Podcasts are an easily digestible form of content that has taken the world by storm in recent years. You can find hundreds of podcasts with hundreds of episodes on nearly any topic you could dream of – seriously! Podcasts are the perfect way to learn during your downtime. This audio-forward content can be streamed while you’re on the go, commuting, cooking, exercising, or anything else.

As entrepreneurs, business professionals, and business-minded individuals, you might be looking for a way to easily and passively enhance your knowledge of the business world. Maybe you have a specific topic you’re interested in, like the latest in tech or productivity, or maybe you’re looking to hear from the most successful leaders about their tips for relational and professional development. No matter what you’re looking for, there is a podcast out there for you.

To help you get started, we’ve compiled a short list of highly rated podcasts that cover a variety of topics related to business. Think of it as your Summer Podcast Startup Kit! This summer, as you relax by the pool or are out by the barbecue, turn on a podcast and get actionable insights for professional development.

  1. 10 Minute MBA by Scott D. Clary is described as “a no-fluff daily podcast that teaches you practical business lessons you can use to grow your business immediately.” This podcast covers topics that touch every aspect of your business and will be of use to business professionals across industries, levels, and team sizes. Listen to episodes about marketing, social selling, productivity, onboarding clients, business structure, automation, and so much more. Plus, there are several Book Review episodes of popular business books that will give you a comprehensive understanding of the main themes.
  2. If you’re interested in the history and success of well-known businesses, take a listen to Business Breakdowns. Most episodes feature a conversation with a company executive or relevant expert. These one-hour episodes can be listened to while you commute, while grocery shopping, or during your daily exercise session!
  3. Happiness At Work features interviews with successful leaders, managers, authors, and entrepreneurs, and focuses on how to make living happiness a priority in any sector, in any part of the world, no matter who you are! Some episode topics include sharing practical advice for balancing work and life, embracing change and emotional intelligence, strategies for fostering fulfillment in the workplace, and prioritizing relationships.
  4. How I Built This is a top-rated podcast with Guy Raz, award-winning podcaster, former host and co-creator of TED Radio Hour, New York Times bestselling author, and journalist. This interview-style podcast hears from the world’s best-known entrepreneurs to learn how they built their iconic brands – but not just the successes. Hear how even the most successful founders faced dark and difficult moments, pushed through their challenges, and ultimately created something impactful. Interviews include founders of companies like CAVA, PAW Patrol, Bombas, Sun Bum, Clif Bar, and DuoLingo.
  5. Hear from top minds in business and management through HBR IdeaCast, a weekly podcast. From managing new technology to keeping learning at the center of what we do, each episode will leave you with a new bit of information to implement. Learn from thought leaders on both hard and soft skills related to business.

When you don’t have the time to sit down with a book or read articles related to your field, podcasts are a great (and free!) method of professional development. You can find answers to questions and conundrums that might be facing your business or organization and hear from experts across industries. Next time you’re on the way to a Chamber networking event, turn on a podcast about networking or community building!

All the podcasts listed above can be found on most podcasting platforms like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and more!