I was incredibly late to the podcast party. Everyone was talking about Serial and I was all, how do you work podcasts? I was convinced that I didn’t have enough time to listen to podcasts. Oh, I was so wrong about that. I realized that I had short pockets of time all over the place and started listening nonstop.
Like most online business owners, I started with Amy Porterfield and binge listened to her catalog.
Just like that, a podcast obsession was born.
In the fall, the older kids switched schools, so I do carpool in the afternoon. It takes a million years and I go through a ton of podcasts. I’m pretty sure that every single one that appears on this favorite list will appear on their most hated list.
Here’s a list of my top 20 podcasts.
And, because I’m awesome, I’m putting them into categories for you to make this easier.
My Favorite Business Podcasts
1. Biz Chix
Natalie’s podcast was one of the first that I discovered and I binge listened and became an immediate fan. If I have to pick any one of these podcasts to list as my absolute favorite, it’s this one. I download it immediately when it is released and I look forward to listening to it.
Natalie’s earlier episodes are primarily interviews with female entrepreneurs. She now does a lot of solo episodes and on-air coaching calls, which I love.
Jamie and I had the pleasure of appearing in an episode. You should listen to it. Then subscribe. Then listen to the other 249+ episodes. But start with ours.
As a result of the podcast, I booked a strategy session with Natalie. Then she became our business coach. Now I’m in one of her masterminds. I love Natalie and she’s made such a difference in my business and my life.
The Inside Scoop is the amazing ladies behind Scoop Industries, Maggie Patterson and Brittany Becher. They don’t know, but we’re all totally best friends. They, like Natalie, are truth tellers and I love it.
This has become my must-listen podcast on Mondays. I am growing a bit tired of the passive income model on a lot of business podcasts; this one completely embraces being in a service-based business. I’ve gotten some great tips.
This is another podcast that made me take action – I joined their membership site, the Double It Society. That’s another post, but holy crap, their training has made a big difference in how I conduct business and, most importantly, translated into $$.
A while ago, I listened to Racheal Cook’s podcast, which was related to her Fired Up & Focused challenge. Then I lamented that she didn’t have a regular show. Well, podcast wishes can come true and she is back with weekly episodes on Uncomplicate Your Business.
Racheal gives easy, actionable advice. Ten episodes in and I’m really excited to see what else she has coming. Her episode about goal setting with a yearly review was outstanding and I implemented all of her tips and it was an incredibly insightful exercise for me.
I’ve known Nicole Culver since my early FitFluential days and I’m so impressed with the business she has built. She’s taken her knowledge of the food business, as an influencer, blogger, and business owner and she’s created an incredible resource for food entrepreneurs.
Now, it’s no secret that I am a horrible cook with horrible eating habits. But I do love food and her tips are great across many industries.
Oh, and I’ve been on the show twice. Once to talk about legal issues and another (one of my favorite interviews ever) to talk about how to price sponsored content. Start there. Then listen to the rest.
Amy Porterfield. She’s got a great voice, great hair, and amazing business acumen. It was my first podcast love. You couldn’t have a conversation with me about business without hearing tips from my BFF Amy Porterfield. I’ve taken two of her courses and she has top-notch products.
I’m not 100% in her target audience these days. I still love her, but I don’t listen to every episode anymore. We’ve moved away from the passive income model to concentrate on our services-based business, so I try to concentrate my time learning what I can to improve that side of the business.
That said, many of her episodes apply to all types of online businesses, so you can use whatever you need. Also, her downloads are exceptional. I have a binder full of my favorite. (Because, guys, you know I like a good binder.)
I met Kirsten Oliphant last year when I spoke at the Profitable Blogging Summit. I was incredibly impressed with what they did with the Summit and I love her podcast. She talks about building your platform without being smarmy. She’s another truth teller and it’s a great show, especially for people in the influencer space.
I recently met Jenny Melrose through a mutual friend and I’m incredibly impressed with the business she’s building. Jenny has a course on pitching that I think is outstanding. A lot of our views align when it comes to influencers getting paid what they’re worth and treating themselves like businesses. The show is very new, but I love what she is doing.
And I may be on an upcoming episode. I’ll link it when it goes live.
Boss Girl Create is a podcast for creative entrepreneurs by Taylor Bradford. Taylor gives out great information. It’s an excellent mix of information on the business side and the content creation side.
When I first started listening to podcasts, I remember Kimber of The Pinning Mama told me that I would love this one. As I mentioned above, I’m not a food blogger. I can’t cook. I can’t take those beautiful food photos. However, the information they provide is often good for people in all areas of the influencer marketing industry.
Jessica and Jacklyn focus on being a female entrepreneur. They are all kinds of funny and I love their format. They have great guests and content.
And, if you happen to be driving with a teen boy in the car, you too can cringe if the opening comes on and says, All Up in Your Lady Business without any explanation and then you are all, no, dude, I swear, it’s about business. Not that kind of lady business. Then you just pretend it never happened until you later confess it in a blog post.
11. Boss Mom
The Boss Mom podcast has great information for women who are balancing their business with motherhood. Really practical advice. Also, Dana is really into Trello and so am I. Not using Trello yet? Go get it. Then take Dana’s training. It’s super good.
My Favorite Lifestyle Podcasts
After I finished with Amy Porterfield, this was my second binge-listen. The Happiness Project is my second favorite book of ever. (That’s an affiliate link to the book, so if you make a purchase, I get a small commission.)
On the podcast, I love the relationship between Gretchen and her sister, Elizabeth Craft. They give tons of easy tips to make your life a little happier and to build better habits.
And, if you listen, you’ll hear a lot about the four tendencies, I’m a questioner. Take the quiz here. Unless you’re a rebel. Then don’t take it. Whatever.
2. Organize 365
January 1 is one of my favorite days of the year, because I can clean the house and organize everything without a single side-eye from my husband. I like organizing. I like reading books about it. I like listening to podcasts about it. I like clearing clutter. Seriously, I would spend days organizing everything in the house if I could. But then everyone messes it up and I have to start again. (Seriously, if the tween girl would give me carte blanche to clean her closet and throw away whatever I want… <shiver> That is the stuff of my dreams.)
Sorry, I went to my happy place and forgot what I was doing here. I am a big fan of Lisa Woodruff at Organize 365. I love her methodology: that we go through phases of organization. I also deeply love the Sunday Basket.
I wanted nothing more than to take her 100 Day Home Organization Challenge. But I know me. I would have done nothing but organize for 100 days and claimed I was being productive in all areas of life. But you should take it. Then let me live vicariously through you.
I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Lisa in person, but someday, I hope I can go to the Container Store with her and that I have an unlimited budget to do whatever she tells me to. (Again, the stuff of my dreams.)
I like productivity information almost as much as I love organizing. Sometimes, I maybe get a bit too enthusiastic and try to change every system I have to become more productive and I end up wasting a whole lot of time. Which, I suppose, isn’t very productive.
I do, however, love this podcast. Laura McClellan does an outstanding job talking about many different ways to be productive in all areas of life. And, she’s a lawyer, which is automatic bonus points.
This is my current binge-listen and I am completely obsessed. A new bucket list goal is to be a guest on this show. Guys, I went for a year listening to all sorts of podcast and never considering that there was a podcast about reading. I am in book nerd heaven with this one.
Here’s the format. You tell Anne Bogel three of your favorite books, one book you hate and what you’re currently reading. She does some book sorcery, figures out what you like, and makes recommendations.
My hold queue is now almost completely full on Overdrive because I’m filling it with the books she recommends to strangers.
I am now at the point where I have imaginary interviews with Anne. Picking the three favorites is incredibly hard and they change daily as I have these not-so-real conversations. The books I hate are usually one of the following: Yes Please, Room, or The Interestings. (These are affiliate links. Because you might love them. That’s the great thing about books.)
It’s such good stuff if you are a book nerd.
This is a local radio show in Las Vegas and I absolutely adore Mercedes. Like, I will totally act like an idiot if I meet her. This may not be one that everyone loves since it is a local thing, but give it a try. They are awesome.
It’s a podcast about failure. Sounds uplifting, right?
Here’s the thing. It’s awesome. I learned about this when Elizabeth Craft from Happier was interviewed and mentioned it. The interviews are outstanding. It’s still relatively new, but I’m enjoying it a lot so far.
My Favorite Lawyer Podcasts
I had the pleasure of meeting Okeoma at FinCon. We had a long chat about our mutual love of The Happiness Project. I was so excited when her podcast launched.
Let’s face it, lawyers aren’t always the happiest bunch. This podcast dives into how to be happier. The interviews are great. Okeoma also loves personal finance issues, so it’s a great fit for me.
Also noteworthy, one of my favorite podcast intros. It’s perfect for the show. It’s, well, really happy and puts a smile on my face.
And, yes, I was honored to be a guest. You can listen to my episode here.
2. JD Blogger
JD Blogger is a great option for lawyers who want to use better techniques to market their practice. The host, John Skiba, knows his stuff. Great interviews, lots of tools mentioned, and easy-to-implement tips. And, he’s a Boyd grad, so that’s a little extra awesome.
This podcast is not super regular with its episodes lately, but the back catalog is great. Host Christopher Anderson talks about success and marketing for lawyers. You know, the stuff we have to be good at to build a business, but we can’t bill for. (And they don’t really teach you about in law school.)
These are my current favorites. I’m always adding more. If you have one I should add to the list, tell me in the comments.