Podcasts for growth, connection and personal development

Dennis Adonis

There’s been a lot written about the sudden and sustained growth of podcasts in the past 3 years, since the runaway success of the WBEZ podcast Serial, in October 2014. The numbers of downloads, the potential for revenue. There’s also been a lot of commentary to suggest that podcasts are just a feature length advertisement, another opportunity for product placement.

As a communications company with a mission to Engage Humanity, we’d like to believe that the best podcasts offer so much more. The evolution of the search for knowledge. The need to connect and communicate with other people on a personal level and learn verbally. The value of a story passed from person to person.

Here’s a selection of the podcasts our team have been learning from and enjoying.

Talk Python To Me is a podcast for developers who are passionate about Python. Learn about the language and related technologies.

Masters of Scale is an original podcast in which LinkedIn co-founder and Greylock partner Reid Hoffman sets out to describe and prove theories that explain how legendary leaders take their companies from zero to a gazillion in ingenious fashion.

- Patrick Walters, Director Customer Solutions & Engineering.

Chat 10 Looks 3 by Annabel Crabb and Leigh Sales. Two of Australia’s greatest political commentators discuss politics and everything but politics, depending on their mood. It’s incredibly entertaining.

No such thing as a fish. The researchers behind BBC program QI have their own weekly podcast where they chat about their favourite recent discoveries. It’s full of fantastically quirky facts on everything from science to history and sociology, as well as being spray-your-drink-through-your-nose hilarious. Educational AND funny.

- Jessica Sealby, Global PR Manager.

Australian Design Radio is one of my favourite podcasts as it helps me keep up to date with what's going on in the industry. I also get a big dose of inspiration from some of the amazing guests they have on who are all leaders in their respective creative fields.

- James Fazzino, Art Director.

Dan Carlin's Hardcore History is amazing - long time between episodes, and you have to pay for the older ones, but his "Wrath of the Khans" series is mindblowing!

The model health show is all about health and fitness along with loads of personal development and positivity.

The Tim Ferriss Show has so many good personal development and health and fitness guests

Ben Greenfield fitness is great for health & fitnes and some personal development - although it can be a little fringe at times.

- Charlie Rogers, Sales Consultant.

SANS Internet Storm Center - A global cooperative cyber threat / internet security monitor and alert system. Featuring daily handler diaries with summarizing and analyzing new threats to networks and internet security events.

CERT Podcast Series - Practicing strong information and cybersecurity is a nonnegotiable requirement for organizations doing business today.

OWASP 24/7 is series of recorded broadcasts, highlighting OWASP projects and people from around the world.

- Brian Williams, Chief Security Officer.

Lean Startup Co Podcasts keep me up to date on entrepreneurship, product development, and modern management techniques.

The Growth Show is a business podcast for leaders consumed with driving growth.

- Max Garrido, Head of Marketing.

HBR IdeaCast is my first stop for all things business and strategy

- Rajiv Yagnik, Client Executive.

Stephen Fry does an amazing job of sharing his stories of his struggles with mental health and how to live a positive and fulfilling life.

- Sophie Hall, Senior Graphic Designer.

And that's a wrap for another week - happy listening!