We are living in the age of the entrepreneur. Recent data shows people are more entrepreneurial now than ever before and that millennials have started twice as many new businesses than the baby boomer generation. Each one of these people has an incredible story to tell. So, with so much competition, how do you set yourself apart from the crowd and get your story out there?
One approach: Get featured on a podcast! The podcasts below feature a different entrepreneur each week and have large and influential audiences. Check out the top 10 podcasts for entrepreneurial thought leaders and find the one that’s right for you.
Entrepreneur on Fire
Entrepreneur on Fire is a podcast hosted by John Lee Dumas who chats with some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs. In each episode, an entrepreneur shares their worst entrepreneurial moment, lessons they’ve learned along their journey, and much more. Tony Robbins, Gary Vaynerchuk, and Seth Godin are just a few of the successful thought leaders interviewed on EOFire. Entrepreneur on Fire is ranked #37 on iTunes top business podcasts.
The Mixergy podcast by Andrew Warner has over 1000 interviews with successful entrepreneurs. Andrew Warner digs deep into the successes and failures of thought leaders and startup founders. This podcast is geared towards entrepreneurs who are new to the game or already established. A notable entrepreneur who was interviewed by Mixergy is Jeff Booth, CEO of BuildDirect. Mixergy ranks #70 on Stitcher’s top 100 business podcasts.
Starting from Nothing
As the title of the podcast suggests, this podcast is focused on entrepreneurs who built their businesses from nothing. If you can answer questions like “how do you start a business with no money?”, then this podcast is for you. Give first hand stories and advice to aspiring entrepreneurs. Craig Ballantyne, author of The Perfect Day Formula, is an entrepreneur who was recently interviewed.
She Did It Her Way
Every week, the host of She Did It Her Way, Amanda Boleyn, chats with a successful female entrepreneur on the ups and downs of their journey. This podcast is perfect for women entrepreneurs who want to give their perspective on starting or growing a company. Megan O’Connor, CEO and Co-Founder of Clark Virtual Tutors is one of many successful female executives and entrepreneurs interviewed.
The Rocketship podcast interviews a new entrepreneur every Sunday and explores all topics related to business including funding, growth, sales, culture and many others. The most recent interview is with Clay Collins, founder of Leadpages.
Starve the Doubts
The hosts of Starve the Doubts, Jared Easley and friends, have a fun, panel style conversations with the guest in the “hot seat”. The guest is an entrepreneur who shares insight on how they navigated challenges in their pursuit of success. One of the recent interviews is with Steve Kloyda, The Prospecting Expert.
Each week on The Pitch, a new startup founder is given the chance to pitch to a live panel of investors. The investors ask tough questions to find the next big success. Get inspiration from this podcast, or enter to for a chance to pitch your idea. Their most recent episode is a quick pitch with ResortPass, EchoLabs, CourseKey, Inspirit, and Braykion.
Foundr Magazine Podcast
The Foundr Magazine podcast interviews hard-to-reach entrepreneurs such as Seth Godin, Tim Ferriss – who is a bestselling author and host of his podcast– and many more. The host, Nathan Chan, digs deep to showcase each entrepreneur’s successes, failures, lessons learned, and strategies they want to share with the audience. The most recent interview is with Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey, co-founders of Barefoot Wine.
How to Start Living (formerly How to Quit Working)
The host of How to Start Living, Jeff Steinmann, has fun and casual interviews with entrepreneurs on his podcast. The guest entrepreneurs share stories of their journey as well as tips on how to stay motivated. One of the latest interviews is with Andrew Chatfield who tells his story of becoming an entrepreneur, getting a job and returning to entrepreneurship.
Hack The Entrepreneur
This podcast interviews entrepreneurs to get into their fears, habits, and any “hacks” that they’ve developed that solves a common problem that many entrepreneurs face. One of the top 10 interviews on Hack the Entrepreneur is with Guy Kawasaki.
Looking to get featured on these podcasts? For thought leaders, a guest spot can be a powerful way to get your message out there and build your audience. But the competition can be intense. The best approach is to do your homework on each podcast and then pitch the producers with a personalized message as to why you’ll make a great interview.
Podcasts form one piece of a comprehensive thought leadership strategy, including contributed articles in key press outlets, a robust social media presence and strategic speaking engagements. To learn more about building your executive thought leadership platform, check out the other resources on the site. If you’re looking to learning more on how to become a thought leader in your industry, feel free to contact us.