What makes a good podcast?

It's becoming easier and easier for anybody on the web to start their own podcasts.  This change is both good and bad.  On one hand, listeners have access to a much wider variety of content to pick, choose, listen to, and absorb.  On the other hand, it has also led to a lot of low-quality shows.

For every great entrepreneur podcast, there are more than a few poor ones.  Some of the things that are good to look for are-

  • Does the podcast serve as a source of inspiration?  Being an entrepreneur has its high and low points, listening to a radio-esque show about breaking free should be a highlight of your day- not just background noise.
  • Can the podcast be listened to while you are doing something else?  The comparison to a radio show has already been made.  These shows are probably going to be listened to during one's commute to work, morning jog, or afternoon workout at the gym.  If the host(s) are constantly referencing websites or something that the listener must make a note of, it becomes frustrating.
  • The show quality itself.  Is/are the host(s) constantly pushing the envelope and delivering you new content?  Or is it just reiterating the same jumble of success quotes found from a video about Steve Jobs on YouTube?
  • Is the show regular?  If the podcast is only being produced 4 times a year at random times, it becomes difficult and aggravating to follow.  You want to be able plan out your times to listen.

The Hottest Podcasts for the Most Driven Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneur on Fire

The most obvious, as well as one of the best, podcasts for entrepreneurs to listen to is Entrepreneur on Fire, hosted by John Lee Dumas.  Although this podcast has only been around for about a year now, it is risen quickly to the top, with Dumas himself bringing in more than five figures per month.  

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What has made fire nation grow so fast?  The fact that it a new show is put out every day.  Every. Single. Day.  There are 365 days in a year, and there are 365 shows delivered to you in that amount of time.  This is great because as a listener, you always have new content to listen to.  Chances are you will never even have a chance to catch up with all of these shows because there are just so many good shows that you'll want to listen to.  Dumas has had some big-name hosts from almost every possible industry, so there is inspirational content no matter what you want to go into.

Smart Passive Income

Pat Flynn's Smart Passive Income podcasts (SPI) is one of the most popular and well-known sources of inspiration for aspiring entrepreneurs.  Chances are if you are into this type of content, you've heard about Pat's show at some point in time.  Shows typically last for around 45 to 60 minutes, and the subjects and type of guests vary greatly.  

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There have been shows where experts have been brought in on the psychology of success and self-employment, the best search engine optimization (SEO) techniques, mastering mobile devices, and a whole lot more.  With the SPI podcast you are constantly being exposed to the best new tools that people are using to grow their business.  Another cool thing that Pat has recently started doing is opening up a voicemail for listeners to leave a message with their question, with a chance of him playing it and giving his advice right on the show.

Eventual Millionaire

What's better than interviews with successful entrepreneurs?  How about talks with entrepreneurs so successful that they can give themselves that exclusive "millionaire" title.  Jaime Tardy has a long-standing series of "Millionaire Case Studies" where she sits down and interviews self-made wealthy people from all areas of the market.  If hearing firsthand advice and information from the mouths of millionaires themselves isn't enough to inspire you to grit your teeth and just do it, then it's unlikely any internet podcast will.

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