You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. If you want to be a top influencer and get paid to speak, land book deals, get interviewed by the press and build your business, you need to spend time with other top influencers. One way to get easy access to high-quality mentors (for free!) who can help you become a top influencer is to listen to podcasts that are hosted by, or that interview, other influencers. Here are some of my favorites that have helped me up my game.
1. Grant Baldwin
Grant Baldwin is an established speaker, author, influencer, and entrepreneur. Above all else, he’s just a normal dude with a passion for working really hard. This perspective makes his podcast, The Speaker Lab Podcast, very raw and valuable to entrepreneurs.
Youpreneur is an entrepreneurial community that provides founders the support system they need to be successful. Hosted by recognized entrepreneur and best-selling author Chris Ducker, the Youpreneur Podcast provides tons of actionable and result-driven advice.
3. RED influencer
The focus of the RED Podcast is to provide entrepreneurs the tools they need to reach, expand, and develop their audiences. Run by David Hooper and Laurel Staples, the podcast is famous for implementing time-tested strategies that really work.
4. Marketing Book Podcast
The Marketing Book Podcast, hosted by Artillery Marketing, is one of the top 10 podcasts for marketers. The podcast runs through weekly interviews with authors to help you keep up with what’s actually working in the quickly changing, real world of marketing.
5. Ask Gary Vee
The globally recognized entrepreneur, speaker, and author Gary Vaynerchuk also runs his own podcast where the audience gets to ask questions and he answers them. Dubbed the #AskGaryVee Show, the podcast has become a great resource for hearing more of Gary’s eccentric, motivational voice come to life.
6. The Top With Nathan Latka
Nathan Latka is a 25 year old software entrepreneur who has raised millions of dollars and attracted tens of thousands of paying customers. Now he runs The Top, a frequently updated podcast with interviews of entrepreneurs who are leaders in their industries.
The EOFire Podcast, hosted by John Lee Dumas, has become an incredibly popular resource for millions of entrepreneurs every single month. His model is simple: bring in inspiring entrepreneurs to motivate his community. It’s proven to be working!
8. Duct Tape Marketing
John Jantsch, founder of Duct Tape Marketing, has made a career of helping small businesses market simply, affordably, and effectively with his systematic approach. On his Duct Tape Marketing Podcast, he interviews influencers and covers everything from marketing strategy to the tactics discussed in his latest book SEO for Growth, which he co-wrote with Phil Singleton.
The Podcraft Podcast is all about the art of podcasting. Every episode, Colin Gray gives listeners actionable tips about everything from equipment to promotion to episode planning. It’s a great listen if you want to get your podcast up and off the ground.
10. Lewis Howes
Lewis Howes is a professional entrepreneurial mentor who has taught thousands of people how to build their companies. He runs a podcast called the School of Greatness where he and other industry leaders share their stories. The goal of the podcast is to find out what makes great people great.
11. Ray Edwards
The Ray Edwards Show is a weekly online radio show built for the small business owner, and those interested in starting their own businesses. Ray Edwards, the host of the show, is a recognized copywriter and communications strategist. He’s worked with some of the best business people in the world, ranging from Michael Hyatt to Tony Robbins.
12. Michael Hyatt
Speaking of Michael Hyatt, he also runs his own podcast called This is Your Life. With over 10 million downloads, the podcast helps listeners set goals, live with more passion, and lead with extraordinary influence.
13. Rainmaker FM
Rainmaker.FM has become the de facto source for all things digital marketing. Brian Clark and his team run a number of influential podcasts that bring even the most experienced marketing experts new tips, tactics, stories, and strategies.
14. This Old Marketing
Joe Pulizzi and Robert Rose host This Old Marketing Podcast to help entrepreneurs and marketers understand everything from the fundamentals to the tricks of the trade. This Old Marketing covers content marketing, rants and raves about a hard-to-swallow marketing topic, and an example of the week. The combination often makes for exciting and insightful episodes.
15. Agents of Change
The Agents of Change podcast, with Rich Brooks, is the marketer’s dream guide for all things SEO and media marketing. Rich hosts interviews with leading marketers from around the globe to gain insider tips and strategies to increase the reach of your business.
16. Conversion Cast
The Conversion Cast podcast is focused on delivering raw, practical advice and helpful metrics for marketers. The show, produced by LeadPages, has helped the company gain tens of thousands of paying customers and hundreds of thousands of new leads.
17. The Owners Mind
Chris Brogan is an experienced marketer and storyteller. Perhaps even more importantly, he knows how to run a podcast that is really helpful. He cuts right to the point, in his interview-style podcast named The Owner’s Mind, where he helps marketers grow businesses and improve connections.
18. Art and Business of Public Speaking
Dynamic Communicators, a training program, hosts a valuable podcast all about The Art and Business of Public Speaking. It’s a great resource for improving your speaking presence, helping you grow your audience, and loving your career.
19. The Razor Sharp Show
Ray Milidoni and Matt Romania host the always inspiring Razor Sharp Show, where they talk business, marketing, and personal development. Each episode is chock full of great, actionable ideas for growing and succeeding in business.
20. The Ictus Marketing Podcast
Mark Leonard, the host of The Ictus Marketing Podcast, made a major life change when he went from being a music teacher to running a marketing agency for non-profits and businesses. For his podcast, he seeks out guests with similarly unique stories and deduces important lessons about changing directions and doing things differently.
21. Digital Marketing Radio
Every week, David Bain, author of the 26-Week Digital Marketing Plan, interviews a different marketing guru on his podcast, the Digital Marketing Radio. Bain spends half the episode discussing their area of specialty and the second having them answer his standard questions, so you get everything you wanted to know and even what you wouldn’t think to ask.
22. Freelance Transformation
Matt Inglot, the host of Freelance Transformation, is an agency owner and freelance coach who want to help his listeners learn from his failures and emulate his, and others’, successes. He styles his podcast as the show that “doesn’t let guests omit the secret sauce,” so you get the most from their examples.
23. Marketing School
As its name suggests, Marketing School is the podcast designed to provide you with all the marketing skills you need to succeed. Each daily episode gets right to the point, with Neil Patel and Eric Siu giving you a concrete tip in just ten minutes. Listen every day and that adds up to a whole lot of value.
24. Online Marketing Made Easy With Amy Porterfield
Online Marketing Made Easy with Amy Porterfield, social media strategist and coauthor of Facebook Marketing All-In-One for Dummies, is all about the business of social media. Listen in to find out how to monetize your online marketing and blogging efforts using her tried, tested, and true lead generating strategies.
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25. The Smart Passive Income Podcast
Pat Flynn is one of the most preeminent thought leaders when it comes to creating income streams that generate revenue without demanding ongoing effort. On the Smart Passive Income Podcast, he shares strategies, tips, and interviews with leaders in all fields. It’s so valuable that one reviewer wrote, “Pat’s podcast is worth more than an MBA.”
26. The Growth Show
Inbound marketing and sales software, Hubspot, is behind The Growth Show. Hosts Meghan Keaney Anderson and Kipp Bodnar interview well-known guests from a variety of backgrounds, breaking down their stories and deriving concrete lessons for how they achieved remarkable growth.
27. Science of Social Media
Presented by social media tool Buffer, the Science of Social Media podcast is an excellent resource on using social media across platforms and industries. The interviews with innovators and experimenters in social media marketing provide a weekly dose of inspiration and great ideas for sharing.
28. ProBlogger Podcast
Who better to teach you how to be a better blogger than Darren Rowse, whose blogs are read by over 5 million readers a month? The ProBlogger Podcast has tips, tricks, and case studies to help you figure out how to create great content, engage with readers, and monetize your work.
29. Steal the Show
Best-selling author Michael Port believes that every interaction is a performance, and he wants to teach you how to nail it. From client pitches, job interviews, speeches, to negotiations, the skills he helps you hone on Steal the Show will make you a more confident speaker and get you more of what you want.
30. Baby Got Booked
Baby Got Booked is the place to go to find out how to get free press. Hosted by award-winning journalist Geeta Nadkarni, creator of an online course with the same name, this podcast focuses on how to tell your story so that it captures attention.
The great thing about podcasts is that you can listen to them anytime, anywhere. Immersing yourself in these ideas is a surefire way to build the knowledge and skills you need to take any business to the next level. Just make sure you have some way to jot down some notes – there’s too much good material in these to forget! Tune in to any of these, and you’ll definitely be spending your days in good company.