5 best business podcasts to help you grow your business

Review: 5 best business podcasts to help you grow your business November 2022 #business #blog #businessstrategy #justmakecontact @collin_harbour

We are fortunate to live in 2022. We are not perfect. Society still has many, many serious issues to solve. We are working on it. As they say, “we are only human”. One of the most exciting things about living in 2022 is the availability of media, including Podcasts. Reading is important, but as technology has advanced the way we receive information, I have found that Podcasts are equally important. Podcasts can be consumed while exercising, working, doing yardwork, or just sitting around. 

According to Wikipedia, “Podcasts, previously known as “audio blogs”, had its roots dating back to the 1980s. With the advent of broadband Internet access and portable digital audio playback devices such as the iPod, podcasting began to catch hold in late 2004.” Also, according to Wikipedia, the first modern Podcast was launched in August 2000 and the first Podcast Conference took place in October 2003 (BloggerCon).

Personally, I have been involved (or currently involved) with three podcasts:

Harbourtime Strategy Talks:

This was my first endeavor into the world of Podcasting and was launched early in the Covid-19 Pandemic. The goal was to provide a platform to explore a variety of business strategy topics and a place to hear practical tips for building and implementing sound business principles. 

Strike a Chord Live Podcast: Marcus Ellis and I go live on Facebook every Wednesday and Friday and discuss a variety of topics. We grew up together and I moved away in 1985, so we didn’t talk for 30 + years until 2021, at which point we started the podcast. The theme: Two lifelong friends with a love of baseball, music, motivation and inspiration mixed with a little bit of nostalgia, culture, transformation and fun!! And we want you to the take the journey with us.

Just Make Contact:

This is my latest endeavor into the world of podcasting. Based on the baseball concept that if you’re in a slump, you just have to make contact with the ball to make things happen. Motivation, Strategy, and a little bit of silliness will be the focus of Just Make Contact.

Various tools exist to assist with developing a podcast. It can be as simple as finding the right tool and using your phone’s headset to record. Even the simplest technology such as Zoom can be used to audio and video record a podcast. Personally, I used Anchor to launch both of my podcasts. I find the tool easy to use from an editing and production standpoint. It also makes distribution simple. Speaking of distribution, Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle PodcastsAudibleYouTube and many other distribution channels are available.

Here is my list of best business podcasts, in no particular order:  

5 Best Business Podcasts

My First Million

Description: The Hustle presents – My First Million. A podcast where we brainstorm new business ideas based on trends & opportunities we see in the market. Sometimes we have famous guests, and they do it with us.

Host(s): Shaan Puri and Sam Parr

Why I Like it: According to Shaan’s website, he is a “serial founder, my last company Bebo was sold to Amazon in 2019. As a side hustle, I grew an e-commerce brand from $0 to $12M run rate in one year.” He’s an Angel Investor and this podcast had over 2 million downloads in its first year, which tells me that I’m not the only person interested in this podcast. Sam Parr is the founder and former owner of The Hustle, which he recently sold to Hubspot. This is a daily curated newsletter listing great information. I suggest it and you can sign up here

The Podcast is fun and provides incredible information for anyone looking to start or grow a business. Maybe fresh ideas are needed? In that case, this podcast can provide the information you need. Whether it is discussing business startups, venture capital and private equity, tips when selling your business, or pretty much any other topic in business, this podcast has it covered.  They take this production seriously but have fun doing it. And they are joined by several guests on their journey.

Noah Kagan Presents

Description: The #1 podcast for entrepreneurs. Learn proven strategies to start and grow a business, improve productivity, and live a happier life. Hear from top performers in all industries. Guests include entrepreneurs, CEOs, friends, and more.

Host(s): Noah Kagan

Why I Like it: Noah Kagan is fun to listen to – plain and simple. This is a high energy podcast that shares many challenges faced by entrepreneurs. Noah is “the Chief Sumo at Sumo Group — where we help entrepreneurs kick more ass. Before that, I was employee #30 at Facebook, #4 at Mint, and worked at Intel.” So, he’s been around the block a few times. On some episodes he flies solo, but he also has strong and successful guests. The podcast provides marketing and business startup advice, but also provides much more. 

With over 250 episodes, you won’t binge through this one (or any of the others listed any time soon).

As a side note, Kagan also has a website, okadork.com that covers the same topics. You can sign up for his newsletter on the website.

Business Wars (by Wondery)

Description: New episodes come out Wednesdays for free. Wondery+ subscribers can binge listen early and ad-free to new full seasons, exclusive past seasons, and all episodes.

Netflix vs. HBO. Nike vs. Adidas. Business is war. Sometimes the prize is your wallet or your attention. Sometimes, it’s just the fun of beating the other guy. The outcome of these battles shapes what we buy and how we live.

Business Wars gives you the unauthorized, real story of what drives these companies and their leaders, inventors, investors and executives to new heights — or to ruin. Hosted by David Brown, former anchor of Marketplace. From Wondery, the network behind Dirty John and American History Tellers.

Host(s): David Brown

Why I Like it: As the description says, business is war! This podcast takes a deep dive into some of the great names in business and provides and in depth analysis of how they battled for supremacy. In it’s 75th“Season”, it is both exciting and educational. For instance, I heard about the battle between Taylor Swift and Scooter Braun from my daughter, but I didn’t really know what happened until I listened to Season 74. WWF vs. WCW (Season 54), Haagen-Dazs vs. Ben & Jerry’s (Season 58), ESPN vs. Fox Sports (Season 66), and one of my favorites (Blackberry vs. iPhone – Season 63) are thrilling stories of business startups, business scaling, business growth, business challenges and straight-out competition. More battles include Southwest Airlines vs. American Airlines (Season 56). The podcast also covers Crypto Wars, Vegas, Pizza, Vaccine, Cosmetics, Social Media, Clothing – all from the view of well-known brands battling it out for supremacy! As of the writing of this Blog Post, there are 75 Seasons with over 450 action-packed episodes. 

Business Movers (By Wondery)

Description: Behind every successful business is a story. It starts with a vision and a leap of faith. Along the way, leaders make bold decisions, ride booms and busts, and sometimes, they reach new heights. From Wondery, the makers of the hit series Business Wars, and Lindsay Graham, the host of American History Tellers and American Scandal, comes a weekly podcast that brings you the true stories of the brilliant but all-too-human businesspeople who risked it all. From Walt Disney’s creation of a theme park in Orlando, to the colossal failure of New Coke, Business Movers will explore the triumphs, failures and ideas that transformed our lives.

Host(s): Lindsay Graham (not the politician)

Why I Like it: Another practical and entertaining podcast from Wondery. Beginning with Walt Disney in Season 1, Business Movers takes us on a journey of some of the great names and business challenges, mistakes and successes each of them made along the way. My personal favorite is Season 2, “Coca-Cola’s Greatest Mistake | Out With The Old”, which explores the decision to launch New Coke – including the buildup to and fallout from this strategic decision. It shows us that not all strategic decisions, regardless of the resources behind them, are good ones. It currently lists 20 Seasons, all with multiple episodes. Another good one is Season 6, “General Motors: Back from the Dead | In With the New”.

The Gary Vee Audio Experience

Description: Welcome to The GaryVee Audio Experience, hosted by entrepreneur, CEO, investor, content creator, and public speaker Gary Vaynerchuk. On this podcast you’ll find a mix of the #AskGaryVee show episodes, keynote speeches on marketing and business, segments from my DAILYVEE video series, interviews and fireside chats I’ve given, as well as new and current thoughts I record originally for this audio experience!

Host(s): Gary Vee (Gary Vaynerchuk)

Why I Like it: Surely you have herd of Gary Vee. If not, just do a quick search. This is one of the first business podcasts I ever listened to, and I still frequent it is a much as possible. What seems like endless hours of content are provided, including business guests, celebrity guests, call in guests, former key note speeches, and the list goes on and on. Gary Vee has built an empire and he shares information on how you can do so, too. He also has some side hustles that he discusses regularly. I find it interesting that he still does garage sales finding items to flip for a profit. You might not want your children to listen to this one yet, as the language can be a little “grown up” at times, but I suggest you check it out if you haven’t done so already.

It was once written, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way — in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.” (A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens) It feels like that in 2022, too. Even so, the best of times means people don’t have to spend time looking for information . . . it is literally in your hands. To me, Podcasts are one of the great inventions of the 21st Century, particularly if seeking business strategy, marketing, or other entrepreneurial support.

5 best business podcasts to help you grow your business #business #blog #businessstrategy #justmakecontact @collin_harbour

Collin Harbour

Collin W. Harbour is the Principal Founder of C Harbour Services LLC, a business transformation and strategy company that develops strategic plans by aligning sales and plans with company goals, people and process.

Collin is a client growth and business strategy leader with experience identifying new business opportunities, as well as managing and growing client revenues. Through C Harbour Services LLC, Collin focuses on creating customized solutions that deliver valuable services, allowing clients to focus on their core business. He is a Co-Host of Strike a Chord Live Podcast with his lifelong friend, Marcus Ellis. SACL Podcast is a Motivational and Inspirational podcast, with a mix of Nostalgia and Fun! Harbourtime Strategy Talks is a blog and podcast providing strategic content for companies of all sizes.