Business podcasts are a great way to get some insightful career advice and get an understanding of the general market trends and happenings in a relatively short period of time without adding to screen time. This works out perfectly for MBA students who are always short on time and usually have screen fatigue. In fact, for distance MBA students it is more important and much needed as in such courses there are no regular classroom discussions or brainstorming sessions. Today, many of the distance MBA courses have made it one of the ways to get useful information and guidelines for students doing management courses. Let’s find out about the top eight power-packed podcasts that you, as a distance MBA student should not miss out!
1. HBR IdeaCast-This weekly podcast from Harvard Business Review is a 15-minute conversation wherein a business expert is interviewed- be it new entreats, researchers or journalists and CEOs. Some of the latest guests were Drew Gilpin Faust, the president of Harvard University and Dominic Barton, the global managing partner of McKinsey & Company. The idea of the podcast is to bring print to life, for those who have not subscribed for their journal.
2. TED Talks Business- From the acclaimed TED Talk series, this show features stories from innovators, business researchers, and entrepreneurs, from all around the globe. The content is as varied as the speakers, ranging from burning issues like women abuse at the workplace in the wake of the #MeToo movement or discussing diversity in the workplace. It is ideal for students to get a perspective on the current happenings in the corporate workspace.
3. The $100 MBA Show- Up your knowledge quotient with this short and information loaded podcast especially for MBA students. A daily show hosted by Omar Zenhom talks about student-centric topics related to the business world and is often joined by industry experts who share their work experiences and give tips on how to handle work and life. This show prides itself in sharing ‘no-fluff’ business lessons in tech, entrepreneurship, and marketing.
4. Knoweldge@Wharton- A podcast started by the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania is basically an online business analysis journal that features top-level CEOs, industry commentators, and Wharton faculty, discuss topics ranging from politics, technology, and business ethics.
5. The McKinsey Podcast- Everyone wants to be a part of McKinsey, the global management consulting firm and what better way of knowing more about this wonderful organization than its very own podcast. If you are considering stepping into the consultancy industry post your MBA, then this should be on your must-listen list as it gives a good insight into the working of the consultancy arm of the business. It also hosts business experts talking about pressing issues in the business and management world.
6. StartUp- If you are interested in starting your business after an MBA but are unsure of the workings of the business, then this podcast is where you start from. Converting your entrepreneurial dream into a reality will never be easier with valuable insights from successful startup entrepreneurs, their stories from struggle to finish, and tips to make it big in the world of business. Season one takes you through StartUp founder Alex Blumberg’s journey to launch the collective behind the podcast (Gimlet) while in season two, you can listen into story of the dating site, Dating Ring. In the latest episode, the founders of the podcast share their story and the roadblocks to success.
7. Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders- This one-hour long podcast is a Stanford University initiative, wherein business experts share their experiences in building business empires- the setbacks, the pitfalls as well as important tips and lessons learned along the way. It is a great podcast for MBA students as it gives them an understanding of the real business world with guests from a diverse range of businesses coming in with some interesting and intriguing stories.
8. The Tim Ferriss Show- One of the best business podcasts on iTunes today, it invites business people who are at the top of their game to speak about their journey to reach the helm. They invite people from a unique mix of industries from LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman to actor Edward Norton. The host Tim Ferriss, the author of 4-Hour Workweek and other bestsellers, makes the listeners understand the smaller nuances of work life to help them succeed.
So bid farewell to screen time for a while and sit back and listen to these inspiring and engaging podcasts and get yourself some on-the-go business gyan!