7 Business Podcasts For Inspiration & Your English Skills

7 Business Podcasts For Inspiration & Your English Skills

“What are the best business podcasts that I can listen to to improve my English skills and to learn new vocabulary?”, asked one of my clients recently. As a podcast lover this is one of the best questions a client could ever ask me! And this is why I’m sharing my recommendations for seven business podcasts that I really like to listen to at the moment not only with my client, but also with my blog readers. Here are seven podcasts that will offer inspiration, deepen your knowledge on business topics and will help to improve your English language skills.

7 Business Podcasts For Inspiration & Language Skills

WorkLife with Adam Grant: A TED original podcast

WorkLife is hosted by Adam Grant, a well-known organizational psychologist and author who discusses work-related topics. In this weekly podcast Adam Grant talks to thought leaders in different industries (e.g. Esther Perel, Cheryl Strayed) and gives you an insight into their minds and thinking. “You spend a quarter of your life at work. You should enjoy it!” is the motto Adam Grant lives and works by and this is also reflected in the fun and light style of his business podcast. Each episode is about 40 minutes long; the show is now in its third season.

My favorite episode: “The Office Without A**holes“. Read the full transcript here.

Bonus (not only) for non-native speakers: Join the WorkLife Podcast Club on LinkedIn for weekly news, episode summaries and questions for discussion.

HBR IdeaCast

HBR IdeaCast is a conversational business podcast that is produced by the Harvard Business Review. The two hosts Alison and Curt talk weekly to leading (American) thinkers (professors, entrepreneurs and, of course, Oprah) in business and management. Topics include leadership, equality or digital transformation. The episodes are usually less than 30 minutes.

My favorite episode: Working parents, let go of the idea of balance

Bonus (not only) for non-native speakers: Read the full transcript of each episode on the HBR podcast website.

Creative Conversations

Creative Conversations is a podcast produced by the magazine Fast Company. The show explores the creative process by talking to innovative thinkers from creative industries such as film, TV and music. The episodes are about 40 minutes long and feature a mix of interviews, conversations and live recordings.

My favorite episode: Alan Yang’s secret to creativity? Push yourself to the point you want to quit

Bonus (not only) for non-native speakers: If you want to stay up-to-date on tech trends, work life and creativity, the Fast Company website should turn into your go-to-source.

Being Boss

Being Boss is a podcast specifically aimed at (female) entrepreneurs and freelancers. Whether you are just starting out or already have an established business, the two hosts Kathleen and Emily have tons of advice for you on such useful topics as social media marketing, productivity, goals or self-care.

My favorite episode: I really enjoyed the most recent episode “Being a creative” which helped me not only to rethink, but to get back to my creativity. And I LOVED the minisode 10 Minutes to Being Boss // How do I disconnect to do big picture business planning? This is the question that I have been asking myself for weeks now.

Bonus (not only) for non-native speakers: You can browse the more than 230 episodes by topic which makes it so much easier to find an episode that is just right for you.

Second Life

Second Life is an interview podcast hosted by Who What Wear co-founder Hillary Kerr. With her guests she talks about fundamental career changes that may happen at any point in time. The guest list is pretty impressive: actress and producer Reese Witherspoon, founder and author Joy Cho of Oh Joy Studio or designer Justina Blakeney. There is a new episode every Monday and each episode is about 45 minutes long.

My favorite episode: The interview with Joy Cho. I first discovered Joy’s blog when we lived in the United States and have been following her journey ever since.

The Science of Social Media

The Buffer podcast The Science of Social Media explores current trends in social media marketing and business strategies. Since Buffer itself is a social media publishing and analytics tool, the podcast content is not really objective, but you can still get a lot out of it. The Buffer team looks at different social media platforms and talks about topics such as the following: Instagram’s secret algorithm, strategies for LinkedIn, tips for Facebook ads or how to unlock the power of Pinterest. The podcast airs weekly; each episode is only about 10 minutes long which makes it easy to squeeze in an episode here and there.

My favorite episode: What’s Next for Instagram? New Strategies to Make Your Brand Stand Out

StartUp

StartUp is one of my favorite podcasts of all times! It is a Gimlet Media podcast produced by Alex Blumberg which chronicles the starting, running and eventually selling of Gimlet Media itself. Gimlet Media is a Brooklyn-based podcast production company which was founded in 2014 and was sold to Spotify in 2019. In season 1 of StartUp founder Alex Blumberg takes the listener along to pitches with investors, late night conversations with his wife, or meetings with potential partners. As a listener you feel all the highs and all the lows of starting, running and – in the last season – selling the company. And this is because of Alex Blumberg who is not only a great storyteller, but who doesn’t shy away from showing his emotions, his vulnerability, his doubts and anger.

For me StartUp is a masterpiece of podcast production and an absolute must-listen! Start with season 1. Then listen to single episodes that give you an update on what’s been going on at Gimlet. Finish with the last season “The Final Chapter”.

My favorite episode: Exit – the final episode of StartUp. I was bawling my eyes out and I’m still sad that this podcast is now history.

Bonus (not only) for future podcasters: Gimlet Academy, a five-episode series from podcast pioneer Alex Blumberg in collaboration with Spotify that introduces you to the art of audio story-telling.

More business podcasts for your podcast library

During my research for this blog post I came across a few business podcasts that are new to me and that I’ve now added to my podcast library. But I usually don’t subscribe to a new podcast right away. Before I hit the subscribe button, I download one (recent) episode that catches my attention. Then, I start listening to the beginning. After a couple of minutes I usually know whether this podcast is for me. Or not.

My decision depends on a mix of factors: Do I like the voice of the podcast host? Is the quality of the recording good enough? How long are single episodes (I usually don’t listen to shows that are longer than 60 minutes – I don’t have that much time!)? Are there any commercial breaks and how long are they? But most importantly: Do I learn anything knew?

For me the best podcast episodes

  1. force me to stop whatever I’m doing;
  2. make me take out my notebook or open my notes app;
  3. invite me to not only take notes but send me to new corners of the internet right away.

New business podcasts

And now I’m really curious: Which business podcasts – in English or in German – are you listening to on a regular basis? I love to learn about your personal favorites either here in the comments or on social media. 

On a personal note

If you are looking for more podcast recommendations, you’ve come to the right place! You can find my own podcast “What to Watch, Read +Listen” here. The podcast episodes are mainly in English and they give you tons of starting points for your own journey into the English-speaking world. And yes, this includes podcast recommendations. More podcasts that I really like are summarized in this blog post. And here you can find a tutorial for my favorite podcast app for iOS.

WTWRL #11 – Ann-Cathrin Krauss, Online-Shop-Inhaberin & Bloggerin

WTWRL #11 – Ann-Cathrin Krauss, Online-Shop-Inhaberin & Bloggerin

Ann-Cathrin Krauss ist Online-Unternehmerin und Bloggerin. In ihrem Online-Conceptstore Herr und Frau Krauss gibt es richtig schöne Textil- und Papierprodukte und Accessoires von kleineren Marken für Frauen und Kinder. Aber Ann-Cathrin hat nicht nur ein gutes Gespür für schöne Dinge, sondern auch für kreative Gute-Laune-Posts. Auf ihrem Blog ist mein absoluter Favorit die Blogpost-Reihe “Meine Fünf Dinge”, in der Ann-Cathrin jeden Monat ihren Lieblingsfilme, -bücher, -serien, -produkte usw. vorstellt. Ist ja klar, dass ich Ann-Cathrin allein schon aus diesem Grund unbedingt in meinen Podcast einladen musste, oder? In unserem Gespräch geht es natürlich um genau diese Lieblingsbücher, Filme und Podcasts. Aber Ann-Cathrin erzählt auch, wie und warum sie “Herr und Frau Krauss” gegründet hat, wie sie den aktuellen Spagat zwischen Shop und Home Schooling managt und wie sich die Corona-Krise auf die Textilwirtschaft und damit auch auf den Online-Shop auswirkt.

Viel Spaß beim Hören!

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WTWRL #10 – Anne Häusler, Online Marketing Expertin

WTWRL #10 – Anne Häusler, Online Marketing Expertin

Anne Häusler ist Online Marketing Expertin und die Organisatorin der Instagram Challenge #meettheblogger, die gerade gestartet ist. In unserem Gespräch verrät mir Anne, warum sie diese Challenge vor fünf Jahren ins Leben gerufen hat, wie wichtig es ihr ist, Menschen miteinander in Verbindung zu bringen und was in diesem Corona-Jahr anders sein wird. Wir reden aber natürlich auch über Serien auf Netflix, Annes aktuelles Lieblingsbuch und gute Marketing-Podcasts.

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WTWRL #9 – Svenja Walter, Digital Storyteller

WTWRL #9 – Svenja Walter, Digital Storyteller

Wie schafft Du es, liebe Svenja Walter, immer einen Schritt voraus zu sein? “Ich sehe oft Dinge, die andere noch nicht sehen”, ist ihre Antwort. Woran das liegt und warum das auch einsam macht, erklärt mir Digital Storyteller und Frontrunner Svenja Walter in dieser Podcast-Folge. Kennengelernt habe ich Svenja übrigens vor vier Jahren, als ich noch in den USA gelebt habe. Damals wollte ich Kontakt mit der Münchner Blogger-Community aufnehmen und bin bei meiner Internet-Recherche auf Svenjas Blog Meine Svenja gestoßen. Ich schrieb ihr eine Mail, wir verabredeten uns zum Skypen und seitdem versorgt mich Svenja mit Wissen. Ich lese ihre Blogposts, folge ihr auf Instagram, besuche Workshops und buche ihre Online-Kurse auf Udemy. Für mich ist es so: wenn irgendwo Svenja Walter draufsteht, ist das ein echtes Gütesiegel. Hier kann ich mir sicher sein, dass ich wirklich etwas lerne!

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Ideen für Online-Meetings mit Kindern

Ideen für Online-Meetings mit Kindern

In den letzten Wochen habe ich viele Online-Meetings mit Grundschulkindern organisiert und moderiert. Nicht als Lehrerin, sondern als Mutter einer Viertklässlerin in Bayern. Dabei habe ich einiges gelernt! Mein wichtigstes Learning: Online-Meetings mit Kindern funktionieren nur gut, wenn es ein bestimmtes Thema gibt, über das die Kinder reden können. Deshalb stelle ich Dir hier alle Themen vor, die ich in der Happy Hour einer 4. Klasse ausprobiert habe bzw. ausprobieren werde. Diese Liste mit Ideen für Online-Meetings mit Kindern werde ich fortlaufend ergänzen. Gerne auch mit Deinen Ideen! Weitere Ideen kann ich nämlich gut gebrauchen, denn wer weiß, ob die Schule nach den Osterferien nach dem 11. Mai 2020 in Bayern tatsächlich wieder starten wird…

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