When you’re searching the deep well of digital resources for advice about a particular situation at work or even general guidance on how to achieve career success, finding that relatable voice of reason and specific expertise can be a challenging task.
So we decided to do the heavy lifting for you and set out to find the best podcast for professional development. Because there are so many brilliant minds out there weighted with the kind of wisdom that needs to be shared, we decided to not only give you one, but twelve of our top picks.
Journey through our curated list to discover the direction you need to set professional growth goals, enhance job performance or even develop yourself personally in a way that will set you up for a more productive lifestyle and lasting success.
LEAD TO WIN
Michael Hyatt is the founder of a billion-dollar coaching and leadership development company, author of five international best-selling books and an all-around expert on improving performance and efficiency in the workplace. He provides practical tools and easily implemented methods to help you “build the foundation where you’re winning at work and succeeding at life.” If you’re not reading one of his books, delving into his blog, studying his online curriculum, or organizing your day-to-day with his Full Focus Planner, you can listen to his meaty but digestible podcast. Michael and his wife Megan tackle topics like self awareness as a leader, “How to Elevate Your Public Speaking”, “How to Create a Collaborative Team Culture” and “How to Communicate Sensitive Information”, just to name a few.
190 Episodes. New episodes drop every Tuesday.
THE ZIGLAR SHOW
Zig Ziglar rose to national recognition in the latter half of the 20th century as a motivational speaker and author known most notably for stating, “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people to get what they want.” This legacy is carried on by Kevin Miller, host of The Ziglar Show, along with cohost and son of the late icon, Tom Ziglar. Kevin and Tom discuss how to succeed in business and how to find opportunities for professional growth and development for those who are “working for something bigger than themselves.”
829 Episodes. New episodes drop on Mondays and Wednesdays.
BEYOND THE TO-DO LIST
We all want to live a meaningful life—and if you don’t, you will after listening to this podcast. Host Erik Fisher inspires you to look past the overwhelming, everyday obligations on that pesky, never-ending to-do list that constantly bogs you down. Erik interviews authors, experts and real people as they offer their strategies on how to improve productivity, develop yourself professionally, build career success and most importantly: live a meaningful life.
352 Episodes. New episodes drop every Tuesday.
THE PRODUCTIVITY SHOW
This podcast for professional development tells you exactly what it is here to help you accomplish. Productivity. Want to manage and save time? Set achievable goals? Increase your overall efficiency without compromising time with your family or your physical, mental or emotional well-being? Then you’ve stumbled upon the right show. Hosted by Thanh Pham and Brooks Duncan of the productivity training company Asian Efficiency, this podcast takes a different approach by adhering to the business’ three main tenets: (1) There’s No Perfect Productive System; (2) Everything Is Simple and Actionable; (3) Everything Is Designed For The Modern World. Recent episodes explore work-life balance, reclaiming focus, personal outsourcing for time management and how to decompress and de-stress.
300 Episodes. New episodes drop every Monday.
SCHOOL OF GREATNESS
Lewis Howes draws from lessons learned through his own personal trauma and experience as a pro-football player to inspire listeners with content about overcoming challenges, identifying professional growth opportunities and finding greatness in one’s professional and personal life. As the author of the New York Times Best-Selling book “The School of Greatness”, he has also been recognized by the White House as one of the nation’s Top 100 Entrepreneurs Under 30. Since launching his podcast in 2013, he has garnered 250,000+ subscribers and over 100 million downloads. On Fridays of every week, he breaks from the usual podcast structure and features 5-Minute Fridays, a “quick little bit of inspiration to take you into the weekend."
1066 Episodes. New, full-length episodes drop on Mondays and Wednesdays; 5-minute episodes drop on Fridays.
SAY YES! WITH CARLA HALL
From the wonderful world of Wondery comes a (fairly new) punchy podcast all about finding career success through adversity. World-renowned chef and television personality, Carla Hall, lives by this personal mantra that inspired the name of the show: “Say yes. Adventure follows, then growth.” Special guests like celebrity author and chef Rachel Ray, and Mayim Bialik (of The Big Bang Theory and GrokNation) bring their own unique perspectives to the table about how they’ve dealt with seemingly insurmountable obstacles, overcame them and kept moving forward.
21 Episodes. New episodes drop every Tuesday.
If you want the uncensored skinny on all the hottest happenings in the world of business, politics and technology, this is podcast for you. Hosted by Scott Galloway and Kara Swisher, Pivot offers witty banter, intelligent insight and educated predictions. When they’re not podcasting, Scott teaches brand strategy and digital marketing as a professor at the NYU Stern School of Business while Kara, cofounder and Editor-at-Large of Recode, hosts another series on MSNBC and writes for the New York Times.
190 Episodes. New episodes drop on Tuesdays and Fridays.
THE JAMES ALTUCHER SHOW
James Altucher is a chess master, a Wall Street Journal best-selling author of 20 books, an entrepreneur and a hedge-fund manager. Apparently, he also has the spare time to host a podcast where he talks to artists, astronauts, drug dealers, innovators and world changers of all kinds like Ray Dalio, Arianna Huffington, Sir Richard Branson and Peter Thiel. James’ self-proclaimed mission is to help people overcome personal struggles and “choose themselves” — more elaborately detailed in his book “Choose Yourself” — while enabling them to harness the “power to create meaningful and fulfilling lives.”
787 Episodes. New episodes drop randomly multiple times a week.
HOW TO BE AWESOME AT YOUR JOB
Pete Mockaitis, an award-winning business coach and trainer, shares his passion for helping companies transform their work environments to enhance job performance, provide professional growth opportunities and actually help people become (more) awesome at their jobs. Pete’s invites “thought-leaders and results-getters” to advise on a wide range of resourceful topics such as how to “Have a Happier Work Week”, “How to Beat Burnout”, “How to Break the Habit of Anxiety with Curiosity” and “Finding the Beauty in Conflict”.
368 Episodes. New episodes drop on Monday and Thursday.
THE TIM FERRIS SHOW
The stars shine bright on Tim Ferris’ guest list with distinguished appearances by Hugh Jackman, Dr. Jane Goodall, Kevin Hart, Tony Robbins, Edward Norton, Peter Thiel, Jamie Foxx, and Mathew McConaughey (to name only a few). With all that Hollywood glare, you could be asking yourself if this really is a podcast for professional development. We promise, it is. Each world-class performer breaks down the details of their daily grind while Tim serves up edible bites of practicality, showcasing how listeners can implement the same activities, tools and techniques in their own lives.
500 Episodes. New episodes drop randomly multiple times a week.
THE ANXIOUS ACHIEVER
Host Morra Aarons-Mele champions the topic of mental health in the workplace in hopes of removing the stigma and reframing how we think about and approach it. Businesses need to seek and spread awareness about the issues surrounding mental health while also finding actionable ways to promote the wellness of their employees. While interviewing special guests, Morra adeptly guides the dialogue on subjects like depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, sleep deprivation and PTSD.
45 Episodes. New episodes drop the first Monday of every month.
GOOD LIFE PROJECT
This podcast isn’t about bumper sticker feel-good-isms or empty, placating cliches. Good Life Project aims at inspiring engaging, intimate and wisdom-laden conversations with legendary movers and shakers like Brené Brown and Seth Godin that will infuse energy and insight into your professional and personal life. Past episodes have covered stories about cultivating better relationships, stepping into your fullest potential, the definition of success, and finding meaning and motivation at work.
602 Episodes. New episodes drop on Mondays and Thursdays.
After taking all this advice, no matter how great it can be, you must give it time to sink in. Personal and professional development doesn’t happen overnight. Mark the milestones you achieve and celebrate the victories — even the small ones — when you are trying to enact positive change. Change takes adjustment so give yourself some grace even if you fail and remember just to keep moving forward.
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