Business podcasts for the sales professional

The idea of taking the time to sit down with the new business book of the month, to digest the recent trends and learn new skills, is pretty unrealistic for many sales professionals – there is simply not enough time in the day. While you may not have the time at home, you do have the time on your morning commute, your morning run, etc. – time that is not used to its fullest potential.

This is where a podcast comes in. The greatest thing about this form of communication is the ability to listen anywhere, at any time – all you need are headphones, and a smart phone to plug them into. Instead of listening to mindless talk radio, why not use your morning commute to learn the newest trends in social selling, or the latest breakthroughs in productivity.

If this idea interests you, below are the top 15 business podcasts to help you grow as a sales professional. While many of the programs below are specifically directed towards sales, the overall list below will help you develop a more well-rounded business education – something that is mandatory for career growth and exploration. To learn how to subscribe from your phone or computer to the podcasts below, click here.

The 12 Business Podcasts all Salespeople Should Listen To

1. Tim Ferriss Show hosted by Tim Ferriss

Consistently ranked as the top business podcast on iTunes, the Tim Ferriss show is hosted by the world famous author of The 4 Hour Work Week, Tim Ferriss. With 80,000,000 downloads and counting, the Tim Ferriss Show has been selected as iTunes’ “Best of 2014” and “Best of 2015.” In each episode Tim “deconstruct[s] world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, sports, business, etc) to extract the tactics, tools, and routines you can use.” If that doesn’t convince you, here is a list of some of his past guests: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Foxx, Edward Norton, Tony Robbins, Malcolm Gladwell… the list goes on and on.

Great Starting Episode: Seth Godin on How to Think Small to Go Big

Listener Ratings: 4.5 Stars on iTunes (3218 Ratings)

Listener Review:

“It’s in the in-between that makes this show amazing. The Waitzkin interview blew me away, I went out, bought the book and listened to the whole thing in 2 days. Amazing ammo for delving into the mindset of high performers.

Someone once said, ‘you are the average of the people you surround yourself with.’ Well, listening to this has helped me surround myself with amazing high performers doing big things in the world.”

Listen to: On iTunes, Stitcher, or Overcast

2. Advanced Selling Podcast hosted by Bill Caskey and Bryan Neale

In this podcast, Bill Caskey and Bryan Neale – B2B sales trainers for the past 20 years – share their strategies to grow your skills and close your deals. Delivered on a weekly basis, the Advanced Selling Podcast dives deep into just about every aspect of sales (B2B specifically) you can think of: prospecting, buyer resistance, RFP’s, pricing, cold calling, forecasting, psychology… anything and everything that will help you grow as a sales professional.

Great Starting Episode: Sales Lessons from the Olympics

Listener Ratings: 4.5 Stars on iTunes (92 Ratings)

Listener review:

“Bill and Brian are very entertaining as they speak off-the-cuff about sales and communication issues that relate to any industry – and any skill level.”

Listen to on: iTunes

3. HBR IdeaCast hosted by Sarah Green

HBR IdeaCast is a weekly podcast that features leading thinkers in business and management from the Harvard Business Review. With all of the pull of the Harvard Business Review name behind them, this podcast is able to bringing in some of the biggest names in business and research, including Eric Schmidt of Google and many a Harvard professor. The host, Sarah Green, is an editor at the Harvard Business Review. If you are looking for information at the forefront of business research and trends, look no further than HBR IdeaCast.

Great Starting Episode: Email: Is it Time to Just Ban It?

Listener Ratings: 4 Stars on iTunes (203 Ratings)

Listener Review:

“This is really good stuff — very relevant. I read a review on iTunes that said the HBR podcasts were 4-5 minutes long and basically an ad. That’s not what I heard. The shows I listened to were over 20 minutes and included 2 or 3 different segments which were actually pretty in-depth. Highly recommended if you’re interested in new ideas.”

Listen to on: iTunes

4. The Brutal Truth about Sales and Selling hosted by Brian Burns

According to Brian there is “No BS allowed” in this podcast. And that is the kind of guy Brian is in his podcast “the Brutal Truth about Sales and Selling” – no-nonsense and straight to the point. The author of the bestselling The Maverick Selling Method, this podcast offers thorough analysis of emerging B2B sales strategies and processes. Some of the topics that Brian has covered throughout the over 270 episodes include: cold calling, challenger selling, social selling, B2B marketing, sales management, and, of course, maverick selling.

Great Starting Episode: Closing the Complex Deal – The Perfect Close

Listener Ratings: 5 Stars (712 Ratings)

Listener Review:

“If you’re like me or anyone else who constantly wants to elevate their level of skill and expertise, you’ll want to listen to this podcast regularly and check out his book, The Maverick Selling Method. It’s very useful and conversational to listen to rather than a boring sing-song approach to upping your game.”

Listen to on: iTunes

5. APM: Marketplace hosted by Kai Ryssdal

Through sheer popularity over concrete business insights, Public Radio’s business specific program makes it high on the list. If you have ever listened to NPR on the commute home from work, chances are that you have caught the Marketplace report at 6:30 PM PT. While the 30 minute time slot may not provide you with immediate takeaways to be applied, it does provide interesting stories and examples of how economic and business news affects people like you. The daily programs are made available in podcast form on iTunes to be listened to one your schedule. Be sure to also check out the other programs available in the Marketplace portfolio, including Marketplace Morning Report, Marketplace Weekend, and Marketplace Tech.

Great Starting Episode: Everything but the Kitchen Sink (The Uncertainty Hour Series)

Listener Ratings: 4.5 Starts on iTunes (993 reviews)

Listener Review:

“This podcast continually amazes me. Not only is it entertaining and informative, but the topics range all over the spectrum of our society. And they manage to squeeze all this news and information into a fairly brief podcast. At the end of each one I feel more in touch with the world. I can’t recommend it highly enough.”

Listen to on: iTunes

6. Sales Gravy hosted by Jeb Blount

Jeb Blount, the best-selling author of People Buy You, founded Sales Gravy in 2006 as a basic online job board, which he has gone on to build into a comprehensive sales acceleration firm. Not only does Sales Gravy coach companies all over the world on successful sales strategies, but it is also the largest community of B2B Sales Professionals outside of LinkedIn. Jeb brings this incredible sales experience to the Sales Gravy podcast, also bringing in numerous sales experts to discuss sales success with him. Jeb’s podcast presents concrete tips and strategies that you can apply directly to your career, to “open more doors, close bigger deals, and rock you commission check.”

Great Starting Episode: Loose Lips Sink Deals

Listener Ratings: 5 Stars on iTunes (146 Ratings)

Listener Review:

“I read Sales Gravy every week, but I get more out of hearing things. The podcasts are perfect for someone like me. To-the-point, simple, yet loaded with basic truths that I need to hear over and over. Everyone (not just sales people) should have these podcasts in their library and listen every day!”

Listen to on: iTunes, Stitcher

7. Ted Talks Business hosted by Various

With over 327 Ted talks on a wide range of business topics, Ted Talks Business is an excellent place for the well-rounded business man to go for “Ideas worth sharing.” TED is a non-profit founded in 1984 devoted to spreading ideas on all topics – from science to business to global issues. TEDtalks business brings together some of the world greatest innovators, entrepreneurs and business leaders to share their stories. Some of the past presenters include Bill and Melinda Gates, Larry Page, and many, many more. Presented in short, digestible 10-30 minute formats, TED Business is a great example of the power of podcasts.

Great Starting Episode: The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers

Listener Ratings: 4 Stars on iTunes (129 Ratings)

Listener Review:

“Some of the episodes of this podcast have genuinely changed the way I think.”

Listen to on: iTunes

8. The Ziglar Show hosted by Kevin Miller and Tom Ziglar

Continuing in his father’s footsteps, Tom Ziglar and co-host Keven Miller break down some of the most powerful messages from “today’s top world changers” into easily digestible pieces that you can immediately apply into your own professional sales life. If you are in the sales world, you have probably heard of Tom’s father, Zig Ziglar. Zig, a legend of sales and professional motivation, reached over 250 million people through his books and speeches – and Tom continues his father’s legacy by bringing other experts in the field to inspire and motivate. Sales is not all about the tactics, much of it is the drive to be successful and your ability to “change what you are and where you are by changing what goes into your mind.” Don’t just listen to me, Listen to the 30 million downloads and counting.

Great Starting Episode: Pay the price now to avoid the cost later

Listener Ratings: 4.5 Stars on iTunes (462 ratings)

Listener Review:

“There is no better Speaker today than Zig Ziglar! His work will always up-lift,encourage,motivate and help you to become more enthusiastic (give hope) about your own life. When you begin to embrace those foundational qualities, that when I’ll be seeing you and YES I really do mean YOU at the TOP!”

Listen to on: iTunes

9. The Art of Charm hosted by AJ and Jordan Harbinger

With over 500 episodes, the extremely prolific Art of Charm team brings in an incredible list of thought leaders – leading minds from the professional and academic space, scientist, entrepreneurs, best-selling authors – to discuss social and relationship building skills. If you are a business person looking to up level your networking – and other social – skills, this podcast is for you. It is impossible to classify the topics discussed in a succinct manner, but this program covers everything from social science and cognitive psychology to relationship advice and productivity – all topics that will help make you a better-rounded, and interesting, sales professional.

Great Starting Episode: Stop Serving the Compliment Sandwich

Listener Ratings: 5 Stars on iTunes (8451 Ratings)

Listener Review:

“These guys have an awesome show running. You will not be able to find a better regularly updated source for knowledge on the subject of social dynamics. They have big name guests, an awesome community forum on their website, and they host some really awesome events in various cities. Check ’em out!”

Listen to on: iTunes and PodcastOne

10. Salesman Podcast hosted by Will Barron

Host Will Barron interviews the world’s leading sales leaders – presenting tips and strategies for you to become a better sales person and close more deals. The Salesman Podcast is a daily podcast that gives listeners usable tips on social selling, cold calling, challenger selling, sales management, prospecting, and much more. Previous guests include psychologists, Olympic athletes, and leading sales experts.

Great Starting Episode: Be Bold and Get Uncomfortable with Jeff Shore

Listener Ratings: 5 Starts on iTunes (53 ratings)

Listener Review:

“If you’re serious about taking your sales skills (and professional career) to the next level, you should subscribe to this podcast. Though there are many podcasts that take the interview approach, this far and away the best one out there. I love how the host, Will Barron, can dive deep into each topic and ask great questions to get the most…”

Listen to on: iTunes, Stitcher

11. EntreLeadership hosted by Ken Coleman

Based off a concept of the same name by best-selling author Dave Ramsey, EnteLeadership explores how professionals can leverage effective leadership and management to build and grow a business. This podcasts features an incredible lineup of interviewees, from top tier business leaders (Mark Cuban) to thought leaders (Seth Godin) and even officers of the military (Lt. Gen. Gorge Flynn). Any professional looking to develop their leadership skills needs to add this podcast to their repertoire.

Great Starting Episode: Dave Ramsey – EntreLeadership Defined

Listener Ratings: 4.5 Stars on iTunes (955 Ratings)

Listener Review:

“Great info on where to start thinking as a leader – not with the who, what, when, and where, but WHY.”

Listen to on: iTunes

12. Sales Evangelist hosted by Donald Kelly

Sales Evangelist host Donald Kelly is just like you – a real life B2B sales professional in the competitive world of software sales. According to Donald’s story, he was dubbed the Sales Evangelist by his friend because he was always passionately evangelizing about his love for sales. Out of a career spent learning from some of the industry’s leading experts, Donald has taken the skills learned and decided to share his tips to the others. On his show, Donald hosts leading sales and marketing experts – interviewing them to uncover invaluable tips learned through a lifetime in the profession. Because Donald is and has been in the B2B sales field, his stories and interviews are always concerning real and relevant topics. This program is great for those getting started in the B2B sales world.

Great Starting Episode: Educate them into a Sale

Listener Ratings: 5 Stars on iTunes (88 Ratings)

Listener Review:

“This was an awesome podcast! I usually find podcasts to be on the dry side but this one was full of energy and enthusiasm. I think it’s really great not only for sales people but business people as well looking to improve themselves. It’s not too long which is really nice, but it gives you a lot of information in the time it uses. It has some great guests and I’m looking forward to seeing who else makes an appearance on the show since the first episode was as good as it was! Awesome job and very entertaining!”

Listen to on: iTunes

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