I am a bit of a nut about podcasts. Of course I have a podcast, so I am biased. But even before I launched the Experts Enterprise podcast I was using podcasts as my regular source for business education. If I’m heading out for a run, ski, paddle, or cycle I always have a new episode loaded up ready to go. And on a typical drive from my home in the Interior of British Columbia to Vancouver I would consume eight hours of episodes (ninja trick: I often listen at 1.5X speed).
Sometimes I go for pure entertainment with favorites like CBC Spark with Nora Young, CBC Q with Jian Ghomeshi, or Alec Baldwin on Here’s the thing (his interview of Billy Joel is brilliant).
If you get hooked on podcasts (and any self-respecting entrepreneur should) you get more content then you can possibly sort through. So, I thought I would compile some of my favorite podcasts from 2013. These are mostly interviews and all of them inspired me to pick up a pen, take notes, re-listen to parts, and take action. I hope they have the same effect on you.
By the way, if you are a savvy iTunes, Blackberry, or Stitcher podcast subscriber then you will know what to do with this list. If you are new to podcasts, the easiest way to get started is to follow the links I’m supplying and simply enjoy these recording by clicking play on the host’s web site (like Expert’s Enterprise). My guess is, just like me, you will want to go the next step and subscribe to these excellent shows.
Here is a short article on how to use the new iTunes podcast app. http://www.imore.com/subscribe-podcasts-apples-podcasts-app-iphone-ipad
Blog to Book to Business: How to Live Your Dream with Jeff Goins
Social Media Examiner with Michael Stelzner
November 15, 2013
What I love about this episode is that is about the struggle to find your calling. Jeff tells us how having his first child forced him to leave his work with a charity and experiment as a writer. Underlying his story is a very savvy marketing campaign using guest blogging (over 100 articles on 100 websites), ebook give-a-ways, Amazon best-seller strategies and list building.
Jeff describes his journey as a marathon not a sprint and that sometimes you are in the spotlight and you feel great, but lots of times you just have to put in the work.
Listen to the podcast here.
Rory Vaden on becoming a NYT best selling author
Expert’s Enterprise with Hugh Culver
December 4, 2013
This episode is a great story for any entrepreneur. I first met Rory at a conference in Indianapolis and was stunned by his crazy, winding story about overcoming all the odds to become a New York Times best selling author. I knew I had to follow up. And so when I had the Experts Enterprise podcast he was one of the first people I contacted for an interview.
If you have no ambitions to become an author, don’t worry. Rory’s story is more about what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.
Get the podcast episode here:
#82: Getting Paid Before Building the Solution – From Research to Validation to Profit – A Listener Success Story
Carl Mattiola interviewed on Smart Passive Income with Pat Flynn
September 26, 2013
I think this was one of the most understated and exciting episodes I listened to this year. On the surface it is simply one person telling his story of enrolling in an entrepreneur training program, doing the work, enjoying success, and then leaving his job to pursue his new business full time. But, behind that story is so much more. Carl Mattiola left his job at Tesla Motors (this is the famous electric car company started by PayPal co-founder Elon Musk) to step into becoming an entrepreneur. Carl talks openly about his fears and the steps he took to research, develop, and then pre-sell his first software product.
Even if you have an existing company, there is so much to learn from this episode. I’ve listened to it twice and both times I’ve been taking notes. Also, pay attention to the methodology (Carl was enrolled in Dane Maxwell’s The Foundation program) Carl followed to launch his product. That process alone is worth listening to. It reminded me of all the backward product launches that blew up in my face.
Choose yourself with James Altucher
The Human Business Way with Chris Brogan
June 3, 2013
There is a reason why Chris Brogan has 266,472 followers on Twitter – he’s good. In this interview he digs into serial entrepreneur James Altucher’s philosophies on life, business, writing, and success. What makes this episode so intriguing is that both Brogan and Altucher are excellent writers and when together they know how to make every sentence worth your while. I’m reading Altucher new book Choose yourself (and loving it) because of this interview
Get the podcast episode here:
I Love Marketing with Joe Polish: Sunday Marketing Matinee Joe interviews Larry Winget.
I Love Marketing with Joe Polish and Dean Jackson
September 8, 2013
Caution: Larry Winget is not for everyone. It’s like a cold shower: you might hate it going in, but feel completely different about life once you come out. I happen to love Winget’s outrageously honest approach to life. More then that, I was completely engrossed in this episode as he took us through the transformation that happened in his life, his marriage, and his work when he realized the lie he had been living.
Polish does a brilliant job of keeping the interview on track and drawing out some great insights about like, honesty, values, marketing, and success. I recommend you listen to this one once a year (whether you think you need it or not.)
Get the podcast episode here:http://ilovemarketing.com/sunday-marketing-matineejoe-interviews-larry-winget/
Tweet Larry some love here (he would think that was pretty strange):
#018 A backstage pass to the inner workings of my business
On line marketing made easy with Amy Porterfield
October 3, 2013
I have nothing but admiration for Amy Porterfield. I hope to meet her this year and learn more about her plans, because she is going places. Her previous claim to fame was that she worked with Tony Robbins in product creation and marketing for six years. But, her real claim to fame is that in only three years she has positioned herself as one of maybe three top Facebook advertising guru’s in the world.
In this episode, Amy takes us “backstage” to learn how she repurposes her content, how her team works, and some of her thinking about growing her brand. There was so much great content here I had to listen to it twice (I’m sure you will be taking notes, like I was).
And a big shout out to my other favourite podcasts:
The Kick Ass Life with David Wood
Entrepreneur on Fire with John Lee Dumas
Rise to the Top with John Siteman Garland
Eventual Millionaire with Jamie Tardy
Suitcase Entrepreneur with Natalie Sisson
Podcast Answer Man with Cliff Ravenscraft
This is your life with Michael Hyatt