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For students interested in learning more about the world of business, listening to podcasts can be a great way to gain new insights and bridge knowledge gaps on a variety of topics.
The perks of podcasts include allowing you to learn new things without feeling like you're studying - no textbooks required - and you can listen to them while you're out and about doing other things - whether that be taking a walk or lounging by the pool. Multitasking for the win!
We've selected 5 binge-worthy business podcasts we think you should tune into over the summer break:
It's impossible to curate a list of popular business podcasts without including The Tim Ferriss Show. The podcast has seen more than 300 million downloads and is the number one business podcast on the Australian Apple podcasts chart (as at December 2018).
In each episode, American author, entrepreneur, and public speaker Tim Ferriss interviews international experts and performers from a wide range of backgrounds including business, finance, sports, and art. Tim extracts "tactics, tools, and routines" you can use in your everyday life including "books, morning routines, exercise habits, time-management tricks, and much more".1 Standout past guests include LeBron James, Edward Norton, Tony Robbins, Maria Sharapova, and Malcolm Gladwell.
In this podcast, National Public Radio journalist, correspondent and radio host Guy Raz "dives into the stories behind some of the world's best-known companies".2 How I Built This features "innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists", and the stories behind "the movements they've built".2 The show highlights intimate moments in personal business journeys. Guy's guests have included Lonely Planet's Maureen and Tony Wheeler, Starbucks' Howard Schultz and BuzzFeed's Jonah Peretti to name a few.
Guy Raz is the "host, co-creator, and editorial director"3 behind three NPR programs and in 2017 he became the first podcaster to simultaneously have three shows in Apple's Top 20 podcasts chart. Check out How I Built This for remarkable insights into business successes, and failures.
3. Lady Startup
Got a great business idea but don't know just where to start with it? Budding entrepreneurs should tune in to Lady Startup, hosted by Rachel Corbett. Rachel interviews some of the most "inspiring and successful female entrepreneurs" to uncover "how they built their businesses from the ground up".4 Take a behind the scenes look at how guests like Showpo's Jane Lu and Boost Juice's Janine Allis have done it.
"Podcasts are a great way to get informed and entertained at the same time, and super convenient as you can listen while on-the-go. Multitasking for the win!"
Eat Sleep Work Repeat is a podcast about making work better. Hosted by Bruce Daisley, VP of Twitter, the podcast aims to answer the question: "How can we fix work?".5 In weekly episodes, Bruce chats to scientists and subject matter experts covering topics such as work culture, beating burnout, time management and creativity with the mission of discovering how we can improve our jobs.
Hosted by "entrepreneur, CEO, investor, vlogger, and public speaker"6 Gary Vaynerchuk, The GaryVee Audio Experience, is certainly an experience. The show's content is refreshingly varied and includes "keynote speeches on marketing and business, interviews, and fireside chats".7 Gary talks to guests from "various walks of life to discuss all things tech, entrepreneurship, media and culture".7 Past episodes include: 10 tips around starting & growing a business, how to figure out your life after graduating college, and why patience is the key to financial freedom, and much more.
They mightn't have made our top five list, but these podcasts below are equally worth a listen - especially if you're keen to really extend your knowledge of the economic and social contexts that businesses function within (and wow your friends/family/teachers with impressive facts!)
NPR's Planet Money makes understanding the economy a little easier with fascinating 6-30min stories tackling a variety of complex topics - from insider trading to recession indicators.
Each episode of Women at Work sees Harvard Business Review (HBR) editors tackle a different challenge faced by women in the workplace, through in-depth research and frank discussion with expert guests.
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