasts! I see that John Lee Dumas has also interviewed Adam, so I’ll be checking that one out – different interviewers get different answers, so it’s always worth listening to more than one interview of the same person.
Here are my top 5 favourites at the moment and why I like them (in no particular order):
- Startup Chat with Hiten Shah and Steli Efti
This is such a great podcast from two very successful founders! Hiten is the co-founder of – among other companies – Kissmetrics (with Neil Patel) and Steli is founder of Close.io, some beautiful to use software to keep all your leads in track. They are both full of great tips and actionable advice, but they are both emotionally intelligent and insightful too, not hesitating to lay themselves bare if they think it would help the listener. Podcast Home Page >>>
- #AskGaryVee with Gary Vaynerchuk (video or audio podcast versions)
This absolute legend continues to lead the field with the funny and fast paced “AskGaryVee” show, second only in my favourites list to Gary’s new show “DailyVee” on YouTube. If you want raw truth, confrontational thoughts and to always, always be ahead of the curve, just go check him out on YouTube here >>>
- Startup with Alex Blumberg
A compelling story of how Alex Blumberg (previously involved with This American Life) raised the money to start his own startup – warts and all. The production quality is inspirational and the story of how he moved through the uncertainty, the ups and downs of raising finance and most importantly what his wife thought about it all, is a must-listen for all founders. Check out Episode 1 here >>>
- Smart Passive Income with Pat Flynn
O bless! What can I say about the lovely Pat without sounding too sycophantic? I love his back story, his voice, his generosity, his humour, his modesty and humility, but really, 7 million plus podcast downloads and over $70k income a month don’t lie – this man is a true professional who really knows his stuff – as well as a nice person. He has great guests on his show too, and I aspire to be one of them one day! Pat was an architect who was laid off and had to think of something to do to make money as his wedding was looming. Architecture’s loss is the internet marketing world’s gain. He’s also produced an awesome, step by step guide to starting your own podcast that really helped me get mine up and running again, for which I’ll be eternally grateful. Podcast home page >>>
- Entrepreneur On Fire with John Lee Dumas
For starters you have to admire the way John launched his podcast under a year ago and it’s already pretty much a household name in the internet marketing/ entrepreneur community. There’s the fact that he’s created a six figure income in under a year – check out his income statement page (just like Pat Flynn declares and breaks his income down too). John has stuck to a DAILY podcast schedule which puts my twice-weekly releases to shame (and those wouldn’t have happened without help!). He apparently records them all for the week, on a Monday back to back, and I know how exhausting that must be! His military training must come in handy here. I also really like the “same questions, different entrepreneurs/ answers” format too. You look forward to certain parts coming up – like the Inspirational Quote. John doesn’t let folks off the hook either, he was interviewing a fairly young guy who kept saying he’d had no setbacks or failures to speak of, but John just kept at him till he eventually told a great story of adversity overcome. Podcast home page >>>
- Social Triggers with Derek Halpern
Derek exploded out of nowhere with his Social Triggers blog and he’s doubtless a very clever and well respected man but I have to say I found his video style a bit loud and hard going (actually, to be fair, I find most videos hard going, preferring to read the transcripts). But after subscribing to his podcast, Derek is really growing on me, not least because he seems to really deeply research his guests and regularly asks thought provokingly interesting questions that make his guests have to stop and think before answering! He nearly had me in tears in my car today with his thoughtful interview of Adam Braun (see introduction) and so he’s becoming a “don’t miss” for me. Podcast home page >>>
Why not go and check them all out, and subscribe too? You’ll never be bored in a plane, train, or automobile again, I promise.