Trying to keep up with what’s happening and why it’s happening is a significant challenge in the business world. While it would be nice to be able to simply work every day and bring in enough money for life’s essentials, the reality is that savvy operators have an eye on what’s happening around them as well as managing the day-to-day challenges.
Podcasts are a great way of keeping up with news and to listen to experts who share their insight. They’re also excellent sources of new trends and commentary from people who work at the coalface of business.
So, what are the best business podcasts out there? There are literally hundreds to choose from. We’ve focussed on podcasts that have been around for a while – lots of podcasts start but few manage to produce high quality content regularly over a long period of time. We’ve also narrowed our field to programs that are quite short so that you can listen to a whole episode while driving between client sites or when you have just a few minutes of quiet time.
The $100 MBA
The $100 MBA isn’t just a podcast. It boasts that it’s “a complete business education and community”.
The $100 MBA Show is a daily 10-minute podcast that delivers a short business lesson drawn from the $100 MBA courses. The topics are broad. We particularly like that you can look back at the titles to find a podcast to assist with very specific problems. For example, recent episodes dealt with how to fire an employee, how to hire a virtual assistant and dealing with doubt.
The Harvard Business Review is one of the most respected business journals. Its writers are amongst the most respected business leaders in the world. The HBR IdeaCast is a weekly podcast of about 20 minutes duration.
Each episode follows up an article from the journal with an interview with the author. As well as some practical advice, there’s some in-depth discussion about specific issues. For example, a recent episode dealt with how to stimulate innovation in a business – something that many businesses strive for but struggle to implement.
Very few businesses have been immune to the effects of the internet over the last decade or so. If there’s been one constant over that time, it’s been disruption. 350 Third is a podcast that focuses on the impact of the internet on business.
The podcast is hosted by Anders Brownworth and Scott Barstow and is really a discussion between two friends about interesting topics. They release a new 20-30 minute episode every two weeks or so – the schedule seems a little fluid. Although they discuss quite technical terms, they do it without burying listeners in piles of technical jargon.
CT Small Business Toolkit
Short interviews from established experts – it seems to be a solid formula for a successful podcast and the CT Small Business Toolkit sticks to it.
Each weekly episode is about 10 minutes long and focuses on just one topic. Most episodes are based around an interview with an expert or author. However, some are more topical. For example, following the Sony hack, an episode focussed on avoiding email embarrassment.
There are times when all you want is to quickly dip into a library and grab something to answer a specific question. Manager Tools is a library of over 500 podcasts, each of about 30 minutes duration, that you can dip into as you need.
New topics are added regularly although there doesn’t seem to be a specific schedule. Some weeks there’s one new episode, other times there are more.