They also help you learn new things and expand your horizons. In fact, I think podcasts are one of the greatest ways to “learn on the go,” whether that’s listening on your commute to work, walking your dog outside, or finishing your 30 minutes at the gym.
Well, today I am thrilled to introduce Raj Jana. Raj is CEO and founder of an incredible, socially-conscious coffee company called Javapresse, and he is here to share with you his five favorite professional development podcasts.
Check out his recommendations, and then pop over to Javapresse; you’ll learn not only about their coffee but also their ethical, fair-trade approach to business. They launched the company in 2015, and they’ve already granted four wishes for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and donated $30,000 to help children’s charities. It’s incredible. 🙌
So without further ado, here’s Raj!
5 Professional Development Podcasts You Should Listen To
Professional development is inside us all. Nevertheless, it can be challenging to know how to push our careers forward.
Fortunately, one thing that’s been tremendously helpful in moving my career forward is learning from others. There are countless entrepreneurs, business leaders, athletes, and community advocates out there who have been able to build the lives they want to live.
And what’s more, they started where you and I are right now.
The two best ways I learn from others are through books and podcasts, and both of these approaches offer different advantages; reading is relaxing, and it’s a great way to turn a lazy afternoon into one of discovery.
Podcasts, on the other hand, are great for on-the-go. When I’m at the gym, driving in the car, or doing work around the house, I often put on a podcast episode, so I can turn what would otherwise be downtime into something that helps me grow.
I’ve come across a handful of professional development podcasts that I think anyone interested in advancing their careers should listen to. Even just a few episodes can help push you in the right direction or give you an idea of what step to take next.
5 Professional Development Podcasts You Should Listen To
It’s true, NPR is usually known for reporting the news. But if you dive a little deeper into the network’s programming, you’ll find that they have a lot more to offer than that.
One NPR podcast that’s worth checking out is called, How I Built This. It deals with how entrepreneurs and other leaders built their businesses into what they are today.
I like this podcast because it helps humanize the people whom we often view as “better than” or “more talented” than us. When you listen to their stories, you realize that they were once in the same position as we are; they wanted something more and weren’t quite sure how to get it.
This show provides not only practical advice but also hope for those who feel like meaningful professional growth is out of reach.
This podcast, hosted by Ken Coleman, is a fantastic resource for anyone interested in starting a business or taking on more leadership responsibility at work.
Part of what makes it so great is the diversity of guests that come on the show. Coleman brings in entrepreneurs, academics, business leaders, and other inspiring individuals to tell their story. By sharing their insight, the guests provide practical, hands-on advice that you can use to help make yourself better.
Furthermore, Coleman offers free tools and templates that strengthen the audio content. Listen to the show and learn actionable tips to plan your life in a way that will support your goals.
One of the ways you get ahead in your professional life is by being ahead of the game. If you’re solely focused on what’s happening now, then it’s challenging to move forward.
Fortunately, there are people from all walks of life who are thinking about – and discussing – our future. In fact, The Future of Work is a podcast specifically designed to identify the most important trends occurring now that will influence how we work and what we do in the future.
This podcast is a great way to help you identify what you should do now to position yourself for future success. I highly recommend giving it a try.
Often, the biggest barrier to our success is ourselves. We’re all busy people, and we all have lots of different responsibilities pulling us in multiple directions. Our limited cognition and inevitable fallibility can be frustrating, but we must learn how to deal with them if we’re going to be happy and achieve the goals we set for ourselves.
Michael Hyatt, a former publishing house CEO, goes into just this. He discusses different strategies and tips for helping us get out of our own way and to focus on the things that are actually important. For example, he pays a lot of attention to escaping perfectionism, delegating responsibility, and also saying “no,” which is something we all can learn how to do a little better.
(Paula: Want some tips? Check out my post on the importance of saying no to boost your productivity here!)
There are six full seasons of this show, so there’s plenty of content from which to choose. Take a look at the episodes and listen to a few that address the obstacles standing in your way.
5. Being Boss
Being Boss focuses on helping people take control of their own lives. While it’s directed towards creative entrepreneurs, the hosts offer advice that is universally beneficial.
If your professional development dreams include turning your side hustle into a full-time job or owning your own business, then this is a great podcast for you. It will help arm you with skills we all need to succeed in being the boss of our own lives.
Start listening today
The truth is, there are hundreds of different podcasts out there, and many of them are quite good. If you’re just getting started with the world of podcasting, give these five a listen. Then, start experimenting with some new shows once you discover what you like. You’re bound to learn something fascinating.
About the author: Raj is the founder of JavaPresse, a socially-conscious coffee subscription service. He started his business because he wanted more flexibility in his work, and also because he wanted to improve his work-life balance. He’s made a lot of mistakes along the way, and he’s still learning, but he owes part of his success to the people and resources that encouraged him to keep working towards his dream. He enjoys writing about his experience to help others achieve the type of professional growth they desire.
Do you listen to podcasts? What are some of your favorites? How many cups of coffee are you on this morning? Let us know below!