We’ve all been benefiting from daily walks since the start of the pandemic last March, and with that has come the goldmine of podcasts that I’d never heard of before. I no longer dread having to get my 10k steps in listening to the 2003 album of Arctic Monkeys again (okay, Girls Aloud but still), because I can actually learn as I walk. A completely bizarre concept if you ask me.
So if you’re looking to listen to something insightful, or entertaining, or completely different to what you’d normally listen to, pick one from this list – you won’t regret it!
The Joe Rogan Experience
The Joe Rogan Experience is undoubtedly one of my favourite podcasts there is, especially since the guests are from so many different walks of life, you never know who will be interviewed next! It’s one of the most popular podcast shows on both YouTube and Spotify and interestingly, Spotify paid Joe to have exclusive rights to the show so now, all-new episodes are only aired via this platform. Great marketing, right?
The podcasts don’t have a set structure and are very much free-flowing with Joe using a more conversational approach as opposed to a simple question and answer format. The guests that feature are from all backgrounds and industries, including comedians, scientists, business owners, activists, and many more. So, if you are looking for a podcast show that has no restrictions on topics of conversation and one that will give you an in-depth look into the lives of interviewees, then you will definitely love the Joe Rogan Experience.
Masters of Scales with Reid Hoffman
If you enjoy business content, this is without a doubt the podcast for you. Usually, these episodes are around 30 minutes long, making them the perfect length to listen to on your daily walk, and feature a wide range of business owners as guests.
If you haven’t heard of Reid Hoffman, he’s one of the co-founders of professional network giant LinkedIn and has been a dominating figure in Silicon Valley for decades. As if that wasn’t enough to convince you that he’s an expert in business, he is also a partner at Greyrock, one of the best-known venture capitalists in Silicon Valley.
With such an expansive career, Reid gives listeners an incredible look into the world of business, providing tips and tricks to make sure you make the most out of your business venture. He’s passionate about helping listeners deal with their business challenges and finding solutions to business problems big and small. Previous guests on this show include the CEOs of Disney, Google, Nike, Spotify, Airbnb, and Virgin.
The Tim Ferriss Show
I’m sure you’ve heard of The Tim Ferriss Show before, especially since it’s grown massively in popularity during the past year’s lockdown. This podcast offers an eclectic mix of topics ranging from business, health, pharmaceuticals, nutrition, and general life experience.
Who is Tim Ferriss you ask? Well, you may know him from his #1 best-selling New York Times books “The 4 hour Week” and “Tools of the Titans” (both of which I also highly recommend!). Much like his book formats, Tim hosts his podcasts with long-form conversations with his guests so that he can deep-dive into topics so well that listeners will always take away key learnings. The one thing to note, however, is that because these podcasts are long, you do need to dedicate time to them but I’d very much recommend you give them a try! I’ve learned so much from Tim that his insights have taken up nearly a full notepad of mine!
The Peter Crouch Podcast
Peter Crouch may seem like an unlikely podcast host but his series has actually proven to be hugely successful, mainly due to his comedic and frank opinions. He co-hosts with Tom Fordyce and Chris Stark, and as you can imagine, the podcast is focused on the glorious game of football. Who better to talk about football than a Liverpool and England legend that is dubbed “the King of Headers”? If you’re not a football fan, you may also know him from his famous goal celebrations, especially ‘The Robot’.
This podcast is a great listen for those that want to step away from business-focused topics and focus on entertainment. It gives you a fantastic insight into how the football industry works at the very top level including how teams and players work in training, game planning, tactics, and the full works to get these organisations to where they are. If only he knew that blue was the colour…
It wouldn’t be right to write this blog without mentioning StatusCake’s Freshly Baked podcast series, especially since I never miss an episode (true story). These podcasts bring you how-tos on almost everything in the business world, from affiliate marketing to illustrations for your brand, to how to launch a successful start-up during a pandemic. The best part is they give voices to lesser-known businesses and brands to help give them a spotlight, which is something I really admire. The host is their Head of Content, Kat, and she speaks to each and every guest as if they’re old friends (which on some of them, it seems they actually are) which makes for a far less contrived and scripted podcast than most! The conversational and fun tone of the podcasts keeps me coming back for more – wonder if it’ll make you do the same.
Hip Hop Saved My Life
Hip Hop Saved My Life has a surprising host, to say the least; you may be expecting a world-renowned rapper or up-and-coming musical artist but instead, you get comedian Romesh Ranganathan. Shocking to most but Romesh is very much into the Hip Hop music scene and uses this podcast to talk to artists from across the globe about the industry and how the mechanics of it work. The best part? As a comedian, Romesh manages to bring humour to every interview, regardless of who it is and what the topic is centred around. It’s hugely engaging, entertaining and an easy listen, and suitable for just about anyone!
For those of you looking for serious debates that cover a range of different topics, this podcast series is the perfect ticket. Intelligence Squared podcasts talk and debate difficult subjects that other podcasts are afraid to go near. They manage to get insightful, opinionated guests that are happy to share their opinions regardless of if it follows the status quo which gives listeners new and diverse perspectives that they might not have otherwise heard.
The podcast episodes are of varying lengths depending on the topic and they also do live shows, where they get the audience to participate by voting their opinion before and after a topic, is discussed. Want to know what you’d vote? Jump onto one of the podcasts and find out.
Making Sense with Sam Harris
Sam Harris is a best-selling author, neuroscientist, philosopher, and entrepreneur and in this series, he speaks about the workings of the human mind, the society we live in, and how current events are affecting us. His books have been translated into 20 different languages and he’s won the PEN award in 2005 for non-fiction for his book ‘The End of Faith’. Sam brings in a whole host of expert guests to discuss these topics, using his contacts in the science and technology world.
Sam Harris is an interesting host, mainly because he’s outspoken on religion and what it means to him and has appeared in many live debates surrounding this. He’s also a promoter of meditation, openly advocating the launch of his own app Waking Up to those in need of calmness.
The School of Greatness
As you can probably tell from the name of this podcast series, it’s bursting with greatness. In these podcasts, Lewis Howes shares his life experiences along with his invited guests with the aim of inspiring his listeners to go after success. Guests include well-known names from the world of sport, business, entertainment, science, literature, and health. The best part? The guests on The School of Greatness don’t sugarcoat any aspect of their experiences, they share both good and bad stories, hoping to show that everyone has hurdles to overcome and how they can still achieve success in the wake of these. After all, Lewis Howes is a New York Times bestseller, two-time American champion athlete, and an entrepreneur.
Entrepreneurs on Fire
Entrepreneurs on Fire is one of my favourites on the list, especially since you can learn so much in such a short amount of time. John Lee Dumas hosts the podcasts and shares his personal experiences of creating a business from scratch. The part I enjoy the most is when he and his wife talk about the challenges, performance, and steps they take to increase revenue for their company, speaking frankly and honestly to their listeners throughout. The podcast also features other entrepreneurs that discuss their experience in business, the struggles they faced, and how they overcame these to be where they are. Each podcast is a short interview that you can listen to on the go whilst learning about the vast world of business. Use it as a tool to help you overcome any issues that you may be having in your career or business ventures!
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