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The Best Podcasts for Professionals

Move over photo and video, there’s a new trend in town: the podcast. Free and on-demand, podcasts have gained popularity with professionals around the world. Whether you are doing laundry or preparing lunch, podcasts allow you to make the most of your time. Keeping that in mind, we have compiled some of the best podcasts for professionals. 


1. How I Built This

How I Built This is a National Public Radio podcast aimed at aspiring business leaders. Featuring interviews with founders and CEOs, each episode dives deep into one of the world’s most well-known companies. For example, the founders of Instagram, Panera Bread, and Au Bon Pain share their successes, failures and key advice on this podcast.


2. TedTalks Business

In case you aren’t already familiar with TedTalks, now would be a great time to check it out. TedTalks provide a platform for influential speakers from around the world to share their ideas. Similarly, TedTalks Business focuses on sharing ideas for the business world.



3. Innovation and Leadership

Featuring Olympic athletes and CEOs, the Innovation and Leadership podcast hosts “uncommonly high achievers” from around the world. Above all, this podcast shares their stories and habits, and how they built professional success. Are you seeking motivation and advice? This professional development podcast is for you.


4. The School of Greatness

Every professional needs a great mentor. For this reason, Lewis Howes, an athlete turned entrepreneur, has created a podcast to virtually mentor young professionals. Specifically, Howes focuses on creating and keeping the habits that allow you to perform at your best.



5. Ideacast

Created by the Harvard Business Review, this weekly podcast features advice from business experts. The Harvard Business Review magazine covers everything from marketing to leadership. In order to make professional advice more accessible, Ideacast has converted these inspiring stories into audio format.


6. Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders

Some of the world’s leading entrepreneurs frequently visit Stanford University, hoping to share their wisdom with students. Including influential voices such as Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg, this is easily one of the best podcasts for young professionals.


7. How to be the Difference

Hosted by The Intern Group’s Johanna Molina, Co-founder and Head of Accessibility, and Paul Lynskey, Head of Experience for Europe and Africa. How to be the Difference is a career advice podcast for students, graduates and professionals of all ages, who are looking to fast track their career or want to make a career change. In this series of conversations, leading industry experts address these questions, providing actionable insights on how to make a difference in your chosen career field and ultimately how to make your dream career a reality.


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First Image based on JR East 217 Series, by Hans-Johnsson, CC-by-2.0

Second Image based on TedX ParsUniversity, by Niloufar Kagar, CC-by-2.0

Third Image based on My Podcast Set 1, by Patrick Breitenback, CC-by-2.0

Photos and blog by Maeve Allsup

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