For many, 2014 was the year of the podcast. The true crime podcast Serial not only broke iTunes' records in becoming the fastest podcast to reach 5 million listens, but it also inspired a new generation of podcast listeners who searched for other informative, entertaining and inspiring audio broadcasts on a variety of topics. As the business community is rich in quality podcasts sharing news, views and advice, I'd like to recommend seven that SMB owners can only benefit from listening to.
A familiar face on British TV as the BBC's number one source for business news, Evan Davis presents this weekly show that tackles business trends and predictions. While many of the guests and stories come from multi-national brands and corporations, all small business owners and solo entrepreneurs will find the discussions informative and inspirational.
(Source: BBC The Bottom Line)
These short, but very informed episodes by Harvard Business Review see Sarah Green interview academics, authors and researchers who can offer scientific insight into what does and doesn't work in the business world. With topics ranging from what makes people work well in a team to what the most successful companies in the world can teach us, you'll be surprised how much you'll learn in less than 15 minutes.
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The award-winning Manager Tools podcasts has years of episodes in its back catalogue, all of which focus on helping small business managers become the best leaders they can be. From tips on how to recruit the best job candidates to how to manage team meetings and employee reviews, this is a podcast we regularly recommend to those who use our employee scheduling system to manage their busy teams of staff.
(Source: Manager Tools)
Australia's number one marketing podcast is packed full of up-to-date tips for small business owners to learn new ways of marketing their products and services. Featuring interviews with those who have successfully experimented with different sales, publicity and business development ideas, it's almost impossible to not feel more positive about marketing after these fifty-minute chunks of encouragement.
(Source: Small Business, Big Marketing)
33 Voices is a series of interviews with successful business leaders and thinkers from a variety of backgrounds and industries. The website offers you the chance to listen to all the previous episodes so you can choose one inspiring discussion after another. Alternatively, click on People and find a person you would like to hear more about like Scott Adams, the creator of the Dilbert comic strip, or Tracy DiNunzio, founder of Tradesy.
(Source: 33 Voices)
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If the above podcasts feel a bit corporate for your liking then you may find the Back to Work podcast easier listening. In fact, you'll feel like you've sat opposite Dan and Merlin in a coffee shop or bar as they share their personal highs and lows of trying to be the most productive people they can possibly be. They also answer listeners' questions so feel free to drop them a line with something that bugs you about your working life; they may be able to help!
Speaking of productivity, one of the things we hear most often from our customers is how there's never enough time in a day to get everything done. If you need regular reassurance about time management and productivity, then Beyond the To-Do List is the podcast for you. Discussing the obvious and not-so-obvious ways to manage your daily tasks and motivate your staff; you'll learn a lot and feel calmly inspired by this productivity podcast designed for business owners.
(Source: Beyond the To-Do List)